A somewhat subdued period birdingwise at the moment. With work going on at home and the weather, time spent 'in the field' has been limited. Visits to Brandon Marsh, Coombe Abbey, Coton and Kingsbury Water Park and Middleton Lakes plus a couple of local walks have all been quite brief, but produced a few highlights. Good to see a big flock of Golden plovers estimated 700 on the Jubilee wetlands and the Stonechats were up to 7 birds: 6 in Staffs. and just the 1 in Warks. The numbers of Siskin at Brandon Marsh were building up nicely and a few Goosander are appearing here and there. The Tawny Owl at Coombe Abbey showed well but may well have to relocate with some of the mature trees it favoured being felled at the moment. No doubt to be replaced by some none indigenous species with little value to our native wildlife.
Stonechat - much photographed but at least its not on a post.
Stonechat, Ah, they do seem to like posts don't they.
Golden plover, part of the flock