Friday 22nd December 2017
Perseverance pays off ! I've been visiting a couple of local sites which seem to have potential for winter birds. Both came up trumps this week. A Firecrest was found at the Hartshill Sewage outfall together with the regular winter Chiffchaff and Goldcrest, Unfortunately the bird has proved extremely elusive with apparently only one other sighting.Other seen there though include Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, Blackcap and Little Egret.
The other 'find' was a Merlin over fields of Winter Wheat between Warton village and the M42. The Falcon was being mobbed by a crow and gave an amazing exhibition of flying skills for a minute or so. Regular walks at Mancetter and Caldecote have been largely quiet.