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For those who missed it! 

21 Apr 18

Huge thank you to Steven Bailey who has given me his permission to use his photograph of Thursdays Whimbrel on the Marsh.


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Mega Migrant Bonanza! 

19 Apr 18

That’s a heading I don’t get to use very often about the Marsh and Mere but today its true! Its as if the floodgates have opened on the continent and all of the migrants that have been held back are now pouring through.


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It went very quiet for a while! 

19 Apr 18

And that usually means…


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Not so bizarre after all! 

11 Apr 18

John Holian was kind enough to call to say that at Belvide today was there earliest ever Reed Warbler singing in Gazebo Bay.


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A day for weird surprises! 

10 Apr 18

Seventeen minutes passed five – a Ring Necked Parakeet over the garden calling and flying toward the east end of the village ( lost to sight behind old George and Dragon pub ).


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A grim day but a record breaking walk! 

10 Apr 18

Photo courtesy Keith Whitehouse To use the vernacular American term, every now and then, birding throws you a ‘ curve ball ‘! And today was such a day.


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They are playing my song (a day early)! 

9 Apr 18

Chasewater apparently had a good fall of common migrants yesterday and I was hoping to try and do the Marsh ahead of the predicted rain today in case we had also benefited from the fall, however I wasn’t expecting heavy fog with visibility down to …


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Friday Update – action at last! 

6 Apr 18

Hooray! The first local hirundine of the year.


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Well one of us is a person of principle 

4 Apr 18

And I’m afraid its not me! While Ray Fellows was steadfastly walking knee deep in sludge around the marsh and mere today I was sitting being fed peeled grapes and Turkish Delight by dusky maidens on the distant island of Bali ( well actually I was …


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My first summer visitor (or was it)? 

3 Apr 18

A hint of brightness and a pause in the constant rainfall was enough to get me over the Marsh and Mere and amongst the usual suspects, at least two singing Chiffchaff at the north west end ( around the old main line ).


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Well, its now official 

2 Apr 18

The coldest and wettest March for over thirty years – as if we didn’t know! If you are feeling sorry for yourself, just imagine how the numbers of Sand Martins and Swallows that have arrived are feeling, they need to find flying insects in this lot! …


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More Parakeets sighted 

31 Mar 18

Photo courtesy Derek Lees Not on our patch this time but of interest to anyone living in the ‘Posh-end’ of Walsall.


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A tough species to connect with! 

27 Mar 18

If you were to ask me what is the most difficult non-rarity to see on our site I would have to say that it would be a toss-up between Lesser Spotted Woodpecker and Woodcock.


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One that got away 

25 Mar 18

The first Little Egret of the year paid us a visit on Tuesday, showing well for Wendy Hanby : ” T he Egret flew up out of Ford Brook, we were walking back on the footpath over the fields.


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Saturday Morning, a bit dissapointing! 

24 Mar 18

I had high hopes today.


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Welcome to… The Vernal Equinox 

19 Mar 18

Well I’m just over an hour ahead of things as its still technically Monday night but in about an hour and a bit, it will be the 20th of March and the official Vernal Equinox 2018.


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Bird of the Year (So Far)! 

19 Mar 18

Photo Copyright RSPB Well done Ray Fellows who visited in abysmal conditions today and was rewarded with views of a site rarity, a male Common Scoter , only the second ever site record.


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Know how he feels? 

18 Mar 18

Reed Bunting in today’s snow – Photo: Yvonne Moore Thanks to Yvonne Moore who has been regularly updating me with photos of the Reed Buntings which are visiting her garden ( Above ) someone with a good excuse for cold feet I would say! Needless to …


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‘Céad Míle Fáilte’ 

17 Mar 18

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Only Wendy Hanby ( with very hard working wellies ) has been in touch to commiserate with me about the awful Tui Add but someone called Stephen ( sorry Stephen, don’t know which of the Stephens you are ) suggested I look at a sight about awful …


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Where is the competition ? 

16 Mar 18

Ray Fellows does it again, our first Summer Migrant was found by the top man yesterday, unsurprisingly a singing Chiffchaff .


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A long overdue rant! 

14 Mar 18

Please tell me I am not totally alone? Does anyone else despise the TUI advert as much as I do.


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I’m not actually suicidal you know! 

14 Mar 18

I do quite a lot of postings in the year and more often they don’t get a response and it always amazes me the ones that do – its never the ones you would expect.


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Making the news again! 

12 Mar 18

A big thank you to Mark Rouse who was lucky enough to see a Ring-Necked Parakeet in Fordbrook Lane, Pelsall this morning and went to the trouble of letting me know.


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Tears in the rain 

10 Mar 18

‘Anyone looking for wildlife stuff, nothing to see here, move along, move along’ Been doing some pondering and as I have a blog, I thought I would use it to put my thoughts into some semblance of order and perhaps share them with anyone interested …