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Friday 19th January 

20 Jan 18

Took my car in for a service this morning in Nuneaton, so rather than wait Joy and I walked into town for breakfast eventually choosing the Felix Holt pub one of the Wetherspoons range.


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Saturday 20th January 2018 

20 Jan 18

1000 – 1115 sleety rain, 2c : Little Grebe, Little Egret, Cormorant 8, Mute Swan 4, Heron 2, Pochard 10, Wigeon 9, Teal 3, Goosander 5, Shoveler 2, Tufted 20, Lapwing 150+, Pied Wagtail 2, Redwing 11, Goldfinch 8, etc.


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Friday 19th January 2018 

19 Jan 18

1130 – 1200 4c : Wigeon 8, Teal 3, Pochard f, Shoveler 2, Lapwing 172, Heron 2, Common Gull, etc.


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Blog Post: Winter Weather and Super Sightings 

19 Jan 18

After a month or so of snow and frost icing over the car park and freezing part of our lake, we’re back into full swing here at RSPB Sandwell and looking forward to what the New Year will bring.


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Wednesday 17 January 

18 Jan 18

This morning I went to Middleton Lakes RSPB in search of the Firecrest which has eluded me at two sites this year.


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Tuesday 16th January 

18 Jan 18

A morning walk took me to Shustoke where I managed two Snipe in the meadow but little else.


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Thursday 18th January 2018 

18 Jan 18

1115 – 1230 sunny breaks, westerlies, 5c : Goosander 6, Wigeon 6, Shoveler 4, Pochard 6, Teal 2, Tufted 28, Cormorant 7, Heron 2, Mute Swan 5, Lapwing 151, Pied Wagtail, Redwing 15, Song Thrush 2, Goldfinch 12, etc.


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January 17th – Still off, but thankfully brighter if still… 

18 Jan 18

January 17th – Still off, but thankfully brighter if still sporting a rather productive cough, I headed up to Aldridge for a change of scenery.


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Half Way Update 

17 Jan 18

A special day in the scheme of things.


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Wednesday 17th January 2018 

17 Jan 18

1130 sunny, brisk westerlies, 4c : Shoveler 3, Goosander 2, Wigeon 8, Tufted 28, Teal 3, Cormorant 5, Herring / LBb / GBb Gulls 90, Common Gull, Lapwing 150+, Pied Wagtail, Mistle Thrush, etc.


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Something for nothing? 

17 Jan 18

The recent changes to the list of species recorded in Britain has been a real pain in the BTM for those of us anoraks who keep a range of site lists ( I have to keep one for the Marsh and Mere in order to do the blog and as well as my life list I …


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Bewdley – Hawfinches 

16 Jan 18

While we were at Upton Warren last Thursday, we got chatting as you do, with another birder, who pointed us in the direction of the Treecreeper whose photograph I included in my last post.


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First Visit to Upton for 2018 

16 Jan 18

Had a very pleasant but very cold afternoon at Upton on Thursday with out friends Tim Wendy.


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Tuesday 16th January 2018 

16 Jan 18

1115 – 1245 sunny start then showery, bitter westerly wind, 4c : Yellow-legged Gull adult, Bh Gull 400+, Wigeon 4, Goosander 4, Teal 2, Lapwing 150+, Heron, Jay, Feral Pigeon, Siskin over, Chaffinch 7, House Sparrow 4, etc.


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An occasional visitor drops in! 

15 Jan 18

Ray Fellows was over the Marsh this afternoon and had views of one of the species that you can only connect with by chance, a male Peregrine Falcon .


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Monday 15th January 2018 

15 Jan 18

1030 – 1145 rain, blustery, 7c : Wigeon 6, Goosander 6, Teal 6, Tufted 23, Cormorant 11, Heron, Lapwing 171, Common Gull, GBb Gull 12, Pied Wagtail, Green Woodpecker, Jay, Redwing 3, House Sparrow 2, Chaffinch 2, Greenfinch 3, Goldfinch 8, etc.


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Sunday 14th January 2018 

14 Jan 18

Early afternoon, overcast, 4c : little of interest present.


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All about eights today 

14 Jan 18

I fancied a change this morning, a bit of an easier walk, so I decided to pay one of my occasional visits to Clayhanger Common and O’Grady’s Pool to see if I could add one or two common species to the year list.


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How to turn poison into venom… 

14 Jan 18

Look at this face.


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Saturday 13th January 2018 

13 Jan 18

1045 – 1130 overcast 5c : Wigeon 8, Shoveler, Teal 3, Cormorant 10, Common Gull, Stock Dove 2, Jay, etc.


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The Clayhanger/Ryders Mere List 

13 Jan 18

As most of you know, a new taxonomic order for recording birds in Britain came into effect on January the first.


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Friday 12 January 

13 Jan 18

Sandwell Valley My son expressed an interest in going to the football on Saturday so Joy and I went over and purchased a couple of tickets, afterwards we popped into the Sandwell Valley seeing upto 12 Ring-necked Parakeets around the feeders plus a …


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Friday 12th January 2018 

12 Jan 18

1115 – 1200 overcast, 6c : little of interest beyond Pochard pair, Wigeon 6, Shoveler 2, Cormorant 7, Common Gull 3, Jay.


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Friday Update (Courtesy of Ray Fellows) 

12 Jan 18

Someone looking remarkably similar to me was apparently seen sitting at the bar of the Black Country Arms this afternoon and there is a scurrilous roomer that it was me! ( its defamation of character – probably started by that Brownhills Bob bloke …


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Review of 2017 – Part 2, Warwickshire mainly 

12 Jan 18

Friday 5th January 2018 A quietish year for Western P.