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62. (UK.62). Shoveler Anas clypeata

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(m) Manor Farm Park, Birmingham 19.02.2017

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(f) Manor Farm Park, Birmingham 19.02.2017

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Manor Farm Park, Birmingham 19.02.2017

Swimming round in circles - I presume as part of courtship

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10. (UK.10). Redwing Turdus iliacus Chaddesly Corbett, Worcestershire 02.01.2017 This Redwing was on the same tree as the Blackbird in the post above Just up the road, Birmingham 05.01

1. (UK.1). Blackbird Turdus merula (M) Chaddesly Corbett, Worcestershire 02.01.2017 (F) Chaddesly Corbett, Worcestershire 02.01.2017 I thought I would start with one of our most

158. (UK.112). Cuckoo  Cuculus canorus        Coney Meadow, Worcestershire         02.05.2017   This is only the second Cuckoo I have seen. Last year's was a distant grey blob.

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63. (UK.63). Woodpigeon Columba palumbus

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Sandwell Valley 15.03.2017

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Numbers coming along nicely Tony, I must try and get out more!

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64. (UK.64). Iceland Gull Larus glaucoides

(New Bird)

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Swanshurst Park, Birmingham 07.02.2017

Thisis a very unusual visitor to the Midlands - especially to a suburban park pool. It stayed for well over a month and attracted a lot of birders!

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65. (UK.65). Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis

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Manor Farm Park, Birmingham 18.02.2017

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Manor Farm Park, Birmingham 18.02.2017

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66. (UK.66). Goosander Mergus merganser

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Sandwell Valley 11.01.2017

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Sandwell Valley 04.03.2017

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Sandwell Valley 04.03.2017

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67. (UK.67). Little Egret Egretta garzetta

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Ladywalk Reserve, West Midlands 07.03.2017

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Ladywalk Reserve, West Midlands 07.03.2017

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68. (UK.68). Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea

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Earlswood, nr Birmingham 24.02.2017

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69. (UK.69). Mandarin Aix galericulata

(New Bird)

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(f) Trittiford Pool 24.02.2017

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(f) Trittiford Pool 24.02.2017

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(f) Trittiford Pool 24.02.2017

This is a beautiful bird - and the female is much prettier than the picture in our bird book!

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70. (UK.70). Nuthatch Sitta europea

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Earlswood, nr Birmingham 24.02.2017

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Earlswood, nr Birmingham 24.02.2017

Many fishermen use Earlswood, and sometimes they put seeds on fenceposts which usually attract Robins. This Nuthatch also took advantage, but is a messy eater!

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Great shots again, @@TonyQ! I love the photo of the Nuthatch and I do agree the female Mandarin duck is very pretty. What a special bird to have had in the Birmingham park pool. I've only ever seen it at the coast here.

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The nuthatch is a really pretty little bird!

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lovely nuthatch-of course the only UK bird to be able to walk down trunks as well as up! We were able to see one yesterday at the Symonds Yat rock nuthatch watchpoint-well it is really the peregrine watch point but they proved more elusive

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71. (UK.71). Reed Bunting Emberiza schoeniclus

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(f) Upton Warren, Worcestershire 02.03.2017

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(m) Upton Warren, Worcestershire 02.03.2017

Our first trip to Upton Warren of the year. This is the best view I have had of a female Reed Bunting - a lovely looking bird.

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72. (UK.72). Greenfinch Carduelis chloris

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(m) Upton Warren, Worcestershire 02.03.2017

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(f) Upton Warren, Worcestershire 02.03.2017

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73. (UK.73). Great Tit Parus major

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Upton Warren, Worcestershire 02.03.2017

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Upton Warren, Worcestershire 02.03.2017

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74. (UK.74). Lapwing Vanellus vanellus

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Upton Warren, Worcestershire 02.03.2017

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Upton Warren, Worcestershire 02.03.2017

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75. (UK.75). Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta

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Upton Warren, Worcestershire 02.03.2017

The second year of birding is interesting because we are more aware of migration of birds. We particularly looked forward to the return of the Avocets, and heare they are back at Upton Warren. A very elegant bird I think, and always a treat to see.

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Upton Warren, Worcestershire 02.03.2017

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Upton Warren, Worcestershire 02.03.2017

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Upton Warren, Worcestershire 02.03.2017

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- - Golden Pheasant Chrysolophus pictus

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Upton Warren, Worcestershire 02.03.2017

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Upton Warren, Worcestershire 02.03.2017

 

This stunning bird does live wild in some parts of England (Norfolk and some areas of the south). However this individual is known to have escaped from a nearby farm, so I have not included it in the count. I have put the pictures in because it is the first time I have seen one. He just sat still in the undergrowth as we walked on a path through the woods. He escaped at the end of December, so was doing well to survive for a couple of months of winter.

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A couple of other sightings at Upton Warren

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Coot displaying

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Buzzard overhead

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Black-headed Gulls gathering at the end of the day

 

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76. (UK.76). Shelduck Tadorna tadorna

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Ladywalk Reserve, West Midlands 07.03.2017

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Ladywalk Reserve, West Midlands 07.03.2017

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77. (UK.77). Raven Corvus corax

(New Bird)

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Holt, Worcestershire 09.03.2017

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Holt, Worcestershire 09.03.2017

We found this by the very distinctive call it was making.

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78. (UK.78). Scaup Aythya marila

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(m) Grimley, Worcestershire 09.03.2017

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(f) Grimley, Worcestershire 09.03.2017

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With cousin (Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula)

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79. (UK.79). Mute Swan Cygnus olor

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Grimley, Worcestershire 09.03.2017

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Grimley, Worcestershire 09.03.2017

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