The chilly temperatures weren't putting off many of the birds, and very soon we heard singing from Chaffinch, Dunnock, Bullfinch, Robin, Wren and Greenfinch among others. We had a fruitful stop at Kingfisher Corner, spotting pairs of Teal and Little Grebe along the River Tame, and hearing a Green Woodpecker. Onwards we proceeded, with flocks of Goldfinches twittering around above, following the river where we encountered seven Wigeon grazing on the opposite bank.
|Can you spot the Wigeons? I couldn't achieve a decent close-up in the terrible light!|
|View of the new visitor centre across Forge Mill Lake.|
After lunch we went down to the hide; although I was on the look out for wildflowers en route we hardly saw any - far fewer than I've been seeing on my canalside commute through south Birmingham lately. Perhaps temperatures at Sandwell are lagging behind those in my local area somewhat, which may experience a bit of an urban heat island effect and I think is probably a little more sheltered. All I could find was some Blackthorn blossom and Willow catkins:
|Who doesn't love FUZZY Willow (Salix sp.) catkins!|
|Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) blossoms.|
|Feeding Black-headed Gulls.|
|Drawings of Grey Heron and Wigeon.|