After last week's Woodcock-based excitement, I was wondering if I might have another similar sighting, or perhaps see some other wintery visitor. I saw 37 species, of which three were new ones for me at this site, taking my total after seven visits to 49 species. 50 by Christmas is looking very doable! :o) I didn't see a Woodcock on this visit, but yet again Kings Norton Nature Reserve surprised me! Here are my highlights:
- As I'd been hoping, Lesser Redpolls have now arrived for the winter. We had lovely views of four feeding on reed seedheads and perching in the tops of willows around Wychall Reservoir. When I came back along this way a bit later, there were five. Another new species for my patch list.
- We had pretty much finished our walk when we stopped to watch a flock of Long-tailed Tits pass by near Wychall Reservoir. I then spotted a woodpecker high in a mature willow, pecking away quietly; a look through the binoculars revealed it was a little scrappy-looking fellow with a very stripy back. LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER!! This was another new patch tick and also a year tick - in fact it's only the second Lesser Spotted Woodpecker I've ever seen in my life! As such I was very excited indeed. Helpfully a Great Spotted Woodpecker also appeared nearby allowing us to compare the two. I did attempt to photograph the Lesser Spotted Woodpecker but my results were rather pitiful! However now I know they're there (they? I hope there's more than one anyway), I'll know to look out for them and maybe I'll be able to get a decent photo in time.
- A flock of Feral Pigeons flying over was the other new species I saw - not so exciting, but still a tick.
- Siskins have also now well and truly arrived after the brief flyovers I'd had previously. There were a few large flocks around feeding on Alders, mixed up with Goldfinches. Other finch species (Bullfinch, Chaffinch and Greenfinch) were also in evidence to a greater extent than on previous visits.
- We heard Water Rail again in one of the creeks leading to Wychall Reservoir.
|Too windy - a poorly aligned HDR photo!|
|Loooads of Teasels.|
|The remains of some kind of umbellifer seedhead I think - these always remind me of exploding fireworks.|
|Moss & lichen.|
FULL BIRD LIST
|Blackbird||Great Tit||Mute Swan|
|Blue Tit||Grey Heron||Robin|
|Carrion Crow||Herring Gull||Song Thrush|
|Feral Pigeon||Lesser Spotted Woodpecker||Tufted Duck|
|Great Spotted Woodpecker|