Tuesday 5th March 2013
Weather :- cloudy blue skies, sunny and quite warm
Woods :- blue tit checking out a nest box. Male bullfinch singing, female bullfinch also seen. Goldcrest put in a good view and green woodpecker heard, as well as the usual suspects.
Reservoir :- great crested grebe, 53 black-headed gulls, coots, mallards and a male and female tufted duck.
Canal :- more mallards and moorhen. House sparrows spotted behind the reservoir. Female greenfinch in the trees and dunnock. Wren in the reeds.
Netherton hill :- Murray cattle roaming around, one buzzard soaring, male chaffinch singing, sparrowhawk and a feral pigeon.
The big surprise, now I've had the photo checked, was a yellowhammer spotted in the gorse at the bottom of Netherton hill. Then flew of to the top of the trees, along the canal at the base of the hill, to do a bit of singing. First recorded record that I can find on birdtrack, but a pair was last seen in 1990. I believe it was more common, before the loss of farmland, when they built Merry Hill. So I hope that this is a good sign of things to come.