A record of wildlife in my garden and various trips to the Warwickshire countryside and occasionally further afield.
"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour."
From "Auguries of Innocence"
by William Blake
Monday, 15 January 2018
Kingsbury Water Park and Garden Birds
We paid another visit to Kingsbury Water Park yesterday - it was cold and gloomy but I managed to add 15 bird species to the 2018 year list.
A map of the whole Water Park (even if you enlarge the photo I suspect most will be unreadable) but
this is a close-up of the area we concentrated on.
We parked in the small car park by Broomeycroft Pool (which is the quieter area of the park from memory).
There were a lot of Canada Geese and Black-headed Gulls about and many Coot and Mallard on the pools along with some Tufted Duck, Pochard and Shoveler.
A shame about the plastic bag :(
This is the view from Dad's memorial bench - he and mum used to visit the Water Park several times a week.
At this point I suddenly realised that the path we had taken was the same one as last time which led us to the more popular part of the park with playground, train and visitor centre so I managed to persuade the rest of the family to re-trace our steps and take the path to the left which I was sure led to the nature reserve part of the water park.
I was right!! :)
It was quieter in this area and there is a nice circular walk from the car park which goes round Broomey Croft Pool.
I watched several parties of Long-tailed Tits (by this time the rest of the family had shot off ahead and there was no sign of them - even D had disappeared with them as he hadn't taken the other camera and was not prepared to dawdle!) and this pair of Mute Swans.
Fresh growth - Speedwell leaves? - I really am not good at identifying plants from leaves alone.
A lone Great Crested Grebe - still in Winter plumage.
Birmingham and Fazeley Canal - if you turn right here you can follow the canal and it soon reaches RSPB Middleton Lakes NR.
Alder cones and catkins
Hazel Catkins (Lambs' Tails)
Finally, back to the car park where Timothy posed for a photo.
B was waiting for me - D and E had gone ahead to the tea-room. We watched the feeders for a while - plenty of Great and Blue Tits, Dunnocks, Chaffinches, Coot, Moorhen, Dunnock, Greenfinches, Pied Wagtails and a Great Spotted Woodpecker although we didn't see the Nuthatch E had spotted. We did see a Treecreeper though - no photos.
Off to the Granary Tea Room (somehow managed to chop the top of the roof off!) for
hot chocolate and cake!
List of Species Seen
Great Crested Grebe
Great Spotted Woodpecker
So far, 2018 has been very good for garden birds. As well as the more usual and common species, a Grey Heron visited the pond twice last week. The Ring-necked Parakeets were absent for the first week of the New Year but then returned and visited the feeders every day last week.
The two other highlights have been a Fieldfare bathing in the garden pond
and this week a male Blackcap has been visiting the feeders.
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