This article first appeared in the Annual Report of
the Birmingham (latterly West Midland) Bird Club for 1949.
Bird and place names were spelt as shown.
Birds of the Earlswood Area.
The area lies about eight miles south of Birmingham and consists of three lakes totalling eighty acres, a further eighty acres of mainly deciduous woodland, and several arable fields.
The lakes attract a good variety of duck, but in small numbers. Twelve species, including, Shellduck, Gadwall, Garganey, Pintail, Ferruginous Duck (the first record for the county ), and Goldeneye, were seen during the year. Only Mallard bred. Three pairs of Great-crested Grebes attempted to nest, two pairs rearing young.
Another interesting bird seen was a Spotted Crake, which, after being seen in December, 1948, appeared again in January. The conclusion that it wintered locally seems possible. The only other winter record -was over 30 years ago.
Amongst the birds seen on the spring passage were Curlew, and a Wood-Sandpiper, also two Great Black-backed Gulls.
During the Autumn, the water level dropped considerably and the mud exposed attracted a Bar-tailed Godwit, Snipe, a single Ruff, Common Sandpipers, Green Sandpipers (one of which stayed until the middle of October), and a Ringed Plover.
Three Water-Pipits and a White Wagtail were also seen, and later a Snow-Bunting stayed for a few days.
The surrounding area in winter supported a number of flocks of finches, buntings, etc., including a few Brambling and a possible Richard's Pipit. During the Spring, Wheatear, Whinchat, Woodlark, and Ring-Ouzel, were seen, but did not stay.
A considerable amount of passerine migration was noted this Autumn. The species chiefly involved were Meadow-Pipits, Pied Wagtails, Swallows, and House-Martins. The first two were usually moving in a South to South-Easterly direction, the latter two South-Westerly. A Sand-Martin was seen on November 1st. Greenfinches, Chaffinches, and Skylarks were seen flying in unusually large numbers, but did not tend to any particular direction.
P.E., J.S., M.J.T.
Ornithology in Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire & the West Midlands county, since 1929.
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