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There have been excellent and regular views of up to 3 Jack Snipe on the main island and on occasions at least a dozen Common Snipe in the same location.
More Goosanders arrived during in the month along with other wintering migrants including numerous Redwing, Fieldfare, Blackbird and Wigeon.
Other interesting birds seen were a winter-plumaged Mediterranean Gull, a drake Mandarin Duck, Water Rail, Grey Wagtail, Willow Tit, Coal Tit, Kingfisher, Mistle Thrush and Song Thrush, Green Woodpecker and Jay.
Small birds were prevalent including flocks of Goldfinch feeding off the Teasel, Robins singing again, Dunnock, Wren, Greenfinch, Bullfinch, Reed Bunting, several Pied Wagtails, as well as House Sparrow and Long-tailed Tits, Great Tits and Blue Tits.
A lingering Swallow flew through on the third and Chiffchaff and Blackcap were still around.
On the lake as well as the wigeon there were good numbers of Gadwall, Teal, Shoveler, Tufted Duck, Pochard and Cormorant. Also Great Crested Grebe and Little Grebe and Grey Heron were ever present.
Lapwing numbers were at 60+ and Black-headed Gull at 100+.
Information supplied by Colin Sedgwick and our other friends at RSPB Sandwell Valley,
20 Tanhouse Avenue, Great Barr, Birmingham B43 5AG (SP035928 ).
Ornithology in Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire & the West Midlands county, since 1929.
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