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January 2020

Friday, 3 January 2020

Goosander on water

Visit to Elmdon Park

Our 2019 New Year walk in Solihull's Brueton Park had proved very successful and this year's walk in S.Solihull's other large park proved equally so. As soon as we got out of our cars we realised that that there was a very obliging redwing close by on the grass which everyone was able to see well. Arriving at the lake we were treated to the sight of several goosanders - both male and female. We also quickly spotted both nuthatches and a pair of treecreepers in the trees fringing the lake. Both lovely birds to watch.
We had already heard rose-ringed parakeets calling and were soon able to see them perched in nearby trees, Perhaps not birds that are welcome in the area but still a pleasure to view.. We also found a very close grey heron by spotting its reflection in the water beneath its perch in a willow tree! Walking up the hill to the Elmdon Manor Nature Reserve we were treated to good views of 2 common buzzards.The reserve itself was a little quiet but a lovely morning and good start to the year.