Monday, 17 October 2011

Gailey and Cannock Chase

Saturday was spent doing odd jobs in the garden and popping along to the beer festival so no birding was done that day.
So on Sunday we planned on heading to the wirral for the high tide but with the weather looking bleak when we drew the curtains back and the little one getting through nappy changes like mad it just didn't happen so plan B was put into action.
First port of call in the afternoon was Gailey Reservoir to hopefully see the Slav Grebe that was found the day before, only ever seen one before a rather distant although well showing one on the Pine Lakes holiday park near Leighton Moss. No sign when we turned up and everyone I spoke to also hadn't managed to connect either so it wasn't just me. Plenty of Little and Great Crested Grebe around, but maybe all of the activity on the reservoir had moved it along else where. So instead of going straight home we headed for Freda's Grave on Cannock Chase always a nice place for a Sunday afternoon walk.
Just the usual stuff around the feeders plus a few deer knocking around. On the heath we had Green Woodpecker, Meadow Pipit, Stone Chat and a couple of fly over Redwings. The strangest thing was hearing a Cuckoo calling. Redwings and a calling Cuckoo on the same day whats the world coming to!

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