Saturday, 2 May 2015

Belated news for yesterday

Busy weekend on this week so apologies for not updating. Here are a couple of reports for yesterday:

Kev Clements was over yesterday Lunchtime and saw the male Garganey, a Gadwall, Garden Warbler two Common Tern and two Oystercatcher. Although earlier in the day Ray Fellows had eight Common Tern.

Too much on to do any bank holiday birding myself although today I was at a location which for now I must keep secret, watching a glorious singing Firecrest! Now there's a tease for you! - Chaz

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Wednesdays birds

Kev Clements is still doing his local patch stuff so here is another report from the county recorder.

Garganey (1M) - Yellow Wagtail (1) - Wheatear (1M) - Cuckoo (1) - Common Tern (3) - Cormorant (1) - Oystercatcher (1)

many thanks to Kev for that - migration is still going on folks! - Chaz

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Another good day on the Marsh

The peregrine is becoming a bit of a regular at the moment!
Reports today from Kev Clements, Ray Fellows and Anita Scott thanks to them for their texts. Here is a summary of the day:

Clayhanger Marsh

Male Garganey still present, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler (2), Lesser Whitethroat (1), Common Whitethroat (6) - Snipe (1) - Teal (1M)- Pheasant (4) - Wheatear (6)

Ryders Mere

Cuckoo - Little Ringed Plover (1 flew over) -  Common Tern (2), Peregrine Falcon (1), Oystercatcher (3) Cormorant (1)  - Teal (1M)

Not one of Ray's Zero days today then! - Chaz

Monday, 27 April 2015

A right of reply

Most of you will have read my comments on the apparent disparity between a local councillor's response to a report of antisocial behaviour locally and her reported support for a plan to increase the problems through a development that would greatly increase the potential nuisance to local residents.

Well councillor Barnbara Cassidy has responded and in a spirit of fair play I am displaying the salient elements of her response verbaitim.

I just thought I'd drop you a line to say that  I stand by what I said to you entirely in relation to the anti social behaviour you told me about. I have asked our Area Partnership Manager to get the police and our Safer Borough Partnership people around the table asap so that it can be nipped in the bud as its not acceptable.

By the way, I didn't realise that you sent the e mail to me as a courtesy, I actually thought you wanted me as ONE of your three elected members to help you which is what I am trying to do. As to a planning application for a skate park, I have checked and  no such application has been submitted. 

Your sarcasm about taking things seriously was uncalled for. In 11 years of being an elected member I have never taken any concerns of Brownhills residents lightly, especially where noise and litter and yobbish behaviour are concerned so I resent your remarks and refute them entirely.

As to a skate park; if and when an application is made those people who live by the park will rightly and properly be consulted and will have their chance to make representations to the planning officer. I am amazed that you seem to think I, alone, have the power to decide if one is erected and can assure you that nothing could be further from the truth plus, as I have already said I am one of 3 councillors in the ward.

As there appears to be an enormous amount of ASB going on around the park I would urge you and your neighbours to keep reporting matters to the police which will help us to get them to put more resource into the village to combat the issues you highlighted.
There you are then - I don't remember being sarcastic but then I suspect that is just the way I come across in an e-mail. For the record the e-mail WAS a courtesy, those of you who know me well will already appreciate my cynicism about politicians and their motivation for doing the job that they do. The only reason I involve politicians in anything is to make sure that they can't plead ignorance of what is going on and to ensure that they do the job they are supposed to do and defend the interest of all of their electorate (and not just one element such as "Young People").
Oh and for the record, I never believed that Mrs Cassidy or any of our elected representatives have the power (alone or otherwise) to  force this type of development through. I simply expect that before any representative express support or opposition for any proposal (or puts their political weight behind it), that they should be fully cognisant of all of the prevailing issues around it. I am now satisfied that Mrs Cassidy is fully aware of the antisocial behaviour which blights the quality of life of reidents of this part of Clayhanger and I hope that she will ensure that her successor will be  equally aware should her party remain in power after the forthcomuing election.
The sources that I had dealt with gave reason to believe that in this case, Mrs Cassidy had made up her mind and was a supporter of this proposal. If what she has said above indicates otherwise then as I originally promised, she has an unequivocal apology - read it again and make your own mind up if she deserves one.
Thank you to councillor Cassidy for taking the time out of her busy schedule to respond. However I and a number of other local residents remain vigilant and ready to express our opposition should this scheme progress further. - Chaz 

Scarce Bird Alert

Don't it do yer ead in?

You go over one day and there is bugger-all to report, the following day someone goes over and finds something good!

Today it was Tony Stackhouse who discovered our second Garganey of the year, but this time an attractive male. Still present at 18.00 and favouring the east side of the main swag. Also present the singing Reed Warbler, supplying a nice soundtrack for watching our V.I.P. guest. - Chaz

Sunday, 26 April 2015

I know its too early... write-off spring, for goodness sakes there's a month of it left! But it was blooming quiet today.

If you discount the singing Reed Warbler on the Marsh and a Common Sandpiper on the Mere there was nothing of particular note. Yes, all of the Warblers are in and warbling, but I thought with four Whinchat at Cuckoo Bank today there might be a chance of something interesting dropping in.

Having said that, it was nice walking around in the sunshine listening to a Cuckoo again. There was much too long a period when they had disappeared (ten years plus!) so its good to have at least one back again. Today it was favouring the area between the Sewage Farm and the Mere but sounded quite mobile (Meadow Pipits watch out!)

You watch, the working week begins tomorrow so you can bet there will be a national rarity about! - Have a good one - Chaz

Friday, 24 April 2015

Ray gets a new Hobby

No I am not talking about his failed attempts at fishing this week, but today Ray claimed another zero day on the marsh - despite having the first Hobby of the year for the site! Apparently he has seen two or three elsewhere so it didn't count!

Some people are bloody hard work to please! - Chaz