Saturday 13 January – Oldbury Power Station. Leader: Pete Hazelwood

16 people met on a chilly grey day. We started our walk through the orchard and soon spotted Fieldfares, adding all the other commonly seen thrushes including Redwing, Song and Mistle Thrushes over time. Along the shore line we saw a variety of waders including Curlew, Dunlin, Turnstone, Redshank, and a number of ducks including Teal, Wigeon and Shelduck. Three different pipit species were present: Rock and Meadow Pipit,, and significantly a Water Pipit on the saltmarsh near the yacht club. The highlight of the walk for me was seeing a Black Redstart as it posed beautifully for us in full view. There were also very good views of male and female Reed Buntings. Away from the estuary we encountered plenty of other birds of which my favourites were Snipe, Water Rail (heard), Bullfinch, Greenfinch, and a Skylark singing. At the end of the walk we watched a male and female Peregrine interacting with each other on a pylon near the car park. 52 species recorded. (Thanks to Peter for leading) Lynda Moysey