Saturday 23 November – Oldbury Power Station

 After a cold and misty start, 17 birdwatchers met for what turned out to be a very enjoyable morning in brilliant sunshine. Although good numbers of estuary birds, such as Teal, Wigeon and Dunlin were seen, most interest was generated by the variety and number of passerines around the site. These included two Stonechats, a late Chiffchaff and singles of Siskin and Redpoll. A large mixed finch flock on Lagoon 3 held our interest for quite a while, including around 150 Chaffinches, Linnets, Goldfinches, Reed Buntings and at least one Brambling. Other birds of note included Peregrine, Raven, Mistle Thrush and Treecreeper. Highlight of the morning for me though was the Grey Seal which we watched diving close to the shore to the north of the power station.