Tuesday 07 May – Oldbury Power Station Leader: Di Bunniss

We had a wonderful walk at Oldbury Power station with a group of 31 people in total. We spotted a Buzzard while waiting for everyone to arrive at the car park. The sun was shining and became quite warm during the walk. Lots of song by Chiffchaffs and Blackbirds along the way. There was a debate whether we were hearing two Cuckoos or just the one, which made us all smile. We stopped first at the lake and saw Mute Swans, Little Grebe, Tufted Ducks, Moorhens and Mallards with chicks. Along Lagoon 3 was the constant song of Reed Warblers, but rarely popping into view. A Linnet perched for a short while for some of the group to admire. We paused on the coastal path at the Severn Estuary for coffee and saw Oystercatchers, Shelducks, a few Grey Herons, gulls and a Whimbrel. We stopped at Lagoon 2 and heard lots of Whitethroat and Blackcap. On the way to lunch we saw a beautiful male Bullfinch. Finally, we had our picnic in the old orchard where we saw a Blue Tit in and out of a nest box. We recorded a total of 42 species. A great day had by all. Thanks to Di for leading. Caron Thornton-Trippit