Why have I never visited this place before? It's huge, excellent birding and I can access private areas of the reservoir and ancient woodland as part of my West Midlands Bird Club membership.
I will be making regular visits here.
It was a bit daunting trying to figure out where to start, but to be honest, everywhere looked interesting. It's far too big to cover well in a single day. So I decided to start off in the two bays. Tad and Blithe bay.
A map of the reservoir showing the causeway road running across the centre of it.
I started here.
To be honest, just this end of the reservoir has too much to cover in a day. I made a start though. It was a quiet morning for waders. There were a lot of fishermen about the shorelines in boats, so that may have been an issue. I did get a Garden Warbler though, near one of the WMBC hides.
Later in the afternoon, a report came through of a Turnstone on the Causeway bank. I set off from Stansley Wood on the shore of Tad Bay to check it out.
Initially, I couldn't locate the Turnstone, but while looking I did find some other interesting Waders.
Dunlin (Taken with iPhone through Scope)
Dunlin video taken with Canon SX40 (watch in HD)
Ringed Plover (iscoped)
Little Ringed Plover (iscoped)
I spent a good while watching these birds on a small area of shoreline. There were 8 Ringed Plover, 2 Little Ringed Plover and 4 Dunlin. I'm glad I hung around, as the Turnstone decided to join the waders I was watching.
Dunlin, Turnstone and Ringed Plover. (Canon SX40)
I did eventually manage to get some better pictures of the Turnstone.
Turnstone. (Canon SX40)
Blithfield will see me on its banks again in the very near future.