Monday 22 April 2013

Kittiwake in Staffordshire

A trip to a blustery Alvecote Pools after work failed to produce anything special other than a single male Yellow Wagtail on Mill Pool. Whilst I was there I bumped into Sean Allison who told me about an adult Kittiwake he had found in Tamworth yesterday. With a bit of time to spare before the football started I decided to head down to Borrowpit Lake to see if it was still present. 

Upon arrival it was actually the first bird a stumbled across, showing down to just a few metres off the sea cadet jetty. As with the nearby Shustoke bird, this individual seemed quite at home mingling with the resident Canada Geese and Black-headed Gulls picking up morsels of food at the waters edge. Also present were 8 Common Tern, a male Sparrowhawk and a singing male Blackcap.

Kittiwake (adult) - Borrowpit Lake, Staffordshire
Photo by Sean Allison

If you are interested in paying this bird a visit it is best to park at the bottom of West Street in Kettlebrook.  Then take the track that runs parallel to the metal fence of the Sea Cadet building. Cross the road and head through the gate onto the nature reserve section of the lake. This will save you paying to park in the Snowdome car park. For more details just click on the Location option in the red box below.

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