Friday 18th June 2010 - Belle Vale, Halesowen

At 8:30 this morning my dad (Stephen Kernohan) had a Red Kite drift over his garden and the neighbouring Hawne Park in Halesowen.

This was a great sighting as Hawne Park used to be a former local patch of mine when I lived in Halesowen. It is a fairly small area of woodland, grassland and scrub that is sandwiched between 3 streets and a football pitch. Running through it is a small brook that joins onto Lutley Gutter. Stand out species that I have recorded there in the past include - Cuckoo, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Willow Tit, Woodcock and a colony of Purple Hairstreak butterflies.

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