Shustoke Reservoir lies two miles east of Coleshill on th B4114 Coleshill to Furnace End Road, south of the River Bourne. At 1.5km west to east, the main pool is only 400m at its widest point. The River Bourne feeds the smaller eastern pool (8 acres), the water is then transferred to the main reservoir (92 acres). Disturbance at weekends can be a problem.
Friday, 9 March 2012
I received an email from Rob Carson who is pretty sure that he saw a FIrecrest around the small pool a couple of weeks back. I have been rather busy at work recently but I will certainly make time to have a search over the weekend. He was watching a group of Goldcrest when he is relatively sure that they were joined by a Firecrest. In my experience the species associate with each other, but we haven’t exactly got a lot of woodland.
I am inclined to think that it is probably a genuine record but having read how rare the species is, Rob is not 100% certain. I have met Rob and he may well be wrong but he certainly isn’t a stringer.
Below is his email, I think even although two weeks have past it would be worth a good look.
I am 95% sure that I saw a firecrest last week , Saturday 25th Feb ,11am ish . It was a bright sunny day . There were a few goldcrests flitting above my head . They were only a few feet from me . Then what I would say was a firecrest joined them. This was by the little pool. I am questioning myself as .....A. do firecrests and goldcrests mix together ? ....and B. just how rare firecrests are ! As you can imagine it was a captivating couple of minutes. So, did I see a firecrest amongst them ?? What do you think? I was certain untill I came home and read how rare they are. Cheers , Rob C.