We notice that The Kingfisher, on Birdbrook Road, has a new pub sign:
It depicts an example of the eponymous bird, the Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis). The new image is more lifelike than its somewhat cartoonish predecessor (below), with a plain background. Both examples are female, recognisable by the orange colour on the lower mandible (the bottom part of the bill, or beak). A good way to remember this is “female Kingfishers wear lipstick”!
We wonder, given the road name, whether its makers saw Kingfishers, during its construction, and if so, when the last one was in the area?
The best place to see Kingfishers, locally, these days is at RSPB Sandwell Valley — but even then you need good luck and a keen eye.
What interesting pub signs do you know of, in B44?
[Andy Mabbett is a West Midland Bird Club trustee, an RSPB volunteer, and committee member of the RSPB Walsall Local Group.]