Friday 9th July 2010, Upton Warren

Today the birding drought around Shenstone was starting to get to me, so myself and the better half decided to pop to Upton Warren nature reserve.

For those readers of this blog from outside the West Midlands region, Upton Warren is Worcestershire's premier bird reserve. It is located between Bromsgrove and Droitwich and is only 10 miles from the edge of Birmingham. It is owned by the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust and is also known as the Christopher Cadbury Wetland Reserve. The reserve consists of a series of pools, freshwater and saline, created by land subsidence resulting from local brine extraction. The two main areas reserve are the Moors Pool & The Flashes.

First stop was the Flashes and it was great to see a summer plumage Black-tailed Godwit. Also of note were 10 Green Sandpipers, 8 Little Ringed Plovers (2 of which were very young chicks) and 20 Curlew. A Brown Hawker Dragonfly was seen along the path to the hides.

It was then on to the moors pool where we saw a Little Egret, 1 Green Sandpiper and an eclipse ♂ Pochard. A Brown Hawker and a Black-Tailed Skimmer dragonfly were also seen here. Small numbers of Bee Orchid were in flower along the causeway.

From the west hide of the Moors Pool we wondered along the River Salwarpe into the education reserve where we saw large numbers of Banded & Beautiful Demoiselle Damselflies. And good numbers of butterflies including Red Admiral, Comma and the star species....a single White-letter Hairstreak on the underside of an Elm leaf.

Black-tailed Godwit - Upton Warren, 9th July 2010:

Red Admiral - Upton Warren, 9th July 2010:
Bee Orchid - Upton Warren, 9th July 2010:

For more information on Upton Warren Nature Reserve visit the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust:

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