After Shenstone (see below post), it was on to Grimley. Things were very quite here in terms of bird life but it was great to see that the Common Terns had got a chick on the tern raft at the Island Pool. Things were Slightly better at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits where 4 Little Ringed Plovers and a Common Sandpiper were seen. An Essex Skipper was also seen in the rough grassy field next to the Wagon Wheel pits.
From Grimley it was a short drive to nearby Monkwood Green. Here there were many butterflies on the wing with the highlight being a count of 22 Marbled Whites. Also present were Large, Small and Essex Skippers. Ringlets and Meadow Browns were numerous and small numbers of fresh looking Gatekeepers were present.
Marbled White - Monkwood Green, 7th July 2010:
Gatekeeper - Monkwood Green, 7th July 2010: