Wed 5th Jan 2011 - The Wyre Forest

Today, TS and I decided to pop a couple of miles up the road to the Wyre for a walk and to hopefully pick up the Hawfinches that have been visiting the orchard at Lodge Hill Farm.

We started our walk down along Dowles Drook where we connected with a large Tit flock that included 2 Marsh Tits, a Coal Tit and Goldcrest, as well as good numbers of Blue Tits, Great Tits and Long-Tailed Tits. A Nuthatch was also heard calling from this wooded area. Further along the Dowles brook we had great views of Dipper (which kept flying every time I was about to take a Ive attached one I took last year).

We arrived at Lodge Hill Farm about mid-day and spent a good hour or so scanning for the Hawfinches but had no joy...ah well another day. We did however get good views of 2 Bramblings which are always a pleasure to see.

Also of note during the visit to the forest were a Common Buzzard, a Raven and a number of Jays. Another Marsh Tit was seen near the car park at Dry Mill Lane.

Brambling - Lodge Hill Farm, 5th Jan 2011:

Dipper - Dowles Brook, 2010:


  1. Early bird catches the worm Jason!

  2. I saw that you and your Dad had caught up with them that morning... Ah well thats birding...I had an appoint that morning so couldnt get there any time!