As it was my wife's day off today, we decided to go for a walk in the Wyre Forest. It is only about 4 miles from where we live and is a great area of ancient woodland.
We started off walking along Dowles brook where we picked up a Dipper, 3 Mandarin Ducks (1♂) and 2 Grey Wagtails. We also had good views of Marsh Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Jay and Nuthatch in this area. There was also great swathes of Wood Anemone in flower.
We managed to pick up a single Hawfinch near the orchard - a first for Bev so she was dead chuffed. There was also a very smart looking ♂ Common Redstart and a ♂ Brambling present in this area. At one point 5 Common Buzzards were up soaring over head and 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers could be heard drumming. A Green Woodpecker could also be heard having a good 'yaffle'
On the walk back across the clearing above the disused railway line we had a singing Tree Pipit, a Yellowhammer and a number of singing Willow Warblers. Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs were numerous during the whole walk.
In terms of butterflies seen we recorded Brimstone, Holly Blue, Orange Tip, Peacock, Red Admiral and Small Tortoiseshell during the walk.
All in all it was a very nice day out...followed by a fish and chip lunch down by the river at Bewdley...Its just typical that there had been a fall of Wheater on the patch (see previous post)...two guesses where I went when we got back home!
Grey Wagtail - Dowles Brook, 8th April 2011:
Common Redstart - Wyre Forrest, 8th April 2011: