Today it was time for a change of scene so I visited another of my favourite local places, the Wyre Forest. Its now getting to that time of year where less songbirds are singing and the leaf cover is that dense that it is quite hard to pick birds up that are in the canopy.
Walking along Dowles Brook there was a Dipper and 4+ Grey Wagtails. A Wood Warbler was heard singing and 2 ♂ Blackcaps were showing well. Along this stretch were good numbers of juvenile Blue Tits & Great Tits (mmm Raptor fodder!). A juvenile Coal Tit and a juvenile Robin were also seen.
The target species today was Small Pearl-borderded Fritillary and in the meadow along Dowles I saw at least 8 of them. An added bonus was a mass emergence of Chimney Sweeper moths with a 100+ present at this location. A couple of Six Spot Burnett Moths were also seen.
On the walk back along the dis-used railway there was (surprisingly) a Tree Pipit still singing. A Garden Warbler was showing well at Lodge Hill bridge and 2 Slow Worms were also seen on the Gorse covered embankment during the walk back.
Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary (♀)