Today I had yet another away day from Shenstone and decided to go for a walk along the River Severn at Blackstone and Ribbesford near Bewdley. It is known locally as a place where you can see Club-tailed Dragonfly, although i didn't manage to see one. It is also worked as a local patch by a young local birder Craig (Midlands Birder) who has found some good birds there including Smew and Whooper Swan. If you get chance check out Craig's blog at http://www.midlandsbirder.blogspot.com/
Anyway on to my walk. As already mentioned, I didn't connect with Club-tailed Dragonfly but I did see good numbers of Banded Demoiselle and a few White-legged Damselflies. Not many butterflies were seen but I did see 1 Small Copper, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Small White and a couple of Green-veined Whites. Also of interest was a Green Legged Sawfly, quite a few Green Nettle Weevils and a 7-Spot Ladybird.
The highlight in terms of birds was seeing the sheer number of Sand Martins feeding over the river. Also, a juvenile and an adult Grey Wagtail were along the river underneath the bridge. A Sedge Warbler could be heard singing from further down river and numerous Blackcaps, Garden Warblers and Chiffchaffs were singing. I only heard a single Common Whitethroat though which is a contrast to Shenstone where they are by far the most common warbler.
7-Spot Ladybird - Ribbesford:
Green Legged Sawfly (Tenthredo mesomelas):
Small Tortoiseshell - Ribbesford
White-Legged Damselfly (♂) - Ribbesford:
Banded Demoiselle (♂) - Blackstone: