Tues 31st May 2011 - Blackstone & Ribbesford

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:


  1. Smart pics again, Jason. Hoping the Banded Demoiselles emerge here soon.

  2. Thanks Dean..They are stunning, as are Beautiful demoiselles.


  3. Not many Flutters here today either Jase. Hoping for some Purple Hairstreaks soon :-)