Today Tony and I decided to undertake a walk in the Wyre Forest. I decided not to lug my scope around today so it will only be photos from my archive again.
We started by walking along Dowles Brook from the bottom of Dry Mill Lane to past Coopers Mill. on the brook itself we had cracking views of a perched Kingfisher and Grey Wagtail but the real highlight was Dipper. Dippers breed in the Wyre (although not in great numbers) but what made this special is that this individual got out of the brook, perched on a rock and started singing....fantastic! This is only the second time I have heard a Dipper sing its rather melancholy song that is reminiscent of a warbler.
During this stretch of walk we saw good numbers of woodland birds including Marsh Tits (at three different locations), Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Great Spotted Woodpecker. Also of interest were a ♂ Sparrowhawk and small numbers of Siskin.
At Lodge Hill farm we had a good natter with John Robinson, retired warden and top wildlife photographer, who lives there. Shortly afterwards we invited into the Natural England building for a nice hot cup of tea and yet another chinwag (hard work this birding lark)...Thanks to Tabatha for the hospitality.
Anyway, back to the birds. At the footbridge next to Lodge Hill Farm there were 6 Yellowhammers and another Marsh Tit present. A Green Woodpecker and 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers were also noted.
All in all it was a pleasant few hours out but I was suprised not to see a single Brambling or Lesser Redpoll....ah well theres always next time!
Dipper - Dowles Brook
Grey Wagtail - Dowles Brook
Yellowhammer - Lodge Hill Farm