Today I popped out with Tony for a couple of hours to the nearby Wyre Forest (quite possibly my favourite wild place in Worcestershire). Having attended the Worcestershire Recorders annual meeting on Saturday and listening to an informed talk on the Adders of the Wyre I decided to go and have a look see if I could catch up with one of these locally endangered reptiles. This time of year the males are laying out near their hibernacula and basking in the early Spring sun.
On commencing our journey down the disused railway line we bumped into Mark (http://doorstepbirding.blogspot.com/) who was just completing a walk there. As we stood nattering I noticed nearby some Yellow Brain Fungi growing on an old dry stem of Dog Rose. We left Mark to head back to his car and continued our walk. Along the railway embankment we came across a huge Wood Ants nest that was very active in the late morning sunshine.
Not long afterwoods we bumped into fellow local birder/wildlife enthusiast 'Kinver Jim' who joined us for our search for Adders. I'm not going to post any locations/site specifics folks for fear of disturbance due to the sensitive nature of this locally declining species. Needless to say it wasn't long before I managed to locate a stunning ♂ Adder basking in the sun. We watched from a distance using the close focus on our binoculars and then moved on.
We headed to the bridge at Lodge Hill Farm next where 2 Common Buzzards were up soaring. Also seen from here were a ♂ Siskin, a number of Goldfinch, a Goldcrest and a Great Spotted Woodpecker.
We then parted ways with Jim and headed through Knowles Coppice and back along Dowles Brook. In the coppice we had great views of a Redwing perched lowdown in a nearby tree. On the brook we saw a single Dipper. 4 Song Thrush were also noted.
♂ Adder - 5th March 2012
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Yellow Brain Fungus (Tremella Mesenterica)
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