This afternoon, whilst the sun was shining, I decided to go for a stroll at Eymore Wood. Eymore Wood is situated next to the River Severn and is only 4 miles from where I live. It's a place that I used to visit regularly with Danny, when he was in better health, and its cracking place to go for a wander.
During my circuit around the wood I saw a number of the common woodland birds including 2 Treecreepers, 6 Goldcrests and 3 Coal Tits. There were also 4 singing Chiffchaffs on site which really lifts the spirit hearing these summer migrant warblers singing away. I only encountered 2 butterflies and both of them were Small Tortoiseshell (oh...when will I see a Brimstone or Comma this Spring!)
On returning to the upper carpark I was treated to a huge flock of 100+ Siskin that flew out of the adjacent Larches and wheeled around and landed in the tree tops further up the way. The sound and volume of these small finches chuntering away was deafening.
Just before leaving I was treated to brief views of a ♂ Common Crossbill that perched in a tree near my car (just a pity he didn't want to pose nicely for the camera). All in all an enjoyable walk and a pleasant way to while away an hour or two on a sunny afternoon.
♂ Common Crossbill - 22nd March 2012