As it was a beautifully clear day and the sun was shining, Bev and I decided to have a drive out to the highpoint of Titterstone Clee Hill in Shropshire. Titterstone is about 20 miles away but on a clear day it affords great views across to the Welsh mountains. The drive out there is also very pleasant.
Before heading up to the summit we checked out Catherton Common on the lower slopes. It was pretty much devoid of birds except a ♀ Reed Bunting perched on the Gorse and a single Kestrel.
Next we checked out the viewpoint next to the quarry pool. Again it was birdless but the warmer weather had brought out 2 Small Tortoiseshell butterflies.
On the wires along the lane up to the summit carpark were a handful of Meadow Pipits and a single Linnet. Just prior to the summit a ♂ and ♀ Stonechat were showing on the Gorse.
We then walked around the hill a wee way and sat and enjoyed the views. With such conditions and the time of year I was hoping for a passing Hen Harrier, Merlin or Red Kite. This never happened but there were a few raptors showing, the highlight being a rather stunning Peregrine that went through. Also noted were 4 Common Buzzard and a Kestrel. As ever with Titterstone the Ravens were very much in evidence. At one point we had 14 Ravens up kronking away and entertaining us with their acrobatic displays.
All in all it was a very enjoyable day out rounded off by a bag of chips from the Chippy at Clee Hill village...it doesn't get much better!
♀ Stonechat - 6th March 2012
♂ Stonechat - 6th March 2012