Today I went out with Tony to undertake a walk in the Wyre Forest. The idea was to hopefully connect with Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (my Wyre bogey bird) and pick up the Tree Pipits which had been reported a few days earlier. I have seen a number of Tree Pipits there over the years but today I had taken my sound recorder with me in the hope of getting some recordings. Needless to say the Lesser Spot remained elusive, although we did hear one calling distantly beyond Uncllys Farm. As for the Tree Pipits there was no sign either and i can only assume that the ones the previous week had been passage birds as opposed to returning breeders.
The walk itself didn't give up much in terms of birds although good numbers of Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler were in good voice, so I put my sound recorder to good use. We also had good views of a singing ♂ Blackcap along the disused railway line.
Butterflies were also fairly inactive today with the only notables being a ♀ Orange Tip at the carpark near Uncllys. A Peacock and a Small Tortoiseshell were seen in the Town Coppice area.
That said the Wyre is a fantastic place to go for a walk and usually there are one or two highlights. Today's came in the form of the forests reptiles. At Town Coppice we had cracking views of a ♂ Adder. It must have recently sloughed its skin and was the most wonderful blue/grey colour...absolutely stunning! Added to that we discovered 2 Slow Worms along the embankment of the disused railway that were basking together.
OK so we didn't get from the forest what we had initially intended but we still had an really enjoyable 4-5 hours.
Chiffchaff - Wyre Forest, 13th April 2012 by Shenstone Birder
Willow Warbler 1 - Wyre Forest, 13th April 2012 by Shenstone Birder