As the weather conditions were a bit more favourable i decided to pay another visit to the Wyre Forest with the hope of seeing Pearl-bordered Fritillary. There wasn't a sign of one but a whole host of interesting wildlife was observed.
I walked from Dry Mill Lane Carpark via Knowles Coppice to Lodge Hill Farm and came back via Town Coppice. During this walk I noted 3 Common Redstarts, 3 Garden Warblers, 4 Tree Pipits and 2 singing Wood Warblers. Two of the Garden Warblers were showing very well along the disused railway line, chasing and having a bit of a sing off as they competed for the territory
One of the highlights was watching a a herd of 6 Fallow Deer go ambling past whilst I was in Knowles Coppice.
Reptiles were well represented too with a cracking Adder seen basking at Town Coppice and 3 Slow Worms also recorded during the walk.
Mid afternoon the temperature was starting to feel warmer and the butterflies were starting to become active as a result. Along the railway line in this period I observed 3 Brimstone (2♂), 2♂ Orange Tip, 1 Peacock and 3 Speckled Wood on the wing. There were also swarms of Adela reaumurella long-horn moths on the wing enjoying the warmer conditions.
Right at the end of my visit, as I was nearing the car park, I spotted a Bee Fly feeding on the flowers at the edge of the path. Bee Flies are parasitic and resemble bumble/solitary bees. The adult female Bee Fly flicks it's eggs toward the entrance of a bee's underground nest. After hatching, the larvae then find their way into the nests and feed on the bee larvae.
Garden Warbler - Wyre Forest, 8th May 2012 by Shenstone Birder
Tree Pipit - Wyre Forest, 8th May 2012 by Shenstone Birder