Wednesday 9th May 2012 - Worcester and Shenstone

Please note:
Just to let you all know, this will be my last blog post for a week as I am going on holiday to Pembrokeshire.  Normal service will resume on my return.  Right on with the post....

Today I decided to pop to Cherry Orchard LNR (on the outskirts of the city of Worcester) to try and get a sound recording of the Nightingale that had been present there for the past week.  I picked up Tony on the way out (well somebody has got to!) and we headed there.

On arrival we walked the track past the play area and model railway and were surprised to see a large area of scrub open up before us.  We were soon greeted by the sounds of the many Common Whitethroats and Blackcaps that were present singing away.  A bit further down the track we heard what we were hoping for...the beautiful song of the Nightingale, a sound that is becoming increasingly scarce in Worcestershire.  I got out my sound recorder and managed to get a magical recording of the bird.  The excitement didn't end there as the bird actually showed itself on a number of occasions perching up and singing from a nearby Willow...fantastic!

Nightingale - Worcester, 9th May 2012 by Shenstone Birder

On the way back the rain was absolutely pouring down but I decided to skirt through the patch in case some thing had been put down.  I'm glad I did because perched on the fences at Stanklyn paddocks was an absolutely stunning ♂ Whinchat, the first of the year on the patch.   Tony then picked up a Wheatear in the same paddock so I quickly got it in my scope.  It was a stunning ♀ Greenland Wheatear...with a lovely tangeringe wash all the way down its chest to its underparts.   The Shenstone goodies didn't stop there as a Garden Warbler was busy singing away from the hedgerow behind.

Phew!  I think I need a rest now or perhaps a holiday!

♂ Whinchat - 9th May 2012

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  1. Enjoy Pembrokeshire, I am jealous, not been there since January. I believe the Glossy Ibis are still at Marloes Mere.

  2. Have a great week then, Jason. I`m not envious at all ;-)

  3. Lolvely sound of a Nightingale Jason.

  4. That's a delightful sound recording, Jason. Pembrokeshire - fantastic! Enjoy.

  5. Thanks all...I can't wait!

  6. Congrats on the beautiful recording, Jason! I misread your description of the Greenland Wheatear and pictured a 'tangerine wash all the way down it's chest to it's underpants.' Looking forward to a post on Pembrokeshire; beautiful spot, camped there a few times.

  7. Thanks Omi. Haha, now that Wheatear would be a sight!