Today I decided to visit a few local sites, starting with the patch of course, to see what was about. For this birding adventure I was accompanied by my old mate and sometimes cantankerous chuffer Tony. We started the day with a quick cuppa at Tony's now famous cafe...the new outdoors tea garden is very nice...anyway I digress, on with the post.
Captains Pool & Shenstone:
The Great Crested Grebe chicks are really developing well with all 4 juvs looking fit and healthy. At Stanklyn Lane paddocks the late summer flock of 19 Mistle Thrush were feeding. There was little else of note on the patch today and still not a sniff of a Wheatear or Yellow Wagtail so I decided to head up the road to Woodrow.
As with Shenstone we drew a blank at Woodrow with the passage chats. This however was soon forgotten when we were treated to superb views of a Red Kite that proceeded to circle fairly low over the woodrow area for 5 minutes or so before heading north. This was so pleasing as these magnificent raptors are not breeding in the county as yet and personally I only tend have 1 or 2 sightings in Worcestershire a year.
There were good numbers of Meadow Brown and Gatekeeper butterfly present along the footpath and we even recorded 2 Essex Skippers.
Next stop on the magical mystery tour was Tanwood. The previous day TMH and I had seen a ♂ Redstart there and 2 imm. Northern Wheatears. Today there was no sign of these birds but there was another Wheatear present. This was a different bird however and had much more of a buff flush to its chest. Also noted at Tanwood were 4 juvenile House Sparrows on the wires and 2 Yellowhammers (1 adult & 1 juv).
Holt & Grimley:
The last part of our tour was to Holt and Grimley. We stopped off at Holt Sling Pool first where 1 Common Sandpiper and 4 Green Sandpipers were noted.
It was then onto Camp Lane pits at Grimley. The Great White Egret was still present and showing well but now there were also 3 Little Egrets present....the size difference is incredible. Also of note were 9 Common Terns and 2 eclipse drake Wigeon. The Wigeon were a bonus as it's unusual to see them at this site during the summer months.
To round off the day we headed back to the garden terrace at Tony's Cafe and enjoyed another brew. A fitting end to an enjoyable day out.