It was a glorious sunny day today so Bev and I decided to undertake a walk in the Postensplain area of the Wyre Forest (Shropshire). On arrival we bumped into fellow local birder Sean C who informed us that he had seen a Tree Pipit near the wood store.
Walking along the rides the warblers were in good voice with Blackcaps, Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers all belting out their songs. In the clearing/new plantation area past the wood store we picked up on Sean's Tree Pipit singing away and parachuting into the tree tops. Also in this area were a flock of c.40 Common Crossbills, although there was no sign of the Two-barred Crossbills that had been present earlier in the year.
Common Crossbill (♀)
Also of interest during this walk was a Slow Worm basking amongst the dried bracken at the edge of a ride and an interesting little invert in the form of a Common Groundhopper (a close relative of the grasshoppers and a lifer for me).
All in all it was a very pleasant walk with the only downside being the lack of butterflies on the wing.
Slow Worm (Anguis fragilis)
Common Groundhopper (Tetrix undulata)