Friday, 19 February 2010
Dowles Brook, Wyre Forest and Hurcott Nature Reserve....14/02/2010
Dowles Brook, Wyre Forest.
A sunny albeit a rather cold late morning/early afternoon was spent today at Dowles Brook in the Wyre Forest. The only problem here being parking spaces! The area is well used by cyclists, dog walkers, families and of course bird/nature watchers and as it is only a small car park spaces are at a premium. Today we were lucky as a space was being vacated as we arrived. Walking down the path that leads to the brook a Nuthatch was heard and then seen as it flew from tree to tree not resting for great views but lovely to see and hear. The area walking down to the brook was unusually quiet though Blue Tits soon made their presence known. We walked to an area where there is a small pool that had Mandarins on it last year, it was frozen solid. A couple of Coal Tits were busy foraging in the trees by the pool to be joined later by Blue Tits.
Walking back to the brook a Kingfisher was a pleasure to see as it flew very low down the length of the brook, sadly no Dipper today but plenty of time to catch up with it in the weeks ahead. Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Coal, Blue and Great Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Wren, Dunnock, Blackbird, Robin, Woodpigeon, Magpie, Grey Wagtail, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard and Carrion Crow seen along the walk. Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Yellowhammer and House Sparrow were seen at Lodge Hill Farm where a feeding station is set up. I was particularly pleased to see the House Sparrows, amazingly my first of 2010! Hopefully they will have a good breeding season! Raven heard and Great Spotted Woodpecker heard 'drumming'.
A quick (in theory) visit to Hurcott Nature Reserve on the way home was very productive. Wren, Great, Blue and Coal Tit, Long-Tailed Tit (in abundance), Nuthatch, Chaffinch, Siskin, Jay, Treecreeper, Goldfinch, Robin, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Woodpigeon, Coot, Moorhen, Mallard and Jackdaw all seen along a very short walk on the reserve, after a two and a half hour walk earlier around Dowles Brook we were very pleased with these species seen in such a short space. Three Robins enjoyed seed we placed for them all along the length of the fence top by the seating area (well comfy bench). A local birdwatcher told us where Blackcaps nest in the vegetation and another gentleman pointed out a tree where Great spotted Woodpeckers nest, funnily enough behind a nest box for Tits. I think Hurcott will be a regular feature on my agenda come Spring/Summer.
All in all a good weather day, a good walk and with some delightful bird species thrown in for good measure!