Monday, 12 March 2012
A 'Slow' End To A Sunny Sunday Walk....11/03/2012
What a gloriously sunny and fairly warm day Sunday was, "more of that please" I say! Dowles Brook was the destination today in the hope of a better view of a Dipper than the two flypasts seen on my last visit on the 26th February. Sadly no luck at all today with a Dipper or Marsh Tit (also on the 26th Feb) but Grey Wagtails were just as nice to see as they busily wagged their tails and scurried over the water and rocks feeding. Treecreeper x2 on the same tree trunk were a delight to see and Nuthatches were calling and singing seemingly everywhere, they were very active today.Other highlights were Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Coal Tit (seen on the last leg of the walk by the carpark), Kingfisher (flypast), Buzzard and Raven x2 also seen on the last leg of the walk and they looked a treat with the blue clear sky as a backdrop. Butterflies were also a treat to see especially so being my firsts of the year. A Comma was the first sighted and then what looked to be a Clouded Yellow, it was distant but the size did not appear big enough to be a Brimstone, whichever it was it was still a lovely sight to see. During a walk in the heathland alongside the old railway track 4 Small Copper butterflies were spotted, I am thinking 3 or possibly 4 individual butterflies. After the butterfly sightings another treat was in store, a Slow Worm enjoying the sunshine! This was only my second sighting of a Slow Worm and a first for my Daughter so it was 'smiles all around'! After the walk a short visit was made to the Visitor Centre and to finish the 'Butterfly' day off a Red Admiral obligingly landed on the bumper of a car to soak up the suns rays. I can assure you it isn't my car in the photo, mine is cleaner..and a different colour.lol! Whilst on the bridge (by Lodge Hill Farm) we spoke to two fellow birders who unbeknowing to me until later in the evening were fellow bloggers Mark and Jason. it was good chatting to you guys and I look forward to meeting you both again sometime soon.