Sunday, 1 April 2012
Titterstone Clee Hill, Shropshire....01/04/2012
It had been just over 18 months since my last visit to Titterstone Clee Hill so a long overdue visit was made today in the hope of seeing Ring Ouzels that had been reported there. Parking up before reaching the summit great views were had of a Stonechat pair, Meadow Pipits, Skylark (heard only), Raven x4 (later in the afternoon 9+ were viewed in the air), Buzzard x3 (8+ in the air later in the afternoon), Kestrel x2 and a real treat were a pair of Peregines giving the best views of them in flight that I have ever had. A Pied Wagtail was seen several times around the summit carpark and it was good to see (well wave to) Pete who was poised with his bazooka (his camera and big lens for those not in the know) amongst the derelict buildings. Walking towards the derelict buildings a male Ring Ouzel was spotted and good views were had of this delightful little Thrush. Several Wheatears were also seen at the summit and a couple of the males were viewed displaying, they really were a joy to see! The weather had been good today and felt quite warm in sheltered spots. On the way down the track to head home another treat was in store....a Red Kite soared overhead....a super bird to see to end what had been a sunny and very fruitful birding day!