Sunday, 5 May 2013

An April catch-up in May!

1st April:
Lower Smite Farm and Hillers Farm Shop.

It had been a long while since my last walk around Lower Smite Farm, a cold day so it was good to have a good walk! Yellowhammer, Chiffchaff, Robin, Blue & Great Tit, House Sparrow, Sparrowhawk and Kestrel were all seen on the walk. It was  a pleasure to sit and watch the House Sparrows on and around the feeders, a sight I had in my garden once upon a time but not anymore.



 
 
Later in the afternoon a first visit to Hillers Farm Shop was made and most enjoyable it was too. Apart from the delicious food they serve and sell they have bird feeders and a hide at the far end of the Farm shops/Garden centre, a lovely idea and a good idea to get people interested in birds and Wildlife! A Muntjac was a nice surprise to see feeding fairly close with a Pheasant for company.



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Several visits were made to Brake Mill Pool and Brake Lane during April. Varying numbers of Goosander were seen on several occasions on the pool during the early part of April. Mistle thrush, Fieldfare, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Whitethroat, Grey Wagtail, Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker, Swallow, House Martin, Kestrel and Buzzard werre a few of the highlight species seen during the month.
 



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Buzzards galore at Severn Valley Country Park , well 7 to be precise! It was a real treat watching them circling in the thermals. The marsh area was quiet with just Canada Geese, Coot, Moorhen and Mallard to be seen. The views were excelllent as it was such a clear and sunny day!


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Several visits were also made during the month  to the area of Whittington, nr Stourbridge where Wheatears and soaring Buzzards were the stars of the show though I must also mention the singing Skylarks and hovering Kestrels which played their parts magnificiently!





There were 5 Wheatears perched at one point, I think they were enjoying the heat!

 Spot the birdie!

This sheep somehow managed to find it's way out of the field where the flock were but soon was bleating to return to them! It followed me up the track at one point, I felt like Little Bo Peep! It did return home wagging his tail behind him!

 
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A visit to Forge Mill Farm, Sandwell was made though there was  not much in the way of birds to report about. However a rather handsome looking  Bull and cute calves were delightful to see.

 
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 Dowles Brook, Wyre Forest came up trumps today (28th) with a pair of Pied Flycatchers and two female Redstarts being the absolute stars of the day! To have had good views of the Pied Flycatchers feeding and perching for around an hour was brill and then two Redstarts arrived! It was lovely to get such good sightings of these stunning looking birds!
  
Wood Warbler was heard only, a pair of Mandarin Ducks, Grey Wagtail x2, Marsh Tit, Blackcap pair, Siskin, Redpoll, Goldcrest, Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Nuthatch being other highlights! A Muntjac was fleetingly seen and Peacock Butterflies were spotted several times but surprisingly not a single Brimstone today. At long last we are now seeing some colour in the form of Cowslips, Forget-me-knots, Cuckoo Flower and Common-dog Violets to name a few.












 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

4 comments:

  1. Hi Pam, A very enjoyable catch up, I can see you've had some lovely visits and seen plenty of goodies. Lots of lovely photos too! Well done on the Pied Flycatchers and Redstarts, I'm envious of both of those sightings :-) Some years ago we had snow in late April and I had a Pied Flycatcher on my washing line!!

    A few years ago House Sparrows disappeared from my garden too but last year they reappeared and I now have a small flock constantly flitting from the hedge to the feeders. I appreciate them a lot more than I used to! :-)

    Lovely to see the little Muntjac too. I see them here sometimes and each time am surprised by how small they are.

    I haven't been able to get out and enjoy any of the good weather due to being unwell :-(

    Apologies for mixing up the Little and GWE on the last post :-)

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  2. Hi Jan, thank you for your kind comments and really there is no neeed to apologise, we have all been there and done that. :-)
    How lovely to have a Pied Flycatcher in your garden, worth having a fall of snow for.;-)

    My best wishes to you for a speedy recovery Jan.

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  3. How nice to get such good views of both Redstart and Flycatchers Pam!
    I've not seen either yet......reckon we are a week behind you and some of the trees in Cumbria last week looked another week behind us with snow still lying on the mountain tops!
    I have a Bluebell just about to flower in the garden,so we are getting there,slowly!

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  4. The Flycatchers and Redstarts were stars of the day Ruth! It is great to see the trees and hedgerows greening up now and colour in the fields and hedgerows!

    Thanks for your kind comments Ruth.

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