Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Melodies in June!

I am finally getting around to posting in June before the month is out and July arrives with a promised heatwave!
Visits to Dowles Brook in the Wyre Forest,  Brake Lane and Mill at West Hagley and Warwickshire for a special Warbler were enjoyed,  the Severn Valley Railway and sightings in my garden completed the month of June which seemed to fly by!

6th June.
Brake Mill and Brake Lane.

Not a lot to report about from this area other than the sighting of a few duckling families ( I wonder how many have survived), I was informed that the Swan pair had had 6 cygnets which have now reduced down to 2 cygnets, they are now growing at an alarming rate!

A singing Corn Bunting at Brake lane was a joy to see and hear.

 
 

 
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7th June
 
Dowles Brook, Wyre Forest.
 
Wood Warbler was heard only from the Railway Track just on from the car park, Grey Wagtail, a pair of Buzzards and a Nuthatch family with the young being fed in one of the trees by Lodge Hill Farm were the highlights today.
. Good numbers of Common Blue male and female butterflies were seen along with Brimstones and a couple of flighty Pearl-bordered Fritillaries. Longhorn Moths were in abundance.
 
 
 
 





 
 
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18th & 24th June
 
Severn Valley Railway.
 
A very pleasant couple of days were spent travelling on the Severn Valley Railway- Heritage Steam Railway and stopping off at Arley, Highley and Bridgnorth for refreshments and a walk in delightful countryside.


 Kidderminster Station.


 
 
Highley Station ....The Engine House.
 
 




 

Toot toot!


 
A wonderful couple of days and in the sunshine!
 
 
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20th June
 
 
A visit was made to see the long staying Melodious Warbler at Mercote Mill Farm which is close by Marsh Lane Nature Reserve (a private reserve) near Hampton-in-Arden. A stunning Warbler to see and an absolute joy to hear singing! Luckily the heavy rains of the day kept at bay for around 20 minutes or so whilst we were enjoying some good views of the bird though as soon as a few heavy spots of rain fell the Warbler sensibly took cover and we made our leave.
 


The 'heavy bill' shows well in this image.


 
 
Oh dear...not working!!
 
Edit: Now working so double the fun!
video
 
but the one below  is!
 
Melodious Warbler singing sweetly!
 
 
 
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27th June
 
 
A walk at Whittington produced some great butterfly sightings, these being Small Tortoiseshell
 and Meadow Brown. Though the wind was at times quite strong I still managed a few images when the butterflies settled. Skylarks were heard and seen throughout the duration of my walk and it was a treat to see a Skylark perched and singing it's delightful warbling song!

To a Skylark
by William Wordsworth.

Up with me! up with me into the clouds!
For thy song, Lark, is strong;
Up with me, up with me into the clouds!
Singing, singing,
With clouds and sky about thee ringing,
Lift me, guide me till I find
That spot which seems so to thy mind!














 
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Throughout the month of June in my garden I have had the pleasure of visits from Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Bullfinch (pair), Goldfinch, Coal, Great and Blue Tits, Long-tailed Tits and my usual garden visitors Robins, Dunnocks, Blackbirds, Woodpigeons, Carrion Crow x2 (in the garden for their early breakfast feast) and a cheeky Heron that managed to snatch a rather large fish from my covered pond and then deposited it in the middle of a lawn as it was presumably too big for it to consume...what a waste of a fish!
 
I purchased a Wildlife Camera from Aldi (a snip at £69.99) and was thrilled to see on the first trial that the camera had captured a Fox in my garden in the early hours! I knew a Fox had been visiting as it had left it's calling card a couple of times but it was great to see an image of it during it's early morning visit.
 
 
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I finish my June post with a photo taken in my garden of a young Magpie that thought it would try and catch a butterfly......it is a solar powered flying butterfly!!!
 
What a silly Pica pica!