Saturday, 13 May 2017

A round up of Spring sightings.

I cannot believe over a month has passed since my last blog post! How time flies!

Locally Skylarks, Corn Buntings, Yellowhammers, Chiffchaffs, Wheatears, Whinchat, Swallows, House Martins and finally Swifts are the highlight birds I have enjoyed seeing and hearing.

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Brake Mill, West Hagley.
15/04/217

Robins are normally to be seen here and ready to pose for the camera!




My first of the year Swallow sighting! There were 3 perched on the wire as I returned to my car, that is until I reached for my camera!
 
Easter bunny!





Brandon Marsh N R
17/04/17

Numerous Chiffchaffs calling/singing and Willow Warblers occasionally. Kestrel and Kingfisher were also a welcome sight.





Super views were enjoyed of this Treecreeper as it searched amongst the leaf litter for nesting material.





Whittington, nr Stourbridge.
April 2017

Skylarks, Corn Buntings, Yellowhammers, Wheatears and Whinchat have been a delight to see along with a few St Marks Flies!


                                                             St Marks flies! 
A comical looking fly as they dangle their legs in flight! They feed on nectar, making them important pollinators of fruit trees and crops.
                                      

 



 

  

 
 
 
07/05/2017
At Dowles Brook in the Wyre Forest, Blackcap (f),  Tree Pipit, Nuthatch, Chiffchaff, Long-tailed Tits, Buzzard x3 and a Sparrowhawk were the highlights, Wood Warbler was heard only and I dipped on Dipper and Pied Flycatchers!
 
Brimstone and White (sp) butterflies were seen often but they did not oblige by settling for a photo! Lovely to see all the same on what was a delightful warm and sunny day.
 
 
 
Longhorn Moths were abundant along the hedgerows.

 
 Bee Fly.
 
 

A couple of Long-tailed Tits were hovering and catching flies and also finding a few caterpillars no doubt to feed their chicks!
  The best image that I could manage of the Tree Pipit. Lovely to see and hear it!

 
 
 
It was a delightful Spring woodland walk and seeing the carpets of Bluebells and Wild Garlic made the day!
 


 
 
A lovely Wren put in an appearance at the end of the walk, many had been seen and heard along the way.
 
 
"Spring would not be spring without bird songs."
-  Francis M. Chapman