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Dowles Brook, Wyre Forest

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Old Wednesday 16th May 2018, 20:02   #551
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An excellent afternoon on Monday in the Wyre Forest along the old railway track and Dowles Brook. At least 8 singing Wood Warbler plus a few silent individuals along with at least 5 singing Pied Flycatcher - the best totals I have encountered in the forest. Also calling Cuckoo, Dipper, Spotted Flycatcher, Tree Pipit, Garden Warbler, Willow Warbler and Marsh Tit together with the usual Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Coal Tit, Goldcrest, Jay, Green & GS Woodpecker etc
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Old Sunday 20th May 2018, 14:52   #552
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Another lovely long stroll along Dowles Brook and the railway line this morning.

Redstart (M) singing from the top of a tree just before the fourfinger post.
A single Tree Pipit, multiple Wood Warbler, Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Willow Warbler.

But nothing came even close to unexpectedly stumbling across two (yes two) Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers, one of which stuck around long enough to give me great views of it circling the trunks of several trees looking for food. Magic.

Spent the last hour or so looking for a Spotted Flycatcher to no avail. Perfect excuse for a further visit.

Didn't hear a Cuckoo.
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Old Wednesday 23rd May 2018, 05:45   #553
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Another great session on Monday afternoon along the old railway track and its offshoots resulted in 13 singing Wood Warbler (plus a few silent birds), 4 singing Pied Flycatcher, 3 singing Redstart, several Tree Pipit, Marsh Tit, a daytime calling Tawny Owl and Spotted Flycatcher (sorry Rob!) together with all the usual woodland species. Plenty of Pearl-boarded Fritillaries on the wing after Eric's bench.

Please note that the car park off Dry Mill Lane is closed this week for track maintenance.
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Woodcock seen half a dozen times, probably the same bird between 9:30 and 11:00pm . A lot of toads seen crossing the tracks and 8 glow-worms in the grass verges.
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Purple Hairstreak butterfly today at Button Oak. White Admiral last week at Trimply
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Another pleasant stroll around Dowles Brook, got rather warm past mid-day, no wind. Bird wise very quiet, Of note a female Redstart at Lodge Farm and a couple of Grey Wags by the river. Saw more varieties of butterflies than birds! Including many Silver Washed Fritillaries on the wing (20+) and my first sighting of a Small Heath in the Wyre. This S.W. Frit was the only one that settled.

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Dipper showing well on Wednesday 3/10/18 , 50 yds downstream of the Mill
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Several hundred redpoll in the treetops along the old railway track, amazing to see so many. Also a woodcock burst out of the bracken and a marsh tit feeding and calling from a birch tree. Dipper and grey wagtail seen down in the brook. Several ravens calling as they passed overhead through the day and lots of jays screeching but mostly staying out of sight
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Dipper and Kingfisher on the brook today, Housemartins, Swallows and at least 10 Swift. Great view of a Cuckoo flying in to the top of a tree and calling. Numerous Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler. 3 Wood Warbler heard but not seen. 2 Common Lizzards fighting and good numbers of Butterfly including pearl bordered Fratillary.
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Nice early walk along the railway track and then back along the brook tree pipit , 5 garden warbler, pied fly, redstart, cuckoo calling , LSW calling , 3 wood warbler , 4 mandarin, kingfisher, heron the best.
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Wood warbler singing and showing well in Knowles Coppice this morning also 2 spotted flycatchers further down the railway track foraging just below the canopy. Cuckoo heard calling numerous times as he made his way around the woods. Lots of other birds seen including garden warbler, willow warbler, chiffchaff, bullfinch, jay & swifts
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Nice morning out in Wyre Forest today. Pied flycatcher, a pair of Redstart, Wood Warbler, 2 Dippers, Kingfisher and what I thought were Willow Tit(dull black heads) but is that right for the Forest, or is it only Marsh?

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Nice morning out in Wyre Forest today. Pied flycatcher, a pair of Redstart, Wood Warbler, 2 Dippers, Kingfisher and what I thought were Willow Tit(dull black heads) but is that right for the Forest, or is it only Marsh?
I'm in the Wire Forest regularly and i've never seen a Willow Tit, but I've
seen plenty of Marsh Tits. The best person to enquire of would be the county recorders.
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Nice morning out in Wyre Forest today. Pied flycatcher, a pair of Redstart, Wood Warbler, 2 Dippers, Kingfisher and what I thought were Willow Tit(dull black heads) but is that right for the Forest, or is it only Marsh?
Almost certainly Marsh Tit. Did you hear them call, that would clinch it.
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Thanks both, although the crown was distinctly dull, I think you're right about Marsh Tit. I've listened to the calls.

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An excellent morning along Dowles Brook today; several wood warblers singing just off the railway track, pair of redstarts with the hen nesting in a hole in a tree down by the mill. Dipper, kingfisher & grey wagtail down in the brook, several pied flycatchers with a pair nesting in a box, spotted flycatcher up in the canopy, cuckoo calling as it passed through, hen siskin & cock bullfinch showing well & lots of other warblers & tits
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