Thursday, 24 June 2010
We caught a total of 30 birds (15 species), including 2 whitethroat, 1 female blackcap and 2 chiffchaff, one of which was a retrap from couple of years ago.
Tony, Ipsley Alders
Wednesday, 23 June 2010
I was really pleased to be able to identify some plants myself and remember the names (well, at least the English "common" names even if the Latin ones defeat me)! OK Hedge Woundwort, Herb Bennet, Herb Paris and Ragged Robin aren't exactly rare. When on a nature walk with the experts, I'm afraid the Latin goes in one ear and straight out the other but at least part of one stuck today. John Meicklejohn showed us a door snail clausilia bidentata (OK, I did have to look up the first part on the internet because I'd forgotten it ....)
Bob, Tiddesley Wood, SE Worcs Group
Tuesday, 22 June 2010
Wednesday, 16 June 2010
I also counted 33 southern marsh orchids and 7 hybrid flower spikes.
Our pied flycatchers did well this year too. I ringed 7 chicks and the adult male. I also caught the female who was ringed in 2006 as an adult, which makes her at least 5 years old. She was ringed by Dr David Boddington in Romer Wood, in the Teme valley and hasn't been seen since (until she turned up here).
Kingfishers have raised their first brood and youngsters can be seen flying up and down the brook.
On Sunday, I saw a red kite circling high above the warden's cottage.
Fergus, Knapp & Papermill
Thursday, 10 June 2010
John, Lower Smite Farm
Wednesday, 9 June 2010
We have good numbers of common blue butterfly and green veined white, probably more of the latter than last year. Orange tip has also been on site in large number and many eggs have been found on the lady's smock. There have been some large white but to date not as many as I would have hoped.
Dragonfly numbers are increasing and also damselfly. Male broad bodied chasers are taking a keen interest in our newly dug pond at the southwestern end of the reserve and new common and azure damselfly are many. The males already bright blue and females in all sorts of variations. There has been a good number of newly emerged beautiful demoiselle as well.
Our reed warbler numbers have been good again this year and we have had lesser whitethroat, grasshopper and sedge Warblers on site. Reed buntings seem to be lower than previous years. Our bonus this year were three cuckoo all together in one place, best ever recorded.
Provided the warm sunny weather continues we should see ever increasing numbers of butterflies, dragonflies and damsels.
Paul, Feckenham Wylde Moor