Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Pics From an Evening Stroll From Compton to Wightwick Fields

Monday 22nd July 2013

Hottest day of the year!! Calm with no wind at all. Ground rock hard and grasses golden brown.

Birding Highlights:
2 Grey Heron - Wightwick Fields and another near Pool Hall.
Male Sparrowhawk - low over canal from Sand Fields at Compton.
6 Lapwing near Pool Hall.
2 Swift, 7+ Barn Swallow and 2+ House Martin over Castlecroft Bridge (5 Barn Swallow South over Compton Sandfields earlier).
Chiffchaff singing at Sand Fields.
3 singing Common Whitethroat at Sand Fields, one at the Sheep Fields and one on Pool Hall Lane.
Good concentration of Song Thrushes around Wightwick Road Bridge - 3 close territories possibly.
3+ Linnet on wires just South of wightwick Fields.
Singing Reed Bunting just South of Castlecroft Bridge.
Yellowhammer singing on wires in West Midlands near the smallholdings at Castlecroft Bridge with 3+ others nearby.

Other Nature:

Juvenile Black-headed Gull at Compton Park.
Common Blue Damselfly - seen at Compton Lock and Wightwick

Green-veined White Butterfly Castlecroft

Meadow Brown Butterfly - Barleyfield

White Tailed Bumblebee Nest Castlecroft

Male Yellowhammer on wires near Castlecroft Canal Bridge
The only negative on a beautiful evening!!!! A threat to our children, who visit our Local Nature Reserve and a disgusting reminder of how lazy and selfish some people can be. I am so annoyed, having formed so many friendships with the Valley's dog-walkers, to see that someone is letting them down!!!! I have been walking through this area for three years now and I see first hand that 99% of dog-walkers take time and effort to keep the valley clean:

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