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June 2005

Wednesday, 22 June 2005

Coal tit perched on bramble bush

Trip to Cannock Chase

The evening of Saturday 18 June saw a small but select band exploring Cannock Chase, anticipating a repeat of the excellent views of Nightjar we had two years ago. Wood Warbler and Spotted Flycatcher were seen at the lower levels, and Tree Pipits encountered as we climbed. On the summit there were Woodcock, and an unexpected Turtle Dove. The views of Nightjar, from 10:00 to 10:30, were fantastic, with a pair flying around us at close range. All this and warm shirt sleeve conditions - for those who didn't make the journey you missed a treat.

Saturday, 4 June 2005

Male chaffinch singing on branch

Morning walk on Ashmoor Common

A pleasant morning walk around Ashmoor Common. Over twenty species of bird seen, including Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting and Whitethroat. Good numbers of orchid seen, with Southern Marsh, Common Spotted and some interesting hybrids between the two. Other interests were freshly emerged Broad-bodied Chaser dragonflies and Mother Shipton day flying moths, so called because the markings on the forewing resemble the face of a witch !

Wednesday, 1 June 2005

Young man looking through binoculars

Upton Warren Avocets breed again

The Upton Warren Avocets have successfully bred again for the third year in succession. The four chicks raised in 2003 were from the first ever breeding pair of Avocets in the Midlands, helped no doubt by the installation of fox-proof fencing around the reserve. Last year saw a repeat performance with another four chicks fledging. This year sees only two chicks, but when last observed both were doing well. Visit the Flashes and see for yourself.