For 2 weeks in July this Black Swan was present on the Severn in Bewdley town near the bridge. It fed with the other swans but was quite aggressive, pecking them and swimming after them, fluffing up and exposing its white flight feathers. Originally from Australia, these were brought into Britain as ornamental birds, and now breed in various locations. They are increasing in the wild where they compete with our native Mute Swans for food and breeding habitat.
It was great to record 4 Waxwings feeding on Rowan in Bliss Gate Road recently. These were spotted by Nicola Winnall who managed to get these shots. Between feeds they sat high up in the hedge. They’ve come into the country from Scandinavia to where they will return to breed.
This Grey Wagtail was watched unobserved having a good preen in Dowles Brook. Its distinctive undulating flight, and bobbing tail when on the ground, are common to all wagtails. But the grey back and yellow chest and under-tail feathers show that it is a Grey Wagtail. This species is commonly found along watercourses.
Mick Farmer has sent me his excellent photograph of a female Blackcap at his bird feeder in his Bewdley garden. Most of our summer breeding Blackcaps spend the winter in Spain, Portugal and West Africa, but increasingly we are seeing a few present in the UK during the winter months. From ringing records we can tell that many of these have flown in from northern and central Europe such as Scandinavia and Germany. The male has a black cap compared to the brown of the female as seen here.
Whilst on an early morning walk in Button Oak the shrill chatter of a family of Long-tailed Tits drew my attention to a gorse bush. It was soon apparent that there was a nest in the bush from which the youngsters were fledging one by one. I counted 6 flying into the surrounding trees, but managed to get a quick photograph of the last one as it left the nest.
Matthew Lissimore continues to get some great photographs of birds. He says, “The Dippers of Dowles Brook will be busy defending their territories over the winter in preparation for next year’s breeding season. Here is a classic image of a Dipper photographed on the brook. Notice it has a ring on it’s right leg.”
Matthew Lissimore has posted this excellent image. He says: “When walking through the conifer woodland in Wyre you may be lucky enough to come across the smallest bird in Britain. Goldcrests will often join flocks of other small birds during autumn and winter so keep your eyes peeled!’
Joe Turner visited Pound Green recently and was able to take these great photos to help us celebrate the special nature of this interesting part of Wyre.
Young tawny owls can be heard calling insistently for food after dark. Many have already left the nest, but cannot fly until they have grown their adult flight feathers. They may be spotted in the daytime up in the trees not far from their nest hole, with the parent bird roosting close by.