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.
This excellent photograph was taken by Jon Cartwright and shows how attractive the male Broad-bodied Chaser is. This species is often seen over shallow, sunny ponds where between periods of active flight it perches on waterside vegetation.
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.
The Water Shrew is an secretive mammal that is said to be widespread, although not often seen. Records are usually made from skulls in owl pellets or a dead animal. However, I was very pleased to see a live one in the small stream in my garden (a tributary of Gladder Brook) at Bliss Gate on 26th August 2013. I watched it for about 5 minutes whilst it was busy feeding amongst the Fool’s Water-cress Apium nodiflorum. Luckily I had my camera round my neck and managed to get a few shots before it scuttled off under the vegetation.
A walk on the west side of the River Severn yesterday near the Bewdley bypass resulted in the find of two female Yellow-legged Water-Snipeflies (Atherix ibis). They are impressive flies with their mottled wings and they have interesting breeding behaviour. The females gather together in dense clusters on branches overhanging water where they lay their eggs in a glutinous matrix before dying. The result is a mass of eggs and dead flies suspended from twigs or flood debris.