Sunday, 21 October 2007

Titterstone Clee - Mipits and Wheatears

An intriging late Friday post on Shropshire Birds with the header 'Titterstone Clee summit' had a completely blank message! I was agonising whether to try there or the Stiperstones anyway and eventually opted for the former armed with hot drink, tiffin and bacon sandwich (fuel for at least a day). Of course, the blank message could have clearly meant 'nothing there'?

It was a fantastic 'blue sky' frosty morning up the top, once I'd left the foggy roads behind.

Well, there wasn't anything special that I could see there, so it turned into a Meadow Pipit and Wheatear session (plenty of those about of course) whilst I wandered around the Quarry and Summit area. Meadow Pipits will eat anything from flying ants up to large grubs and if you sit quietly in the car will come quite close!

There were quite a few Buzzards on the thermals, mostly distant but one came close enough, Ravens practising acrobatics over the Quarry, plus a brief glimpse of a Mistle Thrush which as you can see didn't stay.
A brief drive and walk around Catherton Common didn't reveal anything else of note but it was a glorious day!