Nature Watch 19/1 – Fungi, Kestrel, Lapwing, Little Grebe, Raven, Tawny Owl (1093)

Regular trips between Oswestry and Wolverhampton have produced six kestrel so far this year, with five in Shropshire and one in Staffordshire. Apart from one hovering bird, they have all been perched alongside the road.

Just one owl to date, a tawny owl in Shropshire that flew from a tree at night, seen while I was driving. As is the case though, I’ve heard numerous owls, especially when out fishing.

Last winter there was a resident flock of lapwing in a field alongside Shotatton Crossroads in Shropshire. This winter they have been more nomadic and although still in the area, I’ve seen them just once in 2019, in a ploughed field. Combined with the fact that I was driving, it was impossible to give even an estimate of numbers.

I’ve seen – and heard -several raven in Hampton Loade, Shropshire and Wombourne, Staffordshire.

An active little grebe diving on the Staffs/Worcs Canal, alongside the road bridge at Swindon, Staffordshire.

Lots of fungi seen while fishing and the video and lead images are all from an angling session.



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