First Butterfly Of The Year, Barn Owl, Lapwing, Tawny Owl, Footage From The River Severn In Shropshire – Nature Watch 19/5 (1140)

With a very warm and sunny end to the month, I wasn’t surprised to see my first butterfly of the year in flight on February 25.  Seen in urban Coseley, in the Black Country, it was a brimstone.

The lapwings in the Shottaton Crossroads area are still there, with a count of c.100 birds in a field on February 25.

Travelling along the A5 in the early hours of the morning on February 26 I saw a barn owl in flight across the A5 between Oswestry and Shrewsbury.

I hear numerous tawny owls when fishing during the hours of darkness but don’t always see one. This time round though I saw two at the same time, both perched and vocal about fifty metres away.

This was in Staffordshire, while fishing on the Staffs/Worcs Canal. Angling is the perfect platform from which to view the natural world.

The video below was taken on the River Severn at Hampton Loade in Shropshire and features not only the river itself but lesser celandine, song thrush and mute swan. I was hoping to capture the resident ravens displaying.

They are normally very vocal and show well but this time all I got was a few calls from inside the woods. I didn’t even see a single bird once I took my camcorder. Typical, eh!