Thursday, 11 June 2009
A window of opportunity opened this morning and liking what I saw, I decided to visit Cannock Chase in search of some year ticks. This was my first visit and I arrived at seven springs car park at 0730, opting to walk to the stepping stones and back. The day was bright with sunny intervals but once on the chase I was surprised how poor the light was. To get any camera speed I was having to use 800 & 1600 ISO which was a shame and all my pictures are poor and grainy. My first year tick of the day was Tree Pipit with several spiralling on the heathland, followed by female Redstart in the first wooded copse, then Spotted Flycatcher and finally Pied Flycatcher at the stepping stones. I was glad that I arrived early as I missed most of the dog walkers, horse riders, cyclists, joggers and school group that were increasing as I finished my walk at 1130. I had almost given up hope of a male Redstart but one eventually appeared, resplendent, but unfortunately too distant to photograph.
Despite the poor light quality, I thoroughly enjoyed my walk and will definitely return again (soon).
Sightings (36 bird species):
Robin; Chaffinch; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Song Thrush; Great Tit; Wren; Willow Warbler; Carrion Crow; Garden Warbler; Wood Pigeon; Tree Pipit; Blue Tit; Blackbird; Redstart; Green Woodpecker; Cuckoo; Spotted Flycatcher; Pheasant; Coal Tit; Treecreeper; Nuthatch; Chiffchaff; Pied Flycatcher; Grey Wagtail; Goldfinch; Jackdaw; Stock Dove; Jay; Greenfinch; Buzzard; Swallow; Common Whitethroat; Blackcap; Swift; Yellowhammer; Magpie.