Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Donington and Albrighton Nature Reserve, Albrighton, Shropshire.

A wander around the loop on the meadow.

Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos) duckling.
I walked down to the pool at Donington and checked out the track along the roadside scanning the water but as usual it was quiet apart from a few Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus), a single Grey Wagtail (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea) and several Blackbirds (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula).
Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos).
Over on the meadow I dropped down to the small pool by St Cuthberts well and had a walk around it adding Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), Dunnock (Acentor Común / Prunella modularis), Blue Tit (Herrerillo Común / Parus caeruleus), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus), Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula), Three-cornered Leek (Allium triquetrum), Ox-eye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare), White Clover (Trifolium repens), Ivy-leaved Duckweed (Lemna trisulca), Red Campion (Silene dioica), Meadow Buttercup (Ranunculus acris) and Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum).
Ox-eye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare).
I walked down to the smaller pool but it was quiet apart from the many Three-spined Sticklebacks (Gasterosteus aculeatus) rippling the water. I walked on along the woodland path finding Tufted Vetch (Vicia cracca), Greater Stitchwort (Stellaria holostea), Cow Parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris), Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella), a latish male Common Orange-tip (Anthocharis cardamines), Green-veined White (Pieris napi), Wren (Chochin / Troglodytes troglodytes), Long-tailed (Mito / Aegithalos caudatus) and Great Tit (Carbonera Común / Parus major), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis) and Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris).
Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo).
As I reached the next brigde I heard a lady say "ho look these a Dragonfly" so I was there in seconds and found several Azure Damsels but also two stunning male Beautiful Demoiselle's (Calopteryx virgo) which were chasing each other round the brook.
Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella).
Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella).
I took photographs whilst having a chat with the people there and listening to a calling Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pico Picapinos / Dendrocopos major) in some nearby trees.
Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula).
I walked up the track along side the Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) hedge and saw Hedge Woundwort (Stachys sylvatica), Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea), Woody Nightshade / Bittersweet (Solanum dulcamara), Tree Bumblebee (Bombus hypnorum), Common Wasp (Vespula vulgaris), Small White (Pieris rapae), Song Thrush (Zorzal Común / Turdus philomelos), Jackdaw (Grajilla / Corvus monedula), House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica) and several Common Swift (Vencejo Común / Apus apus).
Hedge Woundwort (Stachys sylvatica).
I walked back through the village and back to the house.

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