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Monday, 25 February 2013

Double Dippers !

Despite the cold gloomy weather I fancied a trip to the Wyre. It's one of my favourite places, and even on a day that looked less than promising, something usually makes it worth the visit.
From the car park I headed down to the Brook and within a couple of minutes heard  a Marsh Tit callling. It gave a brief showing,but in poor light.Down on the bridge a Dipper  zoomed by, heading upstream. I followed  and it was not long before I cought it up.

All the usual woodland species were about, and the Dipper showed a couple more times as I headed to Coopers Mill. There, a male Bullfinch and a Green Woodpecker momentarily sat within a few feet of each other, that really added some colour to proceedings, but all to briefly.
However a bit more colour was to come, with a pair of Grey Wagtails vociferously working their their way upstream.I managed to just about get a record high ISO shot
Murky views..Grey Wagtail

Swinging round to Lodge Farm, I gave the orchard 15 minutes. Plenty of finches about Nuthatch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, a low Buzzard and a pair of  Ravens.
With work on the disused rail line making that way back unattractive, I opted to drop back to Knowles and the Brook. I was glad I did, as I again connected initially with one, and then two Dippers ! They showed really well, almost side by side at times. The second appeared as I was trying to get some film, and you can hear it call as it whizzes past my subject,which was lurking under the bank of the brook. It followed, giving a brief call back as it followed.They settled a few yards upstream, and I watched them for a while in my Bins before heading back to the car.
On they way back, heading away from this pair, I had another Dipper sighting. Hard to know if it was a third, I would like to think so, but I'll settle for a pair ! As I mentioned, I rarely leave this area disappointed.


  1. I like Dippers, one of my favourites :-) Rarely get to see one though!

  2. Nice action footage of the Dipper there Mark...sounds a good visit

  3. Cheers Warren, lucky to have them close by.
    These made it worth the walk, for sure Jase

  4. I am pleased for you with the Dipper sightings Mark! I never had a sight or sound of one on my visit on the 17th Feb! Good to see the video of the Dipper!

    Love your new Header image. Snowdrops are such a welcome flower to see at this time of the year!

  5. Thanks Pam. Dippers are one of my favourite local sights, always thrilled to see one