Whenever I visit a nature reserve, I always take my camera and I do get carried away snapping pictures. The problem is, once I get home, it then takes me quite a while to select my favouites because I think every photograph shows a little bit more about the birds behaviour and personality.
I discovered the Wolseley Centre, which is part of the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, last year and it is one of my favourite nature reserves in Staffordshire. It was once the ancestral home of the Wolseley Family, their connections dating back to the 11th Century.
The reserve has various habitats including wet meadow, reedbeds, woodland and heathland. It also has a beautiful wildlife garden with various plants, insect homes and bird feeders which are regularly topped up with various bird seeds.
The weather on Friday started off sunny but soon became overcast. With dark clouds threatening a heavy downpour at any minute, my mum and I were quite lucky to escape any rain that day. There were times when the sun broke through the clouds, but when it disappeared there was a bitter cold wind.
The Wildlife Garden
We visited the wildlife garden first and were not disappointed by the number of birds visiting the garden. Blue, great and coal tits; chaffinches; robins; goldfinches and blackbirds. Then a bird I have only seen once in the past, a siskin. We also heard greenfinches in the trees but were not lucky enough to spot one.
By the River
It is always nice to meet someone when out walking who shares a similar enthusiasm to you. We met a man called Eugene who had taken up bird watching and photography after retiring. We got chatting and he told us he had never seen a kingfisher. It was only last year I spotted my first kingfisher here at the Wolseley Centre on the lake. So we took Eugene to the place where they are regularly spotted. My mum and I had spotted the kingfisher on the lake earlier that day so we knew he was about. I showed Eugene the kingfishers usual flight path and then left him to it. So if you are reading this Eugene, we hope you managed to spot him!
There is a plaque on the fence by the lake which always pulls at my heart strings, so I had to include it in my blog. This was obviously someone like me who got a lot of enjoyment from sitting by this lake and waiting for the kingfisher to arrive.
Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get a photograph of the kingfisher, but seeing the unmistakable flash of blue over the lake was enough for me that day. We also spotted a grey wagtail on the lake. Another bird I have only seen once in the past.
Yellow Dot: Wildlife Garden
Blue Dot: Visitor Centre
Red Dot: Best Spot for kingfishers
To view more of my Wolseley Centre photos please visit my flickr site.