Birding Report: Whitcliffe Common and The Vinnals Dec 17th 2023.

Our morning birdwatching walk started at Whitcliffe Common in Ludlow, where we were greeted by a variety of common British birds despite the slightly overcast skies. With 25 species spotted throughout the morning.

· Highlights: Red Kite, Buzzard, Nuthatch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Goldcrest, Redwing, Coal tit, Siskin· Other species: Blackbird, Blue Tit, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Dunnock, Goldfinch, Great Tit, Grey Heron, Grey Wagtail, Jackdaw, Magpie, Robin, Treecreeper, Woodpigeon, Wren, Long-tailed Tit.

The Vinnals:

· Highlights: Goldcrests, Bullfinch, Willow Tit· Other species: Great Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Robin, Woodpigeon

Our afternoon visit to The Vinnals offered a quieter birding experience, with smaller woodland birds dominating the scene. Some Goldcrests kept us entertained with their acrobatic foraging skills. We also added the elusive Willow Tit to our list, making it a satisfying conclusion to our walk.

Overall:

Despite the less-than-ideal weather, our birdwatching walk at Whitcliffe Common and The Vinnals proved to be a rewarding experience. With a total of 28 species observed, including several birds of prey and woodland specialties, we had plenty to keep us engaged throughout the morning. We would like to thank everyone who joined us for a enjoyable day of birding in the beautiful Shropshire countryside.