It was a little quiet when we got there just after 9.30, there is quite a lot of parking and although the shop isn't open till the afternoon the toilets are! A couple of members of Staffs Council were there and one was having to tidy up a pile of rubbish that someone had dumped out of their car. I don't understand the mentality of that?! It's a beautiful place, full of birdsong from the minute we got out of the car..........and also the squawking of Pheasants, not quite as beautiful but certainly distinctive! A few ducks were waddling around the car park and there is a pond by the wood.
Straight off we spotted Treecreepers flitting between the trees, normally we struggle to see one but here were two and a bit further on we saw another three.
The woods were full of Lesser Celandine and Wood Anemones, looking lovely in the sun.....which brought out my first Peacock butterfly of the year along with a Comma. A day flying moth - Orange Underwing - settled on the path in front of us.
In the tops of the trees something large and brown flew quickly out of sight - a Buzzard! There were two of them sailing over the trees for some time. Then near the end of our walk one flew very low over us, amazing to see and the closest views i've ever had of them.
The walk we took around the woods is supposed to take roughly an hour but with how slow we walk and how often we stop to look at things and take photos we knew it would take longer. There are some steep bits and it was quite muddy but well worth the walk.
Chiffchaffs were all around, a Blackcap too, lots of Tits, Robins and in the distance a Woodpecker drumming, it never came into view.