We have been for a couple of late afternoon walks in the last two days, Clent and Sandwell Valley.
Clent was glorious as the sun was going down,
although the whole experience was somewhat spoiled by the huge numbers of marauding out of control dogs! I have never seen so many people out with dogs and having total disregard for what their mutts are up to! I love dogs but their selfish owners are another matter! It also appears a number of dog owners are illiterate. The National Trust have put up loads of quite obvious signs on paths in certain parts to say dogs should be kept on leads, but obviously there must be a lot of 'special' people who are exempt. Anyway rant over..... birds were very few and far between, too many ...... dogs!
Sandwell Valley though was much better, not too many dogs! Just,
two pairs of Snipe,
and plenty of Black-headed Gulls,
Great Crested Grebe
along with Pochard, Wigeon, Tufted Duck, and all the other usual suspects.