Monday 10th May 2010, Shenstone & Hartlebury Common

Very quiet around Shenstone this morning, with no sign of any Wheatear. The Little Owl was again present at what seems to be its regular spot and a Garden Warbler was singing along Heath Lane.

Hartlebury Common was surprisingly quiet, people wise, and many warblers were in song. During my circuit around the top section I heard 9 Willow Warbler, 7 Common Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaff, 4 Garden Warbler and 3 Blackcap singing. I heard a distant Cuckoo & 4 Common Buzzard were soaring above. Other species seen were: Blackbird, Carrion Crow, Dunnock, Green Woodpecker, Jay, Linnet, Magpie, Robin, Woodpigeon & Yellowhammer. A Fox was seen in a clearing between the gorse. The highlight of the walk was seeing a ♂ Emperor Moth quickly fly past over the heather. The only butterflies seen were Speckled Wood, Peacock & Small White.

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