Friday 20th July 2010 - Shenstone

There were more signs of successful breeding today with 2 juveniles and 2 adult Green Woodpeckers seen in the Stanklyn Lane area. A juvenile Common Whitethroat was seen on Brambles opposite the Vicarage on Butts Lane. A healthy House Sparrow flock of c50 birds was also present nearby.

Today was also good butterfly day, with quite a variety seen around the patch this afternoon. Highlights included 8 Common Blue (7 ♂ & 1♀), 4 Holly Blue, 1 Small Copper, 2 Essex Skippers, 1 Small Skipper, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Comma, 6 Speckled Wood, 2 Green-veined Whites and 1 Ringlet. Large & Small Whites, Gatekeepers and Meadow Browns were abundant. A single Silver Y moth was recorded.

Holly Blue - Shenstone, 30th July 2010:

Common Blue - Shenstone, 30th July 2010:

Small Copper - Shenstone, 30th July 2010:

This weekend, its the last couple of days of the Big Butterfly Count, so why not spend 15 minutes in your garden or at your local patch and record the species you see. Further details can be found by clicking on the following link:


  1. Nice mix of wildlife Jason. Nice Small copper photo.

    Had a Wheatear through this afternoon, things are moving now :-)

  2. Its always great to see Wheatears again. Im keeping my eyes peeled for returning migrants. Shenstone usually gets Wheatears, Whinchats and Redstarts on passage.