Saturday 24th July 2010 - Shenstone

A relatively quiet day around the patch although a number of Yellowhammers, Skylarks and Linnets were in good voice. A juvenile Common Whitethroat was showing well on Back Lane. A Common Buzzard was perched in the trees behind Stone Manor and a Great Spotted Woodpecker was also present there. Along Stanklyn Lane, a Green Woodpecker and a ♀ Great Spotted Woodpecker were recorded.

The only butterflies seen today were Small Whites - probably due to the overcast somewhat cooler weather.

I'm going to cheat with todays photo. My camera is away for repair, so here is one I took earlier in the year.

Yellowhammer - Shenstone, 30th March 2010:


  1. It's good to see a Yellowhammer Jason, they are getting scarcer every year on my patch.

  2. The Yellowhammer population around Shenstone is doing ok...infact all the arable birds do reasonably well (Linnets, Skylarks and Corn Buntings). Although it seams that we have lost the breeding Grey Partridge population this past year.