Saturday 31st July 2010 - Shenstone

It was a great day on the patch today, with the first of the autumn passage migrant, a stunning ♂ Redstart along the wires/hedgerow along Stanklyn Lane. Things are just starting to begin in terms of migration and fellow local birder Terry Hinett found a juvenile Whinchat a couple of miles up the road at Barnett Brook, not long after I found the Redstart.

Also of note at Stanklyn Lane were 3 Green Woodpeckers (2 juveniles), a Sparrowhawk and a Common Buzzard.

Other news from the patch, the pair of Kestrels that nested near the Vicarage at Stone managed to successfully raise 2 chicks. Unfortunately only 1 has survived and fledged. the other bird was found on the ground below the nest site in a very poor underweight condition and died not long afterwards (JC).

1 comment:

  1. great find Jason, Redstarts are a very scarce passage visitor to my patch - looks like passage is underway :-)