Friday 13th August 2010 - Shenstone & Holt/Grimley

Still no sign of any autumn migrants around the patch today (that first Wheatear of the autumn will surely be soon!). 16 House Martins and 2 Swallows were over Stanklyn Lane. A further 7 House Martins were over Witch Lane. 3 Little Owls were seen along Heath Lane, as were 2 Buzzards and a charm of 10 Goldfinches (6 juveniles). A ♀ Great Spotted Woodpecker was seen in the trees next to the Islamic College.

From Shenstone I travelled a few miles down the road to Holt & Grimley. On the journey there, whilst waiting in traffic on the feeder road from the A449, I had nice views of a fly-over Hobby. It was flying at a fairly low height, which could have been due to the air pressure and the approaching wet weather.

My first stop was at Holt Sling Pool where I due scanned across the area with my scope and found a white morph Ross's Goose in amongst the Canada Geese. I think its pretty safe to assume that this bird is an escape. But it was still a nice looking bird all the same.

Of note at the Camp Lane Pits (Grimley) there were 5 Little Egrets, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 14 Lapwing, an Oystercatcher and 7 Common Terns (5 juveniles). A further 4 Common Terns (3 juveniles) were at Top Barn Activity Lake.

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