Monday 2nd August 2010 - Shenstone and Grimley

No sign of any new arrivals around the patch today. The flock of Mistle Thrushes that is predominately in Heath Lane paddock has increased to 16. Also, a family of Wrens (including juveniles) were in the hedgerow along Heath Lane and 10 House Martins were over . A juvenile Green Woodpecker was still present at Stanklyn Lane paddocks.

From Shenstone I popped to Grimley Gravel Pits. Again things were pretty quite here although a ♀ Redstart at Camp Lane pits was a highlight. Also of note, were 13 Common Terns on the main pool and a Great Crested Grebe was seen with 3 chicks. A Kingfisher was present at the North end channel.

Wagon Wheel pits held a single Common Sandpiper and a ♀ Tufted Duck was seen with 9 young in tow.

Also of interest were 2 Brown Argus butterflies. One was at the Cliff top at the north end of Camp Lane pits and the other near the lay-by along the concrete road near Holt Church.

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