Monday 9th August 2010 - Shenstone

A pretty quiet day around the patch bird wise with 8 Swallows and 20 House Martins present. There was no sign of any Swifts today, so they may well have already started their migration south to Africa.

Also seen today were a ♀ Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrels (a ♀ and a juvenile) and 3 Common Buzzards (2 adults and a juvenile). The juvenile Buzzard was a different bird to that seen last week and was a very grey colour. It also had a gammy leg that seemed to bow out causing it to be unable to stand very well.

Smaller numbers of butterflies were seen today, with the following counts obtained at Butts Lane: 1 Brown Argus, 6 Essex Skippers, 2 Common Blues, 1 Small Copper, 5 Meadow Browns, 2 Gatekeepers, 9 Green veined Whites, 4 Small Whites and 2 Large Whites.

Brown Argus - Shenstone, 9th August 2010:

1 comment:

  1. Swifts are definitely on their way out Jason. As for skippers, they have all gone :-(