Sunday 15th August 2010 - Shenstone & Grimley

Still no sign of any autumn migrants on the patch today. Numbers of some butterfly species appear to be decreasing with no sign of any Skippers or Brown Argus. Butterflies seen today included 3 Small Coppers, 1 Common Blue, 1 Holy Blue, 1 Speckled Wood and 3 Meadow Browns. Gatekeepers and the Whites were still in good numbers.

The Ross's Goose has relocated at Wagon Wheel Lane pits, where 2 Common Sandpipers were also present. 3 Common Terns were seen mobbing a Buzzard over Wagon Wheel Lane.

At the Camp Lane Pits, or Grimley New Workings as they are also known (although this name can be misleading as there are now further quarrying operations in progress), there were 4 Little Egrets, 3 Green Sandpipers and 8 Common Terns present. Small numbers of Sand Martins were seen over the water.

Ross's Goose - Grimley, 16th August 2010:

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