A ♀ Pheasant with 7 chicks was seen crossing the track at the model aircraft field on Heath Lane. 2 Little Owls and a light phase Common Buzzard were also seen in the Heath Lane area. 8 Swallows and c15. House Martins were seen over the patch. 7 Skylarks were flushed along the footpath in the across Butts Lane field.
The improved weather today meant that there was a greater number and variety of butterflies seen today. During my Butts Lane circuit I recorded 14 Common Blues, 6 Essex Skippers, 9 Gatekeepers, 5 Meadow Browns, 3 Peacocks and 2 Small Tortoiseshells. The Whites were too numerous to count. The real difference to yesterday though was the increase in numbers of Small Copper seen, with a total of 7 counted today.
Light Phase Buzzard - Shenstone, 10th August 2010:
Small Copper - Shenstone, 10th August 2010: