After Saturdays excitement it was business as usual around Shenstone this morning. c.100 Starlings were present on the pylons along Stanklyn Lane and a Jay and a Green Woodpecker were present in the paddocks. A further 27 Starlings were on the wires over Heath Lane paddock and 17 Mistle Thrushes were in the ploughed field opposite the Granary, along the A450.
59 Large Gulls (Herring and Lesser Black-backed Gulls), 2 Black-headed Gulls and 11 Pied Wagtails were in the, now ploughed, bean field along Witch Lane. a Further 24 Large Gulls were in the ploughed field on the opposite side of the road. The Lapwing flock has re-located along Witch Lane and now numbers 96 Lapwings. A flock of c.120 Linnets were also present flitting around over this field. Its always nice to see good flocks of Linnets and cruel as it may seem leads me to think Merlin food!
A ♀ Kestrel and a Common Buzzard were also seen along Witch Lane and 9 Meadow Pipits flew over heading in a South Eastern direction.
If any of you were wondering why I tend to get such numbers of gulls 'on the deck' in an arable area, it's due to Shenstone's proximity to Hartlebury landfill site which is only about 1 mile as the gull flies.