Sunday 19th September 2010 - Shenstone

A good variety of birds were 'on the plough' along Witch Lane today, with the following species recorded: 14 Pied Wagtails, 4 Linnets, 22 Black-headed Gulls, 40 Herring Guls, 23 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 18 Stock Doves and a Common Buzzard.

60 Lapwing were again present in the ploughed field along the A450 and a juvenile Common Whitethroat was seen in the hedgerow opposite the model aircraft field at Heath Lane (BK)

A Jay was seen burying acorns at the back of Stanklyn Lane Paddocks and 2 Green Woodpeckers were also present nearby. 2 Swallows flew over heading SE.
The highlight of today's visit though was seeing a Mole run from its hole up against a gate post along Stanklyn Lane to another nearby. Its unusual but not unheard of to see one in the daytime and I guess this individual had found he couldn't tunnel through the gate post/foundation and legged it to an earlier hole.

Lapwings - Shenstone, 19th September 2010:

Linnet (juvenile) - Shenstone, 19th September 2010:


  1. Ah yes, that's what lapwings look like :-)

  2. Sorry Warren, didnt mean to rub salt in your wounds ;-)