Thursday 30th September 2010 - Shenstone

This mornings visit to the patch provided me with my first Redwings of the Autumn, with 14 Redwings seen flying South West over Stanklyn Lane beet field. Also of note along Stanklyn Lane were 2 Jays and 1 Green Woodpecker.

Huge numbers of Skylarks were on the move today with c.120 Skylarks seen flying South over Heath Lane. Also along Heath Lane were a flock of 40 Linnets and a ♀ Great Spotted Woodpecker was seen on telegraph pole. 5 Common Buzzards were up soaring high above the fields opposite the Islamic School.

A further 12 Skylarks Flew South West over Witch Lane. Lapwing numbers have decreased significantly with only a small flock of 14 Lapwings present. 47 Herring Gulls and 9 Lesser Black-backed Gulls were in one of the ploughed fields along Witch Lane. A Grey Heron, 2 Kestrels and a Common Buzzard were also present in the area.

Kestrel hovering - Shenstone, 30th Sept 2010:


  1. 120 Skylarks. A few years back this would not be considered a 'huge' number :-(

    Well done with the Redwings, hopefully i'll get one tomorrow

  2. The Redwings are certainly starting to pass through in small numbers now so any day now I should think Warren.