Wednesday 22nd September 2010 - Shenstone

Autumn passage is really beginning to slow down around the patch and the only noticeable signs this morning were a single Yellow Wagtail that flew over Heath Lane heading South West and 6 Swallows that flew South over Witch Lane.

The Lapwing flock in the field along the A450 is increasing, with 68 Lapwings counted this morning.

There were signs that the finches are beginning to flock together for the Autumn/Winter with a mixed flock of c.200 birds present in Heath Lane paddock. This flock consisted of c.100 Greenfinches, 40 Linnets and smaller numbers of Chaffinches & Goldfinches. Also present in the paddock were 9 Mistle Thrushes, 1 Song Thrush and a single Meadow Pipit on the Wires.

8 Swallows were still present around the barn at East Field Farm, Butts Lane.


  1. All gone quiet on my patch too Jason. Good to see you have all those finch's. Thats something I dont get on my patch, the biggest finch flocks are at my feeders :-)

  2. Thats a real shame about finches on your patch Warren. In winter there are normally flocks of up to 400 mixed finches and often a sprinkling of Brambling with them too. Last year there were only a couple of brambling where as the winter before there was c.70