Friday 8th October 2010 - Shenstone

A little quieter around the patch today but there was still some noticeable visible migration, the highlight being 6 Golden Plovers that flew SSW over Heath Lane at 11:50.

I started today on Back Lane where the only birds of note were 3 Skylarks that flew over heading West. A further 9 Skylarks flew S over Stanklyn Lane, a Pied Wagtail flew SW and a Meadow pipit was heard calling overhead. 84 Starlings were on a pylon along Stanklyn Lane and 43 Rooks, 23 Jackdaws and a Green Woodpecker were in the paddocks. 3 Jays and 2 Goldfinches were also seen along the Lane.

At Heath Lane model aircraft field there were 8 Yellowhammers present on the left hand hedgerow. Also along this hedge were a Song Thrush, 3 Goldfinches, a ♂ Chaffinch and a Robin. A Common Buzzard was seen lying down on top of a hay bale until it was mobbed by a Magpie. It then proceeded to fly to another bale and lie back down. 2 Skylarks flew S and another was up singing over the field. Also seen along Heath Lane were a flock of 6 Long-tailed Tits, a Kestrel, a Meadow Pipit and 5 Pheasants.

There was no sign of any Lapwings in the ploughed field along the A450 but c.80 Starlings were present. 9 Lapwings were in a field along Witch Lane, as were 2 Grey Herons. 5 Skylarks flew over heading S. A Common Buzzard and a Jay were also seen along Witch Lane.

The dull cooler conditions today decreased the numbers of note worthy insects being seen to just 1 Small White butterfly along Heath Lane and a Hornet along Stanklyn Lane.

Immature Pheasant - Heath Lane, 8th Oct 2010:

Song Thrush - Heath Lane, 8th Oct 2010:


  1. I love the Song Thrush, unfortunately, we haven't got any, or at least, I can't see any.

  2. Your Lapwing passed this way today Jason. I still need Golden Plover for the year, I usually get just one sighting !

  3. Cheers Bob...they are not plentiful on my patch but there are one or two pairs and numbers are usually bolstered by a few winter visitors as well.

    Glad you got your Lapwings Warren.