Saturday 30th October 2010 - Shenstone

Started my tour of the patch this afternoon at Back Lane. 13 Skylarks were seen: 6 heading NE, 6 heading ESE and a single bird was up singing above the stubble field. A ♀ Sparrowhawk was also seen over this field. Nearby, 11 Stock Doves were on the plough along Butts Lane and a single Pied Wagtail was on the roof of a barn at Eastfields Farm.

Stanklyn Lane paddocks were very quite today, although not surprising due to the usual weekend disturbances....Horsey types, joggers and dog walkers. All that there was of note in this area was a Pied Wagtail, 2 Carrion Crows and a Green Woodpecker.

From the paddocks I went further down Stanklyn Lane and did a walk around the edge of the beet field. Whilst on this walk, 6 Redwings flew over heading NW and the Common Buzzards were up soaring. Also seen in this field were 6 Dunnocks, 1♂ Blackbird, 1(imm.) Linnet and a ♀ Chaffinch.

The 'model aircraft field' along Heath Lane was a right off today as they were well flying their model aircraft...damned inconsiderate of them if you ask me (just kidding, it actually stops this field being used for much worse, so the occasional disturbance is worth it in the scheme of things).

From the aircraft field I headed up Heath Lane to the paddock. Shortly after I arrived a flock of 7 Fieldfares flew over heading NW, 14 Skylarks flew W and 27 Starlings flew S. In the paddock itself were 2 Goldfinches, 2 Robins, 2 Carrion Crows and a Magpie. In the stubble field adjacent to the paddock were a flock of c.120 Linnets that kept flying up and wheeling around before settling on the ground. On the hedgerow opposite the paddock a Red Admiral was seen feeding on the Ivy flowers.

My last stop today was on Witch Lane and the thing that struck me the most was the numbers of Stock Dove feeding in the fields. Altogether I counted 40 Stock Doves. This may not sound like a big number but it is quite considerable for this part of the patch. Also of note in the fields were 23 Lapwings, c.200 Starlings, 9 Black-headed Gulls and 2 Grey Herons. A single Skylark was up singing.

Red Admiral on Ivy - Heath Lane, 30th Oct 2010:

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