Today I finally managed to shake off my man cold generated malaise and pay a long overdue visit around the patch.
I started on Stanklyn Lane and not long after scanning the paddocks I had 30 Meadow Pipits drop in from a NE direction. They then spent there time feeding up amongst the short grassy vegetation, occasionally perching up on the nearby fence wires. Also feeding in this area were 6 Goldfinches (3 immature). and 7 Pied Wagtails flew over heading SW. In Stanklyn Lane beet field there were signs that the Corn Buntings are starting to flock together, with 5 Corn Buntings seen perched up on seed heads/stems. A first winter ♂ Reed Bunting and single Linnet were also seen in this field.
5 Skylarks flew W and a Meadow Pipit flew SW over Back Lane. A Buzzard and a Kestrel were also seen. C70 Large Gulls (Herring & Lesser Black-backed Gulls) were in the freshly ploughed field next to Stone Manor.
At Heath Lane model aircraft field there were 5 Yellowhammers (2 adult & 3 immature) along the right hand hedgerow. 9 Skylarks flew over heading SW and 2 Grey Wagtails flew over heading towards (the privately owned) Stanklyn Pool.
63 Lapwings were again in the ploughed field along the A450 between Heath Lane and the Droitwich Rd roundabout. A further 6 Lapwing were in a field along Witch Lane, as were 2 Grey Herons. A flock of c.100 Linnets were in the adjacent field. 11 Skylarks flew over heading South and 30 Meadow Pipits were flushed from one of the fields by a hunting Kestrel. 2 Sparrowhawks were also seen along Witch Lane.
A single Red Admiral and 8 Small Whites were seen around the patch today.
Goldfinches - Stanklyn Lane, 7th Oct 2010:
Meadow Pipit - Stanklyn Lane, 7th Oct 2010: