Tuesday 26th Oct 2010 - Shenstone

A damp overcast day on the patch today but I managed to get around between the downpours without getting too wet.

There seems to have been an increase in the numbers of Skylark around the patch with a large group of c.60 Skylarks in a field along Witch Lane. Also present in this area were 78 Lapwings, 61 Black-headed Gulls, c.140 Starlings, 9 Stock Doves and a single Grey Heron.

At Heath Lane model aircraft field there were 8 Pheasants (5 immature), a Common Buzzard, and a ♀ Kestrel. 3 Skylarks flew over heading West. 2 Pied Wagtails were present in Heath Lane paddock.

Stanklyn Lane beet field contained 17 Skylarks, c.120 Wood Pigeon, c.60 Starlings, 9 Magpies, 5 Carrion Crows, 1 Jay, 5 Dunnocks, 2 Robins and a Wren. A further 6 Skylarks were seen in the gallops field and a Common Buzzard was on a fence post at the paddocks. A Grey Heron was seen flying West.

There was no sign of Fieldfares or Redwings on or over the patch today.


  1. I noticed the Redwings have hidden up now too Jason

  2. Its kind of odd...When I was in Norfolk a couple of weeks back the east coast was chuffing with them but not many seem to have passed through this way. Even Fieldfares are only coming through here in bits and drabs yet my friend Craig (Lutley Birder) whose patch is only about 10 miles away is recording huge numbers of Fieldfare.

    Lets hope we get a few of these invading Waxwings on our respective patches this winter Warren!