Friday 18th Feb 2011 - Shenstone

I decided to pay another visit to the patch again this morning. Once again it was a dull overcast day.

I started off by checking out the Heath Lane area. 2 Skylarks were up singing over the model aircraft field and a Corn Bunting was singing from the wires next to the paddock. Also seen on the wires were 42 Linnets. 8 Starlings and 2 Greenfinches were in the trees next to the paddock.

The real highlight of today's visit came at Witch Lane where a mixed Bunting flock was feeding in a stubble field. These birds were, when not on the ground, perching on the hedgerow and in the adjacent tall tree. In total I counted 42 Corn Buntings and 30 Yellowhammers. The Corn Bunting count being a new patch record for me. The flock was fairly mobile at times due to somebody shooting nearby. Also feeding on the stubble were 20 Linnets and 2 Sky Larks were up singing over the field opposite. A Common Buzzard was also present.

My final stop was Stanklyn Lane beet field where I recorded c.100 Linnets, 2 Pied Wagtails, 4 Long-Tailed Tits and a Buzzard.

This afternoon at 15:30 a ♂ Peregrine landed and perched on the electricity pylon opposite the beet field, Stanklyn Lane (TMH)


  1. You got 2 of my favourites, also, they are the ones that I have not taken pictures at all. Pass over the Corn Buntings and Yellowhammers, please?

  2. I will see what I can do Bob. I know...I'm lucky to still have these declining arable birds on my patch.