Tuesday 1st Feb 2011 - Shenstone

After yesterday's 'away day' it was back on the patch today.

I started my visit at Witch Lane here I counted c.200 Gulls flying over from Hartlebury to the ploughed fields opposite Willow Marsh Fishery. This included a mix of Herring Gulls, Lesser Black-backed Gulls and Black-headed Gulls. 14 Stock Doves were in the stubble opposite the old grain store and a Kestrel and Common Buzzard were also present. Further along the lane there were 21 Lapwings in one of the fields and a Cormorant flew over heading SE.

Next up was Butts Lane where the only birds of note were a ♂ Reed Bunting, a ♂ Yellowhammer and 2 Common Buzzards.

My final stop was Stanklyn Lane where walked the outside edges of the privately owned Stanklyn Wood. Here I recorded a Treecreeper, a Nuthatch, a Goldcrest and 2 Jays. 4 Long-tailed Tits were seen within a small Tit flock.

All in all, although nothing unusual, it was quite a nice mix of birds.

Elsewhere on the patch, a ♂ Siskin and a ♂ Great Spotted Woodpecker were in the trees at Captains Pool (TS).


  1. ive yet to find Yellowhammer this month jase, and not had Reed Bunting this year!

  2. Im actually fairly lucky with buntings on my patch to be honest with both Corn Buntings and Yellowhammers breeding there. Although Reed Buntings are more numerous on the patch this winter than in previous years