Monday 21st March 2011 - Shenstone

It certainly felt spring like around the patch today and things are definitely starting to move now. The number of Chiffchaffs is now up to 3 with birds singing at Heath Lane, Back Lane and Captains Pool. There are now 3 Great Crested Grebes on the pool and the male seems to be going between the female on the nest and the new arrival which it has been displaying with. at one point he tried to mount the newcomer but she wasn't having a bar of it. This is really interesting behaviour as Great Crested Grebes are supposed to be monogamous. I also saw my first Small Tortoiseshell butterfly along the dam at Captains pool.

The only winter thrushes seen today were at Stanklyn Lane paddocks where 7 Fieldfare were on the ground feeding. Also present was a Song Thrush, a Jay and a Skylark.

Today's highlight came from Back Lane where 2 Curlew were present in the sheep field. A Peacock butterfly was also seen at this location.

Curlews - Back Lane, Shenstone:


  1. Curlews ! Actually alighting on your patch! Blindin' result :-)

  2. Curlew on the deck at Lutley would be epic Jase, i wish!

  3. I'm hoping they breed somewhere on/near the patch. I know theyve breed a mile or two down the rd at Tanwood so fingers crossed