Monday 28th March 2011 - Shenstone & Grimley

I managed to get to the patch for just after mid-day. The weather was mild and started off sunny but turned cloudy as the afternoon drew on.

I started off at Butts Lane where I recorded 2 Common Buzzard, a ♂ Kestrel, 8+ Skylarks, 1 Yellowhammer, 7 Linnets, a Goldcrest and 3 Small Tortoiseshell butterflies. A Chiffchaff was a new arrival, singing from the trees at the back of Stone Manor.

The 2 Curlews were again present in the Back Lane sheep field. A Chiffchaff was 'wheating' nearby and a Common Buzzard soared over. Witch Lane was quite with the only birds of note being 8 Linnets on the plough and a Peacock butterfly.

3 Greylag Geese arrived at Captains Pool this afternoon (TS). 3 Great Crested Grebes and 2 Mute Swans were also noted.

Yellowhammer - 28th March 2011:

Mute Swan - 28th March 2011:

After finishing the rounds at Shenstone I decided to pop down the road to Grimley. At the 'old workings' there was an Oystercatcher, 1 Teal, 2 Great Crested Grebes and 2 Grey Herons.

There was a ♂ White Wagtail present on the plough next to 'Wagon Wheel Lane pits' but unfortunately the heat haze was to bad to get any decent photos. I have decided to attach a photo of one that I had at the same location in April 2010. Also present at Wagon Wheel Lane pits were 2 Little Ringed Plovers (one displaying), 2 Redshank, 14 Lapwing, 2 and 12 Tufted Duck.

At the 'Camp Lane pits' I noted 3 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Redshank, 4 Shoveller and 20+ Gadwall. Whilst there a flock of c.40 Sand Martins dropped in before flying off towards the River Severn.

White Wagtail - Grimley, 7th April 2010:


  1. White Wags aren`t half smart birds, Jason.

  2. I agree Dean. I know they are only a sub-species but these continental cousins to our pied wags are good lookers. I usually get one or two through the patch most springs so it wont be long now

  3. Sounds like it's all about to kick off at Shenstone Jase. Migrants ahoy!!