Wed 23rd March 2011 - Shenstone

Still very little sign of any passage migration on the patch again today. Perhaps the weather has been a bit too nice with sunshine and clear blue skies allowing many migrants to fly over at height. Could do with a bit of mist or rain to push a few down. Still good weather for butterflies so its not all bad!

I started my visit at Stanklyn Lane paddocks where 5 Meadow Pipits, 1 Jay, 1 Skylark and a Common Buzzard were present. 2 Skylarks were up singing nearby over the gallops field. A Small Tortoiseshell was also seen here. Elsewhere on Stanklyn there were c.60 Linnets in the beet field and c.50 Chaffinch at Summerfield.

Heath Lane paddock held 43 Fieldfare, 5 Redwing, 1 Yellowhammer, 1 Meadow Pipit and a Yellowhammer. 2 Skylarks were singing over the field opposite. There was very little in the way of birdlife at the model aircraft field but 2 Small Tortoiseshell butterflies were present.

Only one Curlew was present in the sheep field at Back Lane today and the Chiffchaff was still singing nearby. 2 Common Buzzards and a Kestrel were also recorded.

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