Wednesday 9th March 2011 - Shenstone

I started today's visit at a very quiet Witch Lane. The only birds of note were a pair of Kestrels down the bottom of the lane near the former grain stores. Hopefully they will breed in this area.

My next port of call was the Butts Lane/Back Lane triangle. Again it was Bunting central here with 16 Corn Buntings, 20+ Yellowhammers and 2 Reed Buntings feeding in the stubble. Also seen in this area were 3 Skylarks, 20 Linnets and a ♀ Kestrel.

Heath Lane paddock held 2 Mistle Thrushes, 8 Redwings, 7 Fieldfares and 2 Goldfinch. A single Corn Bunting was on the wires. A Pied Wagtail flew over the model aircraft field heading NE.

There were c.120 Linnets still present at the Stanklyn Lane beet field. The farmer has now started harvesting the beets so the Linnet flock will probably move on. 12 Chaffinches and a Common Buzzard were also seen at this location.

My final stop off was at Stanklyn Lane paddocks where 37 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 40 Starlings and a Green Woodpecker were present.

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