On arriving at Stanklyn Lane I noticed a bird perched upright on a fence post at the paddocks. Grabbing my bins I saw that it was a ♀ Wheatear and shortly afterwards I picked up a ♂ Wheatear. A few minutes later I was joined by fellow Worcestershire birder and wildlife photographer Stuart Andrews. Within minutes we picked up a second ♂ Wheatear. The birds slowly edged closer and closer giving us great views and excellent photo opportunities. Whilst watching these birds we heard a Cuckoo calling from the direction of Heath Lane (unfortunately I couldn't locate it as it didn't call again). Also of note at Stanklyn Lane paddocks were 2 Yellowhammers, 2 Linnets and a ♀ Green Woodpecker. Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Common Whitethroat were singing along the lane.
At Heath Lane model aircraft field there was another Common Whitethroat (showing well), 2 Yellowhammers and 2 Linnets. A ♂ Kestrel was also seen and the Little Owl was in its usual spot.
As well as my Wheatear photos I have included Stuart's photo of a well concealed Little Owl. To see more of Stuart's excellent photos click on the following link: http://www.stuartandrews.net/
Wheatears - 15th April 2011:
Little Owl - 15th April 2011 (photo by Stuart Andrews):
Welcome to Shenstone Birder. The aim of this blog is to share my wildlife experiences from places that I visit in search of fauna and flora.
This blog has evolved from what was my local patch blog 'Shenstone Birder'. All Shenstone Birder posts will remain on this blog as the serve as an historic record of species recorded within that area (Shenstone, Stone, Summerfield and Captains Pool)