Friday 15th April 2011 - Shenstone

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 WoodpeckerChiffchaff, 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:

Wheatears - 15th April 2011:

Little Owl - 15th April 2011 (photo by Stuart Andrews):


  1. Nice Wheatears Jase, and a nice looking field they are in too!

  2. Thanks makes a change from them being on the plough...the wildflowers set them off a treat.

  3. Really good Wheatear and the Little Owl.

  4. Cheers was a very good morning