Friday 22nd April 2011 - Shenstone

Only had time for a whistle stop tour of the patch today.  There was no sign of any passage migrants around Shenstone today.  In fact , in terms of bird life, it was one of those 'Deadstone' could just imagine the tumbleweed blowing past!

The highlight of today's visit was a stunning Fox that gingerly trotted across Witch Lane in front of me.

It was definitely good butterfly weather though with me picking up my 2nd patch Red Admiral of the Spring on Witch Lane.  Other butterfly species recorded were Holly Blue, Speckled Wood, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Orange Tip, Green-veined White, Small White and Large White.  For some reason Commas seem quiet scarce around the patch this Spring.

Green-Veined White - Shenstone, 22nd April 2011:


  1. I haven't seen a Comma yet this time either which seems a bit odd.

    Great photos of the Mallard and her little ones on the last post.

  2. Thanks shy...I have seen a small number of commas but none around the patch. On the other hand there has been great numbers of Small Tortoiseshell this year...which is great that they are bouncing back after a decline