I started this mornings visit to the patch on Stanklyn Lane where Song Thrush, Yellowhammer, Common Whitethroat and Linnet were all perched up singing. After a short while I was joined by TMH and we then checked out the rest of the Shenstone area for migrants.
2 Wheatears (1♂) were in a ploughed field along Witch Lane. These were the only notable Spring migrants on the patch today. Also seen along Witch Lane were a Mistle Thrush and 2 Pied Wagtails.
A Yellow Wagtail was present along Witch Lane by the old grain stores on plough at 5pm (JC)
From Shenstone I headed ten miles or so down the road to the gravel pits at Grimley. The Wagon Wheel Lane pits were devoid of birds except for a handful of Tufted Duck.
Camp Lane pits were more productive and I picked up a Ringed Plover (my first for the year). Also of note were Barnacle Goose, Shelduck, 2 Redshank, 2 Oystercatchers and a Sedge Warbler singing from near the causeway.
Yellowhammer - Shenstone, 18th April 2011: