Tuesday 12th April 2011 - Shenstone

I have had quite a busy day today so only managed a whistle stop tour of the patch this afternoon. 

Not a single one of yesterday's Wheatears were present but 2 Swallows had returned to the usual site of Eastfields Farm along Butts Lane.  A Common Whitethroat was singing from the hedgerow opposite.

The highlight of today's visit was seeing a Little Owl in the area of last years nest site.  This is the first patch Little Owl of 2011 for me.

I had a butterfly year first in a Large White that was along Back Lane.  A Holly Blue was seen along Heath Lane. A Small White was seen along Witch Lane. Good numbers of both Small Tortoiseshell and Orange Tip were also present around the patch.

Earlier this morning TMH had recorded 2 Wheatears still present along Witch Lane.


  1. Looks like it might be another better year for Small Tort Jason. Brimstones seem to be doing well down here as well so far. Lots of Hirundines at New Hythe today.....all heading your way!

  2. Yes Phil...its really great to see how well Small Tortoiseshell seems to be recovering.

    Looking forward to getting a few more hirundines