Wednesday 30th Mar 2011 - Shenstone

I decided to go around the patch this morning in the overcast, dull and drizzly weather in the hope that it would put a migrant or two down on the patch....needless to say it didn't.

Butts Lane triangle held 1 singing Corn Bunting, 1 Yellowhammer, 20 Linnets, 7 Meadow Pipits, 1 Pied Wagtail and 2 Stock Doves. There were also many Skylarks singing and chasing at this location.

The highlight of today's visit came at Heath Lane where a Brown Hare was present in the model aircraft field...this was a year first for me so as you can gather I was just a little pleased. Birdwise, at this location, there were 2 Yellowhammers, 1 Pied Wagtail, 2 Stock Doves, 1 Kestrel and 1 Common Buzzard. A Corn Bunting was singing from the trees at the bottom of the Lane.

At Stanklyn Lane beet field a flock of c.120 Linnets were still present and a Corn Bunting was singing from the lone tree in the centre of the field.

I then traveled over to the otherside of the patch and recorded 7 Linnets, 6 Stock Doves, 2 Skylarks and a ♂Chaffinch 'on the plough' along Witch Lane. 2 Curlew were still present at Back Lane and a Goldcrest was singing from the adjacent conifers.

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