Wednesday 6th April 2011 - Shenstone...its all about the Wagtails
Today, I managed to steal some time on what had been a busy day and got around the patch mid-afternoon.
On the face of it things seamed really quiet (in terms of birdlife) with very little of note at Heath Lane or Stanklyn Lane. I did however pick up a patch butterfly lifer today in the form of a ♂ Brimstone that flew over the paddocks. You may think Brimstone ...a lifer? well its not that common around the patch but does occur yet it has only been the past couple of years that I have started to take more of an interest in the butterflies. I also had my first patch Holly Blue of the year along Heath Lane. Also, there were good numbers of Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock on the wing. I also recorded 3 Orange Tip (1♂). A further 2 ♂ Orange Tips were seen down near Captains Pool by TS.
I then decided to check out Witch Lane. The ploughed field that had produced the recent Wheatears was quiet but still held c.30 Linnet and a Common Buzzard. But it was the plough opposite the old grainstore that was today's hot spot. On the Plough here was a 'Channel Wagtail' (Motacilla flava flava x flavissima)...this is a hybrid between our British Yellow Wagtail and its continental cousin the Blue-headed Wagtail. Also present in this field was a stunning ♂ Yellow Wagtail, 2 ♂ White Wagtails and 6 Pied Wagtails....Motacillatastic! (wonder if that word will catch on..probably not)
From Witch Lane I headed over to my final stop - the Sheep Field at Back Lane. Only 1 Curlew was present today, but there was also a Raven and 2 Brown Hares in the field.
Welcome to Shenstone Birder. The aim of this blog is to share my wildlife experiences from places that I visit in search of fauna and flora.
This blog has evolved from what was my local patch blog 'Shenstone Birder'. All Shenstone Birder posts will remain on this blog as the serve as an historic record of species recorded within that area (Shenstone, Stone, Summerfield and Captains Pool)