Started this mornings visit at Stanklyn Lane where a ♂ Wheatear was perched on a fence post at the rear of the horse paddocks. Also 4 singing Common Whitethroat along Stanklyn Lane and 6 Swallows. At the edge of Stanklyn Wood I picked up a patch lifer (don't get to excited) in the form of a ♂ Bullfinch. Believe it or not they are mega scarce round Shenstone and in 4 years of working the patch it is the first time I have connected with one.
At Heath Lane model aircraft field there were 2 Common Swifts...the first on the patch this Spring. Also, 2 Swallows were over the field and 2 Common Whitethroats were singing. 2 Linnets, a Common Buzzard and a ♂ Kesterel were also present. At the paddock there was a singing ♂ Yellowhammer, 2 Linnets and another singing Common Whitethroat present.
Next up I checked out Butts Lane where a ♀ Wheatear was present in the grounds of Eastfield Farm. Also present were a Pied Wagtail, 2 Swallows, 1 House Martin and a singing Common Whitethroat.
Yet more singing Common Whitethroats around the patch with another 3 along Witch Lane. 6 Swallows were low over the ploughed field near the old grainstore. Also of interest here was another Brimstone Moth.
Wheatear (female) - 4th May 2011: