Wednesday 17th August 2011 - Shenstone

Today I popped for a whistle stop tour of the patch with Tony.  We started at Captains Pool where earlier TS had recorded a Kingfisher (not common on the patch these days).  In fact I was lucky enough to see the bird zip across the pool whilst I was there.  A Grey Heron was also present.

Stanklyn Lane paddocks were quiet with the only birds of note were 2 Pied Wagtails and a singing Chiffchaff.

On checking the lower paddocks on Heath Lane Tony picked up a distant small bird perched in a Copper Beech.  I got my scope on it and confirmed our suspicions, it was a ♀ Common Redstart.  Whether this was the same bird from a couple of days before or a new migrant through is any ones guess.

An adult Little Owl was showing well along Heath Lane and 2 juvenile Common Buzzards were on the fence posts at the top paddock.  A flock of c.70 Linnets were also present.

I've attached a rather poor record video of the Redstart below...just check out that heat haze!

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  1. A good visit by the sounds of it Jase, with a very obliging Redstart!

  2. Not bad Warren....not bad at all mate