Monday 19th September 2011 - Shenstone

The juv Black Redstart was again present at Eastfields Farm this morning.  Also of note whilst I was on Butts Lane were 4 single Meadow Pipits that flew over and a single Goldcrest that was calling from the conifers.  A Kestrel was seen hovering over Barrs Lane.

Stanklyn Lane was fairly quite except for the 100+ mixed Corvid flock of Rooks and Jackdaws that were in the sheep fields.  A Mistle Thrush, a single Pied Wagtail and a Jay were noted at the paddocks.

There wasn't much to shout about insect-wise today although I did have a Red Admiral fly along Butts Lane.  Also at Butts Lane, a huge Red-tailed Bumblebee (possibly a queen?) was scratching around on the sandy soil underneath my tripod for a few minutes before flying off.

Breaking News:   The Black Redstart was being observed late afternoon when, at 4:25pm, it was seen to fly off high in a Northerly direction (TS).  

Could this be the last we will see of this bird? I will keep you posted.

Black Redstart

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Red-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius)

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  1. The Black Redstart is superb and the Bee, all covered with the work it is done.

  2. Seems a tad quiter than usual there Jase :-) Apart from the Blackred that is!

  3. Thanks Bob...much appreciated

    Warren, it is definitely quieter....I think I have hit a bit of a lull before I start picking up a few of the returning winter finches and thrushes...but then, as you know, anything can turn up in October