After having a couple of back to back 'off patch' days I thought that I would put some time in around Shenstone.
I started my visit on Witch Lane where a flock of c.80 Greenfinch were present feeding in the brassica field. 4 Swallows flew over heading SE and a single Hornet was also seen.
At Heath Lane paddocks I had 9 Swallow and 1 House Martin over. A Red Admiral and a Comma were also seen in this area.
A Jay, a Green Woodpecker and a single Meadow Pipit were notable along Stanklyn Lane. I decided to walk the path that runs from Stanklyn Lane to Captains Pool and saw a rather tatty Speckled Wood and 2 Migrant Hawker dragonflies. I then walked around the outside edge of the privately owned Stanklyn Wood where 2 Nuthatch and 18 Long-tailed Tits were noted. I also picked up another Comma and a 3rd Migrant Hawker here.
My final stop was Butts Lane. Whilst walking the lane I had another Meadow Pipit flyover. 2 Common Buzzards were up soaring and a juvenile Kestrel was perched in the dead tree along the lane. The highlight of today's visit though was when an 'old friend' put in an appearance. The juvenile Black Redstart was once again showing at Eastfields Farm. This is the first sighting of the bird since Friday 9th September. Although to be honest he has probably been knocking around the derelict buildings behind the farm (a former World War 2 refugee camp). I managed to get some new photos today, so I've attached one below.
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