Sunday 18th September 2011 - Shenstone

The immature Black Redstart was again showing at Eastfields Farm this morning (Tim Jones) and still present late afternoon (Craig Reed).

There was also an unconfirmed report that 15 Crossbills flew over Butts Lane late afternoon heading towards Heath Lane.

I popped down to the patch just after 5pm to have a look to see if I could locate the Crossbills.  First up I checked the Larches next to the Islamic School playing fields.  The only birds present were a couple of Greenfinch.

I then headed down to Stanklyn Lane and walked up the side of the gallops field so I could view the Larches and Pines along the edge of Stanklyn Lane...again no joy.  There were however 2 Mistle Thrush present, 2 Swallows flew over heading West and a Meadow Pipit was heard calling.

I returned to Eastfields farm where another 2 Meadow Pipits and a Swallow went over.  The Black Redstart was still showing but it was starting to get colder the bird actually flew into the slightly open doorway into the small red brick building.  It did not show again...leading me to think that it is possibly roosting in said structure.


  1. Sounds like that Black Red is very settled, Jason.

  2. I wouldn't be so sure after today Dean (see next post)

  3. I obviously spoke too soon, Jason.