Thursday 29th September 2011 - Shenstone

The weather was lovely around the patch today but the birdlife was sadly lacking.

I started my visit at Eastfields Farm but there was no sign of the Black Redstart today.  One visitor to the patch had put in a few hours there today but to no avail.  Going by previous experiences of this individual, I won't write the bird of just yet.

I then decided to walk Butts Lane/Barrs Lane and the associated footpaths.  A single Skylark flew up and dropped back down in the stubble field and a Meadow Pipit flew over calling.  Also of note were 9 Linnets, 2 Common Buzzards and a ♀ Kestrel.

The walk produced both a Migrant Hawker and a Common Darter dragonfly.  A single Red Admiral and a Small White were also noted.

Things were pretty quiet around the rest of the patch with the only birds of note being 30+ Greenfinch and 15 Linnet along Witch Lane.  A further 4 Linnets were on the wires at Heath Lane paddocks.  Another Migrant Hawker dragonfly was seen near the entrance to Stanklyn Lane beet field.

Interestingly, I didn't see a single hirrundine on/over the patch today.


  1. I`ve had a few Swallows & House Martins over the garden today, Jason. But they do seem to have dropped off, all of a sudden.

  2. Yeah its all slowingg down now. Still time to be on the look out for the returning Redwings and Fieldfares

  3. No Hirundines over New Hythe yesterday either Jason. Make the most of the few remaining butterflies and dragons, i'll miss them when they're gone!