Thursday 8th September 2011 - Shenstone

I had an enjoyable morning around Shenstone today with a good mix of bird species seen.

I started at Eastfields Farm to check if the juvenile Black Redstart was still present, it was.  Incredibly, this is now its 6th day on the patch.  Also seen at the farm were 18 Mistle Thrush, 1 Jay, 20 Greenfinch, 2 Robins and a single Corn Bunting.

Just up the way at Barrs Lane was a flock of 8 Corn Buntings (at least 2 of which were juvenile birds).  I've posted a photo at the end of this post.  Also in this area were 2 Common Whitethroats, 10 Linnets and 12 Swallows. Whilst on Barrs Lane I had my first flyover Meadow Pipit of the Autumn, with a single individual calling as it headed SW.

The only bird of note today at Stanklyn Lane paddocks was a single juvenile Green Woodpecker.

Witch Lane was also fairly quite but the flock of 40+ Greenfinch was still present, as were 2 Common Buzzards and a Kestrel.

A few butterflies were on the wing today with 2 Red Admiral seen (1 at Butts Lane, 1 at Witch Lane), a Large White at Witch Lane and good numbers of Small White in the brassica fields around the patch.

Corn Bunting (imm.)

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  1. Forget the Black Red, Jason. Please send me a Corn Bunt, instead.

  2. I've never seen one, you're lucky.

  3. Dean/Bob...I would like nothing more than them to be more widespread, as they are a species that we could easily lose in the future, but as they are fairly sedentary