Saturday 2nd October 2011 - Shenstone

The sun was shining today so I decided to undertake a walk over the fields along Stanklyn Lane, via the footpaths, returning back along the lane to view the paddocks.  It was pretty quiet birdwise although I did have 2 Meadow Pipits, 2 Sky Larks and 1 Pied Wagtail over heading South.  

I then headed to Eastfields Farm.  There were 2 Chiffchaffs flitting about in the hedgerow, a Common Buzzard was perched on a telegraph pole and a Green Woodpecker was also present.  Also of note along Butts Lane were 9 Linnets and a ♀ Sparrowhawk.

My final stop was at Witch Lane.  A single Lapwing was still present, a ♀ Kestrel and a flock of 13 Linnets were also observed.

It was a good day for butterflies with 2 Small Copper, 2 Red Admiral, 1 Comma, 1 Speckled Wood and 6 Small White recorded around the patch today.  A Hornet was also noted.

Speckled Wood


  1. Very envious, Jason. Not very often i see a Buzzard perched up, on my patch.

  2. You know, about 15 years ago I wouldnt have on mine. There spread across the West Midlands area over the past decade has been amazing. Cant drive a couple of miles down a country lane without seeing one. They are now the most numerous raptor around here by far...its only a matter of time till they spread further north in numbers Dean