Saturday 10th December 2011 - Shenstone

On this morning's visit to the patch I decided to concentrate my efforts on the Barrs Lane/Butts Lane area.  Walking the public footpath past the stubble field I flushed 62 Skylarks.  Who knows, one of these days I may find a wintering Woodlark in amongst them.  Also of note during this walk were a single Meadow Pipit and a Redwing.

On the way back to me car I bumped into Mark P and we decided to go and walk the wooded footpath to see what fungi was about.  Much of the fungi here was now going past its best although there were some nice examples of The Prince showing. Also of note were Common Rustgill and Conocybe tenera.

During today's visit I also managed to add a few more winter wildflowers to the list:  Common Speedwell, Fat Hen, Hedge Mustard, Prickly Sow-thistle, Red Campion and Small Nettle.  This takes the total number of wildflower species seen in bloom this winter  around the patch to 23.

The Prince (Agaricus augustus)

Small Nettle (Urtica urens)

Prickly Sow-thistle (Sonchus asper)


  1. 62 Skylarks! Not had that many here for years Jase.

  2. Nice texture on that fungus, Jason.

  3. Warren - I still do ok with Skylarks around here with at least a dozen pairs beeding here and decent numbers wintering. Some winters there can be 100+ Skylark.

    Rob - Cheers mate...much appreciated