Thursday 8th December 2011 - Shenstone

This afternoon I decided to brave the near gale force winds and undertake a patch walk.  I parked on Stanklyn Lane, walked to Captains Pool then across the beet field towards Summerfield before heading back along the lane.

At Captain's Pool a family party of 6 Mute Swans were new in (TS).  Also present were 23 Black-headed Gulls.  Along the footpath from Captains was a flock of c.40 Chaffinch, but there was no sign of any Brambling with them as yet.

Whilst walking the beet field 7 Meadow Pipits went up.  The only other notables were c.60 Starling, a single Skylark and a Redwing.  

That was about it in terms of birds today, although I did add a three more species of winter wildflowers to the list in Bristly Ox-tongue, Cats Ear and Charlock (taking the total to 17).  I also found some Coral Spot Fungi on some fallen branches.

Mute Swans (family party) - Captains Pool

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  1. Not had Mute Swans here for some time Jase - i'm well jealous!

  2. Hoping the weather improves up here, Jason. Might actually get out over the weekend.

  3. Warren - They are not an everyday bird at my patch either, even though they are as common as anything a few miles down the road on the River Severn.

    Dean - Hopefully it will for you mate. Watching the news it looks like the winds have been much worse the further North you go!