Thursday 1st March 2012 - Shenstone

This morning I heard the news that fellow Worcestershire birder and videographer, Steve Avery, had found a ♂ Brambling with the large mixed finch/bunting flock along Stanklyn Lane.  He had also noted c.30 Corn Bunting still present there.

I headed over to the patch early afternoon and spent a good hour and half scanning through the flock that was regularly feeding on the recently fine ploughed field.  I didn't manage to catch up with the Brambling but there was still plenty to see.  On the plough there were 34 Corn Buntings, 12 Yellowhammers, c.60 Chaffinch, 10 Greenfinch and 8 House Sparrows.  A ♀ Kestrel was also present along Stanklyn Lane.

It was also nice to bump into a reader of the blog (Mike T) and have a good natter about birds, wildlife and the joys of the Pembrokeshire coast (one of my fave places in the UK) 

♀ Kestrel - Stanklyn Lane

Corn Bunting - Stanklyn Lane


Below is a short sound recording I took of one of the Corn Buntings singing during my visit.

  Corn Bunting - Shenstone, 1st March 2012 by Shenstone Birder


  1. Delightful sound recording, Jason - that really brings a sense of the countryside to my desk.

  2. Nice to hear the Corn Bunting and that was a good record Steve had of Brambling they seem to have been very scarce this winter

  3. Days are running out to find a Brambling for the year list this end of 2012 Jase, might not get one at all here this year!

  4. Rob - Thanks mate, it really is an iconic sound of the british countryside.

    Alan - Cheers. Yes it was a good Brambling record. Only the 2nd at Shenstone this winter, as I had a single female in Nov 2011

    Warren - Tell me about it Warren, I may have to wait until the autumn/winter for my year patch tick! Still Chiffchaffs, Swallows and Wheatears soon!!!!

  5. Good to meet you too,Jason. Thanks for passing on some of your knowledge and letting me use your 'scope.Can barely hear the recording, oh the joys of getting older.