Tuesday 3rd April
Today, I concentrated my efforts on the south side of the patch. The skies were dull and overcast and the temperature felt noticeably cooler.
I started my visit by checking out Witch Lane. It was very quiet birdwise and the only highlights were 1 Yellowhammer, 1 Pied Wagtail and 2 Red-legged Partridge.
Again there was no sign of any Wheatear on the Back Lane plough, but 3 Stock Doves and a Kestrel were present. Whilst scanning the area 9 Meadow Pipits flew over heading WNW.
On the eastern boundary of the patch, in the large fresh ploughed field runs from Curslow Lane towards Winterfold School, there were a staggering 266 Fieldfare all busy feeding up. Whilst gaining a count of the birds I also noted 2 Redwing with them. Also present in this field were 2 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Pied Wagtails and 3 Meadow Pipits.
Thursday 5th April
I only had time for a short patch visit this afternoon so I decided to spend some time on Heath Lane. There is quite a good wide area of view at the model aircraft field and I was hoping to perhaps pick up a fly over Osprey or even my first patch hirundine of the year. To give you some idea, from this view point you can see Titerstone Clee Hill (Shrops), the TV transmitter masts at Upton Warren (Worcs) and Abberley Hill (Worcs). Needless to say I saw very little other than 6 Meadow Pipits that flew over heading East and 2 Linnets that flew over heading West. Still all was not lost as I saw my first patch Comma butterfly of the year and discovered the larvae of a Lesser Yellow Underwing moth.
Friday 6th April
I had been at a real ale pub the previous evening and drank a fair few pints of Hopback Summer Lightening, so I wasn't fit for birding until late morning and even that was a struggle. There was still no sign of any additional summer migrants in. In fact the only bird of note was a single Fieldfare that was feeding in Stanklyn Paddocks. 2 Mistle Thrush were also present there. A Yellowhammer was perched up singing nearby.
Lesser Yellow Underwing (Noctua comes) larvae