I was awake incredibly early this morning (by my standards) and, on going down stairs, I could here the Blackbird singing from the back garden. I then thought "I know I will do the patch nice and early whilst it's still quiet...who knows, I may pick up a singing Willow Warbler or Common Whitethroat". As it happens I had neither!
I arrived down at Shenstone at 6:20am and began my rounds. There was very little of note singing around the patch other than 8 Chiffchaffs at different locations and 4 Yellowhammers. Other than that it was just the more common resident species that were in song.
A highlight did come however at Willow Marsh Fishery which, rather suprisingly, was closed. on one of the pools there were 9 Tufted Duck (5♂ & 4♀). This is a new patch maximum count for me so needless to say I was pleased. Also noted at the fishery were 2 Cormorants, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 1 Black-headed Gull.
Whilst on nearby Witch Lane I had my second highlight of the day in the form of a flyover Yellow Wagtail.
There was no sign of any Wheatears around the patch today and there was still no sign of any hirrundines.