I didn't get down to the patch quite as early as my previous visit, in fact it was around mid-day when I arrived. My thinking was that if it brightened up a bit there would be more butterflies on the wing.
I started my rounds at Witch Lane where on arrival I clocked 2 Lapwing that were flying over heading East. The only other birds of note in this area were a Kestrel and a Common Buzzard. I did however get good views of another Tawny Mining Bee and also noted a Small Tortoiseshell butterfly.
The Butts Lane fields were also fairly empty of birds with the exception of 2 Red-legged Partridge.
Next up was a walk along Stanklyn Lane where, on arrival I noted 6 Common Buzzards up soaring. The real highlight though was seeing 2 Swallows hawking low over the fields near Summerfield before flying off in a westerly direction. At last! my first patch hirrundines of 2012. As I was walking back past the paddocks I heard a familiar call and looked up. A cracking Yellow Wagatil was flying right over head heading North West. This was the 3rd patch Yellow Wag of the Spring so far.
I finished off the patch by spending some time on Heath Lane hoping to pick up a few more interesting flyovers. I didn't see any but i did note 1 Meadow Pipit, 4 Skylark, 3 Linnet and a Kestrel.
Many Chiffchaffs are now singing around the patch, so I will no longer bother to keep posting counts on them.
From Shenstone i headed a couple of miles up the road to Woodrow. On checking the plough I didn't pick up a single Wheatear or Wagtail. I was just about to return to my car when I noticed a bird on the ground in the adjacent sheep field. Bingo! it was a cracking ♂ Northern Wheatear. I then spent a while just watching and enjoying the said bird. What a great end to a good day...I wonder what tomorrow may bring?
♀ Tawny Mining Bee (Andrena fulva)
♂ Northern Wheatear - Woodrow