Friday 27th July 2012 - Shenstone

It was yet another fine sunny day on the patch. In fact it was so nice that I almost forget what a poor Summer it had been prior to the last week or so. 

On arriving at Stanklyn Lane I scanned the gallops field where the ♂ Whinchat was still present.  A walk across the gallops field footpath afforded me good views of this long staying stunner that again seemed totally unfazed by the nearby agricultural sale.  Also noted during this walk were a Southern Hawker dragonfly and a single Common Darter.  A single Small Copper and many Meadow Brown butterflies were also present.

In the Stanklyn Set-aside there was no sign of the Marbled White today.  But the following species were noted:  Essex Skipper, Small Skipper, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Large White and Small White.  Sliver Y,  Six-spot Burnett and Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnett moths were also recorded.

A single Holly Blue was seen flitting along the hedgerows along Stanklyn Lane.

I then headed over to Butts Lane to undertake my second walk of the day.  Interestingly I recorded a single Marbled White butterfly here and can only assume it is the same individual that I had been seeing at Stanklyn Lane the past few days.  Also added to the days butterfly tally were 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Comma and Green-veined White.  Nearby, there were 2 Holly Blues present along Barrs Lane.

Meadow Brown

Small Skipper

Green-veined White


  1. Whatever's keeping the Whinchat with you Jase, is working for the Marbled White too :-)

  2. Jase - your mate reported your LesserPecker @ UW, needless to say it did'nt generate any comments!

    Laurie -

  3. Warren - I know's been a good week

    Laurie - Why am I not suprised

  4. Hi Jason. You should have a comment from me which I definitely left here yesterday late morning, in fact not long after I left it I received one from you (thank you) , could it somehow have found its way into your spam folder?

  5. Hi Jan - I did indeed recieve it and I've replied :-)'s on the comments for the 20th July for some strange reason.

    Cheers Dean, miss your posts though mate...but I understand why

  6. Thanks Jason. It must have been me...duh!!! Oh well, at least it proves I read all the posts and the comments :-) Sorry to bother you and thanks for your comment which I replied to a little while ago.

  7. does indeed prove it Jan! Not a problem :-)

  8. Love the texture you caught in the second photo of the Small Skipper, and the Green-veined White is striking!