After the 'away days' of the past couple of weeks I decided it was about time to start working Shenstone again. The weather was rather windy but it was dry and the temperature was mild.
I arrived at the patch early afternoon and decided to walk the Stanklyn Lane fields. The set aside near the pylon looked absolutely stunning but sadly was lacking in wildlife with only a single Meadow Brown butterfly observed.
The gallops field was far more productive with a further 7 Meadow Browns, a Small Tortoiseshell and a Silver Y recorded.
Stanklyn Lane was very quite in terms of birdlife although a single Yellowhammer and a 'wheeting' Willow/Chiff were noted.
I then headed over to Butts Lane to walk my usual circuit. There was a greater presence of the patch's avian inhabitants here with 10 Skylark, 8 Linnets, 2 Stock Doves, 1 singing Chiffchaff and a Common Buzzard observed. 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls flew over heading ENE.
A few butterflies were also present including 2 Large Skippers, 2 Meadow Browns and a Ringlet. The highlight though was a rather stunning Six-spot Burnett moth that was perched in the set-aside. I also saw a single Lime-speck Pug moth but unfortunately the wind was blowing too much for a photo of this small moth.
It was good to get back on the patch and see what was about. I will try and visit more regularly with autumn bird migration approaching.
Welcome to Shenstone Birder. The aim of this blog is to share my wildlife experiences from places that I visit in search of fauna and flora.
This blog has evolved from what was my local patch blog 'Shenstone Birder'. All Shenstone Birder posts will remain on this blog as the serve as an historic record of species recorded within that area (Shenstone, Stone, Summerfield and Captains Pool)