To say the weather was variable today would be an understatement. One moment lovely sunshine next torrential downpours. It was during one such sunny spell that I decided to pay a visit to the patch.
On arriving at Stanklyn Lane I was aghast to see the farmer in his tractor cutting down the vegetation in the gallops field. Incredibly the ♂ Whinchat was still present on a Ragwort whilst the tractor was taking out the rest of its perches. The bird would either be gone by tomorrow or would relocate elsewhere on patch whilst continuing its moult. The other downside of this field being cut is the impact it may have on the numerous butterflies present there, especially the Small Coppers and Meadow Browns.
From Shenstone I headed over, with Tony, to Camp Lane pits at Grimley to see the Great White Egret that had been discovered there earlier that day by local birder and fellow Baggies supporter John Hingley. On arriving at the North end I soon picked up the bird working it's way along the Eastern shoreline. What was interesting was when it walked past a Grey Heron and you could get an appreciation of the size of the bird. I started to take some video footage when the mother of all downpours came down. I kept filming for a minute or so before I conceded that it was just too wet. We headed back to the dry of Tony's car and waited for the rain to abate...it didn't. After waiting in the car for what seemed an age it became apparent that this weather was pretty much set in and we decided to head back home. Still it was a worthwhile visit and gave us good views of a fairly scarce bird.
Great White Egret