This morning I took advantage of the sunny weather and spent a few hours on the patch.
I started my visit at Stanklyn paddocks where one of the juvenile Whinchats was still present. Nearby a Common Redstart (♀/imm.) was present on the adjacent hedgerow. Also of note were 2 Ravens that flew over heading West. Two Small Copper butterflies were also observed as they started to mate.
Whilst at the paddocks I was joined by my old mate Jared (aka Bellamy). His botanical knowledge really is exceptional. In fact he pointed out that there was a fairly rare plant right under my nose! Across the lane from where I was parked is an area of verge containing a couple of hundred Tower Mustard (Arabis glabra) plants. Tower Mustard is classed as vulnerable in the UK and only occurs at a handful of sites in Worcestershire. For more info on this species click on the below link:
Also of note along Stanklyn Lane were a single Purple Hairstreak butterfly and a Migrant Hawker dragonfly.
I drew a blank at Heath Lane so I headed over to Butts Lane to undertake my regular walk. This proved more successful with 3 Common Buzzards, 2 Stock Doves, 3 Sky Larks and 2 Linnets recorded.
The highlight of the day though came in the form of a butterfly, a ♂ Common Blue. I know...Common Blue? I hear you cry. Well, this year they have been in fairly short supply locally (probably due to the wet Spring) and believe it or not this is the first one I have recorded on the patch for 2012! Other butterflies noted during this walk were1 Essex Skipper, 1 Small Copper, 1 Peacock, 2 Meadow Browns and 2 Green-veined Whites.
Also of interest on the insect side of things was a single ♀ Common Darter dragonfly, a Meadow Grasshopper and a Roesel's Bush Cricket.
Meadow Grasshopper (Chorthippus parallelus)
Tower Mustard (Arabis glabra)