Today I met up with fellow Shenstone birder Terry H and popped a couple of miles 'off patch' Woodrow to see the 2 Stonechats that he had found there.
On arrival we soon picked up the 2 chats working the fence line. I never tire of seeing these smart looking passage migrants and spent some time enjoying them as they flicked down to ground and back whilst the fed.
Stonechat was a common wintering bird in North Worcestershire up until the hard winter of 2009/2010 when numbers plummeted. The 2010/2011 hard winter knocked back numbers further still leading to passage numbers to fall considerably in the region. They are now a scarce passage bird in the north of the county.