Shenstone - Two posts for the price of one

Ok so I am guilty as charged for not keeping on top of my blog posts again, so i have decided to combine 2 patch visits into this one post.

Monday 1st October 2012:
This morning the weather was cloudy with a rather cool westerly breeze.  I started my visit at Heath Lane where 37 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 32 Herring Gulls and 1 Black-headed Gull were present on the fresh plough.  Nearby there were 4 Pied Wagtails on the model aircraft field plough and 1 Yellowhammer & a single Corn Bunting on the adjacent hedgerow.  2 Meadow Pipits flew through heading SW and 3 Swallows went through heading SE.  A ♀ Kestrel and 2 Common Buzzards were also noted.

At Stanklyn Lane there was a Common Buzzard, 1 adult Green Woodpecker and a Jay present at the paddocks.  C.120 Starlings were present on a nearby Pylon.

I then decided to head over to the south side of the patch and arriving at Witch lane I noted 6 Pied Wagtails on the cricket pitch.  Further down the lane I noted a charm of 39 Goldfinch, a covey of 8 Red-legged Partridge and a ♂ Kestrel.   6 Swallows flew through heading South. 

The weather warmed up slightly whilst at Witch Lane and as a result a handful of inverts were noted:  1 Common Darter, 1 Red Admiral and 1 Small White.

My final stop off was at Back Lane where 16 Mistle Thrush , 40 Starling and 17 Linnets were on the telegraph wires.  Sat in the sheep field opposite were 4 Herring Gulls.

Thursday 4th October 2012:
It was much warmer at the patch this morning and I was greeted by clear blue skies.  I started today's rounds at Stanklyn Lane where bird movement was very much apparent.  Skylarks were on the move with a groups of 3 and 2 heading East and a single Skylark through going SW.  I also observed 5 Swallows flying through heading WSW.  A single Chiffchaff was present at the junction with Heath Lane and a single Song Thrush was in perched at the edge of the beet field.  3 Red Admirals were also noted.

Lesser numbers of gulls were present on the plough at Heath Lane with 27 Lesser Black-backed  Gulls and 5 Herring Gulls noted.  There were however good numbers of Skylark present in this field with a count of 28 Skylarks noted.  A single Pied Wagtail was on the model aircraft field plough. A single Chiffchaff was singing from the grounds of the Islamic School.

At Heath Lane paddock there was a charm of 21 Goldfinch feeding on the seed heads.  A Jay and a Common Buzzard were present.  A Small Tortoiseshell and 2 Red Admirals were also recorded there.

The adjacent fresh plough was quite productive with 8 Meadow Pipits , 3 Pied Wagtails, 2 Skylarks, 4 Linnets and a ♂ Chaffinch all down feeding.

At Witch Lane there were 74 Lapwing and 2 Pied Wagtails present on the large freshly sown field. A Pied Wagtail and a Skylark went through heading SW and 2 Common Buzzards went through high heading SSW.

My final area of coverage today was Back Lane.  Here it was apparent that Linnet numbers were starting to build as I recorded 51 Linnets on the wires.  2 Ravens flew over heading South and 2 Meadow Pipits went through heading SW.  Also of interest were 2 Red Admirals were present on the Ivy flowers and a dead Hedgehog further down the lane.  I know the latter is a bit grim but it is a species that I have very rarely seen on the patch but this roadkill shows that they are still present locally.

Linnets - Back Lane


  1. Keep at it Jase,
    your records might seem the ''same old stuff'' to you, but its good for others to see and compare whats happening out there :-)

  2. Cheers long as folks find it interesting I will keep posting