Today I spent the majority of my patch visit undertaking my BTO Winter Thrush Survey around the Stanklyn Lane fields.
There certainly are not many winter thrushes present on the patch at the mo with only 4 Mistle Thrush and 3 Fieldfare observed feeding on the deck and a further 2 Fieldfares noted flying over heading NW. I also recorded 9 Blackbirds feeding in the hedgerows.
The walk wasn't a complete loss though as I did pick up a patch scarcity in the form of a ♀ Reed Bunting which was part of a mixed bunting flock that also included 21 Corn Buntings and 5 Yellowhammers. Reed Buntings are only ever recorded on a handful of occasions each year at Shenstone, usually during the winter months. That said a pair did attempt to breed at a site just off Barrs Lane in 2010.
There were 2 Green Woodpeckers present in the paddocks and an imm. Cormorant was seen circling over Stanklyn Pool. Also of interest during this walk was a ♀ Sparrowhawk, a ♀ Kestrel, c.40 Chaffinch, 4 House Sparrows and a flock of 11 Long-tailed Tits.
After completing the survey walk I decided to quickly whistle-stop around some of the other patch areas to see what may or may not be about. Heath Lane was pretty much devoid of birds but for a Green Woodpecker in the top paddock and a ♂ Kestrel that was hovering over the adjacent field.
Witch Lane was more productive with 22 Fieldfare and 3 Redwing feeding down in the fields. An adult Cormorant, a ♀ Kestrel and a covey of 7 Red-legged Partridge were also observed.
Corn Bunting - 10th December 2012
Winter Colour - Stanklyn Lane