Tuesday 16th April - Shenstone and Holt/Grimley

Today I caught up with my old mate and long time curmudgeon Tony S to whistle-stop through the patch and then head over to Holt/Grimley.

Our first stop was Barrs Lane where TMH had recorded 2 Northern Wheatears early morning, but there was no sign.  The only notable bird here was a very showy Yellowhammer that was feeding near the pull in.

Also earlier that morning TS had recorded 2 Greylag Geese on Captains Pool but they also didn't hang around.  That said it was nice to hear Willow Warbler singing at Captains Pool.

At Heath Lane the winter thrush numbers were still decreasing with only 29 Fieldfare still present.  The only other bird of note was a single Common Buzzard.

Yellowhammer - Barrs Lane, 16th April

The flooded area next to Sling Pool at Holt looked very good for birds and with a bit of scanning we picked up 5 Yellow Wagtails (4♂), 6 White Wagtails, 6 Little Ringed Plovers, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Oystercatchers and a ♂ Sparrowhawk.  A ♂ Brimstone butterfly was also seen in flight over the fields.

At Camp Lane Pits we counted an incredible 30 White Wagtails, the most I have ever seen at a single site.  Also of note were 3 Yellow Wagtails, 1 ♂ Northern Wheatear, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Dunlin, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Redshank and 8 Little Ringed Plover.

Dunlin - Grimley, 16th April

Yellow Wagtail - Grimley, 16th April


  1. Fantastic, the photo showing the Dunlin is a cracker Jason.

  2. Cheers Bob...much appreciated