This afternoon I undertook my first tour of the patch since returning from Devon. As it was a sunny day and the temperature was fairly mild I decided to undertake a walk around the Butts Lane area to see what inverts were about.
The walk itself produced a nice mix of butterflies and moths with 2 Comma, 1 Small Copper, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 2 Silver Y of note. Also of interest was a Speckled Wood larva I found near the entrance to Eastfields Farm.
From Butts Lane I headed to a very quiet Heath Lane where only a Red Admiral and a Comma were of note.
At Witch lane a group of 4 Alba Wagtails flew over heading SW and a single Meadow Pipit was also noted.
Speckled Wood larva
Saturday 5th October:
Today's visit to the local patch proved to be the most productive that I have had in a long while. Shortly after arriving at Barrs Lane I picked up an absolutely cracking ♂ Stonechat....result! This was the first Stonechat that I have recorded at Shenstone in over 3 years, so needless to say I was chuffed. Stonechats used to overwinter on the patch (with 2 pairs being present most years) but not since winter 2008/2009. Since then they have only been recorded as occasional passage migrants and only then during autumn migration. So, although not a scarce species of bird, this really was an exciting find for me.
The day had also been very productive on the invert front too! At Barrs Lane there were 2 Ruby Tiger moth larvae on the nettles and also a new species of ladybird for the patch, 22-Spot Ladybird. Other species of ladybird observed today were 2-Spot, 7-Spot and Harlequin.
Ruby Tiger Moth Larva
At Witch Lane it was all about the butterflies with a Painted Lady and 7 Comma all feeding on the Ivy flowers.
What a great patch day...it's just a pity they are not all like this one!