Sunday 3rd November:
Today, I arrived on the patch mid afternoon and decided to undertake a walk around the 'beet field'. This proved rather successful as I picked up a flock of 8 Corn Buntings feeding there. This was the first sign of them starting to flock together for the winter. Also of note during the walk were 12 Linnet, 7 Meadow Pipits, 1 Yellowhammer and a Common Buzzard.
Heath Lane was relatively quiet but for a charm of 23 Goldfinch perched up on the wires above the paddock. A single Mistle Thrush and a Common Buzzard were also observed.
Witch Lane was fairly productive with 13 Fieldfare over heading South and a Cormorant & Grey Heron also over. A 2nd Grey Heron was sat in the field at the rear of the fishery. A Kestrel, a Common Buzzard and a Jay were also noted.
Elsewhere on the patch...a drake Shoveler was present on Captains Pool (TS).
Corn Buntings - 3rd November 2013
Monday 4th November:
I only had time for a brief visit to the patch today, so only concentrated on a couple of areas.
At the top of Witch Lane (near the junction with the A450) there was a White Saddle fungus growing. This was the first time I had noted this species at Shenstone.
Further along the lane a covey of 4 Red-legged Partridge were noted and a Grey Heron was again sat in the field behind the fisheries.
Along Butts lane I discovered my 2nd new fungi for the patch when I came a cross 4 fruiting bodies of Boletus cisalpinus near Eastfields Farm. The only birds of note here were a ♂ Kestrel, a Common Buzzard and a single Pied Wagtail.