After my voluntary work at WBRC today I decided to skirt through Shenstone. On the rolled seed bed at Curslow Lane I was treated to a bit of a mini wagtail fest with 3 Yellow Wagtails and 6 White Wagtails all busy feeding.
At Witch lane I heard my first patch Blackcap of the year singing and a Small Tortoiseshell butterfly was also noted.
My final stop was Stanklyn Lane where 1 ♂ Northern Wheatear was present in the gallops and a single Fieldfare was present at the paddocks. This was to become my last Fieldfare sighting of the Spring.
Thursday 18th April:
There had been a bit of a "fall" of migrants on the patch today. A cracking ♂ Common Redstart was showing well at the paddocks and 5 Northern Wheatear (3♂, 2♀). At Barrs Lane there was a single ♂ Northern Wheatear on the plough and at Witch Lane a further 2♂ Northern Wheatears were at Witch Lane.
Also of interest was that the pair of Swallows had returned to the stable building where they nest along Stanklyn Lane.
Northern Wheatear (♂) - 18th April
Common Redstart (♂) - 18th April