Sunday, 17 April 2011

Lutley Wedge 17/04/11 07.40am (8°c) Sunny & warm, clear skies. Wind light (N➝NE) F1

Back on the local patch today and a superb fall of migrant chats this morning with a stunning ♂ Whinchat near Foxcote House Farm (the first on the patch this spring) and (4♂ 6♀) Wheatears, grounded first thing. The Whinchat and 6 of the Wheatear were still present in the early afternoon, feeding in horse paddocks though the other Wheatears seemed to have moved through very quickly in the fine weather conditions this morning.
Other highlights included a reeling ♂ Grasshopper Warbler, and single flyover Tree Pipit and Yellow Wagtail.
1 Whinchat
10 Wheatear
1 Grasshopper Warbler
1 Tree Pipit
1 Yellow wagtail
3 Common Whitethroat
2 Willow Warbler
6+ Chiffchaff
5+ Blackcap
4 House Martin
5+ Swallow
4+ Brambling (Lutley Brook) (SLC)
Whinchat Lutley Wedge 17/4/11

♂♀ Wheatears Wassell Grove 17/4/11

3 comments:

Warren Baker said...

Excellent! the whinchats are back! I'll have to keep an eye out :-)

Jason K said...

Nice Whinchat Craig...makes it worth coming back for those few days. Im Still waiting to pick up one for Shenstone this year, although I did get Common Redstart and Cuckoo last week though.

As for your Gropper...it would be a mega and a patch first if I had one on my patch.

Craig said...

Keep checking those Shenstone bramble clumps Jase, there's reeling going on!