Thursday, 16 March 2006

Bird news

Thursday 16th

  • 0835: 3 Gr Sp Woodpeckers drumming simultaneously on the reserve, all within 100yards of the gate at the bottom of the bridleway. (Ian Dickie)

Wednesday 15th

  • Flock of fieldfares, redwings & starlings still present on Sandy Heath Weds morning - moving between fields north and south of the Sandy-Potton road. One common buzzard, mobbed by carrion crows and a female stonechat was on brambles in the middle of the 'hobby field', to the north-west of The Lodge Gatehouse.
  • Siskins at the feeders at the Gatehouse, and bathing at the hide. 4 lesser redpolls bathing too, including three males (Neil Renwick)
  • Goldcrest outside reception, Weds morning (Maggie Lamberton)
  • Common lizard vanishing rapidly into leaf litter by the steps down to Jack's Pond at lunchtime Wednesday and 12 fieldfares flew over the heath. Also male and female siskin together at our feeder late morning and a cormorant past at c2 o' clock, which then dropped down to Warren Villas (Mark Ward)
  • Gibraltar had nothing on the Web Team window Wednesday morning. The 'flock of flycatching gulls' that caught my eye circling way to the west turned into a spectacular 9 buzzards 'kettling ' together at 11.40. Thereafter regular sightings of up to 4 at once in display as the flock broke up and pairs got down to pre-nuptials just outside the window.(Mark Ward)

Tuesday 14th

  • Rapid decline in number of visits to our feeder by siskins: 2 males Monday briefly and a single male once on Tuesday. This is in contrast to nuthatches which are constant visitors again - up to 3 present at any one time. 3 siskins coming to bathe at the pond Monday lunchtime and a male serenading a female in the new car park Tuesday lunchtime (Mark Ward)
  • Goldcrest, 6 feeding in leaf litter on The Plateau. The lone Oystercatcher has now been joined by a second at Warren Villas, Great-crested Grebe also here (viewable from The Plateau). 1530-1545hrs (Darren Oakley-Martin)

Monday 13th

  • Warren Villas. 1545hrs, Monday. Little Egret flew in high from the North, viewed from The Plateau at The Lodge. Also pair of Teal.(Darren Oakley-Martin)

Sunday 12th

  • The flock of fieldfares & redwings were in the same trees early on Sunday morning, but had moved south to the RSPB's Sandy Ridge field by 10am, where they had teamed up with a starling flock. Less disturbance for them on that field. Redwings in sub-song at both locations. Still got the flock of siskins at the feeders at the Gatehouse.
    A pair of buzzards were displaying on the cold wind over Hasells Hall (between Sandy & Everton)(Neil Renwick)

Saturday 11th

  • Song thrush singing at the Deepdale end of the Long Riding bridleway, which runs from The Lodge to the north of Sandy Mast, then at least 250 fieldfares & redwings in a couple of mature oaks about half way along the bridleway - the redwings were singing.Siskins still singing & visiting the feeders on the shop lawn at The Lodge. Today's tree-planting work party was checked out by an optimistic great spotted woodpecker. The "trunks" are about the thickness of a standard pencil. Coal, great & blue tits singing round about, and green woodpeckers yaffling. (Neil Renwick)

Friday 10th

  • A great day for siskin watching. 2 males on the gatehouse feeders as I drove past, 3 males and a female at the Web team feeder regularly and perhaps as many as 20 visiting the ponds and feeders in front of the hide at lunchtime (up to eight at any one time), including a partially-albino female. Also jay and redwing from the hide. Up to 4 buzzards (2 pairs) together, riding the wind outside my window in the morning.(Mark Ward)

Thursday 9th

  • As well as the regular male and female at the feeder again today, 12 siskins flew past outside my window pm (Mark Ward).
  • 1035hrs: An immaculate male Sparrowhawk sped past the Avocet Building, no more than 8 feet away from me and away over The Quarry. Kestrel also over Quarry. 1040hrs: A pair of Great-crested Grebes in 'head-shaking' display on Warren Villas. 1325hrs: Pair of Common Buzzards over Quarry, calling constantly. 1535-1545hrs: Oystercatcher and Ringed Plover, Warren Villas (viewed from Plateau).(Darren Oakley-Martin)
  • Pair of buzzards on and off from the window Thursday, showing really well at times. Female siskin still coming to the feeder and a few golden plovers north this morning. Also 2 skylarks flew west at 2 o' clock - a first for the Web Team windows!(Mark Ward)

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