Thursday, 27 April 2006

Bird news

Thursday 27th
  • Tipped off by Pete Carroll that a nightingale was showing well by the corrugated iron on the left of the path out to Biggleswade Common at lunchtime, I was lucky enough to watch it taking a bath in between bouts of subsong. Also 3 buzzards enjoying the sunshine in the area and a good showing by blackcap, garden warbler, whitethroat and willow warbler (Mark Ward)
  • Lunchtime: No hoped for Hobby, but a nice pair of displaying Sparrowhawks, and a pair of Kestrels from the quarry carpark. Also a couple of Common Terns feeding over Warren Villas (Jamie Wells.)
  • 2 Buzzards and 2 Sparrowhawks soaring high over house at 1245 Thursday (IKD, DFD)
  • 50 species for the year from my window up to this morning with the appearance of 3 swifts (Mark Ward)
  • Morning - 2 Swallows in front of main house (Maggie Lamberton)
Wednesday 26th
  • Evening: Swift over Lodge (DFD)
  • 1.45: cuckoo flying between and occasionally calling from several trees around the Plantation Pond at the bottom of the heath. Also, nightingale heard clearly and then seen very briefly by the corrugated iron along the old railway line. Lovely stuff! (Stephen Noble)
Tuesday 25th
  • A swift from my office window on Tues afternoon, outpacing a small party of sand martins (Paul Donald)
  • 1 singing Garden Warbler above Jack's Pond (Lars Lachmann, Zbig Karpowicz)
  • Female Sparrowhawk circling outside my window 0830, Tuesday (JOS)
Monday 24th
  • Evening: Biggleswade common (old railway): 2 nightingales singing(Matt Self) 0700-0830hrs. Amidst the cacophony of warbling, a singing Nightingale by the old railway track with another southwest of the Plateau. As I walked up the steps to the Plateau, four very agitated Jackdaws were mobbing a Tawny Owl- probably the closest daytime flying views I have had of the species (Darren Oakley-Martin)
Saturday 22nd
  • Male brambling on one of the hide feeders at 10.15am on Saturday (Sarah Kelly)
  • 1 grasshopper warbler reeling from a bramble patch on the bridleway 150m north of The Lodge Gatehouse, and a flock of 25 siskins by the gatehouse early Saturday morning. Reports of brambling and yellow wagtail near the hide later in the morning (Neil Renwick)
Friday 21st
  • Whilst watching the pair of Mandarin Duck on Jack's Pond on Friday (21st) lunchtime, had a kingfisher flew in low over my head and away again towards the West. Red Admiral and Brimstone in the woods E of library (Martin Davies)

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