Friday, 26 May 2006

Bird news

Friday 26th
  • Pair of spotted flycatchers showing well in the vicinity of Jack's Pond Friday lunchtime (Mark Ward and John Day)
Thursday 25th
  • Hobbies twice from my window (Mark Ward)
  • Another Garden Chafer mass emergence Thursday, especially on small lawn in front of house (IKD, DFD)
Wednesday 24th
  • A pair of hobbies in high altitude display from my window early afternoon on Wednesday and up to 3 buzzards on and off this week (Mark Ward)
Tuesday 23rd
  • Tuesday: mass emergence of Garden Chafers Phyllopertha horticola in garden (Andre Farrar)
  • Lunchtime: 7 Jackdaws on the lawn outside Avocet, feeding voraciously on what looked like small chafers (Lucinda King, Katie Fuller)
Monday 22nd
  • 1720hrs, Monday, from the Lodge Carpark, c.53 Swifts North over the Ivel Valley. Any other large gatherings noted elsewhere pre or post showers? (Darren Oakley-Martin)
Friday 19th
  • Crossbills in front of house Friday 19th pm (Gwyn Williams)
Thursday 18th
  • c.10 noisy Crossbills flew out of some pines by the new car park/outside of transport at 17:25 on Thursday evening, 18th (Jamie Wells)

Friday, 19 May 2006

Bird news

Tuesday 16th
  • At the Lodge, two turtle doves near the heath pond flew just off the reserve and were displaying in a dead tree, Tuesday lunchtime (Dave Agombar)
  • Following the first ever Web Team window record of Crossbill this morning, came the second Tues afternoon (c16.50) with a sizeable flock (15+) coming into and then leaving the pines (dropping down beyond the plateau), at the west side of the Avocet car park, again seen from my window. Just like buses - you wait ages for one and then two come along at once... (Mark Ward)
  • 5 Crossbills flew low east over the Avocet building at 11.46 Tues am, seen through my window. A Web Team window first! (Mark Ward)
Monday 15th
  • Pair turtle doves just over wall near bridleway gate (Graham Wilton-Jones)
  • Hobby from the Web Team window Monday pm (first of the season from the window). Also 2-3 buzzards appearing infrequently again now following a break from regular sightings (Mark Ward)
Friday 12th
  • Pair Mandarins on Hide natterjack pool nearest woodland trail. Where are they nesting?
Saturday 13th
  • 2 shelducks circling the heath, again, while I was checking the sheep; spotted flycatcher singing at the Gatehouse; 2 cuckoos in Sandy Heath Quarry (and a team of volunteers) (Neil Renwick)
Friday 12th
  • Hobby over the Avocet car park 11.00 on 12 May (Chris Bowden)
  • lunch time baby grass snake by gate to woodland at rear of house pond (Chris Magin)
Thurs 11th
  • 3 crossbills seen heading away from the hide pools whilst I was checking the sheep; pairs of spotted flycatchers around Jacks Pond & over the drive just south of the cattle grid at the Gatehouse end of the drive

Friday, 12 May 2006

Bird news

Thurs 11th
  • Good view of a mink in the ditch which runs at right angles to the path across the old railway line. Also, three nightingales singing. On the heath, two small coppers and a common lizard. Ovipositing large red damselflies on Jack's pond and plantation pond (Duncan McNiven/Debbie Pain)
Wednesday 10th
  • Lizard on heath, Weds lunchtime (Lynn Giddings)
  • Hornet outside of the main house building, nr reception entrance Weds lunchtime (Jamie Wells)
Tuesday 9th
  • Cuckoo over Snipe building heading towards the gardens @ 17:25, Tuesday 9th (Jamie Wells)
  • Spotted Flycatcher half way along the drive, 13:40 Tuesday afternoon (Kat Balaam, Jamie Wells)
  • Large Red Damselflies emerging from canteen pond, Tues (Margaret Walton)

Tuesday, 9 May 2006

Bird news

Tuesday 9th
  • We've noticed a moorhen feeding around the swimming pool for the last week or so. Can only think that it's taken up residence on the floating mats (Sarah Alsbury)
Monday 8th
  • Male crossbill perched atop a pine at the back of the avocet car park c13.20 Monday. Sadly, it had dropped down and out of sight by the time I had sprinted inside to my desk to try to add it to my window list! (Mark Ward)
  • 14-15 crossbills flew into tall lime across the clearing opposite the lake hide, Monday morning, 8 May (Rob Hume)
Friday 5th
  • Two nightingales singing either side of the path over the railway line, and another intermittently from the hedgerow by the bridge over the stream on Biggleswade Common. Also singing: 1 chiffchaff, 2 willow warblers, 2 whitethroats, 1 lesser whitethroat, 1 garden warbler and 2 blackcaps. Earlier, 2 red kites soaring with a buzzard high over Transport at 11 am, then headed off north (Duncan McNiven)
  • A few recent insect notes: First dragon of the year - a male Common Red Damselfly freshly emerged from the canteen pond, Friday 28th April. Pine ladybird in the gardens, Thurs 4th May; male Holly Blue on bush outside Bittern building, Friday 5th May (Martin Davies, John O'Sullivan)
Thursday 4th
  • A metre long grass snake at Jacks Pond on Thursday (Gareth Fisher)
Wednesday 3rd
  • Garden warbler, 3 singing in the area between the memorial garden and the drive/hide, 1.30 pm (Katie Fuller)
  • Teneral dragonfly sp, probably four-spotted chaser, over the canteen at 2.15 pm (Mark Ward, Katie Fuller)
Tuesday 2nd
  • Moorhen by the swimming pool, Tuesday am (Aniol Esteban)
  • A noisy flock of crossbills arrived near Jack's Pond at lunchtime as I stood watching the newts in the sunshine and circled the treetops a few times. I estimated 8+ birds from the brief glimpse I got through the foliage as they eventually flew off low west (Mark Ward)
  • Cuckoo flew over Osprey 2nd May @1445 - office tick! (Richard Bashford)
  • 2 House Martins flying over (Barrie Cooper)
  • 10 crossbill over transport at 9.30 (Tony Payne)
Sunday 30th April
  • A flock of swifts (at least 3), house martins & swallows hawking over the clear-fell area next to The Lodge Gatehouse
  • The morning's dawn chorus set off in rain. With a tawny owl calling from beside the Gatehouse, a nightingale very close to the path onto Biggleswade Common (with free-flying muscovy duck & 4 swan-geese in the field there), male & female cuckoos calling (Neil Renwick)
Saturday 29th April
  • 9.30am: Lodge/entrance to Biggleswade Common. 2 Nightingales singing and the one near the corrugated metal was showing well. Also cuckoo calling and a muntjac posing eye-to-eye for a couple of minutes (Barrie Cooper)
Friday 28th April
  • 28/4 Hobby over the quarry at 2.30 (Tony Payne)
  • ca. 1.30 pm Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat and Nightingale by old train track on path to Biggleswade Common. A vulture perched in a distant tree turned out to be a Heron preening under its wing. Male Sparrowhawk soaring over the Heath. Also a Swift (Chris Magin, Zbig and Ian Barber)