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)

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