Thursday, 22 June 2006

Bird news

Thursday 22nd
  • Thursday, late morning - turtle dove singing on the reserve boundary, between the Plantation Pond & the bridleway gate (towards Biggleswade Common) (Neil Renwick)
Wednesday 21st
  • Lunchtime: Male black-tailed skimmer between the house and the swimming pool (Katie Fuller)
  • Heard Raven calling over reserve at 15.00 (Zbig Karpowicz)
  • Up to 3 hummingbird hawk moths once again at the canteen valerian and another around the snipe building. Also a 2nd summer herring gull west - from my window (quite notable for the time of year) (Mark Ward)
Tuesday 20th
  • Two Red Kites drifted west over the staff carpark, obligingly at 1715hrs Tuesday as everyone was leaving. It was nice to be able to get a few staff members onto the birds (Darren Oakley-Martin, Katie Fuller, Mark Ward et.al.)
  • A new tick for our office on Tuesday afternoon with the appearance of a common lizard on the windowsill, peeking in to our office before scurrying off into the wisteria (Julie Sutton & Rosie Sutherland)
Monday 19th
  • A common tern flew south past my window Monday pm. Up to 2 hummingbird hawk moths at the canteen valerian Tuesday and a buzzard from my window (Mark Ward)
  • Adult hobby from my window early Monday morning. Also still up to 3 hummingbird hawk moths at a time delighting one and all on the canteen valerian (Mark Ward)
  • Minimum of 3 Hummingbird Hawk-moths on Red Valerian outside Central Services/Wildlife Enquiries, Monday lunchtime(IKD, DFD)
Friday 16th
  • Waiting for a lift home from the Gatehouse last Friday I noticed a great tit with grubs going in and out of the hole on the side of one of the black metal bollards outside the door to the gatehouse that faces the drive - closer inspection confirmed there is definitely a nest in there! (Julie Sutton)
Friday 9th
  • Lime hawk moth on the tyre of my bike (!) in newish bike shed next to transport office lime tree Friday 9 June (Robin Wynde)

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