Friday, 27 October 2006

Bird news

Friday, 27th October
  • Two fieldfares SW over Avocet carpark at 1335hrs. (Katie Fuller & Darren Oakley-Martin)
  • A single Painted Lady at 1220 on the flower border behind the House (JOS)
  • A Green Sandpiper high over Osprey, calling loudly, at 0830 this morning (JOS).
Thursday, 26th October
  • Three redpolls over Osprey carpark at 0850hrs. (Darren Oakley-Martin)
  • Good movement of Redwings going on early this morning: c70 over central Cambridge; c50 near Wrestlingworth; 80+ over Potton/Deepdale (mostly heading west); c80 over the Lodge (mostly heading west)(Ben Stafford)
Wednesday, 25th October
  • Noisy mixed flock of ca 400 Jackdaws and 100 Rooks low over meadow and house @1750, presumably on way to a local roost (IKD, DFD)
  • I saw a group of Collared Earthstars along the drive today, almost where they were four years ago, but on the opposite side of the road. (Mark Gurney)
  • 12.45 pm flock of redwings (up to 20?) briefly glimpsed flying and calling over Osprey. (Simon Marsh)
  • Kingfisher by swimming pool in morning (Lynn Giddings)
  • Kingfisher on the swimming pool at 1120hrs. (Darren Oakley-Martin)
Tuesday, 24th October
  • Saw a peregrine at lunchtime just outside of reserve over path towards Biggleswade Common (Richard Winspear)
Monday, 23rd October
  • Heard Lesser Redpoll, Grey Wagtail and Skylark calling as they flew over the meadow (Katie Fuller)
Friday, 20th October
  • A Clouded Yellow flew across the path at the far end of the heath, lunchtime (Chris Bowden & Mark Boyd)
Thursday, 19th October
  • Brimstone on flowers outside backdoor to the house (Phil Burfield)
  • Grey Wagtail at fish pond c.14.15; Common Darters at hide pond & east of garden, where also Red Admirals. (Nigel Willits)
Wednesday, 18th October
  • 2 Grass Snakes swimming in Jack's Pond - one very large, well over 1 metre - one quite small c.50cms. (Nigel Willits)
Tuesday, 17th October
  • Grey Shoulder-knot on Osprey north wall (Nigel Willits)
Monday, 16th October
  • male Brimstone butterfly in gardens; Merveille du Jour & Green-brindled Crescent moths on Snipe north wall. (Nigel Willits)
Friday, 13th October
  • Yellow Stagshorn fungus east of Jack's Pond. (Nigel Willits)


Heard my first Fieldfares of the autumn this lunchtime - two chacking their way south-west, over Avocet car park and then the quarry.

Friday, 13 October 2006

Bird news

Friday, 13th October
  • Pair of common darters in tandem over the swimming pool (Mark Ward and Lucinda King)
  • Biggleswade Common: Kingfisher flipped over the hedge and away from the brook. (Olly Watts)
  • Chiffchaff calling between Avocet building & Cottage Farm. Lots of different fungi species to be seen - lets hope it lasts until the fungus events with the county recorder on 5 November (Neil Renwick)
Thursday, 12th October
  • Another group of c8 redwings low south over the avocet car park mid pm. (Mark Ward)
  • 5 buzzards in air together over the Gatehouse, lizards basking on the heath & by steps at Jack's Pond (Neil Renwick)
  • my 1st Epirrita moth of the autumn (Pale November perhaps) on Snipe northern wall. (Nigel Willits)
  • Redwing - 1 Bunkers Hill (Dave Buckingham)
  • 8 buzzards thermalling and sparring high and to the north of The Lodge at 1210. (JOS)
  • Two '2s' of redwing in flight from my window early this morning. Up to 9 buzzards together outside my window today.
  • Migrant hawker opposite the house at lunch and common darter still at large too. (Mark Ward)
Wednesday, 11th October
  • Still a single migrant hawker outside my window late pm today. (Mark Ward)
  • ...and outside mine in the gloom this morning (IKD)
  • Grey wagtail over Avocet carpark at 1030hrs. (Darren Oakley-Martin)
Tuesday, 10th October
  • c.270 Golden Plover through north between 1530-1545hrs in two discrete groups of c.180 and c.90. A single swallow through south. (Darren Oakley-Martin)
  • Another three redwings through south at lunchtime today and a substantial and highly vocal mixed feeding flock of perhaps 200 individuals on the Plateau consisting of great, blue, coal and long-tailed tits, goldcrests, treecreepers, nuthatch and chaffinches. (Darren Oakley-Martin)
  • 2 pairs of Common Darter ovipositing in tandem at hide pond, plus several very active males including a couple of Ruddies. (Nigel Willits)
Monday, 9th October
  • Around 200 golden plover and 300 lapwing high over the Ivel Valley at 1530hrs. (Darren Oakley-Martin)
  • Red-green Carpet on Snipe northern wall. (Nigel Willits)
  • Small orange butterfly first seen a little way off and then got away from me on the heath (area of heather regeneration) at The Lodge - small copper? (Euan Dunn)
  • Saw what I'm fairly certain was a clouded yellow out the front of the House at lunchtime today (Sally Webber)
  • Clouded yellow on heath restoration area east of Drive, midday. (Graham Wilton-Jones)
  • A single reed bunting north over the Heath at 1300hrs. A little grebe in the channel between heath and Biggleswade Common was something of a surprise. (Katie Fuller & Darren Oakley-Martin)
  • Three redwings over the Heath this morning at 0830hrs were our first of the autumn. Six meadow pipits and 43 lapwing through south. A kingfisher again south of the heath. (Katie Fuller & Darren Oakley-Martin)
Saturday, 7th October
  • 3 siskins at the pool in front of the hide at The Lodge, Saturday, 1pm (Neil Renwick)

Monday, 9 October 2006

Lodge tick double-whammy!

Out for a lunchtime stroll and what did we get? Two Lodge ticks!

1. Reed bunting: One called as it flew over from Biggleswade Common onto the reserve
2. Little grebe: One lurking on the cut at the bottom of the hill, between reserve and Common.

Wonders will never cease!

Friday, 6 October 2006

Bird news

Friday, 6th October
  • 12.50: 3 House Martins moving west over swimming pool area. (Ben Stafford)
  • House martin outside our window this am briefly (Mark Ward and Ellen Collier).
  • Also migrant hawker over the lawn. (Mark Ward)
Thursday, 5th October
  • Two swallows through south at Sandy Quarry and a good-sized mixed flock of 120 tits; predominantly long-tailed, blue and coal with a dozen or so goldcrests and two treecreepers amongst them. Couldn't coax out anything more interesting. (Darren Oakley-Martin)
  • One Redwing heading SW over the Lodge at 12.00 (first of the autumn for me). (Guy Anderson)
  • Grey Wagtail over the new Avocet building, heading towards the quarry @ 9:05am. (Jamie Wells)
Wednesday, 4th October
  • Hummingbird hawk moth at the valerian outside the canteen mid pm today.
  • Meadow pipit south early am. Up to 4 buzzards from my window. (Mark Ward)
  • Six common buzzards over The Lodge, drifting WSW over the Ivel Valley at 1030-1045hrs, unfortunately, not a honey amongst them. (Darren Oakley-Martin, Richard James, Ian Peters).
  • Still one hummingbird hawkmoth zipping around outside the canteen on Weds morning (Paul Donald)
Tuesday, 3rd October
  • Juvenile Hobby from my window regularly again this morning and up to 5 buzzards. Skylark/s heard migrating high south over the garden at lunch. 2 swallows and a house martin outside my window briefly mid pm. (Mark Ward)
  • Single small copper, comma and painted lady at the back of the house at lunchtime (Mark Ward and JOS)
Monday, 2nd October
  • Painted Lady by main border; Hobby over quarry @1310 (IKD, DFD)
  • Juvenile Hobby frequently outside my window today, joined by a second on one occasion. (Mark Ward)
  • pair of Hobbies soaring over quarry mid afternoon. (Nigel Willits)
Sunday, 1st October
  • Two hobbies over the Galley Hill Iron-age hill fort at The Lodge, and a comma butterfly at the Gatehouse lavender. (Neil Renwick)
Saturday, 30th September
  • More meadow pipits around Sandy Heath Quarry on Saturday.
  • A report of a possible marsh tit in the birches between the Gatehouse & the hide on Saturday afternoon. (Neil Renwick)
Friday, 29th September
  • Hobby seen high over Jack's Pond, top of heath, ca. 1.15 pm (Chris Magin)
  • Painted lady on lavender at Gatehouse; buzzard mewing over Sandy Ridge woodland (east of the heath) (Neil Renwick)
Thursday, 28th September
  • Meadow pipits at Sandy Heath Quarry generally drifting southwards, tawny owl calling from The Lodge bridleway at dusk. (Neil Renwick)