Friday, 10 November 2006

Bird news

Friday, 10th November
  • I saw the Green Sandpiper at the hide this lunchtime. (Katy Stevenson)
  • 4 redpolls flew over the Gatehouse at about 9.40, heading for HQ (Neil Renwick)
Thursday, 9th November
  • Newly emerged Speckled Wood early afternoon in foyer at south end of Avocet, with empty pupal case nearby (Katie Fuller)
  • Still 2 red admirals on valerian by the canteen yesterday to add to the newly-emerged speckled wood in the south end of the avocet building (Mark Ward)
  • A brambling flew into the birch in the former wildlife garden at 1330hrs. (Darren Oakley-Martin)
  • Kingfisher flew in to swimming pool perch @1250. Also 2 Peacocks, 1 or 2 Red Admirals, 1 Comma and 2+ Common Darters (IKD, DFD)
  • Four Red Admirals in the Courtyard this morning. (Trish Clegg)
Wednesday, 8th November
  • A migrant hawker outside the eastern entrance to the Avocet Building at lunchtime today - the latest I have ever seen.
  • Also a buzzard from my window and c40 redwings south. (Mark Ward)
  • Around 60 fieldfare across the drive at 1315hrs today. (Katie Fuller & Darren Oakley-Martin)
  • Common Darter round the back of the Quarry (1pm - ish). (Trish Clegg)
  • Kingfisher at swimming pool, late am (IKD, DFD)
  • Masses of finches around the car parks this morning. Highlight of my coffee break were eight siskin north over The Meadow and one or two bramblings calling overhead. (Darren Oakley-Martin)
Tuesday, 7th November
  • A very vocal green sandpiper (presumably the long-stayer) over the Meadow and House at 1530hrs. (Darren Oakley-Martin, Richard James, Katherine Stevenson)
  • Single Brambling calling in the trees in the car park opposite Osprey building earlier on. Also a Cormorant circled the swimming pool around 9:30 ( I suspect looking for wrecked Little Auks to eat...!) (Steve Blain)
Monday, 6th November
  • Kingfisher back at the east end of the swimming pool @1440 for well over an hour (Phil Burfield, IKD)
  • lunchtime: 3 Peacocks, 2 Red Admirals, 1 Comma and a minimum of 10 Common Darters (IKD, DFD)
  • Green-brindled Crescent on Snipe north wall; 2 Peacock & a Comma in the garden. (Nigel Willits)
  • We had a Red Admiral in the Courtyard (Margaret Walton, Trish Clegg)
  • Calling siskin outside the north entrance to the Osprey Building. (Mark Ward)
  • After fishing the little auk out of the swimming pool, the bird was taken to Bedford Museum, where it will be mounted and displayed. (Darren Oakley-Martin et al.)
Sunday, 5th November
  • Drowned Little Auk in swimming pool. (Neil Renwick) [There has been a major influx along east coast in last few days]
  • Little owl flushed during Sunday morning's fungus foray, in the open woodland to the north of the Hide. Late in the afternoon, a little owl was calling from the south-east corner of the heath
  • A female tawny owl was calling along the Long Riding bridleway across Sandy heath, and then seen to fly out of an oak, as the skies all around were lit with distant fireworks
  • A Leucoagaricus ionidicolor was found under the yew hedge at the Gatehouse - the same site as it was discovered last year, and it is still the only known site in Bedfordshire for this fungus. Over 120 fungus species were recorded on Sunday's fungus forays (Neil Renwick)
Saturday, 4th November
  • Red admirals and small whites seen in sunny spots (Neil Renwick)

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