Friday, 12 January 2007

Bird news

Thursday, 11th January
  • Muntjac on the back lawn by the swimming pool (17:10) (Phil Burfield)
  • A male sparrowhawk was perched up in the tree outside the stableblock this afternoon - presumably escaping the high winds and waiting for an easy meal to arrive at the feeders! (Darren Oakley-Martin)

Wednesday, 10th January

  • Siskins calling to the east of the gardens at 1530hrs. (Darren Oakley-Martin)
  • A woodcock flushed from rhododendron bushes to the east of the swimming pool at 1045hrs today was my first ever at The Lodge! (Darren Oakley-Martin/ Richard James/ Ian Peters)
  • Insects active at lunchtime included 2 Buff-tailed Bumble-bees with full pollen-baskets on Mahonia, several Drone Flies Eristalis sp., and a Minotaur Beetle and Green Shield-bug Palomena prasina both on Avocet. Where has winter gone? (IKD, DFD)
  • c20 fieldfares north from my window. (Mark Ward)

Tuesday, 9th January

  • The chaffinch flock at the Borage Field is now approaching 200 birds. Strong winds made accurate counting impossible, but at least one brambling was within the very flighty flock. 40 skylark also present. (Graeme Lyons/ Grahame Madge/ Darren Oakley-Martin)
  • A common buzzard again over Osprey Carpark at 0900hrs. (Darren Oakley-Martin)

Monday, 8th January

  • Whilst returning some books to the library just before 5 o'clock, I heard a tawny owl calling at the back of the garden. Standing behind a shrub and doing my best vole impression, two tawny owls came down to investigate! (Darren Oakley-Martin)
  • Nice close views of a Treecreeper from my office window, late morning on Monday. Not really that noteworthy but always nice to see this species close up. (Jamie Wells)
  • An exciting start to the week as I got out of my car and was startled by the sound of something running at rapid speed across the muddy Avocet car park - a very small muntjac racing directly towards me. I stood completely still and just as it looked as if it would run between my legs and under my car it veered off to the perimeter fence. Its problems weren't over though. Its struggle to get through the wire was certainly intensified by the appearance of a buzzard circling just overhead!
  • The same muntjac (a youngster) was foraging under the yew hedge outside the Web Team windows later in the day. (Mark Ward)
  • Two common buzzards being harassed by carrion crows drifted slowly west over the carpark at 0900 hrs this morning. Around 100 golden plover high over the Ivel Valley (Darren Oakley-Martin)

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