Friday, 26 January 2007

Bird news

Friday, 26th January
  • At least one brambling (female) among the chaffinch flock in the Borage Field today (lunchtime). (Grahame Madge)
  • Two Ravens in trees to south of garden in morning (Mike Clarke)
Thursday, 25th January
  • A woodcock over the quarry - same place, same time as the one on Weds evening! (Darren Oakley-Martin)Red Admiral sunning itself on library wall at lunchtime (IKD, DFD)
  • Decidedly scarce birds at The Lodge nowadays, a male bullfinch was a pleasant surprise as I was enjoying the mid-morning sunshine during my break. Only my third record of the species here in the last two years. (Darren Oakley-Martin)
Wednesday, 24th January
  • I don't know, I see one here, then they come along like proverbial buses.....As I was admiring the sunset at 5:15, a woodcock weaved its way north to south across the Quarry, perfectly framed by the warm tones of the setting sun. Wish I had had a camera and knew how to use it! (Darren Oakley-Martin)
  • Whilst 'scoping Warren Villas from the Plateau at 10:30, two little egrets came in from the north, circled three times and appeared to settle at the southern end of the pits - my first of the winter here. During the winter of 2005/2006 they were much more frequently seen. (Darren Oakley-Martin)
  • A pair of stonechats on the bridleway opposite the Lodge entrance at lunchtime. (Grahame Madge)
Tuesday, 23rd January
  • Muntjac between gardens & bridleway. (Nigel Willits)
Saturday, 20th January
  • Again, drew a blank with sprites this morning. Female stonechat still present and a great spotted woodpecker drumming by the gatehouse the only highlights. (Steve Blain/ Mark Gurney/ Darren Oakley-Martin)
Friday, 19th January
  • Peacock by the Gatehouse while waiting for the eagerly-sought phylloscopus warbler. (Grahame Madge and Andre Farrar)
  • Whilst searching extensively for the putative Pallas' this afternoon (without success!) I did manage to find a warbler- a male blackcap in the yew at the gatehouse. Also a female stonechat in the field to the west of the bridleway opposite the reserve entrance. (Darren Oakley-Martin)

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