Friday, 9 February 2007

Bird news

Tuesday 30 January
  • Little grebe in the ditch below the Heath today. (Grahame Madge) Saturday 3 February Two brambling with the mixed skylark and chaffinch flock in the borage field were my only reward for the two hours I spent grilling every lark I came across this morning, but again, no sign of Chris's woodlark. (Darren Oakley-Martin)
  • c. 50 skylark and 60+ chaffinch in the borage field at 3pm on Sat. In different places though - the skylarks were sticking to the open top of the field, within 100m of the quarry track, and flying around low between feeding bouts (at perfect single shelf height..). Couldn't pick out the woodlark among them, but not 100% certain it wasn't there. The chaffinches were further back, almost at the far field edge, where the weeds are taller - and moved from here to the hedge by the Potton road (Guy Anderson)
Sunday 4 February
  • During my wander around The Lodge this morning, I encountered two male blackcaps. One was in sub-song from an ivy-covered tree along Stratford Road; the other was in the Memorial Garden near the house (Katie Fuller)
Tuesday 6 February
  • Again, two brambling were in the tree belt that runs between the Borage Field and the quarry this lunchtime. When I arrived, the skylark flock got up, circled the field twice and headed high off to the west, making counting them much easier - 53 of them in total (Darren Oakley-Martin)
Wednesday 7 February
  • There were similar numbers of skylark (c.50) again in the Borage Field at Sandy Heath yesterday lunchtime, feeding happily in a sheltered corner of the field with a similarly sized chaffinch flock. At least one brambling amongst them. No sign of the woodlark, but we were very reluctant to get too close to them as they fed so happily, especially in light of the predicted conditions (Guy Anderson & Darren Oakley-Martin)
Thursday 8 February
  • A brambling by Avocet Carpark in the lunchtime snow today (Darren Oakley-Martin)
Friday 9 February
  • A pied wagtail on the roof of the Avocet Building this morning was the only bird of note (Darren Oakley-Martin)
  • Nuthatches have been frequent visitors to the webcam bird feeder this week, especially during the snowy weather. (Katie Fuller)

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