Friday, 16 February 2007

Bird news

Friday, 16th February
  • We saw a pair of stonechats on the field across the road from the Gatehouse, and west of the bridleway, during a guided walk this morning. About 50 fieldfares on Sandy Heath, uncountable flock of redwings in the tree nursery, and one buzzard over Sandy Ridge field. (Neil Renwick)
  • This morning at 8:50, c.500 golden plover were over the Ivel Valley before heading back south, presumably to their traditional haunt in the fields to the west of the A1. (Darren Oakley-Martin)
Thursday, 15th February
  • Buzzard gliding along the back of the reserve viewable from the top end of Stratford Road. 12.30pm. (Grahame Madge)
  • Red Admiral flying around outside the canteen at lunchtime. (Paul Donald; Lynn Giddings)
  • Grey Shoulder-knot at Osprey porch; Red Admiral & fairly large bumblebee (Bombus lucorum perhaps?) outside canteen at lunchtime. (Nigel Willits)
  • Female sparrowhawk patrolling the quarry area this morning (Darren Oakley-Martin)
Wednesday, 14th February
  • The presence of a muntjac doe and a well-grown fawn just outside the window in the afternoon prompted much cooing from the occupants of the Avocet building. (Lesley Norman, Katie Fuller, Lucinda King, Jo Treverton et al.)
  • 25-30 Redwing in weedy field below heath plus pair of Mistle Thrush. (Nigel Willits)
Tuesday, 13th February
  • Two brambling (1m, 1f) in mixed flock of c.55 skylark and c.60 chaffinch at the Borage Field this lunchtime. The number of chaffinch increased to c.120 on Thursday. (Darren Oakley-Martin)
Monday, 12th February
  • Pale Brindled Beauty on north Snipe wall. (Nigel Willits)
  • Red Admiral by house (Lynn Giddings)

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