Thursday, 8 March 2007

Bird news

Thursday, 8th March
  • A little egret was again on Warren Villas this lunchtime as I scanned from the Plateau. (Darren Oakley-Martin)
  • 10+ S.Newts active in Jack's Pond, several White-tailed Bumblebees prospecting nest sites around the heath (Nigel Willits).
  • Lunchtime - The now regular group of three buzzards were the circling the thermals above the heath again. They have been about virtually everyday for the last couple of weeks. (Carl Simms)
  • A few insects starting to enjoy the spring sunshine: Red Admirals in the Lodge gardens -1 on 5th, 3 on 6th and 5 on 8th March, mostly around the Pieris bushes in flower. Joined by 1 Comma on 6th and 8th and 2 Peacocks on 8th (Martin Davies)
Wednesday, 7th March
  • Watching from the Plateau at lunchtime today produced ten common buzzards over the woods west of the Ivel Valley, with a further, quite vocal pair displaying over the Quarry. Also a pair of sparrowhawks and a kestrel for good measure. On Warren Villas, a pair of oystercatcher were new in, and the lone, feral barnacle goose was amongst the sizeable flock of Canada and greylag geese in the field to the east of the A1. (Darren Oakley-Martin)
  • Oak Beauty, melanic Pale Brindled Beauty, Common Quaker, March moth & 5+ Yellow Horneds on Snipe & Osprey walls (Nigel Willits)
  • Grey Heron seen from the office window at 12:30. It flew over the stable block and then across the gardens. (Jamie Wells)
  • Spring is here! Male Chaffinch started attacking the library window this morning. This has been an annual occurrence throughout my time at RSPB, so quite a few different individuals must have been involved over the years. Intriguing to know why the same window triggers the behaviour. Does a new territory holder learn from watching the previous occupant? (IKD)
Tuesday, 6th March
  • Male Brimstone in woods to east of house @1250, together with Red Admiral; then 4 Red Admirals together on Pieris in gardens (IKD, DFD)
  • 5+ Smooth Newts active in Jack's pond plus a couple in hide pond (Nigel Willits)
Sunday, 4th March
  • Woodcock beside the bridleway, near the bottom gate (Neil Renwick)
Saturday, 3rd March
  • 3 buzzards displaying over HQ (Neil Renwick)
Friday, 2nd March
  • Flock of about 15 redwings in the trees above the reprographics portacabin at 4.30pm today (Grahame Madge)
  • Male crossbill over Compartment 19 (the bracken slope overlooking the path from Jack's Pond to the Heath) (Neil Renwick)

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