Friday, 30 March 2007

Bird news

Friday, 30th March
  • Muntjac on lawn behind Avocet bldg; Bank Vole in bramble patch by hide; 14+ S.Newts in Jack's Pond including a spectacular tail-waving male with an admiring audience of 3 females.
  • Red Admiral, Brimstones & Commas earlier in the week. (Nigel Willits)Four Redpolls flying over the stable block singing at 9am (Steve Blain)
Thursday, 29th March
  • We counted 185+ winter thrushes working their way noisily eastwards among the trees between the bottom of The Lodge and Biggleswade Common on Thursday lunchtime (Sarah & Derek Niemann, Louise Cavender)
Wednesday, 28th March
  • A single brambling with a flock of c.20 Chaffinch was the highlight of a lunchtime walk across Sandy Heath. Around 20 singing skylark, seven meadows pipits low north and still around 40 fieldfare feeding with starlings by Potton Road. Rather more surprising was a redshank calling somewhere overhead in the fog. (Darren Oakley-Martin)
  • 1 Chiffchaff singing in the fog, in birches east of the drive at 7am. 2 Buzzard calling in same area at same time. (Guy Anderson)
Tuesday, 27th March
  • Again in the borage field and quarry area: a pair of grey partridges and 12 skylark, including 8 singing. Discernable passage at last with 5 meadow pipits north and 3 sand martins north east. (Darren Oakley-Martin)
  • 1 Chiffchaff singing on the old railway line from the Biggleswade Common bridleway at lunchtime. (Guy Anderson)
  • A Red Kite drifted fairly low across the road as we headed down to Sandy from the Lodge at lunch at c.1:15 on Tuesday. It was heading in the direction of Everton. (Kat Balaam/Jamie Wells)
  • Saw my first common lizard of the year on the plateau, taking advantage of the sun. (Ian Hayward)
Monday, 26th March
  • 7 Comma and 1 Red Admiral on a flowering Pieris bush in the gardens near the 'gazebo clearing' at lunchtime.
  • 1 Brimstone near the hide (Guy Anderson)Male Blackbird tackling a Smooth Newt (?) in front of the hide at lunchtime, which it eventually flew off with. (Kat Balaam/Jamie Wells)
  • A pair of male Goldcrests were displaying furiously to each outside of the portokabin this morning. Both crowns raised to a peak showing the vivid orange underneath. Very impressive. (Steve Blain)
Sunday, 25th March
  • Walking across the borage field by Sandy Quarry at about 7.30 pm on Sunday I put to flight a wheatear, my first of the year (Gareth Fisher)Female brambling at feeding stations on Sunday - at the Gatehouse in the middle of the day, at the hide at the end of the afternoon. (Neil Renwick)
  • Saturday, 24th March In the borage field for a couple of hours this morning, no sign of any woodlarks, but still plenty of activity: 50 chaffinch, 35 skylark, 9 linnet, 6 greenfinch, 4 meadow pipit, one fieldfare, 4 redwing and 2 common buzzards. (Darren Oakley-Martin)
  • A team from Milton Keynes RSPB Phoenix worked at The Lodge on Saturday. One of their tasks was to clean the deciduous leaves out of the natterjack ponds in front of the hide. A bucket-full of common toad spawn and over 50 smooth newts (we lost count) were relocated to Jack's Pond, and dragonfly nymphs ( libellula sp ) were moved to the deep (western) pond in front of the hide. (Neil Renwick)

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