Thursday, 19 April 2007

Bird news

Thursday, 19th April
  • Male Orange Tip outside library window in afternoon (IKD)
  • Woodlark again singing and feeding in cleared area opposite the Gatehouse, early afternoon (Tony Morris)
  • A hobby passed high going North over Biggleswade common at lunch time today and two cuckoos nearby (Dave Agombar)
  • I heard a cuckoo and had a male pied flycatcher just before the brook before the Common in oaks right next to the path (12.45). (Richard Winspear)
  • Pied Fly not seen subsequently despite being looked for.
  • Newly emerged Large Red Damselfly found dead by swimming pool in morning (Phil Burfield). And a couple flying in gardens at lunchtime. (IKD, DFD)
Wednesday, 18th April
  • I'm delighted to be able to tell you that the woodlark is still out there! I heard two snatches of song at 4.20pm today, northern end of Sandy Warren (same area as previously). (Peter Bradley)
Tuesday, 17th April
  • House Martin over the stable block, early afternoon (Jamie Wells)
  • Three common lizards in close proximity on the heath Tues lunchtime (Julie Sutton, Lisa Palframan, Carl Simms)
  • At lunchtime today, 4 Buzzards together, high over track just off the heath and another bird circling further to the east. Also a few Swallows passing over Biggleswade Common, heading north towards the reserve. No sight or sound of the Nightingale heard earlier in the day between Biggleswade Common and the heath though (Jamie Wells)
  • 6 Buzzards displaying, talon grappling and stooping over the Lodge at 12.45, drifting gradually south (Martin Fowlie; Simon Marsh; Lynn Giddings)
  • Highlights of my wander around The Lodge this morning:
  • Nightingale, 1 singing intermittently from the west of the footpath between the reserve and Biggleswade Common
  • Cuckoo, 1 singing from the birches east of that path
  • Also many Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps and Willow Warblers singing in various parts of the reserve and a Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming. (Katie Fuller)
Monday, 16th April
  • An early Swift low over main house at 1715 (DFD)
  • Common Lizard sunning itself on the heath. Speckled Wood and a huge queen Hornet in the bluebell wood east of gardens (IKD, DFD)
  • Garden Warbler calling & seen briefly in rhododendron scrub behind hide. Chiffchaff & Blackcap singing in same area & also behind gardens. (Nigel Willits)
Sunday, 15th April
  • Male wheatear among molehills on the Meadow, at the front of The Lodge Sunday morning (Neil Renwick)
  • Peregrine seen by Steve Rooke on Sunday morning, as the mist was clearing (per Neil Renwick)
Friday, 13th April
  • Pair of mandarins took flight from under the footbridge onto Biggleswade Common, 19:00, and headed in the direction of Potton. (Phil Burfield)
  • Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler & Blackcap singing in woods by old railway. (Nigel Willits)

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