Thursday, 5 April 2007

Bird news

Thursday, 5th April
  • First grass snake of the year, a tiddler on the bracken slopes near Jacks pond. Lots of newt activity in the pond and a common lizard further up the path. 4 brimstones and 2 peacocks passing over the heath and woodland and first thing this morning and yesterday a chiffchaff was singing from the sweet chestnut tree just outside the gardens (Ian Hayward)
  • White Wagtail (probably a male) consorting with a Pied Wagtail on the grassy area immediately in front of the house at around 1.45pm (by the gravel drive) - I briefly saw what was almost certainly the same bird yesterday (Ben Stafford)
  • Great spotted woodpecker excavating a hole just off the path leading down from the quarry. Two others in close attendance leading to one almighty and quite violent bust up (Carl Simms)
Tuesday, 3rd April
  • Male Wheatear in the borage field near Sandy Heath Quarry this morning (Mark Gurney)
  • Shamelessly twitched Mr Gurney's wheatear in the borage field at lunchtime today - and deservedly dipped - but still quite a lot of birds around: 47 skylark, 20 or so chaffinch, still 20 fieldfare, 30 redwing and a pair of linnets feeding under the ridge. (Darren Oakley-Martin & Jamie Wells)
Monday, 2nd April
  • A pair of shelduck on the meadow was something of a surprise this morning. (Darren Oakley-Martin, Steve Blain, Katie Fuller, Mark Ward et al).
  • A chiffchaff in song at the southern end of the garden was presumably new in over the weekend (Darren Oakley-Martin)
  • No sign of the shelduck during my morning break, but a pair of sparrowhawks (1m, 1f) and two common buzzards soared over the meadow. A demented sand martin headed purposefully over north west, and a pied wagtail was intermittently flycatching and singing on the meadow. (Darren Oakley-Martin)
  • 20 fieldfare on Sandy Ridge at lunchtime today, and meadow pipit passage continued with a trickle of birds over north. (Darren Oakley-Martin & Katie Fuller)
  • Mistle thrush carrying food to the nest by Osprey building this afternoon with another in song nearby. (Darren Oakley-Martin)
  • Sadly, we found a dead queen red-tailed bumblebee Bombus lapidarius in Sandy Quarry this evening. (Darren Oakley-Martin & Katie Fuller)
  • Chiffchaff singing just beyond the garden at 11am, red admiral and comma in gardens (Ian Hayward)
Sunday, 1st April
  • Pair of Shelducks displaying on meadow at 0800. (Maggie Lamberton)

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