Friday, 13 April 2007

Bird news

Friday, 13th April
  • 3 sand martins migrating north from my window early am - just 3 days later than last spring's window first.
  • Also the occasional buzzard this week, but as expected activity/appearances now much reduced.
  • A pair of goldfinches visited the webcam feeder briefly this morning (a pair appeared at the same time last year) - some compensation for the complete absence of siskins this winter. (Mark Ward)
  • Great spotted woodpecker also on the webcam feeder today (not a regular visitor at present) with its mate calling nearby at the same time. (Ellen Collier and Katie Fuller)
  • A cuckoo called twice at 10:37 from somewhere around the north western part of the reserve. (Darren Oakley-Martin)
  • The Woodlark was seen about 10:45 flying and calling over the existing heath. It then flew over the wood towards the Lodge. Also, cuckoo calling all morning off the reserve towards Biggleswade common (Graeme Lyons)
  • I had the woodlark this morning, singing at the northern end of Sandy Warren at about 9.45am, where it was originally discovered (Peter Bradley)
Thursday, 12th April
  • 2 Speckled Woods on Cherry Laurel in wood to east of gardens at lunchtime (Lynn Giddings)
  • Orange-tip at the gatehouse at lunchtime, Willow Warbler singing close to the pylon ride along the southern edge of the reserve at 7:30 am (Guy Anderson)
Wednesday, 11th April
  • Marvellous views of the woodlark in song - perched and from ground - and feeding between 1830-1845hrs this evening. A much sought after, searched for (and overdue!) Lodge tick. (Darren Oakley-Martin & Nigel Willits)
  • 5 buzzards catching thermals over the meadow and over towards sandy warren, at least 2 blackcaps singing just outside the garden gate, joined by a chiffchaff, speckled wood basking in the sun amidst the bluebells and a pair of goldfinch in the largest fir tree outside personnel. (Ian Hayward)
Tuesday, 10th April
  • Blackcap in song in his usual / perennial rhododendron behind the hide (Andrew Hay)
  • Woodlark at lunchtime in the middle of the wide open area in front of the house - not that far from the path that runs along there. It flew up into a big pine tree. (Phil Young)
  • Sand martin repeatedly investigating the face of the quarry (Rob Hume)
  • A large number of feathers scattered under the cedar by HR dept. More feathers discovered nearby on Thursday - now thought to be juvenile mistle thrush, although some of those found may be from different species. Could be raptor plucking site (Conor Jameson)
  • My first Lodge swallow of the year through north over the Plateau at 0845hrs this morning. (Darren Oakley-Martin)

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