Friday, 27 April 2007

Bird news

Friday, 27th April
  • Blackcap and Garden Warbler both singing at lunchtime from bramble/sycamore at edge of meadow, while a silent Common Whitethroat made a surprise appearance in the same sycamore – presumably passing through (IKD, DFD)
  • Cuckoos heard from Sandy Heath tree nursery & Sandy Warren (RSPB clear-fell area) this morning (Neil Renwick)
Thursday, 26th April
  • A hatching of Four-Spot Chasers at the pond outside The Lodge canteen today. At least 3 adults on the wing & at least 4 more in various stages of emergence plus another couple of exuviae. (Nigel Willits)
  • 12.30 pm - Cuckoo calling from top of tall willow beyond S boundary of reserve. 12.45 pm - Grass snake in the woods near the path between the garden steps and the heath. It was about 70 cm long with a prominent yellow collar (Simon Marsh)
  • A cuckoo from my window just before 12 - flying low north over the avocet car park - a window/desk first for me! (Mark Ward)
  • Had a cuckoo flying over the reprographics portacabin and on over Transport calling at it went this morning at around 9.15 (Sally Webber)
  • Pair of mistle thrushes with at least 2 fledged youngsters on the Meadow late morning (Neil Renwick)
Wednesday, 25th April
  • Emperor moth on the wall at the rear of the Gatehouse all day (Guy Anderson, Abi Bunker, Gareth Fisher).
  • 1 Hobby over the old quarry at 11:00.
  • 2 Nightingales singing on the old railway line south of the reserve at lunchtime (Guy Anderson)
Tuesday, 24th April
  • Swallow along Stratford Road at lunch-time (Chris Magin)

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