Wednesday, 9 May 2007

Bird news

Wednesday, 9th May
  • Baby Tawny Owl sitting out in full view at the top of a dead birch just north of the hide, between the path and the drive @1315. Very drowsy and likely to be on view for a while! (IKD, Kim Gutteridge, John Day et al.)
  • Water vole by the stream feeding into Potton Brook, just before the bridge leading out onto Biggleswade Common this lunchtime (Olly Watts)
  • Spotted flycatcher heard on the edge of the gatehouse car park this morning. (Gareth Fisher)
Monday, 7th May
  • Monday - 2 reports of (2) fallow deer in woodland near the HQ gardens (per Neil Renwick)
Sunday, 6th May
  • 34 wild bird species recorded on Dawn Chorus (before breakfast) at The Lodge, including nightingale at 04.20 while the group was at the Gatehouse - the bird wasn't, but the sound carried on the wind. Also heard nightingale on the old railway line & found long-tailed tit fledglings between there & Biggleswade Common
  • Later in the morning, a four-spotted chaser was observed for about 3 hours by two visitors as it emerged from its exuvia, dried out and flew (Plantation Pond). A small grass snake was swimming there in the afternoon. A red kite was reported flying over, in company with a buzzard, in the afternoon (Neil Renwick)

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