Friday, 8 June 2007

Bird news

Friday, 8th June
  • Just had a turtle dove purring first and then seen on the ground on the heath side of the boundary wall, west of Jacks pond (Ian Hayward)
  • White-legged Damselfly in main border at lunchtime, posing very co-operatively for his photo (IKD, DFD)
  • Grey wagtail around the swimming pool - slightly unexpected date? (Rob Hume)
Thursday, 7th June
  • Buzzard from my window (they're keeping a very low profile at present so first sighting for a while) and a pair of starlings on the web team feeder occasionally this week. (Mark Ward)
Tuesday, 5th June
  • A painted lady by the old railway line at lunchtime today was my first in the UK this year. A garden warbler singing, tail-wagging and wing-shivering in full view nearby (Darren Oakley-Martin)
  • Some smooth newts have returned to the hide pond - no doubt feasting on Natterjack tadpoles. Also at least 3 male Black-tailed Skimmers, one in aerial copulation with a female. In the gardens, a male Emperor dragonfly & several 4-spots, plus Large Red, Red-eyed, Azure & Common Blue Damsels. (Nigel Willits)
Monday, 4th June
  • Barn owl hunting along the eastern edge of Biggleswade Common at 13:00 today was the highlight of my lunchtime stroll (Darren Oakley-Martin)
  • Crossbill(s) heard over back lawn @1250 (Chris Bowden)
  • A cuckoo was babbling over the heath in the morning while I counted the sheep, with a great spotted woodpecker drumming nearby (Katie Fuller)
Friday, 1st June
  • Hobby over avocet carpark at 5:15 this evening (Darren Oakley-Martin/ Katie Fuller/ Andy Hay)
Thursday, 31st May
  • Hobby and buzzard twice over House garden 31st May, and more belatedly a pair of mandarin ducks on the fishpond one evening last week (Mike Clarke)

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