Week 11

Another spring like week but not enough to bring the insects out yet, birds however have had another good week

The highlights being a Common Buzzard thru the site seen by chance this time as I got the back-end  of the bird as it was disappearing, no calls alerted me this time. I would like to take this oppurtunity to say that summer has arrived on site with the first summer migrant seen, this being a Chiffchaff. It was a very busy bird calling from numerous trees and giving me the run around, I did wonder how it had an energy after that long migration from Africa, great to see back.

Other highlights this week was seeing the Nuthatch clearing out the nest hole, the pair of Great Spotted Woodpeckers all week and heard drumming, the pair of Grey Wagtails on the brook all week

Grey Heron on the small pond but soon took off as I approached, a pair of Goldcrest in the wood along with Wrens, and Goldfinch back on site, the Pheasants seem to have taken up territory near by.

Around the table this week inc. Robin, Dunnock, Nuthatch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Coal Tit, Long tailed Tit, Great Tit, Chaffinch, Woodpigeon, Pheasant, Blackbird, Song Thrush

A Fox was also seen this week along the brook before running across the field

Birds this week : Blackbird, Blue Tit, Buzzard, Crow, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Coal Tit, Dunnock, Goldcrest, Goldfinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Great Tit, Grey Heron, Grey Wagtail, Jackdaw, Long tailed Tit, Magpie, Nuthatch, Pheasant, Robin, Rook, Song Thrush, Woodpigeon, Wren (24)

Week 10

A rather spring like week which has resulted in bird species increasing and just hitting the 20 barrier for the first time this year, no insects on the wing as yet and no summer migrants have arrived

The highlights this week being a pair of Great Spotted Woodpeckers and a pair of Grey Wagtails and a Coal Tit

The bird table still being the place to see activity with Long tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Blackbirds, Robin and Pheasant being seen

The woods have started to come to live again with many birds displaying, Nuthatch being the nosiest, Chaffinch, Bullfinch, Wren, Dunnock, all giving their songs this week.

Kestrel was a brief delight as it passed thru again mid-week

Birds :- Blackbird, Blue Tit, Bullfinch, Crow, Chaffinch, Coal tit, Dunnock, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Great Tit, Grey Wagtail, Jackdaw, Kestrel, Long tailed Tit, Magpie, Nuthatch, Pheasant, Robin, Song Thrush, Woodpigeon, Wren

Week 9

Mixed week for the start being wet and windy giving away to a couple of dry sunny dinner times but still with a cold wind.

Highlights this week was a Sparrowhawk on stealth mode as it glided thru the site, fortunately for the other guys not taking anything out on this raid. A Jay was also seen in the field area along with Blackbirds, Wren, and Treecreepers the latter amongst the trees along the flowing brook

At the bird table this week Great Spotted Woodpecker, a male Pheasant, Blackbirds, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Robins, Chaffinch, and Nuthatch

A late highlight for the week was a pair of Grey Wagtail along the Brook, lovely to see these splendid birds again back on the breeding site

Bird List : Blue Tit, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Great Tit, Jay, Magpie, Pheasant, Robin, Song Thrush, Sparrowhawk, Woodpigeon, Wren

Week 8

A wet and windy week to say the least the brook once again in full flow, still a quiet week but things seem to be having a feeling of spring in the air.

Bird highlights this week have been a Great Spotted Woodpecker , heard calling not drumming, Nuthatch seen around the usual nest site, and a Dunnock was heard a first for the year

The birds around the table this week have been Great Tit, Blue Tit, Long tailed Tit, Robin, and Chaffinch

Out in the fields this week Bullfinch, Jay and Song Thrush were seen along with the more common species

Bird List ; Blackbird, Blue Tit, Bullfinch, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Dunnock, Great Tit, Jackdaw, Jay, Long tailed Tit, Magpie, Nuthatch, Pheasant, Robin, Song Thrush and woodpigeon

The Brook in full flow ;

Waterfall

Jelly Ear Fungi

Jelly Ear Fungi

Week 7

A good week things start to turn mild at the end of the week and feels more spring like but it going to be another 5 week before we start hearing the Chiffchaff again. Meanwhile back on site things were a bit quiet highlights being a calling Common Buzzard which wasn’t located and a Herring Gull  calling as well (first for site) and again wasn’t located.

Most of the action as always is around the bird table at this time of year with Nuthatch making a come back along with Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long tailed Tit, Dunnock, Robin and a few Blackbirds and Pheasant.

Out in the fields a pair of Jays were about along with mainly Blue Tit, a Sparrowhawk flew thru Mid-week

Bird List : Blackbird, Black headed Gull, Blue Tit, Crow, Great Tit, Jackdaw, Long tailed Tit, Magpie, Nuthatch, Robin, Sparrowhawk, Woodpigeon

Week 6

A dry but cold week with a few highlights again around the bird table.

Goldcrest, Treecreeper and Great Spotted Woodpecker  all put in an appearance this week and also a male Chaffinch was spotted too, other highlight s around the table ♀ Pheasant, Long tailed, Great and Blue Tit, and Robins.

Out in the field area Black headed and Common Gulls, Blackbirds still in good numbers, Song Thrush still singing away and brief views of a pair of Jays (looking for nest site?) and finally a pair of Kestrel (fingers crossed for breeding again)

Birds (16) ; Blackbird, Black headed Gull, Blue Tit, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Common Gull, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Great Tit, Jackdaw, Jay, Kestrel, Long tailed Tit, Pheasant, Robin, Treecreeper, Woodpigeon

Week 5

The highlight this week was the start again of the Song Thrush song, heard early mornings and joining me on a dinner time. Had a walk up to the pond area this week seeing 3 pair of Mallard up there and seeing 6 Chaffinch (Male and Female) on the way. Blackbirds are still in good numbers and a Jay was another highlight, Coal Tit calling in the small wooded area was a nice surprise

Seen around the bird table this week Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long tailed Tit, Goldcrest, Chaffinch and Robin. 

Black headed and Common Gulls still flying thru along with plenty of Woodpigeon

List : Blackbird, Black headed Gull, Blue Tit, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Coal Tit, Common Gull, Goldcrest, Great Tit, Jackdaw, Jay, Magpie, Mallard, Robin, Song Thrush, Woodpigeon