29/04/13 In Area 10 today this morning a
Mandarin was seen by Fraser Cottington
flying over the Lavells Lake Car Park field on Sandford Lane. This
brings the FOTEB Bird List to 65 species for the year.
In Area 5 this morning a male Whitethroat
briefly "touched down "in my Area 5 garden . In Area 2 to the
rear of Tesco's this female Wheatear was
in the Horse fields this evening. This is a very distant record shot.
In Area 8 off Old Forest Road this afternoon this male
Whitethroat was singing from the bushes .
Also seen and heard were Chiffchaff and
In Area 4 this morning a Bullfinch , 5
Swallow flew N and 4 Greylag Goose were seen to fly NE by Paul Bright
Another day and more new birds. Area10
seems to be getting more than its fair share. The Lavell's Lake Car Park
field off Sandford Lane produced a stunning male Redstart found by Paul Bright Thomas.
Unfortunately when I turned up later I could not relocate the bird.
However a singing male Whitethroat and a
Reed Bunting were seen. This brings the
FOTEB list to 62 species seen so far this year.Photo is again courtesy of
In Area10 this morning at Dinton Pastures
by the play and picnic area a female Pied Flycatcher
was found in the bushes alongside the Emm Brook by Brian Bennett.
Unfortunately when I turned up at Lunch time despite searching the bird
had dissappeared. However during my search I did see numerous Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Blue Tit , Great Tit
& Long tailed Tit . Photo is courtesy of Fraser Cottington.
In Area's 4 & 5 this morning summer
migrants were very much in evidence. A singing male Blackcap was next to Ripplestream Bridge. At
least 3 male Chiffchaff were singing
around the Balancing Pond and the copse near Dragonfly Bridge. This
calling male Nuthatch was in the Oak tree to
the rear of Morrisons. With the sun shining it meant a trip to Area 10
(Dinton Pastures). The length of the Emm through Dinton Pastures was
walked. In the Car Park field there was a calling Green Woodpecker , singing male Blackcap,
Chiffchaff & Willow Warbler were also seen. From the the
Sailing Club to the Culvert under the A329M (the road to the Fishermans
Car Park) , the following were heard and seen, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Grey Heron, Mallard, Wren, Robin,
Nuthatch, Song Thrush & Greylag Goose .
13/04/13 In Area 10 today the first
singing Willow Warblers of the year were
seen by Fraser Cottington in the Lavells Lake Car Park field on Sandford
Lane. Also seen was a Coal Tit .
11/04/13 A quick trip to Area 10 (Dinton Pastures) by the
Sailing Club , produced a singing maleChiffchaff
and this very confiding Grey Heron
feeding on the banks of the Emm. 2 Egyptian Geese
08/04/13 In Area 10 today 51 Redwing
and 4 Fieldfare were seen in the
Lavells Lake Car Park field on Sandford Lane. However at least 40Fieldfare were in the hedgerow near the green
Bridge where the Emm meets the Loddon. Both sightings by Richard Marsh.
In Area 5 a pair of Bullfinch were seen near
More sun and today in Area's 4 & 5, 2 Chiffchaff
were singing at seperate locations. 3 Grey
Wagtails were feeding in the channel through the middle of the
balacing pond. 2 male and 1 female Bullfinch
were in the copse to the rear of Arthur Road.
06/04/13 The sun finally came out and the
first Chiffchaff of the year was seen and
heard around the Balancing pond in Area 4. A pair of Grey
Wagtails were feeding in the channel through the middle Chaffinches In Area 10 a Kingfisherf flew along the Emm by the Bridge from
Lavells Lake Car Park on Sandford Lane seen by Tony Harden.
must have decided that it was too cold for flying today and chose instead
to sit on this Area 5 roof.
04/04/13 Still cold but suitably wrapped up
the walk top work was very pleasant. A total of 23 species were seen.
Thrushes were feeding in the open spaces with 17 Redwing,2 Mistle
Thrush, 5 Blackbirds & 2 Song Thrush by Ripplestream bridge. A group of 4
Song Thrush were also by Meadow Road in Area
4. Singing birds included Wren, House Sparrow,
Dunnock, Robin and Great Tit. A Goldcrest was moving up and down the trunk of the
brook side trees near Dragonfly Bridge. The Red Kite
was looking for an early meal at 07:00 across Area 5.
01/04/13 Some would say that only a FOOL
would venture out on yet another cold and bleak day. Therefore all
sightings were from the dining room window. Siskins and Chaffinches were constant visitors to the feeders
all day. 2 Nuthatch possibly a pair were
feeding on the fat balls. Red Kite were
hunting to the rear of Morrison’s in Area 5.