26/05/13 Todays sightings are all from Paul
Bright Thomas and Area 4. 2 Bullfinch were
seen. 3 House Martin flew N and another 2
flew over E on the 25th. A Common Tern was
seen heading W. Birds
26/05/13 Its that time of the year. The
Starlings have fledged and gangs of noisy
juvenilles are being shown the ropes by their parents. A RedKite
making good use of the thermals was todays raptor to be mobbed by
the Carrion Crows . The Blue
Tits feeding young in the nestbox are starting to look more
disheveled each day.
25/05/13 Not a lot to report today a Common
Buzzard was being mobbed by Carrion
Crows at 07:30 in Riverside Walk (Area 5), and what I assume was
the same individual was suffering the same fate at 16:15. This Mistle Thrush was constantly returning to its Area
5 nest with food.
The morning started in Area 5 and at 06:10 a Grey Heron was being harrased by 2 Herring
Gull's and a Carrion Crow as it
tried to land on a neighbours roof. Later in Area 10 Dinton Pastures, a
calling Ring necked Parakeet flew over the
car park field on Sandford Lane. A Garden Warbler
was singing from bushes near the sailing club and flying over the
Emm and Black Swan Lake were Swift, Swallow &
House Martin .
17/05/13 13 is obviously lucky for some as
the Blue Tithas taken up residence in Bird
Box 13 near Kingfisher Bridge (Area 4). Just above in a natural nesthole a
pair of Nuthatch are busily going back and
forwards. At 14:00 23 Swift were over Area 4
16/05/13 2 Swallow
were seen heading N over Area 5 this morning.
15/05/13 Yesterday’s trailblazer was
replaced by 5 Swift over Area 5 at 06:15
14/05/13 The first Swift of the year were seen this evening over
10/05/13 A suprise for Paul Goulbourn when
he found a pair of Mandarin on the Emm at
the bottom of his Area 6 garden.
08/05/13 In the bushes in Area 10 by the
sailing club at Dinton Pastures a singing male Reed
Warbler was singing happily for 10 mins this morning.
07/05/13 A late night visit was required
to Gorrick Woods in order to catch up with churring male Nightjar
. They were first heard at 20:50 followed by a calling male
The day started early with a visit to Area 1 and Gorrick
Woods arriving at 06:30. The usual early singers, Blackbird,Song Thrush, Wren & Robin were all
in full song. Blackcap,Chiffchaff and this
confiding Willow Warbler were also seen.
Despite visiting Area 5 to the rear of Morrisons and Area 2 to the rear of
Tesco's the only excitement was a male Sparrowhawk.
04/05/13 A male Willow Warbler was singing near the Balancing pond
this morning. A Mistle Thrush was pulling
worms from the heaps of earth from the excavation for the new school.
03/05/13 Not much new recently in new
migrants, but those that have arrived are setting up territories and
trying to find a mate. Chifchaffs and Blackcaps
can be heard singing from the bushes most days. In Area 4 near
Kingfisher Bridge, a Nuthatch appears to
have taken up residence in last years hole in a nearby tree. In Area 10, 2
Ring necked Parakeets were seen flying over
the car park field by Fraser Cottington. Other Wildlife
Reptiles & Amphibians
The tadpoles of the Common Frog are still growing and surviving in
Area 4 .
The first Pipistrelle Bat Pipistrellus
pipistrellus was seen flying around Gorrick Woods at 21:00 .