Author Archives: Ian

Stonechat

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While walking around the Reserve today we spotted this stonechat in Flora Field. West Field scrape was extensively flooded with the rain we have had and there were many Black-headed, Herring and Lesser Black-backed gulls present. Further round there were a couple of mistle thrush in Big Meadow.

Fairfield Foxes

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This poor photo shows one of two foxes at the boundary between Lower and Upper Sowerholme (it was over 300 yards away) yesterday early evening.

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At 6.30 this morning both foxes were in our garden which backs onto Upper Sowerholme.

 

Ploughing and Wildlife

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Yesterday the arable field was ploughed and the tractor was followed by numerous Lesser Black-backed and Herring gulls.

Also seen were lapwing (2 initially and 6 at the end of the day).

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On the ploughed field we also saw a wheatear, probably on its migration to Greenland or Canada.

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Butterflies seen included tortoiseshell, orange-tip and peacock.

I have also been asked to mention that an early morning walker has seen 8 shelduck on recent mornings plus a nuthatch in the Orchard and regular hare sightings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bird Activity

Yesterday, we saw our first swallow going north over Fairfield, and today 5 or 6 swallows flew round our house.

In the Orchard we saw a pair of treecreepers,

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as well as a pair of tree sparrows putting nesting material into O1 (Orchard 1 box).

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This is an important development for Fairfield as this is a target bird that we have been trying to attract to the area.

In West Field we saw further evidence of nesting behaviour on the part of jackdaws.

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