Bird Bonanza after Rain


Yesterday afternoon there was a short break from the rain around 2.30 p.m. The arable field had 20 greylag geese and 50-plus herring gulls. And the area in the SW tip of the arable field next to Pony Wood had around 45 house martins and 3-4 swallows all flying low and gorging on the flying insects. In addition, there were about 40 goldfinch feeding on the thistle seeds.


Birds in Orchard, Pony Wood and Flora Ponds


First, a song thrush singing in the Orchard.


In Pony Wood these two young magpies were waiting for an adult to feed them.


This juvenile lapwing was by the Flora middle pond both in the morning and again in the evening yesterday.


This oystercatcher flew in for a wash and brush-up and a drink in the evening last night.

Nuthatch in Pony Wood


This nuthatch was in a lime tree in Pony Wood yesterday. I may not be very observant, but this is the first time I have seen, let alone photographed, a nuthatch in the Fairfield Nature Reserve.

Recent Sightings


This great spotted woodpecker was hopping around the branches in Pony Wood collecting insects.


This hare was in Flora Field.


This song thrush was shuttling between the ponds in Flora Field and its nest in the hedge at the eastern edge of the field.

The new ponds in Flora Field are proving very good for observing birds which have included swallows, house martins, house sparrows, thrushes, meadow pipits, grey and pied wagtails as well as oystercatchers, ducks and geese.

House Martin


This house martin was repeatedly returning to the water’s edge to collect mud for nest building. The swallows were also using the new pond in Flora Field.

Waterside Birds


By Alder Pond there were two moorhen with young.



By one of the new ponds in the Arable field there was a mistle thrush and also a swallow.

Four swallows were overflying the arable crop. Also, a chiffchaff was singing in an ash tree in Little Wood.