Passing along another sighting from Michael (spotted Saturday morning):

Just to let you know there was a nuthatch flitting around by the stone orchard sign just now. First time I’ve seen a nuthatch in the orchard.

Still winter?

Whilst touring the estate today, Graham flushed a snipe in Upper Sowerholme. So at least one still hanging on in winter quarters, whilst the rest have moved away for summer. Also a surprising sighting of three Canada geese swimming on Alder Pond.

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,



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



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.