Category Archives: Wildlife

Peregrine and stock dove

Saturday 1 May

Very quiet with very few humans walking reserve but saw a Peregrine with small bird in talon fly into a hedge just by the path and then away toward the estuary.

There was a Stock Dove amongst the Woodpigeons by the two table feeders by Pony Wood.

Seen Today

Looking into Upper Sowerholme from a garden, I saw a chiffchaff singing away.

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Also on the border between the Aldcliffe Road gardens and Upper Sowerholme was a bullfinch.

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Then walking round to Pony Wood there was a swallow over the Arable Field, a reed bunting by the path and the two oystercatchers were sunning themselves in the field.

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Then in Pony Wood box P2 was being occupied by two blue tits, both went inside.

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In addition, the linnets were continuing to feed on the bird tables.

Oystercatchers

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Yesterday a couple of oystercatchers were in the Arable Field.

I am not sure whether they are the same birds that we see across the Canal.

Last year a pair nested on the roof of B&Q!

Jacks galore!

The scheduled final flush count of the winter took place this morning. Much colder and drier under foot than last week. A total of 30 snipe, the most this late in the season since April 2015. 25 in Big Meadow, 5 in School Pond. The main point of comment was the high number of jack snipe – comprising a third of the total, all in Big Meadow. (Not as marked, but the proportion of jacks last Monday was also unexpectedly large at just under a quarter.)

Arable Field

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Ploughing of the Flora Field took place on Good Friday.

A couple of stock doves (which nest in Pony Wood) took advantage of the bare earth (one shown).

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Then the crop of barley undersown with pea was sown on Easter Saturday.

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Finally, a group of six of us sowed the bird-friendly mix (to feed the birds next winter) and some cornflower seeds into the crop itself.