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.
This dunnock was on a post opposite the Paddock yesterday.
Looking into Upper Sowerholme from a garden, I saw a chiffchaff singing away.
Also on the border between the Aldcliffe Road gardens and Upper Sowerholme was a bullfinch.
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.
Then in Pony Wood box P2 was being occupied by two blue tits, both went inside.
In addition, the linnets were continuing to feed on the bird tables.
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!
30/3/21 – Blue tit seen coming out of bird box F1 which is at the junction of orchard path/path to Cromwell Road on tree above the bench.
A pair of song thrushes near Cromwell gate on Saturday. I think of thrushes as solitary birds so perhaps this is a sign that spring is really springing.
Tuesday 2 March
What I thought was a weasel but now know was a stoat (had a black tip to tail) was scurrying and leaping about in the grassy tussocks just up the hill from the bird feeding table. Dark brown top coat and white undergarments. Was being carefully watched by a pair of magpie as well as a number of humans.
Half a dozen Reed bunting and a couple of pairs of Chaffinch at the feeder.
Female Blackcap in the tall trees the other side of the path from the shed at the Sunnyside Lane entrance to the Reserve.
A BTO factsheet on wintering Blackcaps has the following interesting information:
“A growing number of Blackcaps that breed in central Europe are coming to our shores to spend the winter instead of travelling to the Mediterranean, where they normally go. In Britain, food provided in gardens, coupled with our warming winter climate, is helping Blackcaps to survive. The reward for enduring harsher winter conditions here than in the Mediterranean is that our Blackcaps have a shorter journey back to central Europe in the spring, meaning that they can stake early claim for the best territories. Central European-breeding Blackcaps that winter with us have been found to lay more eggs and fledge more chicks than those that winter further south.”
A flock of about 30 redwings feeding in the vicinity of Alder Pond in Big Meadow this morning.
A pair of oystercatchers took off from Big Meadow near Lucy Brook as I passed, just before twilight on Sunday evening.