Category Archives: Fauna

Bird Bonanza after Rain

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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.

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Roe buck

Saw a Roe buck in Flora Field on the evening of 13 July 2021. He was foraging amongst a weedy line in the barley field and was visible from the bench area next to the one at Harries View. Nice set of antlers. Seemed to be on his own.

Mi-nute!

A very, very small smooth newt* eft crossing the path by Cromwell’s Pond this lunchtime.

Hand for scale; I didn’t pick it up, just lifted it off the path with a dandelion leaf.

* I think… the yellow strip on the back matches the eft photo on the Wikipedia article https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smooth_newt

mini-newt and hand mini-newt close up

New black calf

New black calf born yesterday (12 May) evening. As I was passing the field opposite the Hay meadow there was a convention of cattle who had gathered around a new mum to greet the arrival. A very wobbly black calf was being licked and welcomed into the herd.

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!