Two definite sightings of a jay in the Orchard on 28th and 29th October
There were a few bits and pieces of note as I walked through FAUNA this morning, including a notable influx of blackbirds and robins. A great-spotted woodpecker was calling in the orchard, a kestrel was hunting over the fields and 4 cormorants sailed over heading in the direction of the estuary.
There was a Grey Wagtail prodding about in the mud in Lucy Brook this morning. Close to the Cromwell Road gate. It eventually flew off along the brook under the access ramp. An amber list species according to the RSPB, having been badly affected by harsh winters.
About 9am this morning a Merlin hunting along the Flora hedge along the footpath (field side) – Using the fence posts as a convenient perch between each flight. Spotted by 6 magpies, who flew across the field to intercept and mob.. quite a violent squabble thereafter. Did not see where the merlin escaped to.
Greenfinch in the Flora West Field hedge. They used to be quite common but are somethig of a rareity now.
Here is Jonathan’s message
There’ll be a volunteer session at Fairfield Orchard, Fauna and Flora this Saturday, October 12th, starting at the usual time of 10.00am and finishing at 1.00pm. Please come along if you possibly can, for as long or as little a time as you can spare – all help is always appreciated. We meet by the new toolshed at the Sunnyside Lane end and disperse from there once suitably, erm, tooled up.
Should you be able to attend, you may well find yourself grappling with any number of the following…
Mowing the grass;
Levelling ground in the playground where the new surface forms a step;
Trimming the hedge at bottom of the play area;
Repairing broken bird box number 1;
Planting five sweet briar donated earlier in the year in the northern section of the Pads / Orchard hedge;
Removing the notices from the fruit trees;
Trimming back apple trees where they overhang the paths, consult with Keith on this. (Keith to continue training other volunteers);
Removing debris from hedge cutting along the Fauna path to a brash pile under the big ash tree;
Lopping back self seeded saplings at the bottom of the Towneley path;
Clearing away broken red currants in the fruit circle;
Clearing fly tipped rubbish alongside Towneley path;
Slashing and strimming sections of the Orchard.
Ian has asked me to mention that Alison Boden, Wyre Council’s Coast and Countryside manager, has invited any interested Fairfield volunteers to visit Wyre Estuary Country Park (Thornton Cleveleys) to meet with their volunteer team and perhaps do some work with them. This is part of our Flora volunteer training programme and should be an interesting day out. Ian shall be going and will appreciate one or two others coming along. The possible dates are Tuesday 29, Wednesday 30 or Thursday 31 October.
Please give expression to your interest in this event via the medium of song, interpretive dance or, more sensibly, by emailing Ian at firstname.lastname@example.org or perhaps phoning him on 07811 970595.
And that’s all for this time. I’ve spoken with my usual contacts in Weather and have reserved some of their finest conditions for Saturday, so do hope you’ll be able to join us.
I think I briefly saw a jay in the Orchard yesterday. Anyone else seen this?