Ian saw a song thrush in Pony Wood this morning , and linnets of course.
Rachel Malloch reported “Common red polls feeding on the seed heads in Flora Field………seen at the top of the path past Pony Wood going north towards the view of the castle.
From Dan Heywood, listed on lancasterbirdwatching.org.uk/forums/topic/fairfield-nr-2 (Nov. 21st)
The reserve’s arable field near Pony Wood SD468606 this PM:
Reed Bunting 7
Stock Dove 5
Meadow Pipit 5
Mistle Thrush in song Pony Wood.
Plus From me:
Possibly 2 redwing in Flora Field. I’ve seen individuals around recently so they are still about – has any -one else seen them recently ?
Curlew in Big Meadow, Kestrel over Flora Field, Long-tailed tits in Pony wood
Whilst we were working in West Field yesterday (19th) a small group of birds, perhaps a dozen or so, were feeding at the far edge of the pond. We did not have binoculars but the informed opinion was that they were redshank.
An adult fox has been seen in Aldcliffe Rd. gardens. And a number of chickens have disappeared!
Flora Field – a brown hare, a snipe and, spotted by Dan Heywood – overflying, a greater spotted woodpecker and grey wagtail.
Pony Wood – Dan saw 33 linnets in the big ash trees, feeding in the bird food margin. This is a record for this area so far this year.
Here is Jonathan’s email
A note from Ian…
“Since the announcement of the latest Government lockdown the Association has been given serious thought to whether volunteer group sessions should continue. On the one hand, Government regulations do seem to allow volunteer work to go ahead, on the other hand there was some doubt as to whether our kind of volunteering was included.
Exceedingly wet underfoot, but at least the rain and wind had abated. A decent tally of snipe – 46 counted in all. 12 in School Pond, 33 in Big Meadow (including 2 jack) and a solitary bird in Hay Meadow. A female pheasant and four meadow pipits were also spotted in Big Meadow.