Month: November 2016

November 2016 Bird Survey

Date:  13th November 2016  by Amanda, Anne and Terry, 0800 hrs to 1120 hrs

 Weather : Cool, calm and misty morning, Temperature 6°C to 8°C

Blue Tit 16

Dunnock 9

Wood Pigeon 14

Wren 11

Blackbird 99

Magpie 30

Greenfinch 10

Reed Bunting 13

Chaffinch 3

House Sparrow 21

Carrion Crow 10

Mallard 26

Bullfinch 10

Great Tit 6

Robin 20

Fieldfare 3

Redwing 65

Song Thrush 10

Goldfinch 49

Black-headed Gull 25

Grey Heron 3

Buzzard 1

Kestrel 2

Lesser Black-backed Gull 1

Snipe 2

Redpoll (Lesser) 10

 26 species in all

 A still and misty Sunday morning on the Meadows; a little soggy underfoot following an atrociously wet Saturday.

With three new species this month, one on the BTO red list and two on the amber list, it was something of a red letter day.

10 Lesser Redpolls were feeding in the tops of the Silver Birch along side the New Cut Canal at the entrance to the Meadows on Larkfield Avenue.

2 Snipe were flushed from transect 4 and did a circuit of the field before disappearing along the course of the Mersey towards the Eyes.

And finally a solitary Lesser Black-backed Gull kept sentinel atop a pylon in transect 8.

The local thrushes have been joined by a massive influx of continental birds with almost a hundred blackbirds being recorded, along with 65 Redwing, 10 Song Thrush and 3 Fieldfare. Hawthorn berries were being plundered all round the Meadows. 

The highlights of the day were undoubtedly the Lesser Redpolls, with a honourable mention going to a handsome male Kestrel posing for several minutes on a Holly bush in transect 8.

 The most successful areas of the survey this month was again transect 7; thrush central for a morning at least.

 

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On the morning of the 2nd of November a female stonechat (only the second recorded sighting of the year on the Meadows) showed well enough for a photo, see below._dsc1745-2

  

A pair of Willow Tits have been seen on feeders near transect 2 and there is a report of Woodcock being flushed in transect 8.

 Mammals

 7 Grey Squirrels seen during this month’s survey.

October 2016 Bird Survey

Date:  22nd October 2016, 0800 hrs to 1100 hrs

by Amanda, Anne and Terry

Weather : Cool, calm and sunny morning

Temperature 6°C to 9°C

 Blue Tit 7

Dunnock 11

Wood Pigeon 7

Wren 15

Blackbird 47

Magpie 55

Greenfinch 11

Reed Bunting 24

Chaffinch 10

House Sparrow 10

Carrion Crow 10

Mallard 24

Sparrowhawk 1

Bullfinch 7

Great Tit 5

Robin 18

Long-tailed tit 12

Jay 2

Fieldfare 2

Redwing 32

Canada Goose 2

 21 species in all

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 It was a later start for this months survey as dawn gets later and later but a great morning to be about on the Meadows.

 With seven less species this month, the significant absentees were the complete lack of both warblers and hirundines (swallows, martins and swifts).

 There were some new arrivals, in the shape of winter thrushes, with a commendable 32 Redwings feasting on the hawthorn berries.

 The highlights of the day were undoubtedly the numerous feeding Redwings plus the sight of a Magpie and a Stoat sporting in the hedgerows of number 3 transect for at least 5 minutes.

 The most successful areas of the survey this month was transects 4 and 7.

 The resident pair of Grey Partridge where located in transect 8 on the morning after the survey; nice to see they’re still about.

 Mammals

 8 Grey Squirrels and 1 stoat seen during this month’s survey.

 Butterflies

 A solitary Red Admiral in transect 5.

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 Flora

A pristine shaggy ink cap located in the gateway of transect 8.

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Spindle bushes resplendent in the hedgerows of transect 7.

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