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


 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.


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


 A solitary Red Admiral in transect 5.



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


Spindle bushes resplendent in the hedgerows of transect 7.