Month: April 2017

Date:  11th March 2017  0800 hrs to 1100 hrs

by Amanda, Geoff and Terry

Weather : A mild cloudy calm morning Temperature 9°C to 11°C


Black-headed Gull 22

Blackbird 26

Blue Tit 8

Bullfinch 7

Buzzard 2

Canada Goose 2

Carrion Crow 3

Cetti’s Warbler 1

Chaffinch 6

Collared Dove 2

Coot 1

Cormorant 1

Dunnock 9

Gadwall 2

Goldfinch 16

Great Tit 10

Greenfinch 24

Grey Heron 1

House Sparrow 12

Jay 1

Kestrel 1

Kingfisher 1

Long-tailed Tit 17

Magpie 34

Mallard 4

Moorhen 5

Reed Bunting 28

Robin 18

Song Thrush 8

Sparrowhawk 1

Woodpigeon 24

Wren 8

 32 Species in all

 A warm and still morning on the Meadows;  muddy underfoot but not as bad as it had been in the week earlier.

Only one first timer this month, but something of a surprise. The unmistakable song of a Cetti’s Warbler exploded out of the riverside undergrowth close to Spittal Brook bridge. As the last recorded bird on the survey, this sent everyone home with a smile on their faces.

The bird has been heard several times since and is still likely to be in the same area.

New sightings for the year and for only the second time on a survey date was the welcome return of a Kingfisher in transect 1, as before, and a pair of Gadwall were on the river close to the outfall of Spittal Brook.

This was a three raptor morning with Kestrel, Buzzard and Sparrowhawk all in evidence.

The most successful areas of the survey this month were transects  2 & 12.

Outside of the survey date the first Chiffchaff was heard and seen on the Meadows on the 15th March and the first Willow Tit and Blackcap were heard and seen on the 31st.

There has been a report of a Barn Owl seen hunting over the Meadows at night; please let me know if you see it.


5 Grey Squirrels seen during this month’s survey.


3 Comma and Two Small Tortoiseshell Butterflies were seen on a warm and sunny 15th March.


 Cormorant                                                                                                                                                                       Chiffchaff