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RE: Roby Mill and area


6.00 - A remarkably unpleasant hail /gale combo this morning, which in my infinite stupidity I decided to brave, of course it was quite nice when got in.

on the lake - female Shoveler still and pair of tufted ducks

A few Lesser Black Backed Gulls were going south, correspondence with a very helpful Peter Alker has shed light on the spring phenomenon we get here of Lesser Black Backs going south in the spring in quite large numbers.

He has ringed them at the tips in Leigh and Hindley - breeding birds in Bowland and Walney. So they are commmuting between the roost and feeding area.

"The birds get thermals and updrafts from the ridge from Dalton to Billinge and that is probably part of the reason we get so many rather than it always being the most direct route from A to B. Basically the daily movements are birds commuting between the big colonies and roosts in north Lancs and tips and other food sources around the big conurbations. "

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Morning Lee,

Thanks for the below information....it's excellent and most appreciated! I'm an ultra novice so spotting anything around that area would be good for me! I've just said to Phil that I don't get to see much in Highfield and going off what you have listed below, I would love to get those ticked off! I'm that novice, I've still not been to Martin Mere! I appreciate Barn Owls are protected etc. so I'll just mooch about and keep everything crossed for a sighting! Only seen 1 in the wild on the East Lancs about 4 years ago!

With a long weekend coming up it seems like the perfect opportunity to get out birding in Roby Mill (and maybe a pint in the Fox!).

Cheers again for yours and Phil's advice!

Matt

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Hi matt, regarding birding in the Roby mill area and Barn owls.
The best place to see Barn owl in the area is probably at martin mere wwt reserve.

Roby mill and area, you can park at the graveyard in the village or at the beacon country park car parks(at own risk)).
I have bird watched here for about 36 years, not a lot of rare birds are seen here but we do get a few, it can be good
during the migration times. As for breeding birds and finding out about what is here locally its just a question of getting
out as much as you can.
Please if you use the college land stick to the footpaths, there is a history of building applications and access rights
the ramblers did a lot of work keeping the paths open over the years.
As for the birds down walthew green area on the small pond over the last few months a kingfisher has been seen,
during the winter the golf course is good for woodcock ,winter thrushes and finches. The end of last year the pine tree
area held common crossbill for a while.
The summer lesser whitethroat,common whitethroat,willow ,garden and grasshopper warbler are present, the golf course
and lafford lane(rear of the fox off school lane),is good for reed bunting,yellowhammer and bullfinch.
If you are looking for raptors we sometimes get passage osprey,marsh harrier,hen harrier and hobby. The last few years
peregrine have become more regular, as have raven.
Hope this is of some help to you any questions feel free to ask....GOOD BIRDING!.
LEE.

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5.45 am - College lane - south part of patch - mill lane - lake - College Lane
(s) - singing

Lake
Shoveler - female - an unexpected patch first
Teal - female
Tufted Duck - pair
plus pairs of Little Grebe, Mallard, Coot, Moorhen
For this small lake (which on a bad day would get called a pond), this constitutes a veritable Martin Mere of a Wildfoul collection!

Overhead
Good movement of Meadow Pipits - c100 North

Long Tailed Tit - 2 (5 probable breeding pairs now found on the patch)
Reed Bunting -2(s) 6 (singing males now found on the patch, which is twice as many as last year)
Bullfinch 1 (5 probable breeding pairs now found on the patch)
Goldcrest - 2(s) (6 singing males now found on the patch)
Jay 1 (4 probable pairs now found on the patch )
Treecreeper - 1(s) (6 singing males now found on the patch)
Chiffchaff 4(s)

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Hi Lee,

I've just actually sent Phil a private message asking about which area the Goshawk was spotted. I live in Highfield but haven't been birding at Roby Mill and surrounding area, although I drive through it enough! Where would you recommend the best place to start off around there, taking into account that I don't really have any decent bins! I'd love to catch sight of an owl up there, especially the barn owl! If there is a good place to park that would be great to know too!

Cheers

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Hi Phil, good sighting the Goshawk, had 3 possible sightings over the last 30 years here myself,
its about 8 years since my last sighting.
Peregrine was an adult possibly a female due to size,they did breed locally about five years ago but haven't since,
the five sightings I have had have been 4 adults and a juve all have been heading northeast.
Any more sightings of the little grebes?. I can`t make it up that far to the rear of college farm its hard going
the ground is so boggy.
Good birding,,,,,Lee.

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MARCH 25TH.

GOLF COURSE/KNOWLES farm

Barn owl 1,chased off the golf course by 5 c crow heading west,9:50am.

bullfinch m-1,f-1.
stock dove 2 ,display.
yellowhammer m-1 ,singing.
blackcap m-1 ,singing.
meadow pipit small numbers -north.


LAFFORD LANE ...

PEREGRINE ADULT 1,FLIGHT NORTHEAST,11:53AM.(5TH RECORD IN MARCH IN THE LAST THREE YEARS).
Woodcock 1,flushed in the slacks area.


GARDEN

Willow tit 2.

Over the village c buzzard 5 ,displaying ,3 drifting east 2 west.

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6.30am 1 Goshawk or at least 99% Goshawk at tree top-hight east over the ridge - probably female

I'm aware that this a species which is often misidentified and a lot of Goshawks go down as probables
and I think this one will have to as well.

However well seen in good light and most of the diagnostic features noted
i.e size, shape, flight pattern, wings, tail etc
Good enough for me but not 100% which I'd have to be to submit the record


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MARCH 24TH.

5:30AM-8AM.GOLF COURSE /KNOWLES FARM.

grey heron 2( towards the college lakes).
jackdaw 58.
c crow 6.
wood pigeon 12(singing)/6.
blue tit 2 (display).
great tit 3 ((singing).
blackbird m-22(singing).
song thrush 4 (singing).
robin 18 (singing).
chaffinch m-14 (singing)./f-2.
dunnock 1.
goldfinch 4.
c pheasant m-1.
magpie 4.
cormorant 2(north).
lesser black b gull 15(south).
herring gull 4(south).
Canada g 2 (north).
bullfinch m-3,f-2.
c kestrel m-1,f-1.
c buzzard 1.

GARDENS.

wood pigeon 13.
blue tit 16.
great tit 11.
coal tit 5
long tailed tit 1.
wren 2.
robin 5.
dunnock 5.
starling 4.
house sp m-8,f-7.
goldfinch 2.
collared dove 3.
nuthatch 1.
willow tit 2.
WILLOW WARBLER 1 (HALF HEARTED SONG/CONTACT CALL.).

LAFFORD LANE/SCHOOL LANE.

blackbird m-11(singing),f-2.
song thrush 1(singing).
mistle thrush 1(singing),/2.
robin 4(singing).
wren 3(singing).
starling 30
chaffinch m-3(singing@),f-1.
dunnock 1(singing).
goldfinch 12.
magpie 1.
rook 2(north).


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12 Chiffchaff singing this morning on my walk round the patch

Sunday 22nd - Golden Plover - 6 over

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MARCH 23RD...KNOWLES FARM,GOLF COURSE,GRAVEYARD.

c pheasant m-2.
wood pigeon 14 (6 singing).
Canada goose 7.
blackbird m-20 (singing),f-2.
song thrush 4 (singing).
wren 12(singing)
robin 24 (singing).
dunnock 3 (singing).
blue tit 9 (some display).
great tit 4 (singing).
chaffinch m-14 (singing).f-2.
c crow 1.
jackdaw 36.
lesser bb gull 21 (south).
great sp woodpecker 1.
nuthatch m-1(singing)
goldfinch 9 (some song/display)
reed bunting m-1,f-1.
yellowhammer m-1,f-1.
black h gull 9 (west).
herring gull 3(south).
blackcap m-1(singing).

LAFFORD LANE/SCHOOL LANE.

wood pigeon 120
blackbird m-6(singing).
song thrush 1(singing).
mistle thrush 1(singing).
wren 2
robin 4 (singing).
dunnock 2.
blue tit 1 (singing).
great tit 1(singing).
starling 150
chaffinch m-5 (singing).
c crow 1.
magpie 4.
greenfinch 4.
redwing 1.
rook 1.

GARDEN.

wood pigeon 7 (2 singing).
collared dove 4.
blackbird m-5,f-2.
wren 1 (singing).
robin 5 (4 singing/display).
dunnock 5 (3 singing).
blue tit 10 (some display).
great tit 9.
coal tit 2.
starling 3 (1 singing).
sparrow hawk m-1.
nuthatch 1.
goldcrest f-1.

WALTHEW GREEN.

woodcock 1..(roding).
little owl 1.(seen and call heard).

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5. 50 Stoney Brow - College Farm - lake - Mill Lane - Rough park wood - Golfcourse - Stoney Brow - still, mild

Chiffchaff 6 singing
Stonechat - female
Little Grebe 2 now on small lake, trilling duet
Linnet 1 (s)
Tufted Duck 1 drake
etc

again some viz miz
Meadow Pipits, Fieldfare, Redwing, alba Wagtails, Linnets


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5. 50 Stoney Brow - College Farm - lake - Mill Lane - Rough park wood - Golfcourse - Stoney Brow - still, frost

Chiffchaff 1 singing (9 days later than my first on the patch last year)
Little Grebe 1 back at the small lake, also trilling call heard
Reed Bunting 3 (s)
Yellowhammer 2 (s) (4 singing males now found on the patch)
Treecreeper 2 (s) (5 singing males now found on the patch)

Some viz miz going on this morning
Several Meadow Pipits, Fieldfare, Redwing, alba Wagtail + 1 siskin north

-- Edited by Phil Barnett on Thursday 19th of March 2015 07:32:09 AM

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MARCH 18TH,(cloud with slight frost am,fog. clear sun 9:30 am).

GOLF COURSE/GRAVE YARD/KNOWLES FARM.

meadow pipit 4
c pheasant m-3
wood pigeon 27
wren 14(singing).
robin 21(singing).
dunnock 2(singing),2.
blue tit 4
great tit 7(singing),2.
coal tit 1(singing).
chaffinch m-17(singing).
greenfinch m-1(singing).
blackbird m-25(singing),f-3.
song thrush 4(singing),1.
c kestrel m-1,f-1.
c crow 6.
Canada goose 6(s).
jay 3
sparrow hawk f-1.
magpie 11.
reed bunting m-1,f-1.
grey wagtail 2(n).
goldfinch 4
yellowhammer m-1
mallard m-2.
bullfinch m-1.
tawny owl 1
c buzzard 2 (display).

SCHOOL LANE/LAFFORD LANE.

c pheasant m3,f-2.
wood pigeon 23.
robin 6(singing).
dunnock 1
coal tit 1(singing).
greenfinch 4
great tit 2(singing).
chaffinch m-6(singing).
blackbird m-14(singing).
song thrush 1(singing).
mistle thrush 2(singing).
jackdaw 65.
c crow 2
lesser bb gull 12(s),2(n).
rook 18.
pied wagtail 2.
nuthatch m-1(singing).
skylark 1(song/display).
c buzzard 2(display).
herring gull 12(s).
linnet f-1.
RED KITE 1-SOUTH EAST.

GARDEN.

wood pigeon 6
robin 4(singing).
blue tit 17.
great tit 12.
dunnock 3(singing),2.
coal tit 4(1 singing).
house sparrow m-12,f-13.
chaffinch m-8,f-4.
blackbird m-5,f-4.
willow tit 2.
starling 2.
long tailed tit 2
collared dove 2.
nuthatch 3(1 singing).
goldcrest 1.

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MARCH 17TH.

KNOWLES FARM/GOLF COURSE.

c kestrel m-1,f-1.
c crow 6.
mallard m-5,f-2.
wood pigeon 8 (some display).
blackbird m-21 (singing).
nuthatch m-1 (singing).
song thrush 3 (singing).
robin 11 (singing).
wren 3 (singing).
dunnock 2 (singing).
chaffinch m-5 (singing).
great tit 3 (singing).
coal tit 2
magpie 2
c pheasant m-1,f-3.
jackdaw 75 (sw).
reed bunting m-1
goldfinch 3
herring gull 1 (s)
lesser blackbacked gull 13 (s).
Canada goose 2 (s).
stonechat f-1.
yellowhammer f-1.
jay 2.

SCHOOL LANE/LAFFORD LANE.

wood pigeon 45
blackbird m-11 (singing),f-1.
song thrush 1 (singing).
robin 5 (singing).
dunnock 1
chaffinch m-2 (singing).
great tit 2 (singing).
coal tit 1 (singing).
c pheasant m-1,f-1
starling 6.
mistle thrush 3 (1 singing).
grey partridge 2.
yellowhammer m-1.
rook 28
great sp woodpecker 1
greenfinch 2.
pied wagtail 2.

GARDENS.

wood pigeon 9
blackbird m-5,f-5.
robin 5 (3 singing).
dunnock 6 (4 singing).
house sparrow m-13,f-14.
chaffinch m-10 (3 singing).,f-5.
blue tit 15 (3 singing).
great tit 12.
coal tit 3.
magpie 13.
willow tit 2.
jay 1.
goldfinch 1 (singing).
collared dove 2.
nuthatch 1.
long tailed tit 2.
grey wagtail m-1.

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6.00 - Beacon Country Park - Farley Lane - Golf Course - College Farm -Beacon Country Park -- still, dull, cool
S - singing

Song Thrush 10 (s)
Blackbird 8 (s)
Mistle Thrush 1 (s)
Dunnock 7 (s)
Wren 15 (s)
Robin 6 (s)
Great Tit 4 (s)
Coal tit 7 (s)
Blue Tit 6 (singing or territorial behaviour)
Chaffinch 8 (s)
Greenfinch 1 (s)
Goldfinch (1)
Nuthatch 1 (s)
Treecreeper 1 (s)
Wood Pigeon 4 (s)
Goldcrest 2 (s)
Long tailed Tit 3 (different locations, probably represent 3 breeding pairs)

Yellowhammer 1
Bullfinch 1
Redpoll sp. 3 over
Linnet 1 over
Kestrel 1
Buzzard 1


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Hi Phil,

Yeah seems quiet, had a few mipits over house and a grey wag but fairly quiet though I'll try and change that tomorrow!

I did get the black redstart thanks what a cracking garden bird eh!

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Hi Paul,

nope - and it's not for the want of looking!

(well not unless you count the odd Mipit overhead + migrant Stonechat etc)

- might be thin on the ground for the next few days with the weather not looking great

How about you?

p.s did you catch up with St Helen's Black Redstart?







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Hi Phil, any migrants yet?

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SUNDAY MARCH 15TH.

SCHOOL LANE/LAFFORD LANE.

Wood pigeon 3 (singing).
Blackbird m-2 (singing).
Mistle thrush 1 (singing).
Song thrush 1 (singing).
Robin 2 (singing).
Starling 5
Rook 3
C Buzzard 3 (display).

GARDEN

Wood pigeon 4
Collared dove 2
Blue tit 14
Great tit 8
Coal tit 4
Blackbird m-4,f-2.
Robin 5
Dunnock 5
House sparrow m-11,f-13.
Chaffinch m-7,f-3.
Starling 2.
Greenfinch m-1,f-2.
Willow tit 2
Sparrow hawk 1.
Goldfinch 1 (singing).

KNOWLES FARM/GOLF COURSE.

Lesser black b g 72 (s).
Herring g 19 (s).
Dunnock 2 (singing).
Chaffinch m-5,f-1.
C Crow 6
Blackheaded gull 2 (e).
C Buzzard 2.
Goldfinch 2.
Jay 5.
Bullfinch m-1,f-1.
Siskin m-1 (singing).
Linnet m-1 (singing).
C pheasant m-1,f-1.
C Kestrel m-1,f-1.
Canada g 4 (w).
Mallard m-3,f-2.
Wood pigeon 23.
Jackdaw 30 (s).
Magpie 4
Blue tit 1.
Great tit 2 (singing).
Blackbird m-10 ((singing).
Song thrush 2 (singing).
Wren 3 (singing).
Robin 9 (singing).
WOODCOCK 1 (5:40 AM,display like flight with call).


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Hi Lee, I've sent you a private message







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Hi Phil , I buy hi energy mix from bamfords wild bird food at Leyland.
They are taking the sunflower hearts mostly but also take the peanut granules and occasionally on a fat square.

Fingers crossed they stay and breed, they like the over grown field at the side of Knowles farm and if they are the
same birds , the field between the cemetery and golf course.

MARCH 13TH.

GARDEN

robin-4-m
dunnock 2-m (singing).
blue tit 14
great tit 10
coal tit 4
willow tit 1
magpie 6
house sparrow m-11,f-12
chaffinch m-5,f-4
goldfinch m-1(singing).
wood pigeon 7
collared dove 2 (mated).
sparrow hawk 1
nuthatch 1
blackbird m-4,f-3.
GOLF COURSE.

Canada goose 2(west).
Mallard m-1,f-1.
Wren 5 (singing).
Robin 6(singing).
Dunnock 2(singing).
Blackbird m-14(singing),f-1
Song thrush 4(singing),/1
Blue tit 8
Jackdaw 34(south).
Chaffinch m-4(singing).
Wood pigeon 4
C pheasant m-2,f-2.
Jay 1





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Hi Phil , I buy hi energy mix from bamfords wild bird food at Leyland.
They are taking the sunflower hearts mostly but also take the peanut granules and occasionally on a fat square.

Fingers crossed they stay and breed, they like the over grown field at the side of Knowles farm and if they are the
same birds , the field between the cemetery and golf course.

MARCH 13TH.

GARDEN

robin-4-m
dunnock 2-m (singing).
blue tit 14
great tit 10
coal tit 4
willow tit 1
magpie 6
house sparrow m-11,f-12
chaffinch m-5,f-4
goldfinch m-1(singing).
wood pigeon 7
collared dove 2 (mated).
sparrow hawk 1
nuthatch 1
blackbird m-4,f-3.
GOLF COURSE.

Canada goose 2(west).
Mallard m-1,f-1.
Wren 5 (singing).
Robin 6(singing).
Dunnock 2(singing).
Blackbird m-14(singing),f-1
Song thrush 4(singing),/1
Blue tit 8
Jackdaw 34(south).
Chaffinch m-4(singing).
Wood pigeon 4
C pheasant m-2,f-2.
Jay 1


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5. 55 Stoney Brow - College Farm - lake - Mill Lane - Rough park wood - Golfcourse - Stoney Brow - overcast, quite breezy

Wren 28 (s)
Blackbird 19 (s)
etc
Red-legged Partridge 2 males 'singing' - calling and responding in the same field

Again a large number of wrens - even though I heard a lot I think it's easy to under record them because of the sporadic nature of their singing. If a wren happens to give a burst of song when you walk past its territory, another one or two are likely respond.

On the other hand I walked past a couple of spots this morning, where I know there are a number of wrens, and didn't hear anything.

However I can be pretty confident that the Wren is easily the commonest breeding bird on the patch.


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Cheers Lee,

I've got it!

- bought it last year - yes really good book

Very interesting about the Willow Tits isn't it, I've been seeing them regularly on the patch since August and, like you, in the garden.

There's a garden in Alma Hill, Upholland, - about a mile from us, which has been having a regular visitor as well - looks like we've now got small resident population

Phil

p.s what do you feed them? They like your garden best, I often see them on the way to yours!




Hi Phil I noticed in one of your previous posts that you will be concentrating on breeding birds this summer, a good book is
the BTO A FIELD GUIDE TO MONITORING NESTS BY james ferguson-lees,richard castell and dave leech 24.99. I use it when I do
the bto nest record scheme. Hope that is of some help!. Really detailed on behaviour when nest building,incubating,calls around
the nest,sight of nest etc....Good birding!.






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Hi Phil I noticed in one of your previous posts that you will be concentrating on breeding birds this summer, a good book is
the BTO A FIELD GUIDE TO MONITORING NESTS BY james ferguson-lees,richard castell and dave leech 24.99. I use it when I do
the bto nest record scheme. Hope that is of some help!. Really detailed on behaviour when nest building,incubating,calls around
the nest,sight of nest etc....Good birding!.

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KNOWLES FARM/GOLF COURSE/CEMETERY

mistle thrush 6-north.
song thrush 3,singing.
blackbird 13.singing.
c pheasant m-1,f-1..display.
blue tit 7.
great tit 2,singing.
coal tit 2,1-singing.
chaffinch m-11,f-3.
jackdaw 81-south.
c crow 8.
magpie 4
robin 10 singing
dunnock 3 singing
goldfinch 13
linnet 1
lesser blackbacked gull 24,south.
jay 3
skylark 1,west
herring gull 2 ,south.
wren 3,singing.
reed bunting m-1.
greenfinch m-3,f-1.
blackheaded gull 9,south.
c kestrel m-1,f-1.
c buzzard 1.
meadow pipit 4,nw.


school lane/lafford lane

mistle thrush 1,singing.
song thrush 1,singing.
blackbird m-4,singing.
wood pigeon 64
magpie 4
robin 4,singing
redwing 400.
collared dove 1
Canada goose 7,sw
yellowhammer 13
lapwing 1,mobbed passing lbbgull.
rook 2
Garden

house sparrow m-13,f-15.
blackbird m-4,f-2
wood pigeon 5
coal tit 3
blue tit 17
great tit 10
chaffinch m-8(2 singing),f-6
starling 3
robin 4
dunnock 3
greenfinch m-1,f-1
collared dove 2
bullfinch m-1,f-1
nuthatch 2
great spotted woodpecker m-2
long tailed tit 2
willow tit 2



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5. 55 Stoney Brow - College Farm - lake - Mill Lane - Rough park wood - Golfcourse - Stoney Brow - frosty, breezy

Goldcrest 3 (s) +1
Treecreeper 1 (s)
Bullfinch (s) - full song which I haven`t heard very often
Meadow Pipit 1 - start of the spring viz-migging season!
Wren 24 (s) -Even though this is a lot of wrens I hardly heard any in the second half of my walk when the wind got up quite strongly

Plus the usuals


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MARCH 10TH,(5am-9:30am).

KNOWLES FARM/GOLF COURSE/ST TERESAS CEM.

C PHEASANT M-6.
JACKDAW 86(SOUTH).
CANADA GOOSE 2(SOUTH WEST).
C CROW 7.
MAGPIE 7.
C KESTREL M-1,F-1.(display).
LESSER BB GULL 48(SOUTH).
BLACKBIRD M-(singing-24).
SONG THRUSH 4(singing).
ROBIN 9(singing).
DUNNOCK 3(singing).
CHAFFINCH M-5(singing),f-1.
BLUE TIT 5
GREAT TIT 3 (2 singing).
WOOD PIGEON 27.
GOLDFINCH 2
MALLARD 2
REED BUNTING M-1
STONECHAT F-1
G HERON 1(east).
WREN 4(singing).
HERRING GULL 9(south).
C BUZZARD 1.
JAY 1.
LAPWING 1(south).
BULLFINCH M-2,F-2.
YELLOWHAMMER F-2.
SPARROW HAWK F-1
GREAT SP WOODPECKER 1

SCHOOL LANE/LAFFORD LANE.
C CROW 1
BLACKBIRD M-11(singing),F-1.
ROBIN 7(singing).
CHAFFINCH M-3(singing).
WOOD PIGEON 4
PIEDWAG TAIL 2
ROOK 9
GREENFINCH 2
MISTLE THRUSH 1(singing).
RED LEGGED PARTRIDGE 2.
GREATBLACK BACKED GULL 2(west).

GARDEN.
BLACKBIRD M-6,F-3.
ROBIN 3
DUNNOCK 5
HOUSE SPARROW M-12,F-15.
CHAFFINCH M-4,F-2.
BLUE TIT 11
GREAT TIT 7
COAL TIT 1
WILLOW TIT 2..(M-singing,both birds flew over the house towards Knowles farm).
COLLARED DOVE 2
GOLDFINCH M-1(singing).
NUTHATCH 2.
WREN 1



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6.05 Stoney Brow - College Farm - lake - Mill Lane - Rough park wood - Stoney Brow - clear sky, fairly still
S - singing (more song than yesterday in better conditions)

Stonechat 1 very nice male - on `stonechat fence`
Buzzard 1
Kestrel 2
Coot 3 - 1 interloper, being given short shrift by the resident pair i.e. getting beaten up
Tawny Owl 1 hooting
Linnet 1 over
Stock Dove 1 over
Bullfinch 1
Jay 2

Yellowhammer 1 (s)
Goldcrest 3 (s)
Song Thrush 18 (s)
Blackbird 7 (s)
Dunnock 19 (s)
Robin 18 (s)
Wren 19 (s)
Great Tit 6 (s)
Coal tit 7 (s)
Blue Tit 3 (s)
Chaffinch 12 (s)
Wood Pigeon 8 (s)
Goldfinch 1 (s)
Great Spotted Woodpecker 1 drumming


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MARCH 9TH,
IN THE GARDEN TODAY.
CHAFFINCH M-8,F-3.
ROBIN 3 SINGING/2-FEEDING.
DUNNOCK M-3,F-1..some display.
BLACKBIRD M-8,F-6..fields,gardens rear of the house.
BLUE TIT 16.
GREAT TIT 13.
COAL TIT 4.
WILLOW TIT 2..IN AND AROUND GARDEN EVERYDAY SINCE NOV 9TH 2014.
HOUSE SPARROW M-11,F-13.
COLLARED DOVE 3.
GOLDFINCH 5.
NUTHATCH 2.
LONG TAILED TIT 3.


ON AND AROUND KNOWLES FARM/GOLF COURSE/ST TERESAS CEM.
C CROW 5.
WOOD PIGEON 51.
CHAFFINCH 5
ROBIN 9 SINGING
DUNNOCK 2 SINGING
BLACKBIRD 17 M-singing,1-f
SONG THRUSH 3 singing.
MISTLE THRUSH 3,1 singing.
BLUE TIT 12
GREAT TIT 2 singing
COAL TIT 2
C PHEASANT 3-M,1-F.
MALLARD 2
CANADA GOOSE 1
MAGPIE 6
SPARROW HAWK 1-M,1-F
HERRING GULL 9-SOUTH
LBBGULL 60-SOUTH
BULLFINCH 1-M
GREENFINCH-5
C BUZZARD 2
BH GULL 9-SOUH WEST
GREAT SPOTTEDWOODPECKER 1
STONECHAT F-1...also seen yday.

SCHOOL LANE/LAFFORD LANE
JACKDAW 68
WOOD PIGEON 11
STARLING 157
REDWING 19
ROOK 36
LAPWING 1 some display.
FIELD FARE 130
YELLOWHAMMER 8
MEADOW PIPIT 3
STOCK DOVE 2
CHAFFINCH 30

also a sighting of a STOAT....ERMINE.

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5. 55am Stoney Brow - College Farm - lake - Rough park wood - Stoney Brow - frosty, breezy

Buzzard 2
Kestrel 1
Mallard 8
Teal 3
Canada Goose 8
Tawny Owl 1
Redwing 1
Jay 1


Yellowhammer 1 (s)
Reed Bunting 1
Goldcrest 1 (s)
Song Thrush 13 (s)
Blackbird 10 (s)
Dunnock 9 (s)
Robin 10 (s)
Wren 8 (s)
Great Tit 1 (s)
Coal tit 4 (s)
Blue Tit 1 (s)
Chaffinch 4 (s)
Goldfinch 5
Great Spotted Woodpecker 1 drumming

Saturday 7th
Merlin 1 South (patch first for me)
Curlew 2 North

Sunday 8th
Buzzard 5


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6.05 Stoney Brow - College Farm- lake - Rough park wood - Stoney Brow

Buzzard 1
Kestrel 2
Mallard 8
Canada Goose 10
Tawny Owl 1

Yellowhammer 1 (s)
Reed Bunting 1 (first since autumn)
Goldcrest 1
Song Thrush 14 (s)
Blackbird 7 (s)
Dunnock 11 (s)
Robin 14 (s)
Wren 13 (s)
Great Tit 3 (s)
Coal tit 8 (s)
Blue Tit 3 (s)
Chaffinch 8 (s)
Wood Pigeon 4 (s)
Goldfinch 5

Pied Wagtail 2 over

I went out a bit earlier - just before first light to see how many blackbirds were singing - even so they largely stopped singing about half way through my walk- so I probably recorded about half of them

I think that at the beginning of the blackbird`s song period - Feb /March, they spend less time singing in the morning than later on - April / May


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6.15 - Beacon Country Park - Farley Lane - Golf Course - College Farm -Beacon Country Park -- still, mild
S - singing

Goldcrest 1
Long tailed Tit 2
Yellowhammer 3 (s)
Song Thrush 16(s)
Blackbird 3(s)
Mistle Thrush 1(s)
Dunnock 14(s)
Robin 13 (s)
Great Tit 6 (s)
Coal tit 3 (s)
Blue Tit 7 (singing or territorial behaviour)
Chaffinch 11 (s)
Wren 19 (s)
Nuthatch 1 (s)
Stock Dove 1 (s)
Wood Pigeon 4 (s)
Bullfinch 1
Kestrel 1

Siskin 1 over
Redwing 3

I probably missed most of the singing blackbirds, and some of the Robins, which have finished singing before most species have got going, Im surprised and pleased to see how healthy the Song thrush population is.



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6.45 - Stoney Brow - College Farm - Stoney Brow --- windy, snow
S-singing - song much suppressed by the weather

Brambling 1 (first since autumn)
Siskin 1 over
Bullfinch 1
Willow tit 1

Song Thrush 5 (s)
Dunnock 4 (s)
Robin 1 (s)
Great Tit 1 (s)
Chaffinch 1(s)
Wren 1 (s)


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Yesterday 6.45 am - College lane - south part of patch - mill lane lake College Lane
Map of patch: http://www.abcissa-websites.co.uk/maps/map_total_area_16_5_2014.jpg
S - singing

Woodcock 1 over
Grey Wagtail 1 over
Pied Wagtail 1 over
Kestrel 1

Song Thrush 6 (s)
Blackbird 2 (s)
Mistle Thrush 2 (s)
Dunnock 4 (s)
Robin 8 (s)
Great Tit 2 (s)
Coal tit 2 (s)
Blue Tit 1 (s)
Long Tailed Tit 1
Chaffinch 5 (s)
Goldfinch 1 (s)
Greenfinch 1 (s)
Wren 7 (s)
Wood Pigeon 2 (3)
Nuthatch 1
Bullfinch 1
Jay 2
Magpie 20+ leaving a roost


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6.45 - Beacon Country Park - Farley Lane Beacon Country Park via Golf Course ---- drizzly , still
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Woodcock 1 flushed
Buzzard 1
Redpoll - I over my first since autumn
Goldcrest 1
Yellow Hammer 2 (s)
Skylark 1 (s)
Song Thrush 12 (s) - a notable number -conversely no Blackbirds or Mistle thrushes heard singing
Dunnock 10 (s)
Robin 6 (s)
Great Tit 4 (s)
Coal tit 1 (s)
Blue Tit 3 (s)
Chaffinch 4 (s)
Wren 4 (s)
Nuthatch 1
Stock Dove 2
Wood Pigeon 2 (s)

Willow tit in garden

Very nice to hear my first Yellowhammer and Skylark two of my favourite signs of spring


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6.45 Stoney Brow - College Farm - Rough park wood - Stoney Brow ---- a breezy morning
S - singing

Woodcock 1 flushed
Buzzard 1
Kestrel 2
Mallard 2
Tufted Duck 3

Great Spotted Woodpecker 2 drumming
Goldcrest 1 (s) + also 1 singing - heard from garden
Treecreeper 1 (s)
Song Thrush 9 (s)
Blackbird 1 (s) + 5
Dunnock 6 (s)
Robin 4 (s)
Great Tit 6 (s)
Coal tit 1 (s)
Blue Tit 2 (s)
Long Tailed Tit 2 (+ 12 in the garden)
Chaffinch 5 (s)
Linnet 1
Goldfinch 5
Bullfinch 3
Wren 2
Jay 2


Willow tit seen being seen occasionally from the garden

Last year I concentrated on summer migrants while surveying the 148 ha patch this year Im going to make more of an effort to get an idea of populations of breeding resident birds as well


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7.15 am
College Farm to Rough Park Wood
Buzzard 1
Sparrow Hawk 1
Kestrel 1
Barn Owl 1 hunting
Tawny Owl 1 calling
Great tit 6 singing
Treecreeper 1
Grey Heron 1

In the garden the disabled blackbird with more than half its top mandible missing seems to be doing well which is a bit surprising as its severely hampered in feeding itself.

Willow Tit in the garden yesterday and also one calling from the former golf course


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7.45 am College Farm to Rough Park Wood
Barn Own 1
Kestrel 1 having a tussle with the owl
Buzzard 2
Grey Heron 1
Tree Creeper 1
Goldcrest 1

Fieldfare 15

Singing
Blackbird, Mistle Thrush, Coal Tit, Great Tit

Yesterday
Willow Tit in the Garden

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11.00 in / from the garden
Pink footed Goose c 200 - NW
Fieldfare c50
Willow Tit - still being seen, on occasion, in the garden, though not as often as before Christmas

It's a bit like animal hospital in the garden at the moment

A Blackbird with a badly injured upper mandible and one-legged Blue tit a been regular visitors for the last both seem surprisingly well fed and preened.

I've just been watching the Blue tit at the window feeder - with just the one leg it's very adept at picking up a sun flower seed, hold it between its toes while balancing, and eating the seed.

Of all the garden birds here Chaffinches seem the most prone to disease / deformity - specifically growths / scales on the legs and feet. Over the last 3 year I've seen 5 individuals with this problem.



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Beacon Country Park / Rough Park Wood 7.30am

Woodcock - 2 flushed
Redwing c 20
Blackbird c 20
Bullfinch 3

Tree Sparrow 4 on feeder in garden
Willow Tit 1 on feeder in garden



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College Farm / Rough Park Wood 7.20am

Woodcock - 2 flushed
Snipe - 1 flushed
Tawny Owl - 1 mobbed by a jay
Song thrush - singing full song
Heron - 1
Kestrel 1
Siskin 1 over
Bullfinch 1
Goldcrest - 3
No Fieldfare or Redwings

Willow tit - 2 still coming very regularly to feeders in the garden - interesting to see where it fits in the tit pecking order
- firmly below Blue Tit, but above Coal tit




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Stoney Brow / former golfcourse 7.00am

Bullfinch - a count of 9 was noteworthy,
(likewise a flock of:
Collared Dove - 32 from Lafford Lane yesterday)
Blackbird - 15
Yellowhammer 3 - over
Wood Pigeon c300 - North
Song thrush - singing sub song
Kestrel 1
Sparrowhawk 1

Willow tit - still coming daily to feeders in garden, in fact I can hear it calling at the moment

Pink footed goose 110 - N yesterday

11.00 Peacock Butterfly in the garden - the latest of any species I've seen

12.00 Blackcap - male in garden


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Originally posted today by Lee Bailey:

WEDNESDAY 19TH NOV. On st josephs college golf course and around Knowles farm (AM). Tawny owl 2, c kestrel 2(displaying), Fieldfare 80 (east),Bullfinch 5 male/female 2,Goldfinch 20,Siskin 3, (edge of Knowles farm Lesser redpoll 2,and in pines on golf course 2 female c Crossbill). Managed to get more photos of the two willow tits feeding throughout the day in the garden amongst the Blue tits 22,Great tits 16,Coal tit 10 and long tailed tits 6. Also in the garden robin 5,dunnock 4,house sparrow 42,male gswoodpecker. First Woodcock of the season tonight,two flew off the golf course towards lafford lane at 5pm. Good numbers of Chaffinch 22 and Yellowhammer 31 on fileds along Lafford lane.

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Raven 1 > SE
Willow Tit - on nut feeder and has been coming to the feeder daily for a week
Fieldfare c100 > S

yesterday
Mistle Thrush - full song - the first sign of spring hmm

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yesterday 6/11
Fieldfares on the move all day
Flocks flying low down into stiff head wind
C900 -> South


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7.00am Beacon Country Park to the Small Lake near College Farm + Rough Park Wood

Wood Pigeon 1,100 S
Fieldfare 84 S
Redwing 34 S
Mistle Thrush 2 S
Siskin 1
Meadow Pipit 1
Pied Wagtail 1

Brambling 1+1 overhead seemed to be 'hanging around' rather migrating

Goldcrest 1
Kestrel 1
Bullfinch 1
Treecreeper 1

No sign of yesterday's Stonechat



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7.30am Beacon Country Park to the Small Lake near College Farm + Rough Park Wood

Stonechat - 1, 1st winter - a patch first - perched on a wire fence - every time I walk past this fence i think 'why isn't there a chat perched on there - this morning there was!

Mistle Thrush - 63 a tight flock quite high, south was noteworthy
Meadow Pipit - 16 in several small parties south - migration seemed to have stopped during the last couple of weeks
Wood Pigeon c300 south
Fieldfare, Redwing, Song thrush - a few grounded

Goldcrest 2
Mallard 16 - males displaying and giving the high pitched whistle
Buzzard 1

update...

Wood Pigeon movement continued till about 11.00 with some very big flocks
- at least 2000 south



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6.45am Beacon Country Park to the Small Lake near College Farm + Rough Park Wood

A bit of migration just after dawn, but soon petered out

Song Thrush a flock of 8 came in from North and landed was the most interesting
Brambling 3 SE
Redwing c100 S - several grounded
Fieldfare - just 4 south with a few grounded
Mistle Thrush 2 S
Wood pigeon C200 S
Collard Dove 1 high E - I don't see a lot of Collard Doves migging
Linnet 2 S
Pink Footed Goose 2 N

Also
Kingfisher 1
Kestrel 2
Meadow Pipit - A flock of 11on the ground which all landed in a willow tree after having been flushed

Yesterday - Peacock butterfly in the garden - haven't seen one in November before






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7.45am
Wood Pigeon 1,220 south in 1 hour
Pink Footed Goose 30 south
Redwing 45





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