May Bird Walks 2012

Two further bird walks were done mid-May, one a morning walk the other an evening one.

A male Tree Pipit was found singing above Lady Blantyre's Rock among the Heather Park. Watch out for the Meadow Pipits singing from the Trees though if you go looking!

Close to dusk in the same area at least three Woodcock were seen roding.

On our return to Coppice Pond on the evening walk there were many Daubenton's Bats over the water.

The Wood Warbler remains in Racecourse Plantation. Recent arrivals include Garden Warbler and Spotted Flycatcher both near Cross Gates Barn

Sadly there has been no sign of the Pied Flycatcher yet.

6th May 2012

International Dawn Chorus Day was celebrated by having a walk around the estate kicking off at 6am. The main highlight was the male Wood Warbler singing in Racecourse Plantation. A Green Woodpecker yaffling from a tree top was well watched and new to some observers.
Song and Mistle Thrushes were very vocal around the entire estate. Other prominent song birds were the migrants Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps. Redpolls are still present but were all fly-over sightings.


M Doveston et al

May birding

Spring has arrived and we've reached the month of May. Bird song is at its best!
This weekend it is also International Dawn Chorus Day and to celebrate this there is a Bird Walk starting at 6am from Coppice Pond. Please register your interest with Mark D by following the link to his profile.

15th April 2012

Bird walk around the estate - 07.00-10.00
7 people joined me this morning for today's walk.

Birds seen or heard include;

Canada Goose, Mallard, Grey Heron,, Pheasant, Moorhen, Coot,  Black-headed Gull, Woodpigeon, Stock Pigeon, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Pied Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush, Blackbird, Robin, Wren, Hedge Accentor, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Goldcrest, Long-tailed Tit, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Nutchatch, Treecreeper, Jay, Magpie, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Starling, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Linnet, Redpoll, Siskin

Bird walk dates for 2012

Bird walk dates have been arranged for 2012. If you are interested then check out the Friends of St.Ives website and follow the instructions on how to register your interest.

Bird Walk 14th May 2011

Another late start, 7.30 am again, on a much cooler windy day. The blustery wind had a bit of an effect on the bird life but thanks to the sun shining the birds were singing though not as well as they would on a warmer calmer day.

Much the same as last week though no sign of the Crossbill. The Wood Warblers are still singing some distance off the path in the Racecourse Plantation. The Pied Flycatcher is still singing near the Monk's Pond in Cuckoo Nest Wood. These are both good signs that they have attracted mates and will stay to breed. Fingers crossed!

There were plenty of Blackcap, Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs singing with a supporting cast of Garden Warblers (2) and Whitethroat. Several birds were seen carrying food indicating young in the nest.

The Little Owl was on show sat on the dry stone wall near the pylon field.

On my way home I managed to see a couple of Sand Martin flying over the road from Heather Park towards Harden Moor.

Species List;

Pheasant, Canada Goose, Mallard, Coot , Moorhen, Little Owl, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Woodpigeon, Stock Pigeon, Swallow, House Martin, Sand Martin, Pied Wagtail, Blackbird, Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush, Robin, Wren, Hedge Accentor, Whitethroat, Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Wood Warbler, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Pied Flycatcher, Long-tailed Tit, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Nuthatch, Jay, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Starling, Chaffinch, Goldfinch

Bird Walk 7th May 2011

Kicking off as late as 7.30am the 1st bird walk of 2011 was well attended. The two of us, both birders, enjoyed one of the better walks due to both the good weather and the amount of birds seen or heard.

In recent weeks both Pied Flycatcher and Wood Warbler have returned to St.Ives and were still present though both took a little finding. It was discovered that there are currently two males of both species singing in Cuckoo Nest and Racecourse Plantation respectively.

Two male Whitethroats were heard with one being seen after a short wait.

A Crossbill was heard flying over Coppice Pond before the walk started.

Species List;
Grey Heron, Canada Goose, Mallard, Moorhen, Coot, Pheasant, Woodpigeon, Stock Pigeon, Skylark, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Blackbird, Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush, Robin, Hedge Accentor, Wren, Whitethroat, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Wood Warbler, Goldcrest, Pied Flycatcher, Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Long-tailed Tit, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Jay, Magpie, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Rook, Starling, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Bullfinch, Crossbill.


M Doveston, J Roberts