May Bird Walks

There are two more birds walks organised in May, 13th and 20th, and another on June 3rd. If you are interested in joining me please get in touch by email (see my profile), by posting a comment on this blogger or by phoning and leaving a message on 01535 274525.

cheers
MD

5 comments:

Matt Bell said...

Mark - a quick question. Are numbers of pied flycatcher and wood warbler down in your area? Calderdale seems so far to be completely without either species!
Matt

Mark D said...

Hi Matt.

St.Ives has always been a relatively poor spot for both Wood Warbler and Pied Fly. I usually do see Wood Warbler but until the 90's I hadn't seen a Pied Fly in the estate grounds. During the mid 90's there were two singing males and successful breeding. However they didn't last long and now I'm back to just seeing a short staying singing male, who has yet to appear this year. The Strid still has both and Redstart, though I think the numbers of each are a little down. Most species have been late to arrive en masse this year so there is still time for numbers to build up.

regards
Mark

Matt Bell said...

Cheers Mark. I got male pied fly plus a wood warbler at the Crags today - just as I was begining to panic they weren't coming this year! The 'periferral' sites are still suffering though. Smaller wooded valleys that used to sustain populations of peid fly, wood warbs and LSW just don't seem to have them recently

Mark D said...

Hi Matt,

Had a male Wood Warbler singing as full a song as I've ever heard in St.Ives at the weekend.

Mark

Matt Bell said...

Hi Mark

The one (and so far only one) at the crags was in full song throughout torrential rain this morning, as was the pied fly! Now that's commitment.