12th April 2007

I managed a complete circuit today while having a break from work. Starting frm the new car park I walked clockwise around the Estate.

Cuckoo Nest Wood:
plenty of Nuthatches and Great Spotted Woodpeckers. Three Chiffchaff were in song.

Coppice Pond:
We appear to be down to just the birds that are staying to breed as numbers have dropped. Coot and Moorhen are nesting as are abou three pairs of Canada Geese.

Coppice Bog: Chiffchaff singing

Heather Park: several Meadow Pipits singing

Druid's Altar:
At least 4 Willow Warblers were singing, the latest arrivals for the summer.

Crossgates Barn Area:
Both Blackcap and Chiffchaff were singing.

Ewe Hills Plantation:
I counted 14 Jay together in a very vocal group.

Not a bad walk that took 2 hours to complete. I counted 7 Chiffchaff in total and 4 Blackcaps. The group of Jays I found very interesting watching as they appeared to be pairing off and dispersing. Song Thrushes were singing all over the Estate grounds.