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.
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