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.


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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.