It was a cold winter's morning, but there was a pre-echo of spring in the air. Some birds were busy building nests while others 'tuned up' ready for the song-filled months ahead. The following birds were seen and/or heard:

 

Long-tailed Tit - a couple seen near the toilets (a couple of birds that is).

Magpie - several birds around including at least one carrying nesting material.

Carrion Crow - 4 or 5

Jay - at least 2 birds seen

Woodpigeon - several seen

Collared Dove - several birds incluing one with nest material

Dunnock - 1 or 2, including an individual in the wildlife hedge collecting nesting material

Redwing - a group of birds seen by others

Mistle Thrush - at least 1 bird

Blue Tit a few around

Coal Tit - 1 heard briefly near the pond

Great Tit - several birds singing and giving good views

Blackbird - several birds seen including one sub-singing and mimmicking a Song Thrush

Goldfinch - several around

Greenfinch - just 1 bird flying over, calling

Chaffinch - several birds, including one or two in song

Goldcrest - one feeding in the pine near the pond

Wren - at least 1 heard and seen by others

Robin - 4 or 5 birds, song heard

Blackcap - 1 bird calling from the conifer hedge near the pond

House Sparrow - at least 1 (a male) in the bushes near the bowling club

Lesser Black-backed Gull - a few drifting over

Herring Gull - a few drifting over

 

Many thanks for all who came along - see you next month!  

 

 

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Comment by Des Bowring on February 19, 2012 at 18:00

Thirteen must be a record, Simon. Hope they didn't think they were unlucky! 

Comment by Simon Randolph on February 19, 2012 at 17:48

I think the 13 people who turned up to watch birds today might be a record number for the Sunday bird walks. What do you reckon, Des?

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