Notes on my recent walks:
1st March – Beacon Road, to Memorial fields, to Moor Wood, on to 2nd carpark and return via Radar Station.
Rather a cold and miserable day. Hear Buzzard, Raven & Jay at the very start of the walk. On Hill Road, where there is an apple tree with some bird feeders were, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit , Long Tailed Tit, Nuthatch, Chaffinch, Robin, Magpie and Crows. Elsewhere Goldfinch, Wren, Dunnock and Stonechat, also Greenfinch & Skylark heard. Surprisingly no Woodpeckers.
4th March – Zig Zag paths to North Hill Road, drop down to Greenaleigh track head for Culvercliffe but return to Greenaleigh track.
A shorter than usual walk. Very quiet, I fancy the Ravens seem to be over Culvercliffe more than in previous years.
5th March – Walk A – Rose garden to Butlins.
They seem to have cleared out some of the waterways. Cetti’s Warbler heard and then seen, Mallards and Moorhen.
Walk B – Whitecross, to Reservoir, Jim’s path to Bratton Ball almost down to Woodcombe and back to Whitecross.
Great Tit, Blue Tit pairs and Goldcrest seen plus Long Tailed Tits and Jay heard on Whitecross to Woodcombe footpath. Out on North Hill the Ravens were flying close together almost synchronised, perhaps part of the pairing process. Goldfinches were about and a Buzzard was calling.
6th March – Rugby Club, Ellicombe Lane, St Leonards Well, Grabbist, Holes Corner & return.
Just the short walk along Ellicombe Lane (road section) gave Blue Tits, Great Tits, Long Tailed Tits, Goldfinches, Redwing plus a Song Thrush that was very vocal but completely hidden in a conifer. Buzzards were seen; Ravens, Jays and Skylark heard. Near Hole’s Corner feeding on a footpath were 3 Redpolls (assume Lesser), good long view. Then returning back along the track section of Ellicombe Lane were 3 Green Woodpeckers ground feeding in one of the fields with the ant hills. There must have been plenty of food because they were there for ages, indeed they were still feeding when we left. To accompany them was the drumming of a Woodpecker – guess it is a Great Spotted Woodpecker as the Greens do not drum very often.
No deer seen but plenty of slot marks.