and other wildlife Recorded in December 2017
fairly quiet month. Red Kites were seen frequently, as they are (virtually
daily) over the housing estate nearby. Occasional Black-headed Gulls flew over.
Woodpigeons were regulars, and both common woodpeckers (Green and Great-spotted)
were seen. The usual small Passerines were around, often heard and not so often
seen – Dunnock, Robin and Wren. And Starlings were also about in small numbers.
This month saw the first records of the winter thrushes in the woods: Five
Redwings on the 12th, and Fieldfares shortly after Christmas. Goldcrests, our
smallest birds, were seen in the Larches, and various tits were recorded –
Great Tit, Blue Tit and distant cousin Long-tailed Tits. Nuthatches were heard,
and the usual members of the crow family were seen and heard: Magpie, Jay,
Jackdaw, Carrion Crow and Rook. There seemed to be several Rooks pairing up by
the middle of the month – they are early breeders. But there is usually
controversy with the jackdaws over the use of last year’s nests! Finally, we
saw three finches – Chaffinch, Goldfinch and Bullfinch. Look out for Siskins
and Redpolls – they are using the feeders in nearby gardens!
Mammals noted - The scent of Red Fox; Grey
Squirrels; fresh Molehills! It’s easier
to see birds than mammals….