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Last Updated: 3rd October 2020

Birds and other wildlife recorded in August & September 2020

Not a huge list this time, even though it is a combined one for two months. A quiet time of year for the birds and a quiet time for records coming in! Now we are into autumn there may be a change – breeding is over (except perhaps for Woodpigeons), winter migrants are beginning to arrive and most of our summer visitors will have departed. You may still see Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs and there will be House Martins around for some time. Anyway, here is this time’s rather short list of what’s been seen in the Woods: Common Buzzard and Red Kites have been fairly frequent, and both Woodpigeons and Stock Doves are regulars. The calls of Tawny Owl have been picked up regularly by visitors to the woods and by nearby residents – they are almost certainly breeding in the woods.

Great-spotted and Green Woodpeckers are around – and there have been calls heard from juvenile Green woodpeckers.  The usual common corvids are about: Magpie, Jay, Jackdaw, Rook (only in small numbers) and Carrion Crow. Blue Tit, Great Tit and Coal Tit have been recorded; nobody recorded a sighting of their very distant relative, the Long-tailed Tit – but look out for them now as they form flocks and constantly call to one another as they flit like little arrows from tree to tree.

Skylarks were recorded from neighbouring fields, and Chiffchaffs were still calling into late September. Some, like Blackcaps, may overwinter here.  Nuthatch, Wren, Blackbird and Robin were all seen or heard; no Song Thrush anyone? Dunnocks, quiet but common, were also observed.
And finally – the finches: Chaffinch, Goldfinch  (also now beginning to form flocks), and Bullfinch. The sunnier days also witnessed many butterflies, including Large White, Speckled Wood, Gatekeeper, Green-veined White, Peacock, Comma and Red Admiral. Keep a look out – some species will be around for a while yet!
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