and other wildlife Recorded in May 2018
only raptor recorded this month was Common Buzzard – keep an eye and an ear
open for Red Kites and Sparrowhawks! Stock Doves and Woodpigeons were
frequently heard. One of the great highlights was the sight of a Tawny Owl
chick perched by the nest box on the 22nd, Tawnies can sometimes be heard
calling nearby, but it is a rare treat to see one – and to know that a pair have
bred successfully. Both Green and Great-spotted woodpeckers were recorded, as
were the common corvids: Magpie, Jay, Jackdaw, Rook and Carrion Crow. The Rooks
have now gone quiet and there were young to be seen at the beginning of the
month. Both Blue and Great Tits were often encountered though they are quite
quiet now as they are rearing and feeding young. Long-tailed Tits were also
seen occasionally. Skylarks sang and hovered over nearby fields. Of the migrant
warblers only Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Whitethroat were seen this month – where
are the Garden Warblers and Willow Warblers? Nuthatch, Wren, Blackbird, Robin
and Dunnock were all recorded. House Sparrow were found near housing, and
finally three species of finch were seen: Chaffinch, Goldfinch and Bullfinch.
very interesting dragonfly and damselfly records were sent in; a Large Red
Damselfly was seen ovipositing (egg-laying); Azure Damselfly was also recorded,
and a third species the Broad-bodied Chaser was observed mating, and later the
female oviposited. There were still some Frog tadpoles to be seen in the pond.
Rabbit and Grey squirrel were seen – most mammals are very difficult to record!
those records coming in!
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