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Last Updated: 13th January 2023

Birds and other wildlife recorded in December 2022

A Grey Heron was seen in flight over the woods on the 17th.  Three birds of prey were recorded: Red Kite (pretty regularly), Buzzard and Kestrel. The occasional nocturnal call of a Tawny Owl was detected – their notes carry quite a distance. A flock of 10 Lapwings flew over on the 15th. Perhaps the most exciting record was that of a Woodcock seen flying into the wood from nearby rough grassland; these birds are not rare but very under-recorded as they are crepuscular (dusk time) in habit and are often only detected by their call. There is a Woodcock Survey being run by the BTO this season – check it out!   Another flyover was herring Gull.


Woodpigeons were around but nobody recorded Stock Dove. Both the common woodpeckers – Great-spotted and Green were about as were the usual corvids: Magpie, Jay, Jackdaw, Rook, and Carrion Crow.  Check the trees for Rooks – their nesting preferences have been very mobile in recent years; they are early nesters so there should be activity in January. In complete size contrast Goldcrests have been seen – look out for these tiny but colourful birds, especially near the larches and other conifers.  The regular tits have been around: Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit (often overlooked and very speedy), and their distant relative the Long-tailed Tit. Nuthatch and Treecreeper also recorded.


Blackbirds are common and now the “Scandinavian thrushes”, Redwing and Fieldfare have also been found – but no record of Song Thrush! Robins and Dunnocks and House Sparrows were also encountered. Finally, to the finches: on the 15th of the month there were 5 Chaffinches, 3 Greenfinches, 2 Bullfinches and 7 Goldies – a very pleasing sight for the observer. All in all, 31 species of birds recorded this month.


Several mammals were seen: Muntjac, Red Fox, 2 Roe Deer on 2 separate occasions, and one sighting of 3 (not a common species here). Finally, of course – Grey Squirrel

Thanks to everyone who has submitted their records – keep them coming, please!

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