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Last Updated: 10th April 2019

Birds and other wildlife recorded in March 2019

2 Common Buzzards were seen on the 26th; no other birds of prey were reported this month, though Red Kites are seen almost daily over the nearby houses. Stock Doves and Woodpigeons both seen. Green Woodpeckers were seen and heard and there were several sightings of Great-spotted Woodpeckers; two were drumming - a territorial action - on the 24th. Magpies were sighted on most visits. The numbers of Jackdaws seem to be on the increase - 20 were encountered on the17th, and a few days later one was seen investigating a likely nest hole. The Rookery appears to have around 10 active nests, though it is quite difficult to be accurate with increasing activity, and leaf burst. Jays and Carrion Crows were seen on most visits. It is certainly the breeding season now - on more than one occasion a Blue Tit was observed entering a nest box; last year virtually all the boxes were used. Great Tit, Coal Tit and Long-tailed Tits were also seen. Skylarks sang from nearby fields.

On 26th three Nuthatches called from different areas of the wood, and the first Blackcap was heard singing on 26th. Two days earlier the first Chiffchaff was heard in song – and now there are many of them “chiff-chaffing” away! Wren, Blackbird and Song Thrush (not very common now) were heard, as were Robin and Dunnock. Finally, a trio of finches: Chaffinch, Goldfinch and Bullfinch.

Look out for flowering Primroses, Dog’s Mercury and Lesser Celandines, and patches of delicate Wood Anemones. There is even a little patch of flowering Gorse, and the Bluebells are just beginning to come into flower in one or two places.

Check for insects too – Brimstones, an Orange-tip and lots of 7-spot Ladybirds have been seen.

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