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Last Updated: 8th February 2018

Birds and other wildlife Recorded in December 2017

A 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….


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