FW: Wildlife News 09/02/2018

Richard Bashford

The Lodge


Friday 9th February


·         Just popped out to see what is upsetting a v vocal heron, and, while failing to locate the heron, I found a woodcock – a first for the gardens? (Conor Jameson)

·         c. 10 brambling still under entrance feeders. (Mark Brandon)

·         Plenty of Bramblings still visible under the gatehouse feeders as I’ve driven past in the mornings (up to 10) and the odd Lesser Redpoll over around site this week. Mistle Thrush in good voice at the top of the limes. (Mark Ward)


Thursday 8th February


·         At least 10 bramblings at feeders opposite shop, with dunnocks, blackbirds, chaffinches. 09:40 (Peter Bradley)

·         A goldcrest hopped in front of me on the path up the side door of the house (by the kitchen) and then flew into the undergrowth. (Elizabeth George)


Wednesday 7th February


·         Male bullfinch halfway along Stratford Road (Phil Burfield)

·         Buff-tailed Bumblebee on the daphne in the gardens again (Will George)


Tuesday 6th February


·         09.30 - 11.30h  Very cold but bright later
Galley Hill trail, Old Quarry veering off onto new steps leading to back of Gardens: Blackbirds, Lots of Blue & Great tits,

·         Dunnock, Goldfinches, Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting, Greenfinch, Jay (1)  Raven (1) Magpie, Robins, Wren/ Buzzard being mobbed by 2 crows.

·         Hide area:  Great spotted Woodpecker, Coal tit
14.30h  watched from VIC: Bramblings & Chaffinches feeding on ground - Sparrowhawk flew in low & back around tree
Treecreeper around large oak tree by crossing, Flock long tailed tits in same tree
Stoat seen near Toilet area (Jan Murphy & contributions Tuesday walk group)

·         Reported hawfinch in yews along the trail near the hide. (Mark Brandon)

·         Woodcock flew through the avocet car park at 17.32 (Mark Ward)


Monday 5th February


·         Queen buff-tailed bumblebee in the garden (Mark Ward and Will George)


Saturday 3rd February


·         Raven calling in Scots pines on new heath. Red kite low over The Lodge house and meadow. Woodcock flew up on new heath. (Mark Brandon)


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