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Bird Club - come and join us!

If you have never given birdwatching a try do come along on the first Saturday of the month (meeting in the car park at 8am from April to October; slightly later at 8.30 am from November to March).

Membership is very informal–– just turn up and enjoy the birding walk. It is a healthy way of getting fresh air and exercise, and de-stressing while learning about birds.

We welcome new members of any age from beginners to life-time bird watchers. Sorry, no dogs

skylark_garth_cropped_250Photo: Skylark (Alauda arvensis) © Garth Peacock 2015

Long-term Survey of Breeding Birds

In February 2012, Bryan Davies and Robin Cox of Cambridgeshire Bird Club proposed a long term breeding bird survey on Magog Down.

Full reports of the first six years of this survey can be found here:

2017 Report

2016 Report

2015 Report

2014 Report

2013 Report

2012 Report

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Report of Stapleford Bird Club - March 2015

Saturday 7 March dawned sunny/cloudy with a cool wind when six birdwatchers met at 8.30 am in the Magog Down car park where we saw or heard a chaffinch, two robins, two magpies and at least two skylarks. Overhead three black-headed gulls flew past.

Moving on to North Down we saw the two magpies again and heard in Youth Wood a great tit, chaffinch, robin and dunnock. As we walked up the hill a buzzard flew from the direction of Wandlebury across North Down, followed by three wood pigeons.

Magog Wood and the Old Shelter Belt were quiet but we heard a jackdaw, saw two wood pigeons and a crow flew over. North Down was empty apart from a couple of skylarks and Little Trees Hill and the Clunch Pit were quiet. The top end of Colin’s Wood, the hedge at the top of the Parish Pit and Jane’s Piece were also quiet but we heard a skylark above the Feoffees Field. At the bottom end of the Parish Pit we saw a blackbird and dunnock and heard a chaffinch. At the top end of the South Down at least 20 wood pigeons were on the grass with others flying down from the trees on Little Trees Hill.

Villedomer Wood was quiet as were the electricity wires apart from a chaffinch. In the long hedge down to Vestey Wood we saw two great tits (one of our members who had to leave early saw a yellowhammer here on his way back). At the bottom in the old wood we heard two song thrushes and saw a couple of long tailed tits, a blackbird and several great tits and blue tits; two crows, a rook and a green woodpecker flew over (minus the weasel – see this story from 3rd March for great photos of a weasel taking a ride on the back of a green woodpecker!!). On the path alongside the A1307 we heard a robin and saw a crow flying over. On the South Down at least 50 fieldfares were on the ground and at the top of the hill, above the Old Shelter Belt, was a kestrel and we heard a song thrush. Along the A1307 we heard two robins and a chaffinch.

Back in the car park we saw a couple of goldfinch, a blackbird, dunnock and robin. Our total bird count was 21 species.

Our next meeting will be a week later due to Easter and half an hour earlier as the clocks will have gone forward so do turn up on Saturday 11 April at 8 am in the Magog Down car park.

PS Four herons were seen on the ground by the Heronry in Stapleford at the end of February so they have returned from overwintering in the Fens.              
                              Sue Bradley

Birds on Magog Down

We publish the monthly reports of Stapleford Bird club here, plus other occasional bird-related articles; hot links in each report will take you to the RSPB information page for each bird spotted.

The gallery below shows a random six of the birds that have been seen on Magog Down.

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  • Chiffchaff.jpg
  • Stonechat female.jpg
  • Mistle thrush.jpg
  • Skylark.jpg
  • Long tailed tit.jpg