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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

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Report of Stapleford Bird Club - April 2015

On a cool, overcast Saturday 11 April four birdwatchers met in the car park on the Magog Down where they saw/heard three robins, a blackbird, two goldfinches, a great tit, two crows and a skylark. Throughout our walk we could intermittently hear at least one green woodpecker. Walking up the North Down alongside Youth Wood were a jackdaw, crow, blue tit and a couple of skylarks. Nearing the top we heard a mistle thrush towards the Old Shelter Belt and saw two magpies flying over. In the OSB were a robin, blue tit and blackbird.

In the Clunch Pit on Little Trees Hill we heard our first chiffchaff of the Spring, plus a chaffinch and wren. Three crows flew across towards Youth Wood and in the distance we heard a pheasant. A chaffinch was heard down by the Parish Pit but nothing else (there was a light rain shower!). At the bottom end of the Clunch Pit we heard the chiffchaff again and as usual saw plenty of wood pigeons perched in the tree tops or flying across the Down. Walking down the hill past Villedomer Wood and the electricity wires all we heard was a skylark in the arable field adjacent to the Magog Down land and saw a dunnock in the hedge.

Reaching Vestey Wood we heard two long tailed tits, a further chiffchaff (which we caught a brief glimpse of), two wrens, a robin, great tit, two chaffinches, a blackcap and, at the far end close to the A1307, we heard a goldcrest. Walking up alongside the A1307 we heard a pheasant across at Wandlebury, a robin, wren and skylark. On South Down in the sheep fields were two crows and in Memorial Wood a great tit.

By this time it had started raining quite heavily and we neither saw nor heard anything else as we returned to the car park.

Our total bird count this month was 20. It was especially nice to hear the goldcrest as we hear them infrequently on the Magog Down.

Our next meeting will be at 8 am on Saturday 2 May 2015 in the car park on the Magog Down.

Sue Bradley

Postscript:
I shall be standing down from leading the Bird Group after the June meeting. At the moment there is no-one to take my place. The group has been in existence for 25 years and it would be a shame if it did not continue. Although we are an ‘amateur’ group the data that we collect is an important contribution to the monitoring of bird life on the Magog Down. Is there anyone out there who would like to take over from July? If you are interested please ring me for details on 01223 843604.

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 often seen on Magog Down.

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