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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 - May 2015

Saturday 2nd May started out cool and cloudy as four birdwatchers met in the Magog Down car park but the sun was shining by the end. In the car park we heard two chaffinches, two blackcaps, a long tailed tit, three blackbirds, whitethroat, yellowhammer and two robins, one of which was carrying food in its beak to a nearby nest. Overhead was a skylark and below a rabbit.

On North Down were two jackdaws and 20+ rooks, and a green woodpecker was heard in the distance. At least 2 skylarks were singing and a magpie and two small, unidentified birds flew over. In Youth Wood was a robin, two blue tits and a blackcap.

In the Old Shelter Belt we heard a chiffchaff, wren, blue tit, blackbird and the green woodpecker again. The fields on South Down were covered in a dense mass of cowslips and c. 30 corvids were on the ground. Walking up to Little Trees Hill we heard another skylark, and in the Clunch Pit chaffinch, blackbird and pheasant. As we walked down to the Parish Pit three chaffinches flew over and alighted in the hedge backing on to the Parish Pit from where a robin flew and perched on a fence post. We also heard a blackcap. In the Feoffees Field were half a dozen rooks.

At the lower end of the Clunch Pit we heard a chiffchaff, wren, chaffinch, blue tit and great tit. The afore-mentioned pheasant was walking along the edge of the pit on South Down. Moving down to the electricity cables we heard another skylark and perched on the cables were a yellowhammer and corn bunting. In the hedgerow were a whitethroat, two dunnocks and two great tits.

In the hedge running down to Vestey Wood the recently planted perching trees were coming into leaf and a crab apple was covered in blossom. Alas, no birds were perching there but we heard/saw at least four whitethroats and a yellowhammer in the hedge. A second yellowhammer perched nearby in Vestey Wood where we also heard a chiffchaff, two chaffinches, two robins, two blue tits, three great tits and a blackbird. By this time the sun was coming out and the birds seemed to be more active.

Walking back up the A1307 we heard two robins and a blackcap. In the adjacent arable field, following the path, a narrow strip of land has been ploughed and sown with seeds that will grow and provide food specifically for birds this autumn.

On the South Down were 30+ corvids, mainly rooks plus six jackdaws and on the final stretch of the A1307 were two blue tits, a chaffinch and a whitethroat which flew over the road to Wandlebury.

Returning to the car park via the picnic field we heard three robins. It was one of our better birdwatching sessions and in all we saw 20 species of birds, including our summer migrant –  the whitethroat.

Our next outing will be on Saturday 6 June at 8 am in the Magog Down car park.

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 often seen on Magog Down.

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