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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

The next meeting of the Stapleford Bird Club will be on Saturday 4th November starting in the car park at the slightly later time of 8.30am

If the weather is very poor, it may be delayed until the next Saturday.
All welcome, sorry no dogs.

Bird reports 2017 prev  :  next

Report of Stapleford Bird Club - March 2017

The walk was delayed for a week because of the need for a volunteer working party on the River Cam on the previous Saturday.  This involved the use of punts and the trialling of methods to extract the alien and invasive water plant “Floating Pennywort” which is an ecological menace.  The current attempt to eradicate it involves mechanised removal by the Cam Conservators and follow up action by volunteers.  Fortunately, it seems to be absent from the Granta –  read about it and if you do see it please do tell me immediately.

Saturday 11th March was mild and cloudy with just a slight breeze from the south-east.  Twenty-eight bird species were seen or heard, five more than in March 2016, even though we missed out Vestey Wood because we lingered in the first half.  As last year, seven species were in song – Robin, Great Tit, Woodpigeon, Chaffinch, Skylark, Song Thrush and Dunnock; however the actual species differed slightly.  We counted as many as 13 singing Robins (eight in the same part of the walk in 2016), but only one Song Thrush (two in 2016).  The car park held six species, and as we left a calling Bullfinch flew into the bushes, though not viewable to check the sex.  Twenty Meadow Pipits with bold streaky-brown plumage danced around North Down.  Walking adjacent to Youth Wood, a Skylark was singing close by and was quickly spotted – then two more were singing further away.  The only Song Thrush heard to sing this time was in Little Trees Hill, into which a Kestrel flew in and perched for a while, and where a few Fieldfares were still present “chack-chacking" from the tops of the trees. A pair of Pheasants was taking a stroll on Colin’s Bank which is unusual as they tend to stay within cover.  A Mistle Thrush called from the trees.

At thbuzzard_perched_180e far end of Villedomer Wood we always look towards Stapleford along the hedge, and we were surprised to see a Buzzard perched on the hedge, very much larger than other birds that use the area, and then another was seen over Trust land. Skylarks were singing from the winter cereals inside the Trust, and on South Down.  More Fieldfares and some Redwings were seen.  The seed strip at the far end held only eight Linnets and a Yellowhammer:  we think the food source is coming to an end.  One Common Gull flew in.  Other birds seen along the way were Long-tailed Tit, Magpie, Blue Tit, Green Woodpecker, Blackbird, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Rook, Goldfinch and Wren.

Mike Foley


 

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 five years of this survey can be found here:

2012 Report

2013 Report

2014 Report

2015 Report

2016 Report

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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