Bird Reports 2011 next

Report from Stapleford Bird Club
 - 3rd December 2011

Threatening grey skies greeted the nine birders who gathered in the Magog Trust carpark on Dec 3rd. No birds were visible so we set off and immediately spotted a Kestrel hovering over Youth Wood. Walking up the slope, there were no birds to be seen or heard with the exception of an overflying Herring Gull. It appeared we were in for a quiet morning and so it proved. Our walk was punctuated by the occasional Blue Tit or Great Tit.  A solitary Magpie was searching for food on the arable land by Villedomer Wood and at the southern end of our route, the usual Chaffinches were feeding on the Beech mast. Four starlings wheeled overhead. The presence of sheep on the grazing land ensured  good numbers of Corvids with around twenty Jackdaws and 30 plus Rooks. We also recorded Song Thrush, Long Tailed Tit and Greenfinch.

Despite reports of Redwing and Fieldfare in the Cambridge area, none put in an appearance on this walk. Sadly, we recorded only 16 species. The feeling of many in the group was  that the felling of numerous trees and more to be felled will not benefit the birds on the down. In particular, the felling of older ivy -clad trees will remove important shelter for many species in the cold weather to come this winter.
 
Our next walk will be on Saturday, January 7th at 8.30 am. A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all readers.