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Report from Stapleford Bird Club - 2nd April 2011

A group of eight birders met at the Magog Trust car park at our earlier summer time of 8am on Saturday April 2nd, which was a bright but blustery morning. The car park area was unusually quiet with just blackbird and blue tit seen.

Once on the North Down the singing skylarks were very much in evidence along with several robins claiming territories in the bushes alongside the road. As we approached the woodland the first of the migrants were heard – a chiffchaff and blackcap. Along the woodland walk to the top of the down a goldcrest was heard several times. In the wood at the top of the down there were really good views of green woodpecker, goldfinch and chaffinch. Great tits were also heard in this area.

Around the arable field were more robins, great and long-tailed tits and chaffinch, the highlight being yellowhammer and corn bunting. On the way back while watching black-headed gullsoverhead a grey heron was noted flying toward Stapleford. On the far side of the sheep field – still devoid of sheep – two birds were spotted, which after considerable discussion it was decided were wheatears.

Just before coming back into the car park a bullfinch was seen, which rounded off a really pleasant morning. In total 24 species were recorded.