Bird Reports 2012 prev

Report from Stapleford Bird Club
 - 6th January 2012

Even by 8.30am on January 6th, the light was very poor under leaden skies. Doubtless the eyesight of the Kestrel hovering over the car park was superior to ours. Five Greenfinch also passed overhead. Reaching the top of Little Trees Hill, the only further records were a solitary Skylark and a pair of Rooks.

By Jane’s Piece, Black Headed and Herring Gulls flew over but our attention  was caught by a small flock of Fieldfares in the next field. Walking south, there was little to be seen apart from more Herring Gulls on the arable land and a charm of Goldfinch moving north. At the furthest point of the walk, perhaps for the first time, there were no Chaffinch in the Beech trees. Only a scolding Blue Tit broke the silence.

Approaching the grazing land, another flock of winter thrushes was feeding on the ground, mostly Fieldfare with one or two Redwing. On the grazing itself, we recorded sizeable flocks of 30+ Rook and Jackdaw. Other birds seen included Blackbird, Magpie and Robin, with a total of 17 species.

Our next walk will be on Saturday, February 4th at 8.30am. All are welcome