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Report from Stapleford Bird Club
 - 14th April 2012

The April walk took place on 14th of the month to avoid the Easter weekend.

8 birders gathered in the car park on a fine sunny morning. Before moving off, we recorded chaffinch, greenfinch and goldfinch, the chaffinch the first of many throughout the walk. A willow warbler was singing loudly from the top of a small tree by the gate onto the Down, with itís soft descending whistle. A few rooks probed the grass of the North Down and several skylarks provided a wonderful musical background.

As we approached the remains of Magog Wood, a couple of chiffchaffs were in evidence, plus a lone magpie. A green woodpecker yaffled repeatedly in the old trees. More rooks, 4 jackdaws and numerous woodpigeons were in the field by Jane's Piece.

Moving south, the hedgerow by the arable land yielded 3 yellow hammer, including a spectacular bright-yellow male, plus dunnocks and blue tits. Many more skylarks were in the air, singing, on both sides of the path. Vestey Wood gave us 3 more chiffchaff, singing in full view, as well as a couple of blackcap deep in cover. On the return leg, the pasture land held many rooks, plus a pied wagtail, which is a bird we rarely record on our walks. Our final tally was 21 species.

The next bird walk will be on Saturday, 5th May at 8am. All are welcome