Summary table of 2014 bird sightings

This table shows all the bird sightings by the Stapleford Bird Club on their monthly visits, by month.

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Our Winter Visitors

As the days get shorter and eventually colder, walking out is possibly the last thing on our minds. There are however flocks of migrant birds arriving on our shores and if we are in the countryside they are well worth looking out for. Two birds that spend their summer and breed in Northern Europe redwingand Scandinavia are the fieldfare and redwing. As the colder weather arrives these birds flock together and fly across the North Sea. By the end of October and early November they arrive in their thousands. It is estimated that as many as three quarters of a million fieldfares make their home here for the winter. Generally found on open fields with hedgerows they are nearly always seen in large numbfieldfareers feeding on berries or resting in groups in the treetops. Slightly larger than our song thrush they are easily identified by the grey head with a pale stripe over the eye, grey back and a spotted breast tinged yellow/orange.

Among the flocks but not in such large numbers is the redwing. Slightly smaller than the fieldfare, a more brown appearance and similar to a thrush they have a very prominent stripe above the eye. Their name comes from the red patch on their body just below the wing which on some birds is very pale. They also feed on the berries in the hedgerows. Some redwings seem to be more solitary and are sometimes seen in gardens.

All these flocks usually find a good feeding area where over a couple of days they will strip off all the berries before moving on. Probably the best local area to see these birds is on the Magog Down.

blackbirdYou may have noticed fewer blackbirds around over the last few weeks. This year’s young are dispersing and as the weather gets colder our resident birds fly south where it is warmer. Migrant birds then start to arrive from colder climes and it is quite likely that some of these are the birds we see in our gardens during the winter. They generally look plumper and more rounded than the resident birds. Keep an eye open for them in the garden.robin

Robins are now establishing their winter territories and can often be seen fighting off intruders. They will often sing during the night to stake their claim.

pied_wagtailWhen out shopping look for the pied wagtails in the supermarkets. These birds come together at night to roost by the warm vents on the store roof.                                                   

 

Perhaps looking out for these birds will bring a little cheer to the cold winter days.

                                 Derek Gibbs 
 

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 that have been seen on Magog Down.

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