Archive for October 29, 2013

Went out this morning to do the monthly BTO Winter Thrush survey for the patch and the surrounding area. Was also interested to see quite how much damage had been done by Sunday night’s storm (The most severe in this part of the country since 1987). There was lots of small branches down around the Tarn and two large trees have come down into the water. Interestingly other areas seem to have fared better with almost no visible damage at Fairy Hill or at King John’s walk. It would seem we had been very lucky.

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Bird-wise the Tarn was relatively quiet. A group of starlings flew over whilst I was at Fairy Hill and there were scattering is of Common Blackbirds all the way around the circuit – certainly more than there were last month. However, probably the most pleasing sightings were on King John’s walk where I found 2 Pied Wagtails and 3 House Sparrows. This latter is a species which has become increasingly rare in our area and in recent years I have known only two places locally where there was the possibility of seeing them. One of these places was in the same area where I saw them today, although I had not recorded any here for a couple of years. So it was great to see them back.

Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Eurasian Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Pigeon [sp] (Columba livia)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Rose-ringed Parakeet [sp] (Psittacula krameri)
Eurasian Jay [sp] (Garrulus glandarius)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Western Jackdaw [sp] (Coloeus monedula)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Eurasian Blue Tit [sp] (Cyanistes caeruleus)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
European Robin [sp] (Erithacus rubecula)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
Dunnock [sp] (Prunella modularis)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)