Bird Survey as at 16th July 2018 – Richard Pearce and Trevor Morgan
We have been conducting a bird survey, mostly weekly, since 19th April 2018. We have been counting the number of birds of the species that we have seen. Three areas have been surveyed – Darrick Wood and Meadow, Newstead Wood and Meadow and Darrick Wood Hornbeam area/Broadwater Wood.
It should be noted that this is not a scientific survey and bird numbers cannot be accurate as birds are very mobile. We have only recorded species which we can positivity identify by sight.
A list of bird species seen and recorded is shown below (20 Species):
Greater Spotted Woodpecker
Long Tailed Tit
House/ Tree Sparrow
Ring Necked Parakeet
Stock Dove (2 seen on 17th July 2018 in Darrick Wood meadow but not yet formally reported)
Birds heard on survey but not positively identified by sight (2 or 3 species)
Garden warblers, Black caps – these two species can easily be confused by song.
Chiffchaff – warbler family
Other birds reported as seen or heard by members but not recorded on survey (11 Species).
NB, some members are better at identifying birds by call rather than sight. Also some bird species such as starlings and jackdaws are capable of mimicking other bird species to the confusion of humans and the mimicked species.
Goldcrest – photo on website
Buzzard – Photo Member’s article in News Letter
Black Caps – heard
Possible sighting of Black Cap on Darrick Wood meadow during survey – too fast for positive identification.
Tawny Owl – heard and seen
Black Headed Gull
Not seen on Bird Survey but expected (3 species)