Bird Survey 2018

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):

Carrion Crow

Magpie

Jackdaw

Jay

Wood pigeon

Greater Spotted Woodpecker

Song thrush

Blackbird

Robin

Great Tit

Blue Tit

Long Tailed Tit

Marsh Tit

Starling

House/ Tree Sparrow

Swift

Wren

Ring Necked Parakeet

Stock Dove (2 seen on 17th July 2018 in Darrick Wood meadow but not yet formally reported)

Treecreeper

 

 

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.

 

Sparrow Hawk

Goldcrest – photo on website

Collared Dove

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

Chaffinch

Bull Finch

Mallard

Common Gull

Black Headed Gull

 

 

Not seen on Bird Survey but expected (3 species)

 

Green Woodpecker

Chaffinch

Mistle Thrush