Bird Survey as 01 March 2019
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 positively identify by sight. But in the case of the Tawny we are identifying by the sound of its call.
A list of bird species seen or heard and recorded is shown below (36/37 Species):
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Long Tailed Tit
House/ Tree Sparrow (difficult to distinguish between the two species from a distance)
Ring Necked Parakeet
Common Redstart (06 November)
A Warbler species not a Blackcap (06 November) probably a Chiffchaff
Goldcrest (20 November 2018)
Collared Dove (20 November 2018)
Common Gull (26 November 2018)
Domestic Pigeon (26 November 2018) pure white) : this is the same species as the feral pigeon.
Chaffinch (26 November 2018)
Black Headed Gull
Tawny Owl (heard only)
Goldfinch (15 Feb 2019 )
Coal Tit (20 Feb 2019)
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.
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
Not seen on Bird Survey but expected (2 species)