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 Owl we are identifying it by the sound of its call.
We recently saw six feral pigeons which are the same species as domesticated pigeons and rock doves. It has taken a long time to see the feral pigeon sub-species in our reserve, when you consider how numerous they are in towns and stations etc.
We have now recorded more than 40 species.
A list of bird species seen or heard and recorded is shown below (40+ 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) possibly 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.
Feral Pigeon (same species as the domestic pigeon)
Chaffinch (26 November 2018)
Black Headed Gull
Tawny Owl (heard only)
Goldfinch (15 Feb 2019 )
Coal Tit (20 Feb 2019)