We have finally observed a Goldcrest on the 20th Of November; they obviously breed in the woods but we have not seen them in the leaf cover. The temperature was 5 degrees celcius but they survive much colder temperatures throughout the winter. They feed on insects: it amazes me how Britain’s smallest bird, which only weighs a few grams, can manage to survive the winter.
After dark I have been hearing tawny owls in the woods. We have not been able to record them officially yet.
On this survey we observed two pure white domestic pigeons. There are sparrow hawks around so I hope they are able to find their way home.
The latest report is attached below:
Bird Survey as at 26 November 2018
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.
A list of bird species seen and recorded is shown below (29/30 Species):
Greater 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
Chaffinch (26 November 2018)
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 (9 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
Black Headed Gull
Not seen on Bird Survey but expected (2 species)