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Report from Stapleford Bird Club - 6th February 2010

The morning was cold and foggy as five of the regular team and two new to the group started off. One of these was our first sightless birder, but one with acute hearing! As is often the case, the car park provided several species: dunnock and, notably, yellowhammer.

Once on the Down, the fog prevented any good sightings, but several skylarks were heard overhead, and blackbird, chaffinch and robin were seen on the walk up the hill.

Along Magog Wood a wren was heard, and jay, great tit and blue tits were seen. At Vestey Wood, a small flock of long-tailed tits was seen and after some discussion, it was decided that a song thrush, rather than a mistle thrush, was singing.

As we came back up the path beside the road, two fieldfare took flight - fog prevented us from seeing any more! A green woodpecker was photographed. Finally, back at the car park, a single redwing and a greenfinch were seen. Many remarked on an unusually large number of robins - ten were seen, also a total absence of gulls, which is unusual, and corn buntings. In fact none have been seen on the last few surveys.

An enjoyable, if rather cold walk, and a total of 19 species.