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Report from Stapleford Bird Club
 - 5th November 2011

The November Bird Walks started under light cloud and with few birds in the car park. The shortage extended to the usual Skylarks over the north down, but a solitary Blackbird made its presence felt as we climbed the hill. The woodland gave us a Chaffinch calling, and there was a Magpie seemingly chasing a Jay which emerged and flew towards Wandlebury.

Two small groups of Greenfinches were seen overflying, and a Wren was heard calling Magog Wood. There was almost a complete absence of corvids, those seen in penny numbers. But the highlight of the morning was probably the movement of great Tits, Blue tits and Long-tailed tits along the hedgerow down from Little Tees Hill to Vestey Wood. Many of the seven walkers commented that this was the most bird life they had seen along that stretch for some years. Over the arable land we were treated to the slightly scratchy call of a couple of Skylarks. Chaffinches and Robins were evident about us, and one pair of Goldfinches was spotted.

Although we only noted eighteen species, half way round the walk we shared the humour of spotting a couple of peacocks grazing with pheasants on the adjacent farm land. We jokingly wondered if today's crack game shots with distinguish them in flight!

A bit of a disappointing tally of species, so perhaps Saturday 3 December will additionally bring us some Winter thrushes. See you at the car park at 8.30am where we meet on the first Saturday of each month.