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Report from Stapleford Bird Club
 - 3rd September 2011

Once again, the Magog Down car park was eerily quiet as ten enthusiasts met for the monthly bird walk on September 3rd. Overcast skies and a chilly south easterly breeze were not encouraging.

The North Down produced only one sighting, an over-flying lesser black-backed gull. As it so often is, Magog Wood was silent but as we emerged at the high point of the wood, we had a good view of a sparrowhawk flying East. This bird is sometimes confused with a kestrel but its rounded wings and long tail identify it. A green woodpecker called in the distance and a couple of magpies were moving in and out of the trees.

Walking South, we recorded blue tits and robins and at the furthest extent of our walk, we added chaffinch and chiffchaff. A swallow flew low over the stubble, and later we had three more plus a few house martins flying high. Despite the absence of sheep, there were plenty of corvids – 20+ jackdaws, 10+ rooks and a few crows.

Passing along the South side of Magog Wood, the sun finally emerged and we had our last record, a goldfinch.

The next walk will be at 8am on Saturday, October 1st. We may see some winter migrants such as redwing and fieldfare. You are welcome to join us.