Summary table of 2014 bird sightings

This table shows all the bird sightings by the Stapleford Bird Club on their monthly visits, by month.

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Report of Stapleford Bird Club - February 2014

After our very wet and windy meeting in January the bird group was very fortunate to have lovely weather when we met on Saturday 1 February on the Magog Down. It was good to see a number of new faces, including some younger people. As usual, we saw most birds in the car park: two blackbirds, a robin, chaffinch, crow, great tit, blue tit, two magpies (feeding on the food the Trust has put out!), a dunnock, jay, greenfinch, wood pigeon and unidentified gull flying over.

Walking up North Down we saw six black headed gulls and two crows flying overhead, a great tit in Youth Wood and, in the distance on the far side of the Down, a flock of fieldfares. In the Old Shelter Belt we heard a great tit and green woodpecker. As we approached Little Trees Hill we could see the flock of fieldfares (50+) in the area between the clunch pit and the top end of Colin’s Wood, some perching on the tree tops by the bowl barrow but most on the ground. A couple of redwings were spotted among them. This was the first flock of fieldfares we have seen on the Down this year. Also in this area we heard a mistle thrush, chaffinch, blackbird, great tit and pheasant.

Passing between Jane’s Piece and the Feoffees Field (new steps much appreciated!) we saw a blackbird, crow and great tit and at the bottom of the clunch pit/top end of Villedomer Wood heard a robin. One of the group saw three stock doves flying over. On the path down to Vestey Wood we heard a blue tit and long-tailed tit. We saw and heard the green woodpecker and a solitary skylark was singing above the arable field.
Along Vestey Wood we heard a blue tit, robin and song thrush and, in the distance looking towards Stapleford, one of our younger visitors was the first to spot a buzzard. As we returned up along the A1307 we saw a couple of crows fly over to the South Down and a couple of magpies. At the top end of Youth Wood were two great tits, a robin and magpie and on returning to the car park we heard a robin.
Two of the group had to leave early and as they returned back across the Down they saw seven jackdaws and a crow on the South Down and a kestrel as they arrived back at the car park.
In all we saw 24 species – the most we have seen for quite a while. Was it because of those younger folk with better eyes and ears than some of we more mature folk?! Our next meeting is on Saturday 1 March at 8.30 am in the car park and the following month we shall meet on Saturday 5 April at the earlier time of 8 am. If you would like to contribute to recording our local bird life or if you would like to learn more about the birds on our doorstep please join us in the car park on the first Saturday of each month. If you would like to contact me first please ring me on 01223 843604.         
Sue Bradley


Birds on Magog Down

We publish the monthly reports of Stapleford Bird club here, plus other occasional bird-related articles; hot links in each report will take you to the RSPB information page for each bird spotted.

The gallery below shows a random six of the birds that have been seen on Magog Down.

  • Pied wagtail.jpg
  • Greenfinch.jpg
  • Redwing.jpg
  • Goldfinch.jpg
  • Whitethroat male.jpg
  • Jackdaw.jpg