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 - March 2014

On Saturday 1 March nine bird watchers met on the Magog Down in very misty conditions. The car park was busy and we saw four greenfinches, two wood pigeons, two blackbirds, a wren, two goldfinches, a robin, two yellowhammers and eight chaffinches (the latter feeding on the ground on bird seed provided by the Magog Trust). Overhead we heard a skylark.

Moving onto the North Down and walking up alongside Youth Wood we saw or heard a great tit, chaffinch, robin, blue tit and song thrush. Visibility across the Down was poor and we could see nothing on the ground. In the Old Shelter Belt we heard a blue tit, wren, robin and song thrush. On Little Trees Hill and the clunch pit we heard a skylark, two chaffinches, a long tailed tit and two blackbirds. At the top end of Colin’s Wood was a magpie and by the Feoffees Field were a blackbird and skylark.

At the bottom end of the Clunch Pit we heard a chaffinch, wren, robin and mistle thrush. On the South Down six fieldfares were sitting in the trees in the Clunch Pit above Colin’s bank (a couple of days later I disturbed 20+ which flew over to the South Down as I walked past). At the top end of Villedomer Wood was a solitary chaffinch, and a dunnock by the power lines. We were unable to see across the arable fields as it was too misty and heard nothing in the hedge down to Vestey Wood but there we had a good view of a yellowhammer at the top of a tree, heard two song thrushes and a dunnock, robin and wren.

Returning up alongside the A1307 we heard two robins, two long tailed tits, a wren and two blue tits. In the Memorial Wood we heard two robins and saw a great tit on the path. From the top of the hill back along the A1307 it was quiet but when we returned to the car park we saw two yellowhammers, a robin, a greenfinch, two chaffinches, two robins and a skylark.

In all we saw or heard 17 species but. as mentioned above, visibility was poor and we could not see across the Downs and arable fields so may have missed gulls and corvids. If you see any interesting birds while you are walking round the Magog Down do let the Magog Trust know by emailing or ring me on 01223 843604 (as a kind Stapleford resident did to tell me that the herons are back in residence in the heronry).

Our next meeting will be on Saturday 5 April at the earlier time of 8 am.

                 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.

  • Green woodpecker.jpg
  • Stonechat male.jpg
  • Goldfinch.jpg
  • Magpie.jpg
  • Long tailed tit.jpg
  • Cuckoo juvenile.jpg