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 - April 2014

The Stapleford Bird Club met on a clear, sunny morning at 8 am on Saturday 5 April in the Magog Down car park. A skylark was singing and we saw or heard a green woodpecker, chaffinch, two blackbirds, a goldfinch, great tit, chiffchaff, jackdaw and blue tit.

On the North Down we heard three skylarks and saw two blackbirds and a crow. In the Old Shelter Belt and Magog Wood we heard a blackcap, robin, wren, two blue tits, a chaffinch and long tailed tit. Usually we find it very quiet here!
Sitting in trees on the corner of Little Trees Hill were 20+ goldfinches and in the Clunch Pit we could hear two chaffinches, a wren, chiffchaff and possibly a redpoll or linnet. A blackcap could be heard in the direction of Colin’s Wood. In the Parish Pit was a blackbird and over the Feoffees Fields was a skylark. At the bottom end of the Clunch Pit we could hear a chaffinch, great tit, robin, blackcap and chiffchaff.
Walking down the side of the South Down and arable fields we saw three long tailed tits and a blue tit. In the arable fields, outside the Trust land, we heard a pheasant and skylark and above our arable field was another skylark. At the electricity poles we possibly heard a corn bunting. The hedgerow down to Vestey Wood was devoid of any life but in Vestey Wood and the old wood we heard a song thrush, chaffinch, wren, chiffchaff, blue tit and two blackcaps. Returning back along the A1307 we heard a jay, song thrush (possibly on the far side of the A1307 on Wandlebury land) and long tailed tit. In the picnic area was a chaffinch.
In all we saw or heard 19 species of birds but, as usual, we missed others. A few days later I saw a corn bunting sitting on the post marking the public footpath through the North Down and on the South Down I saw two corn buntings sitting on a wild rose in the sheep fields. A second song thrush has been seen on the edge of the Parish Pit and we possibly heard a grey partridge in the direction of Haverhill Road. We have yet to see any whitethroats so do let us know if you see any.
Do remember to email me via this link if you see any other birds you would like to tell us about. Our next meeting is at 8 am in the car park on Saturday 3 May. 
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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.

  • Coal tit.jpg
  • Robin.jpg
  • buzzard in flight.jpg
  • Dartford Warbler.jpg
  • Blackbird.jpg
  • Bullfinch male.jpg