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 - June 2014

On Saturday 7 June six birdwatchers met in the car park of the Magog Down. Rain threatened but fortunately held off until the end. In the car park we heard a skylark, chaffinch and blackbird, saw two jays, two blue tits, a crow and a goldfinch perched at the top of a tree.

On North Down two skylarks were singing and five corvids were partially hidden in the long grass. A kestrel was hovering on the skyline near the top of Little Trees Hill and a magpie flew over the Old Shelter Belt. We heard a wren in the Old Shelter Belt and saw a second magpie. Walking up to the top of Little Trees Hill we saw ten rooks on the ground, one of them feeding a large chick.
At the top of Little Trees Hill we heard another two skylarks and in the clunch pit a wren, chaffinch, blackcap and robin. The kestrel was now hovering over the Feoffees Fields. As we walked past Jane’s Piece we saw in the distance, flying above the electricity wires, a red kite. It perched on a pylon, where it was mobbed by a magpie, and then flew on to the next pylon. We spent quite a lot of time observing it although, strictly speaking, it was outside our territory.
As we passed the bottom end of the clunch pit we heard two more chaffinches, a further blackcap, a second wren and a chiffchaff. In Villedomer Wood we heard a third blackcap and a chaffinch flew out and across to the hedge. A crow also flew over. When we reached the power lines we were disappointed to see that the red kite had disappeared but perched on it were a whitethroat, goldfinch and a female yellowhammer with food in her beak. As she flew off she was joined by a male yellowhammer. A corn bunting also alighted on one of the posts in the distance.
Walking down to the far end, in the hedge we heard a chaffinch and six whitethroats, several rising up out of the hedge. In Vestey Wood we heard a greenfinch, blackbird, chaffinch, two blue tits. A yellowhammer was perched at the top of a tree with a chaffinch just below it. Two long tailed tits flew through the trees and four rooks flew overhead. As we walked back up the path by the A1307 a rook flew over plus two magpies (probably the same two we saw earlier) and a skylark was singing in the arable field. On South Down a jackdaw flew over and 25+ rooks and crows were on the ground or perched on fence posts. In the distance an unidentified bird flew up from the newly planted trees.
Two partridge were seen at the lower end of the Down and higher up a further two were seen. The latter two were positively identified as English (grey) partridges. A heavy shower ensued which sent all four scurrying for cover! We too went for cover and the remainder of our walk – to the top of the hill and back alongside the A1307 – was devoid of birds, probably all taking shelter from the rain. Back in the car park, as the rain eased, we heard a skylark and chaffinch. In all we identified 23 species.
Our next meeting will be on Saturday 5 July at 8am in the car park.                       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.

  • Willow warbler.jpg
  • Goldfinch.jpg
  • Dartford Warbler.jpg
  • Long tailed tit.jpg
  • Greenfinch.jpg
  • Goldcrest.jpg