Summary table of 2014 bird sightings

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

pdf_logo_small Birds table 2014

Bird Reports 2014 prev  :  next

Report of Stapleford Bird Club - October 2014

Despite the gloomy weather nine bird watchers turned up on the Magog Down on Saturday 4 October at 08.30 am. In the car park we saw or heard two robins, three magpies, two chaffinches, a greenfinch, and a goldfinch. Overhead flew a herring gull and two lesser black backed gulls.

On the North Down a green woodpecker and two kestrels were seen in flight but the grass was too long to see anything on the ground. Youth Wood was quiet apart from some unidentifiable murmurings but in the Old Shelter Belt and Magog Wood blue tits, great tits and a chaffinch were heard. At the top of North Down we heard a skylark and saw a crow, jay and magpie, while in the Clunch Pit were a robin and great tit. Moving down towards the Parish Pit we saw four chaffinches flying over and a kestrel hovering over the Feoffees Field. A dunnock was seen in the Parish Pit hedge and a robin in Jane’s Piece. On the ground in the Feoffees Field were 25+ corvids, mainly rooks. (A few days later I saw 200+ seagulls in the field beyond following a tractor as it was ploughing – a lovely sight!) At the bottom of the Clunch Pit we heard another robin and walking down towards the electricity wires we heard a second skylark. On the fence posts along the new hedge (which seems to be growing well) four crows were perched. In the area around the wires were a crow, magpie and two skylarks. In our arable field at least seven skylarks were flying around over the stubble, a couple rising up into the sky. Across the arable field a buzzard was seen towards Wandlebury.

In Vestey Wood, at the bottom of the Down we heard a chiffchaff, blue tits, long tailed tits and two robins. Along the path back up the hill beside the A1307 we heard nothing but traffic but on the South Down there were 40+ corvids – mainly rooks, about five jackdaws and some crows.
On the remainder of our walk back to the car park we did not hear or see anything identifiable and the weather was closing in – the rain starting shortly after we finished. In all we recorded 20 species.
If you are interested in reading our reports for July–September you can now find them here on the Magog Trust website. Please note that from Saturday 1 November we shall be meeting in the car park half an hour later at 08.30 am until the clocks go forward. We look forward to seeing you and any newcomers would be very welcome. 
                                                   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.

  • Whitethroat male.jpg
  • Gull.jpg
  • Cormorant flying.jpg
  • Crow.jpg
  • Stonechat female.jpg
  • Whitethroat female.jpg