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 - July 2014

Saturday 5 July was gloomy and overcast but eight birdwatchers met in the car park of the Magog Down at 8 am where they saw or heard a skylark, chaffinch, robin, goldfinch, blackbird and magpie. Walking up North Down alongside Youth Wood two long tailed tits, two crows, a jackdaw and a red-legged partridge were seen. The Old Shelter Belt was quiet but over on the South Down in the grass and sitting on fence posts were crows and rooks. From the bottom of the hill we had seen what we thought possibly could be two buzzards sitting on fence posts on top of the hill but as we got nearer they turned out to be two very soggy wood pigeons! In our defence the light was very poor! In the fenced off area of grass and scrub were three whitethroats – the first time we have seen them on top of the Down.

On Little Trees Hill in the clunch pit were two blackcaps, a green woodpecker and two jackdaws while above the Feoffees Fields were two skylarks singing. At the bottom end of the clunch pit was a magpie and blackcap and in the hedge en route to the power lines a blackbird. The area around the power lines was busy with five wood pigeons, two corn buntings, two yellowhammers and a whitethroat. In the hedge below the lines was a small flock of birds which we could not see clearly but wondered if they were linnets. Overhead flew some rooks and jackdaws.

The hedge running from the power lines down to Vestey Wood did not disappoint as we saw or heard 8+ whitethroats. This is the best area on the Magog land to see these lovely little birds in the nesting season. In this area we also saw three swifts flying across our arable field. In Vestey Wood a yellowhammer was seen on top of a tree and a second one lower down.

The path along the A1307 was quiet apart from a blue tit and robin but coming back on to the South Down two crows were flying over and 30+ rooks were on the ground with a further two crows. The rest of the walk back to car park via the path along the A1307 was quiet apart from a blackcap in the hedge.

Our total number of bird species this month was 19, a good number considering the weather. In addition we saw a cinnabar moth caterpillar, two dead shrews and two rabbits! Our next visit will be on Saturday 2 August at 8 am 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.

  • buzzard in flight.jpg
  • Crow.jpg
  • Willow warbler.jpg
  • Wood pigeon.jpg
  • Blackcap female.jpg
  • Garden Warbler.jpg