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 - November 2014

Since July the bird group meetings have had gloomy weather and Saturday 1 November was no exception when eight birdwatchers met on the Magog Down, making visual identification of birds tricky! In the car park we saw/heard a green woodpecker, chaffinch, three robins, a skylark, and a blackbird. Twelve starlings and two gulls flew overhead. Walking up North Down we heard a dunnock, two robins and blue tits in Youth Wood and six black headed gulls and some small unidentified birds flew overhead.

In the Old Shelter Belt and Magog Wood we saw two jays on the ground and heard great, blue and long tailed tits and a wren. On Little Trees Hill at least 50 starlings flew overhead towards South Down. In the clunch pit was a robin. In the Feoffees fields were 50 plus wood pigeons and a solitary crow on the ground while in the hedge by the Parish Pit were two chaffinches. At the bottom end of the clunch pit were a robin, chaffinch and great tit.

Walking down past Villedomer Wood were two more robins while 16 black headed gulls flew overhead towards Stapleford. A skylark was singing on South Down. By the power lines three chaffinches, a long tailed tit and magpie were heard in the bottom end of Villedomer Wood. Continuing south four skylarks flew in front of us and we heard two dunnocks. On our arable land were at least 200 gulls – black headed, lesser black backed etc. (we were unable to identify them all). Close to them on the ground were at least 100 starlings. We haven’t seen starlings on the Down for what seems a long time so it was good to see them again.

At the bottom in the trees to the right of the Magog land were at least eight fieldfares: two flew past us and we heard their distinctive call. In Vestey Wood a great tit and chaffinch were heard. Returning back up the hill alongside the A1307 a partridge in the arable field scuttled into the trees too quickly to identify its type. In the hedge we saw a robin, dunnock, great tit, a long tailed tit, a blackbird, two more great tits and a robin. Above us a fieldfare and two jays flew towards Wandlebury.

Turning back on to South Down we saw a lot of wood pigeons perching on fence posts and on the ground, plus 20 rooks and crows and a fieldfare by the new hedge. At the top of the hill near the gate were six chaffinches and a greenfinch. The remainder of our walk was uneventful.

In all we saw or heard 20 species. And the sun came out just as we finished! If you would like to join us for our next walk please meet in the car park at 8.30 am on Saturday 6 December.
                                                                                                                               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.

  • Stonechat male.jpg
  • Robin.jpg
  • buzzard in flight.jpg
  • Goldcrest.jpg
  • Blackcap female.jpg
  • Pheasant.jpg