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First Chiffchaff yesterday, and Red Kite flying north near Martinstown.
First Blackcap today. Nick P.
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Willow Warbler yesterday in garden. Red Kite overhead today, buzzard not too happy.
Great tit and blue tit still feeding on the nuts. Dunnock clearing up on the ground. A couple of juvenile buzzard trying to circle around. A bit blustery for most birds
Chris Slade has reported that a Cuckoo has been heard in Cattistock
Yesterday morning on my early dog walk I saw my first Skylark of the year it was lovely to see. The best time of the day is early in the morning to see thrush, wren and others singing their hearts out .
First Whitethroat of the year in scrubby gorse near Martinstown Cricket Club. 6 Swallows flew over my garden this afternoon.
Neighbour in Martinstown has a regular visit from a Wheatear !
Heard a Cuckoo today, in Goldsmith's Plantation just north of the A35 on the bridle way from Martinstown to Bradford Peverell. The nearest I've ever heard one to home.in Martinstown.
Hi from Charlton Down. We have sparrows nesting outside of our bedroom window. There seems to be mallards nesting on river Cerne at bottom of the village and the house Martins are arriving.
The garden, as normal at this time of year, is very quiet on the bird front (other than the dawn chorus) as the resident birds are egg sitting. We have the usual blackbird, dunnock and sparrows nesting with starlings, blue tits, great tits and robins nesting in the neighbourhood. Unusually this year one of our neighbours have a pair of gold crests nesting. And this year we have lost our collared dove nesting pair but gained a wood pigeon nest.
We do have a grass snake that likes our lower pond. I have managed to photo it (one attached). It is causing a great deal of enjoyment for our dog. She waits for it to climb out of the pond and chase it through the long grass. Not such a good thing for our tadpole population or the resident newts.
Think I have a pair of blackbird nesting in the ivy Bush by living room window. Still plenty of berries as well. A well stocked maternity unit! Also a pair of dunnocks around in the garden as well. On my late night walk with Jess whose mobility is sadly deteriorating we often hear a tawny owl.
For your information, on Tuesday 21st, this last week, I saw my first swallow when walking in the Winterborne Came area. I was so pleased. I am now keen to see when the first swifts are to be seen overhead, squealing away as they do, heralding long hot summer evenings, well.... don't want to exaggerate!
Also this morning (25th) I took a recording and a photo of what I believe to be Corn Buntings in the fields along the lane approach to Maiden Castle. I did have my camera on the bunting whilst recording its song, but not close up enough to properly physically identify the bird. However, I took a still photo of another one on its favourite landing post and when you zoom in on it on the screen hopefully it more clearly shows that it isn't just any old sparrow!!
Penny's bird on a post is a classic Corn Bunting. With the beak open you can see the difference in bill shape between bunting and finch. A bunting has the "hump" on the lower mandible, while a finch has a straight edge.
Here the Swallows at last seem to be prospecting the stables. And yesterday I caught a Garden Warbler, which are far rarer here than Blackcaps.
Thank you Allan, it was reassuring to receive expert confirmation of the Corn Bunting sighting. To let you know that Sheila Davis also spotted the bunting on the same landing post as my photo shows, when she visited the area last Sunday morning (26/4).
Wednesday we walked by the river at Nether Cerne. A tiercel (M
Peregrine) came belting down the valley quite low, flushed a pigeon from a cereal field, chased it and grabbed. Puff of feathers but the pigeon got away that time.
Back home I checked my owl box, which held an adult Tawny and one chick.
Last year they raised three.
I live in the town centre and have put out some feeders on a tree alongside my house. These are visited mainly by goldfinches and blue tits, but the oddest thing is seeing a pair of jackdaws, who always arrive together, regularly demolishing the fat balls. They're almost bigger than the feeder itself!
Heard a cuckoo at Charlton Down Friday 8th May.
First fledgling Starling at meal worms tray yesterday morning. Three today. It always amuses me that it takes them about seven days to realise that they can bend down and pick up food rather than standing and demanding to be feed.
Today the Dunnock brought out their fledglings, one of whom has already been killed.
Late yesterday saw two House Martins fly over.
I think we need to do s Birdwatching group from your house after lockdown!!!
Hooray! From a "new" garden this spring, we've been feeding pigeons, jackdaws, blackbirds and sparrows but this morning a fleeting visit by a goldfinch! As the plants develop, so will the insects and then the birds . . .
We sadly found a dead green woodpecker on our neighbours drive this morning. Couldn't see an injury.
Richard & Rosemary Agg emailed to say that they believe that a Snow Bunting visited their bird feeders. Please check for different birds amongst your regulars.