Recording Area Annual Totals

97 Species in 2013, 99 in 2012, 94 in 2011, 108 species were recorded in 2010;

Thursday, 16 April 2009


At Penn Wood, the Brambling count for yesterday was 60. Today it was 71.Unlike previous checks, today at the area in the north end of the fenced paddock, between 18:30 and 18:45 there were only 2 chaffinch and a blackbird - no brambling.

At the roost area in the southern corner of the wood it was also quiet, apart from the regular song thrush, until 18:55 when a few brambling arived. Then, at 19:00, suddenly there were 71 brambling in two flocks (more or less 35 in one flock and 36 in the othr). By 19:10 they had spread amongst various trees and by 19:15, most had roosted.

I then took a stroll aorund the southern and western areas of the wood listening to to the dusk chorus - which included chiffchaff, willow warbler and blackcap, as well as a single Tawny Owl hooting from a holly stand near the south corner.

Between 20:00 and 20:30 there were six, possibly seven, Tawny Owl calling. The one in Penn Wood, another in nearby Common Wood and the others in adjacent Charcoal Grove, where I had good views of one the Owls moving through the trees about 70 yards from me (Kevin Holt)

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