Thursday, 15 June 2017

End of May Bank Holiday Weekend Bird Survey

Derek says that nine reports were received, with the 48 species below being recorded within the bounds of the two civil parishes

Blackbirds, Collared Doves, Robins and Woodpigeons were the most frequently noted, being recorded on 8 reports.

Blackbird
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Pheasant
Blackcap
Great tit
Pied Wagtail   
Blue tit            
Greenfinch      
Reed Bunting  
Bullfinch          
Green Woodpecker
Red-legged partridge
Buzzard          
Grey Heron     
Robin              
Canada Goose
Herring Gull    
Rook               
Carrion crow   
House sparrow
Skylark
Chaffinch        
House Martin  
Song thrush    
Chiffchaff        
Jackdaw          
Starling           
Coal tit
Jay                  
Stock dove      
Collared dove  
Long-tailed tit  
Swallow          
Corn bunting
Magpie)          
Swift                
Dunnock         
Moorhen         
Whitethroat
Goldcrest
Mallard           
Woodpigeon   
Goldfinch        
Mute Swan      
Wren   
Great Crested Grebe
Nuthatch         
Yellowhammer


Sunday, 4 June 2017

Blackbirds nesting on High Street

George discovered this Blackbirds' nest on Saturday morning 3rd June when looking out of his kitchen window. He saw a male bird fly into the hedge and fly out almost immediately. He thinks it is amazing that they stayed put after his son Michael had only a few days before trimmed the hedge - to within an inch or so of the nest.


They survived the stormy weather on Tuesday 7th and are doing well.


On 10th June, they were looking healthy and hungry, and getting their feathers:


On 13th June, they look almost ready to fly the nest!


George reported that they all flew the nest some time on the afternoon of 14th June. He did not see them leave as he was too busy but, when he went to check early that evening, there was just an empty nest.

Trip to Lakenheath Fen 3rd June

Derek arranged a trip to Lakenheath Fen on Saturday morning.
www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/find-a-reserve/reserves-a-z/reserves-by-name/l/lakenheathfen/about.aspx

A good group (17 people) met at 10:00; we had an introductory talk by an RSPB Volunteer when we arrived. We walked along a well maintained path, stopping to eat our packed lunches at the west end of the public area. We then returned to the car park, most of us following the river back, about 3.5 miles walk in all.

There is a good walk through a varied wetland habitat, mostly reeds and grazing marshes, with some poplars, the remains of a Bryant and May matchwood plantation. The railway forms the south boundary and the river the north.

As you can see below, the weather was good.




We saw a good number of birds, insects and flowers, including 43 species of birds:

Bittern
Great Tit
Oystercatcher
Black-headed Gull
Greenfinch
Pheasant
Blackbird
Grey Heron
Redshank
Buzzard
Greylag Goose
Reed Bunting
Carrion Crow
Hobby
Reed Warbler
Cetti's Warbler
Jay
Robin
Chaffinch
Kestrel
Rook
Chiffchaff
Lapwing
Sedge Warbler
Common Tern
Little Egret
Stonechat
Coot
Long-tailed Tit
Tufted Duck
Cormorant
Magpie
Whitethroat
Cuckoo
Mallard
Woodpigeon
Gadwall
Marsh Harrier
Wren
Goldfinch
Moorhen

Great Crested Grebe
Mute Swan


Andy took these photos:


Male and Female Four-spotted Chaser Dragonflies

Drinker moth caterpillar

Cinnabar moth

Painted Lady
Barry took these photos:

Common blue damselfly

Four-spotted Hawker 


Four-spotted Hawker

Reed Bunting

Reed Bunting

Four-spotted Hawker

and a couple of Peter's


Tortoiseshell

Common blue damselfly

Grebe on nest

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Abington Naturewatch Programme 2017

The first version of the programme is available here.

Please note that it's the Abington bird watch this weekend!

Derek invites you to make a note of all the bird species you see or hear anywhere within Great and Little Abington over the 3 days from Saturday 27 May to Monday 29 May (Bank Holiday) inclusive.

Please note the maximum number of each species noted at any one time. This survey should include birds seen flying overhead within our boundaries as well as birds only heard - Cuckoo?

All results should be sent to Derek Turnidge.

Fungi in Church Lane

Peter found a mass of small fungi growing near site of a dead tree:




Thursday, 25 May 2017

Large Red Damselflies on Cambridge Road pond

Derek took these photos of a pair of Large Red Damselflies on his pond on 25th May.



Thursday, 11 May 2017

Birds near the Recreation Ground

Derek took this picture of a Grey Wagtail picture this afternoon (11 May) from the Rec. There was also a Little Egret in summer plumage near the Millennium Bridge.


The Aims of Abington Naturewatch

At their meeting on 9 April 2005 the members approved this revised version of the aims of Abington Naturewatch:

  • To monitor and record the wildlife (fauna & flora) within the borders of the Abingtons;
  • To encourage protection of our wildlife, maintain its quality and foster its diversity;
  • To promote awareness of the richness, potential and problems of the natural environment of the Abingtons;
  • To cooperate in improving access to the local natural environment for the benefit of all Abington villagers.

Pat Daunt, Founder

The organisation is informal and communication is by email if possible; members are notified of events from time to time. Contact details are maintained by a small "project team". There is currently no membership fee as costs are covered by voluntary contributions at events.

Members are encouraged to report notable sightings of flora and fauna within the Abingtons to the appropriate sector coordinator and an illustrated record is published annually.

A map of the area covered, with some features noted, is available here: http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=213774935674882866424.00000111dca2be9f06ab8&z=13>

For more information or to join, please contact David Farrant on (01223) 892871 or Peter Brunning via e-mail peter.brunning@cantab.net.