Saturday, 1 January 2011

New Years Day visit to Dancers End Reserve - Sally Douglas

Dancers End 1 January 10.00 - 13.00 hours

Red Kite, buzzard, Red-legged Partridge (lots thanks to the breeding pens), Common Pheasant (several), Woodpigeons (loads), Green and Great spotted Woodpeckers, Eurasian Skylark (one flock of 10 over and others intermittently), Wren, Common Blackbird, Fieldfare, Mistle Thrush, Goldcrest (pleased to see this tiny bird has survived the severe weather), Long-tailed tit (flock of 15), MARSH TITS (DE is full of them), Blue Tit, Great Tit, Nuthatch (quite a few and vocal), Jay (couple of pairs), Common Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Bullfinch (several scattered around).

Got barked at by one of several Muntjac and a couple of Red Foxes crossed path.

A lot more removal of scrub, small bushes, shrubs and sloe bushes used in past by nesting blackcaps, chiffchaff, blackbirds etc, since I was last there. There are now quite a lot of open spaces. I wonder what plans BBOWT have made to include the bird life of DE in re-planting schemes to help them, alongside encouraging flowers and butterflies, perhaps more nestboxes would help?

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