Colwall Bird Survey Blog 2013
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Hummingbird Hawk Moth
Upper Colwall : A Hummingbird hawk moth feeding on a buddleja. Depending
on the summer more or less of them arrive from the continent (rather
like the painted lady butterfly) and spread further north as the summer
Frogs & Toads
Cowl Barn Lane: There was much frog and toad spawns in the pond this year, and many tadpoles are still present in June. H&GB
Cowl Barn Lane: juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker and both adults, have been seen regularly. H&GB
19th May through to early June. Heard a cuckoo calling frequently from the direction of Redland Drive. H&GB
Cowl Barn Lane: Colony of Bumble Bees is nesting in one of our tit boxes. Identification from our field guide is probably Bombus Hypnorum. H&GB
Young Blue Tits
Mill Lane: Two bird boxes now have young blue tits (6 in one box and 7 in the other) MGH
I saw my first garden butterflies on Monday 15th April with 1 each of comma, peacock and male brimstone, and also my first bumblebee which was an "early bumblebee" appropriately enough. D T.
My garden bird highlights are seeing bramblings for the first time in many years, with a maximum of 4 in March. A tree creeper was seen each month which is the first time for many years and as reported on the blog already, I saw mine mainly in a very old woody buddjeia. Finally my wild pair of Mallards which visit my garden pool spring and summer turned up for the first time on 15Th February. D T.
A449 : I also saw a Red Kite actually soaring over the A449 in the same area at 11am on the 2nd April and again at 5pm on the 12th April, between the Eastnor turning and the railway bridge. D T.
A 449: Red Kite flying over the fields between the A449 and Frith Wood Bradlow Knoll area at about 4.30pm J & S W.
Cowl Barn Lane: Activity at the feeders increases during the recent snow! J & H & G B.
I saw a Red Kite yesterday, March 28th circling over the road between Malvern and Ledbury, A449, near Chances Pitch and the Wellington Pub. It was very low and easily identifiable. It could have been nothing else. AFB
Walwyn Rd: I went to a talk where a WWT warden was telling us about Long Tailed Tits love of Digestive biscuits. They don't have to be chocolate coated, and having tried them in the peanut feeder, we have lots of LLT eating them. It does seem to attract them and a good way of encouraging them into the garden. AFB
Cowl Barn Lane: We have heard the Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming regularily during the past two weeks or so. H &G B
Mill Lane: Flock of 19 goldfinches in an apple tree. MGH
Broadwood Drive: We feed the birds all year round
and have been putting out sunflower hearts, fat balls and peanuts.
During last week, which has been very cold and wet we have seen male and/or female:
Blackcaps, Siskins, Greenfinches, Chaffinches, Goldfinches, Blue tits, Great tits, Long tailed tits, Robins, Blackbirds, Jackdaws, Wood Pigeons, Dunnocks, Greater Spotted Woodpeckers, Collar Doves, Red Wings, Field Fares, Mistle Thrush, Wren, Garden Warbler, A male Grey Heron, A pair of Buzzards overhead, A male Sparrowhawk. AFB
Upper Colwall: We recently had our first tree-creeper ever on a buddleia outside the kitchen window. More interested in the thick branches than the feeders. Also had our first redwings but they didn’t stay. ME&RE
The Purlieu: 14 Blackbirds feed in the garden this morning. put down poultry corn as the pheasants like it. Also had a brambling on the seed container this morning - the first I have seen in the garden for years. The snow has one good side - more birds to see close to house. JJ
RSPB Garden Bird Watch
The RSPB Garden Birdwatch will occur on the 26-27 January 2013. Further details on the Birdwatch and how to get involved can be found though the following web link: RSPB Garden Birdwatch
Happy New Year
Mill Lane: First birds of the New Year: 7 red legged partridges walking across the patio in a line. MGH
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