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March 2006

Thursday, 30 March 2006

Male lapwing in breeding habitat

Spring Bird News

2006 has seen the coldest spring for some years, with the arrival of summer visitors delayed until late March. A few waders arrived in the last half of the month, mainly Ringed Plover and Oystercatchers before a few Little Ringed Plover and the odd suicidal Swallow in the third week. Then on the back of some strong south westerlies Sand Martins and some early Swallows sped into Staffs over the next few days.Welcome arrivals also included handsome male Northern Wheaters. Chiffchaff were thin 'in the trees' hindered by the cloudy overnight skies. Lapwing were wheeling over open fields after standing around in the cold for weeks and the jangle of keys could be heard at Whitemoor Haye as Corn Buntings advertised their territories. Also at Whitemoor Haye, a Twite was spotted in driving rain on Sunday the 26th, probably in the Linnet flock. 100 Little Gulls passed through Blithfield reservoir on the 27th, taking a short cut from the Seven estuary across to the Humber.

Enjoy the arrival of Spring birdwatching in our area!
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Monday, 13 March 2006

Oystercatcher wading in shallow water

Birds Round Up for February

The severe weather in mainland Europe, with inland waters freezing over, moved wildfowl across the North Sea.

Some highlights of birds in the Lichfield & District RSPB area in February include:

144 Pochard together with nearly 100 Tufted Duck on Croxall pool (SK1914) together with 2 first winter male Scaup;
2 Short-eared owls (Near to the National Memorial Arboretum, SK1814);
3 Red-necked Grebe settled on Alrewas gravel pit (SK1815);
Long -tailed Duck (Branston Water Park, SK2221);
Returning Oystercatchers (2) and Ringed Plover (3) (Croxall pool SK1914);
Dunlin and Black-tailed Godwit (Whitemoor Haye, SK1813);
Yellow browed warbler (Baswich Meadows, SJ9522)

Why not wrap up warm and get out and enjoy the great birdwatching in our area!
Join us at our indoor meetings to find out more and get regular updates on the birds in the Lichfield District.