Histon wildlife diary 2012
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DateSighting/maximum number in one sightingNumber sightingsLocationTimeWeatherCommentsGeneral comments
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7thGreenwoodpecker/12Guns Lane/Rowleys MeadowA.M.10C, breezy, total low cloud coverThe weather is still very mild for January
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Blackbird/325
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Dunnock/22
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Collared dove1
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Chaffinch/12
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Robin/12
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Magpie/19
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Great spotted woodpecker/11
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Bumble bee1Sighting a bumble bee in early January is a sign of how mild the weather is
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Blue tit/211
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Wood pigeon/78
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Songthrush/11
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Great tit/13
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Long tailed tit/612A small group of around 6 long tailed tits were feeding on sloe berries
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Kestrel/22Two male kestrel were hunting close to each other over the same field
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Golden plover54
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Rook/11
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Carrion crow/11
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Redwing/1011
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The weather all through to the end of January in 2012 was very mild with many days when the temperature was in double figures. This had implications for the microdistribution of birdlife and was commented on in blogs, news websites (BBC) and by the RSPB. The reason was the abundance of food available in the countryside so normal garden birds didn't need to use garden bird feeders. Consequently, I think the only birds I saw in my garden in January was the occasional blackbird. Goldfinch normally throng the niger seed feeder all through the winter but this year I haven't see a single goldfinch in my garden.
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Toward the end of January it was forecast that cold weather may arrive so I cleaned my feeders and replenished them so birds passing over could see there was food available if the weather did turn cold. Then on the evening of Saturday 4th February the weather did turn cold and the snow came
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