Histon wildlife diary 2011
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Sighting/maximum number in one sightingNumber sightingsLocationTimeWeatherCommentsGeneral comments
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1stFieldfare/13South Fallow Field12.45Cold (5C), 100% cloud cover, no windFreezing weather has finished for the time being and returned to normal for this time of year.
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Redwing>254South Fallow Field, Cottenham Road1.30pm
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Sparrowhawk/11Cottenham RoadFemale sparrowhawk flew across road into orchard at high speed and 2m of the ground and as it enteres the orchard tens of redwing broke in every direction amidst alot of alarm calling.
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Grey heron/12Roof of a house on Normanton WayI've seen this one several times in the last week, this individual is instantly recognisable because it has a couple of primaries missing, making a gap on it's left wing.
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Chaffinch, greenfinch, blue tit, great tit, robin, collared dove, wood pigeon and dunnock feeding in my garden throughout the day
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2ndKestrel/22Guns Lane1.30pmCold, no wind, light cloud, some sunshineMale and female kestrels sitting in top of adjacent trees on edge of field on west side of Guns Lane, occasionally heading over Church Field hunting.
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Buzzard/11Flying low at tree top height west to east across fields towards east of Histon
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Yellowhammer/21Pair of yellowhammer sat in a tree at the back of gardens to east of Guns Lane
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Greenfinch/31
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Chaffinch/13
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Jay/11Heard a jay calling from a tree in northeast corner of Church Field of Guns Lane.
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Fieldfare/11Orchard on Cottenham Road
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Redwing/32Orchard on Cottenham Road
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3rdGreenfinch/82Cottenham Road
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Dunnock/21Guns Lane
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Kestrel/11Rowleys MeadowI got talking to a fellow dog walker this morning who told me the field I have previously referred to as 'Church Field' is actually Rowleys Meadow. So henceforth I'll call it by its proper local name.Weather today is very calm but cold. The light is good for photography with thin, broken, cloud cover and very little glare.
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Fieldfare/23>10Lots of fieldfare in the meadow and all the trees and bushes along the lane
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Green woodpecker/21Two green woodpecker were feeding on the ground together and flew off into adjacent trees when the dog flushed them out.
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Magpie/13
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Bullfinch/21Guns LanePair of bullfinch in the hedge on Guns Lane - one of them (I think it was the male) flew off across the field but the female stayed in the hedge and flitted along in fornt of me. Alas I couldn't get a photograph, but they're beautiful to just watch.
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Buzzard/11Sitting in a tree on the Lane. I tried to work my way closer for a photo but it was disturbed by a pair of mountain bikers... foiled again. I've seen it several times in the last couple of weeks so hopefully I'll get a chance for a shot in the near future.
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Blue tit/12
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Long tailed tit1Flock of long tailed tits flew down the lane as I was stalking the buzzard so I couldn't count them
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Redwing/11
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Goldfinch/111Small flock of goldfinch feeding on burdock.
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Wood pigeon/100>10Groups of wood pigeon were adorning most of the trees and bushes I saw and a flock of approx 1-200 rose up from a ploughed field to the east of the Lane.
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Grey heron/11Cottenham RoadSame one I mentioned previously with the gap in it's primaries. Sitting on a house roof near the entrance to Guns Lane.
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9thKestrel/11Rowleys Meadow10amFrosty,northerly wind, blue sky and sunshineSingle kestrel in oak tree on north side of the Meadow.Rowleys Meadow is a small field of perhaps 4-5 acres (very rough estimate) covered in mixed scrub - grassland,bramble patches,saplings, mainly ash, surrounded by mature ash,oak,hawthorn hedges bordered on the east side by Guns Lane, the south side by houses, woods to the west and arable fields to the north
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Song thrush/11
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Fieldfare/100s6Rowleys Meadow and Guns Lane
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Blackbird/13
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Redwing/32
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Magpie/24
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Great tit/21
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Blue tit/13Hedges along Guns Lane
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Green woodpecker/11Field to east of Guns Lane
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Yellowhammer/51East side of field east of the LaneMy walk today took me east of the Lane where I doubled back to head south back into the village past the horse paddocks to Cottenham Road. There are big areas of grassy scrub and woodland consisting of mainly low hawthorn scrub.
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Wood pigeon/100's>20All fields,hedges and trees
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18thGoldfinch/51Cambridge Science Park11.30amSunny, blue skies, mildPicking seeds from tree behind Astex Therapeutics
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Mixed gulls/>2001From the landfill site at Milton on the opposite side of the A14 they were circling in a spiral high above the Science ParkThousands of gulls of various species can be seen most days heading south east in the morning and north west in the evening. They can be seen in huge numbers over the landfill site at Milton, on the lake between Impington and the A14, especially when it was frozen, and in the fields around Histon. Species identified by me are black headed gull, common gull, great and lesser black backed gull and herring gull.
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Green woodpecker/11
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22ndTufted duck/4Milton Country Park 8.30am100% low cloud cover, very cold, windy, drizzly rain.Many species of duck and other water birds seen and heard on the lakes of the Country Park
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Great spotted woodpecker/15Woodpeckers seen sitting in the top of trees and heard calling and drumming
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Moorhen/11
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Coot/65Many groups of coot making up large numbers on all the lakes.
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Water rail/11One heard in the reeds but couldn't see it, alas.
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Cormorant/42
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Gadwall/6
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Pochard/4
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Bullfinch/11
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Blue tit/24
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Great tit/11
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Kingfisher/11Fleeting glimpse of a single kingfisher disappearing into a tree on the edge of the lake but couldn't find it subsequently
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Lapwing/571
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Black headed gull/20-30
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Common gull/11
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Wigeon/?1
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29thDunnock/11Poplar Hedge8.30am - 11am100% cloud cover, murky, grey and very cold
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Wood pigeon/500-1000>10All fields and hedgerows north of Histon
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Rook/200Middle Bean Field
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Gull/100Middle Bean FieldMixture of black headed, great black backed and either lesser black backed of herring gull
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Greenfinch/321Bonfire end of Merlin HedgeVery vocal and active flock of greenfinch chasing each other around from the hedge to the ground to other trees etc.
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Fieldfare/154Most hedges had at least one fieldfare in today
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Chaffinch/21Bonfire
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Carrion crow/21
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Fox/12Field northeast of Yellowhammer HedgeMay have been two sightings of the same individual
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Roe deer/31Fields to eastThree roe deer. They saw me when I called the dog but were approximately a quarter of a mile away and weren't fazed by our presence.
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Skylark/10sFallow FieldCouldn't count them but small flock was very active all within 2 feet of the ground
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Reed bunting/5>10Owl Shed Hedge
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Yellowhammer/85Owl Shed HedgeMixed flock of numerous reed bunting and yellowhammer in this hedge flitting between the hedge to the Fallow Field and the Owl Shed
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Kestrel/11Pig FarmAlighted on top of a telegraph pole at the Pig Farm and patrolled the scrub in the vicinity
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Redwing/81Scrub south of Pig Farm
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Goldfinch, great tit, blue tit, house sparrow, blackbird, long tailed tit, wood pigeon and collared dove visitors in my garden today
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27thSwallow/32North Bean Field3pmSunny, windy, coolSwallows now appearing in greater numbers day to day
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Corn bunting/13North Bean Field and Merlin Hedge
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Reed bunting/22
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Yellow wagtail/52Northern end of west ditchThere seem to be good numbers of yellow wagtail in residence in the north end of the Beet Field. I've seen them 3 times in the last two weeks and this time there were 5 together.
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Skylark/1>10North Bean Field, Beet Field and Corn Fields
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