Histon wildlife diary 2010
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Jan 2010SightingLocationTimeWeatherComments
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January weather coldest for 30 years, so far (10th Jan). UK snowbound since 17th Dec 2009 with exception of a few days over Christmas week. On 10th Jan whole of UK
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covered in snow with more forecast for East Anglia. Temp hovering around freezing day and night.
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First week JanRedwingHomeLate morning/lunchtimeWintryFlocks up to 15-20 birds in trees opposite home feeding on pyrocantha/cotoneaster berries
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FieldfareOver fields to west of homeMorningFlock of many hundreds, possibly thousands
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PX FieldBright sunny. ColdNumerous on ground - up to 100
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Garden feeders at home: Back garden - hanging peanut, mixed seed, fat balls, niger seed, mixed seed, peanuts and sultanas on ground
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Front garden - as rear but no niger seed
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Regular visitors on feeders - robin, house sparrow, starling, blue tit, great tit, blackbird, goldfinch chaffinch, collared dove,
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Occasional visitors - wren, songthrush, wood pigeon
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Back gargen feeders heavily used. Front garden hanging feeders not regularly used, but doves, chaffinch, crows, woodpigeon etc often feeding on ground
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Notable absentee this year - greenfinch
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Other interesting observations - linnet, yellowhammer, reed bunting all absent from fields. Collared dove observed copulating at home despite freezing weather.
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Second week JanGrey, cold, wet weather all week. Little or no wildlife in the fields this.week. Usual complement of garden birds on feeders at home. Small flock of redwing (~6) on Windmill Lane in trees opposite old folks flats and more redwing in silver birch tree outside old folks home opposite home
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Sat 16thFemale sparrowhawkPX FieldLate morningGrey, cold, rainMobbed by single carrion crow. Headed over PX to South Bean Field and into trees on southern edge.
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FieldfareMiddle and North Bean FieldUp to ~100 feeding on ground
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Sun17thGreen woodpeckerAllotments on Cottenham RoadLate morningBright, sunny, cold, calm. Beautiful day!
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Goldfinch pair
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Great tit pair
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Chaffinch, Carrion crow, wood pigeon
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Female sparrowhawkFlying north on west side of Cottenham RoadMobbed by pair of carrion crows - possibly same one as yesterday - must be utterly fed up with delicate attentions of the crows
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Dunnock pairRoad end of Linnet Hedge
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Great tit pair
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BlackbirdLinnet Hedge
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Rook / carrion crowNorth Bean FieldThe Churchyard Posse feeding on ground
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SkylarkNorth Bean FieldLots of skylark (10'S?) some up high singing and plenty more flying low over fields in twos and threes. First ones sighted this year - what a treat!
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Lots of birds everywherre today. Gulls up high, hedges and fields very busy. Green woddpecker yafling in trees in gardens at back of Cottenham Road. Linnet Hedge mechanically cut on Friday exposing horrendous amount of litter. Took bags with me yesterday and today and cleared out as much of it as I could. Shredded my right hand on brambles. Ouch.
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Tues 19thFieldfareAllotments9amDull, mild, calmFlock of several hundred
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SkylarkNorth Bean FieldLots of them - 10's mostly flitting low over the ground. A couple were up higher singing.
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Corn buntingSingleton along ditch on west side of North Bean FieldFirst one this year! Got within 10m - geat view with binoc's
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Green woodpeckerGardens at back of Cottenham RoadDidn't see it, but yaffling away in some style.
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BlackbirdLots of themIn all the hedgerows and trees and several seen at same time flying low over PX field
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Sat 30thGoldfinchSingleton, top of Linnet Hedge10amCold, cloudless, sunny,Appeared very quiet to start with but saw plenty of exciting wildlife.
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dusting of snow
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DunnockSingleton, top of Linnet Hedge10am
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RookFlock of around 20-30 near farmhouse10.15am
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GreenfinchPair in Merlin Hedge 10.30am
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WrenThree around old machine shed10.30amLooked like a pair and an interloper.
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FoxEmerged from scrub just beyond Reedbed into Fallow Field and crossed field10.45amI thought it had seen a hare sitting on far edge of fallow field but it skirted the reedbed and emerged in field behind yellowhammer hedge where Copper gave chase
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FieldfareFlew from Reedbed towards Owlshed11amSingleton - unusual. Second singleton on ground in south beanfield on the way back
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SkylarkSingle flying upwards over North Bean Field
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Lapwing~60 over Bean Field
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KestrelFemale in tree behind gardens of Cottenham Road
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Long tailed titThree over PX FieldFlew into hedge along the side garden of Cottenham Road
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