Thursday, 10 June 2010

Evening Birdsong Guided Walk

Twelve of us joined Chris McGaw (Rivers and People Project) for an excellent guided walk around Hilly Fields this evening.  At times the wind kept the birds quiet but we did hear and see 15 species:

Heard (but I didn't see)
  • Blue Tit
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker
  • Great Tit
  • House Sparrow
  • Robin
  • Wren
Heard and seen
  • Blackbird (1)
  • Carrion Crow (2)
  • Chaffinch (1)
  • Goldfinch (1)
  • Magpie (5)
  • Mistle Thrush (2)
Seen (but I didn't hear)
  • Starling (7)
  • Woodpigeon (15)
  • Sparrowhawk (1)
Yes!  The Sparrowhawk is back.  At around 20:00 it flew from Vicars Hill direction along the rooftops of Cliffview Road.  It all happened too fast for a photo, but here's a couple I took earlier of a Mistle Thrush on a nearby tree and our party watching it.

Chris (8th from the left) will be taking more bird-oriented walks around the park in the future and I'll give notice of these events in this blog.


  1. Today 23rd Feb 2012 we saw a pair of Sparrowhawks perch in a sycamore tree at the end of our garden between Wickham Rd and Breakspears, they sat apart for a while until a Jay attacked one and this revealed the other in the tree behind as they went for the Jay, didn't get it. Fantastic!!

  2. Wow - quite a drama! It's good to know the sparrowhawks are still around but I'm glad they didn't take out the jay...