Tuesday, 2 June 2015

June 2nd Mousehold Heath

A windy day at Mousehold Heath
Went out for another bird survey with Will the warden on Mousehold Heath. It wasn't the greatest conditions for it, though. It felt like October than June, as it was incredibly windy and it made it hard to hear the birds. Thankfully, my hearing was good enough to pick out sounds that are high pitched, like treecreepers and goldcrests, even in this windy weather. Together, Will and I recorded birds such as; blackbirds, robins, blue tits, long-tailed tits, willow warbler, chiffchaffs, chaffinches, treecreepers, goldcrests, wrens, a great spotted woodpecker, woodpigeons, mistle thrush, jay and a kestrel.

Mistle Thrush
Amongst the sound of the howling gale, we also heard a few buzzing calls of feeding chicks, indicating that we had found a few nest sites. We couldn't tell what species they were exactly for most of these nests, but we did ID one as blackcap after seeing a male with a beakful of insects before diving into the brambles with a faint chorus of feeding calls. Not the best survey, but eventful nontheless.
I think this is a large gall growing on this oak tree
Pigeons taking cover from the wind
A view of Norwich from St James' Hill
A good day to fly a kite!

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