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Bird news

by Rod Kebble

  • The Spring survey by species table has been updated to include Spring 2012;
  • House martins have been spotted hunting insects over the dairy pond — but so far none have moved into the nests built for them on the front of the dairy itself;
  • Over last weekend, three chaffinch chicks were found on the floor of the education room in the new dairy. Their parents had chosen to build a nest in the roof of the room. Unfortunately, when they did so it was relatively cool there but the recent warm weather has made it very hot inside the nest. Two live chicks were returned to the nest but might not survive;
  • A chaffinch chick at the Countryside Restoration Trust's Pierrepont Farm

    One of the chaffinch chicks that made an unscheduled exit from the nest.


  • The hoped-for colonisation of the clock tower by swifts has not yet happened — but blue tits have been spotted leaving a nest about two-thirds of the way up the tower and accessed by a small gap between the cladding planks on the left corner;
  • The barn owl box on Wey Top Path has once again been taken over by mandarin. Erected in 2009, mandarin occupied it in 2010 and stock doves took it over in 2011. Meanwhile a box built for tawny owl/mandarin was unused in 2010 and occupied by stock doves in 2011.
A nest box for barn owls at the Countryside Restoration Trust's Pierrepont Farm.

The nest box for barn owls which has once again been taken over by mandarin.