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Sunday 28th April 2019

15th April 2019: First two Swallows around the garden today; also our first Orange-tip butterfly. Shela and Ian D.
9th April 2019: A couple of sightings: on 9th March at Long Drove – White Wagtail c5 and on 8th April at Long Drove – ringtail Hen Harrier.
Photograph: Blackbird nest in our garden on 30th March (Simon Stirrup)

29th March 2019: Hinton Reservoir:-  Sunny Spring  morning with a light breeze , we had 20 Greylag Geese, 4 Little Grebe, 4 Tufted Ducks, 5 Mallard, 4 Coot, 9 Moorhen, 1 Cormorant, 1 Common Gull, 1 Green woodpecker and 9/10 Fieldfare. Station Road :- 1 Chiffchaff visited today.  Butterflies , 1 Comma, 1 Brimstone and 1 Red Admiral (so far!!)  S & I Dickerson 
28th March 2019: Down the droves today, light breeze and bright. DAMBANK - Skylarks, Kestrel 1 probable Marsh Harrier and 1 Hare. LONG DROVE - total 34 Mute Swans, 5 Roe Deer, 2 Mute Swans in stream, Skylarks, 1 Reed Bunting 2 Mallard, 1 Red Kite, 2 Kestrel, 2 Hares   and 1 probable fem. Brimstone butterfly. BACK DROVE - Skylarks, 1 Buzzard, 4 Roe Deer , 1 Peacock and 1 Red Admiral butterflies. A noticable lack of small birds about.
In the garden, 1 Comma and 1 fem.Brimstone and another dark,(unidentifed) butterflies.  Sheila and Ian D.

Attached is an image of a Blackbird nest in our garden on 30th March.
8th March 2019: Around the Droves this morning – DAMBANK  - 50+ Fieldfare, 1 Skylark, 2 Mallard, 1 Kestrel, 4 M. Swans, 1 Cormorant, 3 Buzzards, interacting and calling together. LONG DROVE  - 1  Wheatear , 57 Mute Swans, 1 Buzzard in tree(could be one of the three), Skylarks(heard), 1 Kestrel, 2 Mallard, 7+ Pied Wagtails, Approx 250 each of Common and Black headed Gulls,  60+ Stock Doves, another 8 Wheatear( in same field as Gulls etc) 50+ Starlings, up to 20 Goldfinch and 3 Reed Buntings.  - Better result than this time last year!!  Sheila and Ian D. 
26th FEBRUARY 2019: One or two Brimstone butterflies in the garden on 23rd February. SimonRegards
17th FEBRUARY 2019: Reed buntings still coming regularly, feeding on softbill seed on the patio. Three different individuals identified. Best news: a pair of Mistlethrushes appear to be about to nest in the ash at the bottom of the garden - first record of Mistlethrush for a couple of years. Still waiting for a Blackcap! Jake 
13th FEBRUARY 2019: Barbara York saw her first pair of frogs in amplexus in the pond plus a peacock butterfly sunning itself. The goldcrest is still in full song but not showing much.Simon
5th FEBRUARY 2019: After very cold and some snowy weather, a thaw today, but misty and damp. Wildlife seen as follows:-
Hinton Reservoir – 1 Cormorant, 22+ Mallard, 13 Tufted ducks, 50+ Wigeon, 14 Pochard, 2 Little Grebe, 28 Moorhen, 10 Coot, 2 Canada geese, 19 Greylag geese, 2 Herring Gulls, plus numerous others and 1 Kingfisher.  Other birds seen,  up to 40 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing,  2 Chaffinch, 2 Robins and 1 Buzzard. S & I Dickerson.
Sewage works, Haddenham - 100+ Starlings 6 Pied Wagtails and 1 Grey Wagtail.
Hogshill Drove – 4 Yellowhammer inc 1 Female, 4 Chaffinch, 4 Goldfinch, 4 Fieldfare. S & I D.
4th FEBRUARY 2019: Green Woodpecker late afternoon, stayed about 15 minutes. S&I Dickerson

24th January 2019: Up to 3 Jays have been regular visitors during the recent cold weather. Here is one from 18th January on our peanut feeder. Simon Stirrup.

24th January 2019: 1 Coal Tit singing in the garden, plus Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers seen also in the last few days. Barbara York.
9th January 2019: Cool, bright and breezy day down on the droves.  Clayton Bridge: 46 Mute Swans.  Long Drove: 4 Roe Deer, 3 Corn Buntings, 3+ Reed Buntings and 50+ Goldfinch in a mixed flock. 2 Kestrel, 1 Skylark and 50+ Starlings. Foulmire Drove: 2 Kestrel, 250+ Lapwing, up to 10 Fieldfare, 200+ Starling and 5 Corn Buntings.  Sheila and Ian D.
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