Sunday, 30 March 2008
great tit 3
collared dove 8
house sparrow 3
blue tit 4
wood pigeon 2
song thrush 1
pied wagtail 1
17 species in half an hour (5.30 - 6.00pm)
Saturday, 29 March 2008
Friday, 28 March 2008
Also, skylarks, green woodpeckers and 2 kestrels were observed. A marsh tit called from Alder Wood, as did at least 5 goldcrests. A squall necessitated a quick dash to the club house veranda, where I scoped the large fieldfare flock but only came up with 1 redwing and 50 starlings.
Thursday, 27 March 2008
Also of note, was a common buzzard soaring over East Wood, west of the shops, and a party of 56 linnets, obligingly lined up on wires, hence the accurate count. Yellowhammers remained a constant companion as a lesser black backed gull swooped over Green Street. Skylarks sang from various fields and Green woodpeckers called frequently. A solitary great spotted woodpecker drummed in East Wood. Fieldfares and redwings were still evident in trees along Hoecroft Lane, numbering in excess of 150 altogether.
1 hare basked in the late March sunshine and many rabbits, some newly born were recorded in the undergrowth alongside Hoecroft Lane.
New plants were photographed, namely common field speedwell (veronica persica) along with red and white dead nettle (lamium pupuruem and lamium album respectively) Wood anenomes (anenome nemorosa) were also observed in East Wood but not yet in full bloom.
A most successful wander, with a bird species count of 33. I suspect these daily totals to increase as the spring migrants arrive.
Monday, 24 March 2008
Sunday, 23 March 2008
Saturday, 22 March 2008
Friday, 21 March 2008
Yellowhammers called from the bushes and over 2000 wood pigeons were registered in trees along the river bank. Usual suspects of tits and finches were also recorded, along with flyovers of pied wagtail and stock dove. In all 27 sp for the short walk. First photo of Sweet violet whilst the second is the view looking north up the River Ash from near Winding Hill, Much Hadham.
Monday, 17 March 2008
Tuesday, 11 March 2008
At the bus stop 2 carrion crows called from the wood, blackbirds jousted for territory by the Ford and 3 greenfinches went over. Wrens, song thrush, great tit and chaffinches were singing. All very peaceful and made me wish I had the day off.
Sunday, 9 March 2008
2 moorhens called from the undergrowth along the River Ash as a party of 10 redwings winged their way north.
Later on (2.00 - 3.30pm) I ventured out again, on my south west walk. New birds for the day included 3 bullfinches opposite Bridgefoot Farm, 144 fieldfares on the par 3 short course at Ash Valley golf club. Here we sheltered from the driving drizzle before blue skies prevailed once again. Calling jays on the golf course and plenty of magpies along the road heading back the village were seen and heard. A refreshing pint of Abbot did the job in the Nags Head followed by a session of trying to photograph garden birds. I need to get hold of a 300mm lens, as at present I only have a 55mm on my Nikon D40.
Also of note were several clumps of wild daffodils (narcissus pseudonarcissus) which can be differentiated from the garden species by its lack of leaves on the stem. Lesser celeandine ( ranunulus ficaria) was also noted in ditches adjacent to the 1st hole on the golf course, but yet to come into full bloom. The photos attached show the male River Ash mallard near the Ford, whilst the lower one depicts the blackthorn blossom west and downhill from Bush Wood.
Saturday, 8 March 2008
There was a possibility that a lesser spotted woodpecker called from a distance. I heard it only once from the far side of the course, so a wander to Caley Wood for a thorough search of the canopy is in order. This is one of the best times to see these elusive birds as they are calling and drumming at the moment.
Sunday, 2 March 2008
Saturday, 1 March 2008
- Jono Forgham
- A primary school teacher for 30 years, I retired from teaching in July 2009 to set up my own science enhancement and communication company. The Primary Works offers science clubs, workshops and staged science shows nationwide. I have always been interested in bird watching since my early years. Apparently my first tick was after inquiring about a chaffinch and then receiving the Observer book of birds. By the age of 9 I had moved on to Tory Peterson's collins guide and was now involved on YOC birding holidays to Northumbria, Essex coast, Slimbridge and Yorkshire. My twitching rule is that I will willingly travel 1km for each gram the bird weighs. However, I have had many rarities just by being in the right place. I have travelled widely throughout Europe and also visited Australia and Sri Lanka. Further European destinations are planned and a bigger trip to The Crimea was planned for 2014 but now not possible. so 2014: Sri Lanka in January, Poland in April, Madeira in June and The Camargue in July. So far 2015 has been Sri Lanka in Jan, Poland in Feb, Sri Lanka in April and The Camargue coming up in 1st week of September.
Firstly, Bishop's Stortford Natural History Society http://bsnhs.webplus.net/
http://www.hertsbirdclub.org.uk/ The official herts bird club website. Frequently updated, listing bird sightings around the county. Offers links to many other websites. Both of these sites also offer links to yahoo discussion groups.
http://www.birdforum.net/ An international site. You can enter as a guest but become a member( free) to post comments, bird sightings and just about anything to do with wild birds. Good news updates, classified section for binoculars, cameras etc.
http://www.guidedbirdwatching.com/ A new site set up where you can contact people worldwide who will help you find good birds in their country. UK section being set up presently.
Fellow birders blog. Strtford resident, Graeme Smith regulary birds the area south of Stortford as well as around Spellbrook and the River Stort from Spellbrook to Twyford Locks. Some superb bird photography: Graeme uses a digital camera attached to his powerful telescope to get detailled images of the birds he sees. Well worth a browse.
Two local sites that may be of interest can be found at