Sunday 02 April – Inglestone Common Leader: Mike Jackson

This new walk around Inglestone Common yielded 37 species which given the subdued weather and in-between season, was a fair count. 13 of us set off from Lower Woods car park to make our way to the Common amid the continuous song of endless Chiffchaff. In the woodland Pied Wagtail, Nuthatch, Song Thrush and Treecreeper all made their presence known. The wooded edge of the common produced Long-tailed Tit, Bullfinch and a singing Blackcap. A Buzzard soared, five Skylarks interacted together, and a loose group of Greenfinches were either singing or feeding in the scrub. 21 Starlings were very active at the cottage gardens where House Sparrows were also noted. The original Buzzard, noted to have missing wing and tail feathers, joined three others to soar over Lance Coppice before one of them proceeded to display, climbing high before stooping, only to repeat this roller-coaster ride several times over – perhaps a young male demonstrating his intent for next Spring? At the cottage bird feeder two Coal Tits showed well before a Marsh Tit was betrayed by its call at the edge of Lower Woods. Walking back to the cars one of our group caught a brief sight of two Siskins moving through the tree tops. Thanks to Alan for keeping the species list, to all for being such good company, and to Mike for leading.
Mike Jackson