Saturday, August 1, 2009

Ampthill Park - early morning walk

I was up bright and early this morning because I thought it was about time I went for a walk over the Park to see what's around.

I was really surprised by the amount of birds calling and singing. In a month or so's time it will be virtually silent as the breeding season finishes and many birds 'scrub-skulk' as they moult their feathers.

Several Green Woodpeckers were especially vocal, yaffling away, and the 'chick' of a couple of calling Great Spotted Woodpeckers was also obvious from time to time. I couldn't locate the Treecreeper that was both calling and singing just to the south-east of the main Flushes, but Goldfinches, Robins, Wrens, Dunnocks, Wood Pigeons, Stock Doves, Willow Warblers, Blackcaps, Jackdaws, Carrion Crows, Coal Tits, Great Tits, Blue Tits, Moorhens, Chaffinches, Pheasants and Nuthatches were all heard.

There were a number of fledgling and juvenile birds around. A young Kestrel was making a bit of a racket in the scrub immediately east of The Rezzy, but the highlight was my first confirmed evidence of breeding for Jays, with a juvenile accompanying a pair of adults in the tops of the Oaks in the north-east corner.

It's well worth spending some time looking at the brilliant website for the Bedfordshire Bird Atlas that's presently being compiled. I've enjoyed sending records in for the Ampthill Park tetrad and it's filling up now. You can find it at:

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