Country Park and Old Town- the Breeding Bird Atlas.

A fairly rapid walk along the cliffs this morning, as the windy, dull weather gave few opportunities for insect photography. Birds were quite good though, with a small party of Crossbills calling over Fairlight, a Hobby [by no means regular here] over Firehills, and Peregrine and Raven over Ecclesbourne Meadow .Unfortunately no sign of any Dartford Warblers, but not ideal weather.

Along Brakey Bank I saw a couple of the attractive longhorn moth Nemophora degeerella, which I had added to our Fairlight garden moth list the previous day.

I then spent a rather damp hour in the Old Town, trying to upgrade the breeding status of some of the species recorded for the Breeding Bird Atlas project, which is drawing to a close. This is not easy, and a number of species still require positive proof of breeding [eg adults carrying food, nest with young and so on]. I wonder if anybody who lives in or visits the tetrad TQ80J can help with any of the following species: Swift, Collared Dove[not recorded at all], Dunnock, Robin, Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Coal Tit, Great Tit, Pied Wagtail [not recorded] Jay, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Linnet , Bullfinch and House Sparrow.

If you can, please add a comment giving type of evidence, date and name of locality. Thanks !

 

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4 responses to “Country Park and Old Town- the Breeding Bird Atlas.

  1. hello alan
    where is brakey bank in the park?…perhaps if you are having a walk round one eveing we could meet up…i live just off the ridge and dont visit the country park enough though have done some birding there this year. im running my own moth trap in my garden as well.
    graham barker

    • Hi Graham, Brakey Bank is the wood which runs along the west side of Warren Glen, and has a footpath running along the bottom of it, it gets early sun and so is good for insects and birds. I dont do much in the evenings-recovering from early starts !- why not come along to one of the Friends of HCPNR field visits ? Be good if you could take up Andy’s offer and put your sigtings on the website. Alan

      • hello alan
        will look in to the friends visits…always strapped for time with a family etc, though im sure you know about that…and also being warden over at filsham reedbed as well.
        im happy to join you early one morning if you dont mind just for a walk and chat and who knows…maybe some birds or somesuch…
        graham

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