Thursday 17 January 2013

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 31 species recorded this morning including - 3 Snipe, 5 Bullfinch, 5 Siskin, 4 Reed Bunting, 18 Fieldfare.
Shaun Radcliffe
Dowley Gap: Two Chiffchaffs, one of which is the pale bird seen before Christmas, but now photographed and considered to show characteristics of the eastern race 'P.c. tristis'. It's very unreliable, but tends to favour around GR122383, ie between Ivy House and the river, where, if present, it could be deep in the scrub between the wall and the sewage works boundary fence, but, on occasion, has emerged to feed in vegetation on the path itself.

It should be stressed that anybody looking for the bird should respect the privacy of local residents, and under no circumstances leave the public footpath.
Keith Moir