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Bird watching outing to Chorleywood House Estate

Bird watching outing to Chorleywood House Estate
Chorleywood by Peter Antram

Sunday, 14 March 2010

Memories of a cold but sunny March morning at Chorleywood House Estate.

Two blue tits were carrying nesting materials into the hollow trunk of a dead tree. A nuthatch and treecreeper fed in the same patch of woodland; one goes down and up, the other up and down. Three dunnocks were setting up home in the fallen branches around a huge tree stump. A lone redwing rested in the woods on its journey north. A water rail and moorhen dispute a prime nesting site on the banks of the River Chess; the water rail won. Green woodpeckers abound and showed themselves clearly in the treetops. Buzzards and red kites shared the clear blue sky over the fields. The kingfisher swooped up the river and obliged us all by perching in clear view. Good company made the walk especially enjoyable and ensured that all shared the sights and sounds of the spring awakening.


Peter Antram


Bird listings:

Blackbird
Buzzard
Chaffinch
Coot
Crow carrion
Dunnock
Egret little
Goose Canada
Gull black-headed
Heron Grey
Jackdaw
Jay
Kestrel
Kingfisher
Mallard
Moorhen
Nuthatch
Red kite
Redwing
Robin
Rook
Sparrowhawk
Blue tit
Great tit
Tit long-tailed
Treecreeper
Water rail
Woodpecker great spotted
Woodpecker green

All seen peacock butterfly

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