Thursday, December 22, 2011

Wed/Thurs 21st and 22nd December

Spent a couple more days in Putnoe Wood. The days couldn't have been more different, weather wise, with overcast and drizzle on Wednesday and clear and sunny on Thursday. There were a few more species to add to the list of birds seen and heard:

Song Thrush
Mistle Thrush
Carrion Crow

Black-headed and Common Gulls were seen on the football pitches by the wood.

The Woodpeckers were particularly active on the Thursday with several GSW drumming all day and lots of squabbles over territory. The Greens put in an appearance right by us at lunch time. In fact the good weather  seemed to bring out the birds, with much more activity throughout the day in general.

Grey Squirrels are also doing very well, I don't think I have seen so many concentrated in one area before, and that's saying something!

There were also quite a few fungi about including this nice little group:

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Tuesday 20th December

Spent the day, with the rangers, coppicing in Putnoe Wood. This wood is managed on an 8 year cycle, meaning there are 8 plots each being processed once in 8 years. Although it looks harsh it has the effect of opening up the lower levels of the wood to more light which improves the conditions for the woodland flowers such as Bluebells. Also it is just a relatively small area of the wood that is affected each year. There is a lot of cut timber left at the moment but this will be processed by the BTCV early next year. They will take much of the material for fencing on other projects and the remainder will be used for dead hedging in the wood.

As usual I arrived at the Wood a little early and checked out the bird life. The morning was bright with a cold wind so the wood provided good shelter and the birds seemed to be enjoying it with many species seen and heard throughout the day including:

Great-spotted Woodpecker
Green Woodpecker
Coal Tit
Sparrowhawk (JB)
Blue Tit
Great Tit
Long-tailed Tit
Goldcrest (JB)

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