Wednesday 21st December North part of Cottam. A quick look round some of the ponds despite it being damp. A sparrowhak floated over Haydock Lane pond and the school; Haydock Pond held 40 Mallard - 18m and 22 f; 3 Waterhen; 11 Black-headed Gulls; and a singing (sub-song) Robin. Greenside Pond held 19m and 16f Mallard; 4 Waterhen; a few Blackbirds, males with dark bills, which would suggest that they were Scandinavian migrants. Very skittish and alarm calling, but not as many of them as there were a week or 10 days ago. Two Grey Squirrels were in trees by the pond.
Miller Lane - Pair of Collared Doves; 3 Goldfinch; Blue Tit; 2 Greenfinch. Greenmead Pond - Just 4m and 2f Mallard. Bideford Pond - 3m and 2f Mallard, and a huge amount of rubbish in and around the pond and adjacent woodland - despite the provision of a waste bin near the playground. Ancient Oak Pond - 1m Mallard; 2 Jackdaw (over) 4 Woodpigeons and a Magpie. Over the last week I've notice one or two areas where there seems to be a good concentration of House Sparrows. Today I heard a lot calling from some evergreen bushes close to Greenmead Pond and Swallowfield. Last week I heard a lot in similar circumstances close to a house on Valentines Meadow, where it backs onto Valentines Lane footpath.
I've just been reading about the difficulties that House Sparrows are still having, Have a look at the following link, and consider how YOU could 'Step up for Nature' in 2012:-
Posted by: Steve Halliwell