7th March 2011 
 A little stroll around the reserve, just after lunch, I thought I’ll count the House Sparrows, there's excitement for you! There has been a huge decline in this once most common bird,  how many do you see in the streets now?
Observations: Well, I estimated 100+ House Sparrows , in and around the bushes and hedges near the Car Park. It soon livened up when at 1:20pm a lively  Sparrowhawk ( see pict.)  went flying though the Car Park looking for it’s lunch !  Well it went hungry for a little bit longer, because it was unsuccessful in catching anything.
Other birds sightings : 3 Green Woodpeckers, they were very noisy today with that ‘Laughing call’. There were  also Great tit, Blue tit, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Robin, Blackbird, Wren and Jay. All these birds were seen just sitting down on one of the benches inside the wooded area for 10-15 minutes, and last if not least, on my way home, a lovely Mallard Duck ( male) swimming around in the newly cleared pond all on his own...ah Bless !
Bye for now  
                                             Sparrowhawk  flying & perched.

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