Stockton Cutting looking great in the dusting of snow Sunday morning (19/2/2012) it is just great to see it looking as it should. Roll on the spring and summer to see it start to restore the flora.
Well I’ve now completed my more formal bird surveys for the year to enable Warwickshire Wildlife Trust to build a data base but will continue to watch during my times in the Cutting.
Today had a few surprises including a couple of Muntjac deer, a stoat having a rabbit for breakfast, a shrew, a vole, a fox, and most surprising of all what I can only assume was an escapee hamster dashing across the path! Just shows what a rich wildlife environment there is – add lots of different butterflies and moths, frogs and toads and loads more insects and it really is a fascinating place to be. And of course the flora is very diverse this time of year especially on the grasslands the volunteers work so hard to maintain.
The survey list since April has:
Black headed Gull, Blue Tit, Blackbird, Blackcap, Bullfinch, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Crow, Collared Dove, Dunnock, Feral Pigeon, Garden Warbler, Goldfinch Great Spotted Woodpecker, Great Tit, Green Finch, Green Woodpecker, Jackdaw, Jay, Kestrel, Linnet Long-tailed Tit, Magpie, Mallard, Moorhen,Robin, Rook, Song Thrush, Skylark, Sparrowhawk, Starling, Swallow, Swift, Treecreeper, Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Willow Tit, Woodpigeon, Wren, Yellowhammer – 40 different species with others seen during the year taking the total to 71 so far and as ever I’m sure some have not been recorded.
If you have any more sightings please let us know.
Steve 13th July 2011
A stroll down the length of the cutting from Hillmorton Road to the other side of Onley Lane revealed 23 different species of bird as follows:
Blackbird, Bullfinch, Buzzard, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Crow, Goldfinch, Dunnock, Greenfinch,Black headed Gull, Magpie, Moorhen, Redwing, Robin, Skylark, Sparrowhawk, Starling, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Green Woodpecker, Woodpigeon, Wren
Sure I missed some even then.
Also spotted several butterflies – Small Tortoiseshell, Comma and Brimstone male and female