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Goldcrest - Regulus regulus


Sand Martin - Riparia riparia


Common Stonechat - Saxicola torquatus


Woodcock - Scolopax rusticola

These birds are excellently camouflaged so are rarely seen, more often heard as they are flushed near a path. They breed on the reserve.


Nuthatch - Sitta europaea


Collared Dove - Streptopelia decaocto


Turtle Dove - Streptopelia turtur


Tawny Owl - Strix aluco

Tawny Owls can often be heard calling, as early as February. They are one of the first birds to begin to breed and the bird ringers visit the many nest boxes on Foxglove and on the training area from late April, to ring the chicks.


Starling - Sturnus vulgaris


Blackcap - Sylvia atricapilla

Blackcaps are one of Foxglove's summer migrants. It likes to nest in hedges where there are plenty of Brambles.


Garden Warbler - Sylvia borin


Whitethroat - Sylvia communis


Lesser Whitethroat - Sylvia curruca


Little Grebe - Tachybaptus ruficollis

Little Grebes dive in one palce and surface somewhere totally different, making photographing them very difficult. Visitors have enjoyed watching them at the nest and then feeding the young.


Black Grouse - Tetrao tetrix


Redshank - Tringa totanus

This is the first Redshank chick to be ringed on the wetland.


Wren - Troglodytes troglodytes


Redwing - Turdus iliacus

Redwings visit the reserve in late autumn feeding on the Hawthorn berries, especially in the trees around the Stone Pile parking area. Over a period of several weeks they clear the berries and the reserve changes from autumnal red to winter grey.


Blackbird - Turdus merula

During the winter 'our' Blackbirds are joined by winter migrants from Europe. Like the Redwings they too enjoy the berries of Hawthorn as pasr of their diet.


Song Thrush - Turdus philomelos


Fieldfare - Turdus pilaris


Mistle Thrush - Turdus viscivorus


Barn Owl - Tyto alba


Lapwing - Vanellus vanellus


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