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Woodside Sightings by Jim Steele

Posted: Monday 2nd October 2017 by woodsidenr

Sunday 1st October - The weekend was good for birds. A little owl 'yelped' and dropped out of low tree on the southern path. Pale bird, probably a juvenile. It was good to see my first stonechats on the reserve with two near Parker's Bridge, with several meadow pipits close by and a large charm of over eighty goldfinches. Kestrel being chased by a pair of young sparrowhawk on the mound (or is it the dome?) and little groups of swallow going South for the winter. Young chiffchaff calling in a woodland strip. A couple of red admirals were flying over. At Parker's Bridge I always look for fish and there were none this time...but wait! A jack pike lurked on the bottom. After some minutes it lifted itself to mid-water without any obvious movement; somehow it reminded me of a Harrier 'jumpjet' - but without the noise! It felt good not to be a stickleback. Jim

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