Bird Life at Old Oak Barn
We have an extraordinary number of wild birds at Cwmpalis both in the woods, on our natural bog, on the pond and two streams and in the open fields!
A few years ago we had a professional bird count done over two days March 31st and April 1st. During that night 3 chiff chaff arrived from the south being migratory birds and were included in the count. Swallows, House Martins and warblers were yet to arrive. The following is a list of what was spotted. We feel very fortunate to be able to see and hear many of these birds ourselves and many visitors to Old Oak Barn adore watching them too. We can put extra feeder out near the barn if you want to photo them closer up. The noisiest time to come and stay is probably March through to end of April! It can be very loud sometimes and also very early starting at around 4.30 a.m some mornings!
The list includes:-
Wren Blackbird Robin
Bue Tit Chiff Chaff Song Thrush
Wood Pigeon Great Tit Chaffinch
Dunnock Nut Hatch Raven
Black Cap Jay Pied Wagtail
Goldcrest Woodcock Coal Tit
Greenfinch Greater Spotted Woodpecker Buzzard
Magpie Pheasant Goldfinch
Mistle Thrush Herring Gull Marsh Tit
Red Kite Redwing Moorhen
Field Fare Long Tailed Tit Tree Creeper
Bull Finch Willow Warbler House Sparrow
Canada Geese Jackdaw Feral Pigeon
Lesser Black Back Gull Grey Heron Black Headed Gull
Sparrow Hawk Mallard Greylag Goose
In addition we were asked to look out for :-
Curlew, Whimbrell, Swallow, House Martin, Tree Pipit, Redstart, Grasshopper Warbler, Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, Wood Warbler, Spotted flycatcher, Pied Flycatcher, Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Siskin, Linnet and Yellow Wagtail. Most of these we have heard or seen.
at the farm and every year between 30 and 50 fledge
many of which come back every year. In 2014 we had
House Martins once again after a lapse of nearly 10 years.
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