Badby bird notes for May 2020 –

The bluebells in Badby Woods were as beautiful as ever. The warm weather in April meant that they were at their best by the middle of that month.

Due to the lockdown more people have been out and about around the village, in the woods and in their gardens observing wildlife.

Numbers of avian summer visitors seem to be good. Many people have heard a cuckoo calling, something that has been sadly missing in recent years.  Swallows, house martins and swifts have all arrived. Let’s hope the village resident with swift boxes has some success in attracting tenants this year! We have no house martins nesting under our eaves yet but there are others around the village.

Chiffchaffs and blackcaps have been very vocal for almost two months. There are also many common and lesser whitethroats singing from the hedgerows.

Perhaps the most exciting visitor has been a marsh harrier, recently spotted hunting over the fields between Badby and Staverton.

 

RP

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