St David's, Little Dewchurch

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Bird Survey December 2006 - July 2007

The birds in the churchyard were surveyed by Ifor and Elaine Evans of the Herefordshire Ornithological Club. The results are summarised below. The full report can be downloaded as a pdf.

The survey was carried out from December 2006 to July 2007 so as to give some indication of wintering birds and possible breeding birds. In all six visits were made each lasting some two to three hours and all birds seen were recorded noting any signs of breeding during the March to July visits.

Twenty eight species were recorded over the six visits:

Pheasant, Swallow, Mistle Thrush, Jackdaw, Buzzard, House Martin, Chiffchaff, Carrion Crow, Woodpigeon, Pied Wagtail, Blue Tit, Raven, Collared Dove, Wren, Great Tit, Starling, Little Owl, Dunnock, Nuthatch, House Sparrow, Swift, Robin, Treecreeper, Chaffinch, Green Woodpecker, Blackbird, Magpie, Greenfinch.

The only positive breeding record was of a pair of Nuthatches that nested in an artificial tit box and were seen to carry food into the box at two or three minute intervals on the 1 th May. By the next visit on the 9th of June the young had fledged.

Probable breeding, with birds singing over territory, birds seen carrying food or nesting material were noted in robin, blackbird, bluetit, chaffinch and greenfinch.


Nuthatches breed in a nesting box in the churchyard

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