Spring is at the corner in the Great Linford Wood

After a long period without birding I finally forced myself to go out for a short walk to see the apparently improving spring. While the nights are still frosty the daytimes are warmer and sometimes sunny. The Great Linford Wood is a nice escape of the over developed Milton Keynes. Vegetation still sleeping although the hazel has been blooming as usual.

There were no any special bird present in the woods but it was very birdy and noisy. Many birds started singing including the characteristic Song Thrush. Green Woodpeckers called from 3 different places and I heard a Eurasian Treecreeper singing for the very first time in my life. That is such a sweet song. Many pairs of Common Magpie started to build their nest while Common Wood Pigeons were mating or chasing each others.

I was also enjoying eBirding in the field. When I finished birding I submitted my data still in the field with the iOS BirdsEye BirdLog World app. I found this app very useful and easy to use. Read some reviews here.


Great Tit was quite abundant in the forest. © Gyorgy Szimuly

European Robin. © Gyorgy Szimuly

European Robin. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Common Buzzard 1
Common Wood-Pigeon 19
Great Spotted Woodpecker 4
Green Woodpecker 4 (heard only)
Common Magpie 18
Eurasian Jackdaw 4
Carrion Crow 19
Great Tit 31
Blue Tit 25
Long-tailed Tit 8
Eurasian Nuthatch 3
Eurasian Treecreeper 2
Eurasian Wren 7
Goldcrest 1
European Robin 17
Eurasian Blackbird 14
Redwing 42
Song Thrush 3
Eurasian Siskin 10

I was a bit surprised by the lack of Common Chaffinches. In Hungary they are already singing this time of the year. Is the whole UK population wintering outside the British island?


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