Saturday 30 May 2020

Young, recently fledged birds around the village

A number of fledged young birds have been seen around the village over the last week or two, and Andy M has taken a few pictures of some of them.

Young House Sparrow -
very like the adult female, but keeps the yellow gape

 Young Starling
drab brown colour with some streaks, and a yellow gape

Young Goldfinch 
Young Goldfinch
Black, white and yellow pattern on wings similar to adults, but
lacking the adult's red, black and white colour on the face and head.

Young Dunnock
Very like the adult, but with less grey on the head

 Young Blue Tit - peeping out. This family fledged the next day.
Similar pattern to adult, but colours more yellowy and muted, as if 'washed-out'

Young Great Tit
Similar pattern to adult, including white cheek patch and black breast strip,
but colours more yellowy and muted.

 Young Rook - 
Very similar to adult, but lacking the white bill - making it seem similar to a Carrion Crow.  
Young Rooks still have the characteristic 'dagger-shaped' bill though.

 Young Blackbird

 Young Blackbird 
Similar to female, but often with a shorter tail.  More speckled, particularly on the breast.

 Young Blackbird - sunbathing!

  Young Canada Goose goslings with adult - 
Goslings remain 'fluffy' for some time 
before turning pale grey-brown like the adult, but with a brown neck for the first year.

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The Aims of Abington Naturewatch

At their meeting on 9 April 2005 the members approved this revised version of the aims of Abington Naturewatch:

  • To monitor and record the wildlife (fauna & flora) within the borders of the Abingtons;
  • To encourage protection of our wildlife, maintain its quality and foster its diversity;
  • To promote awareness of the richness, potential and problems of the natural environment of the Abingtons;
  • To cooperate in improving access to the local natural environment for the benefit of all Abington villagers.

Pat Daunt, Founder

The organisation is informal and communication is by email if possible; members are notified of events from time to time. Contact details are maintained by a small "project team". There is currently no membership fee as costs are covered by voluntary contributions at events.

Members are encouraged to report notable sightings of flora and fauna within the Abingtons to the appropriate sector coordinator and an illustrated record is published annually.

A map of the area covered, with some features noted, is available here:>

For more information or to join, please contact David Farrant on (01223) 892871.

Contributions to our records should be sent to sector contacts or either of the above. Photographs may also be submitted to Andy Merryweather (