Data Collection Day 3 – High Wood Wokingham

On Friday I continued my data collection of bird species richness at the final of my three sites, High Wood Nature Reserve in Wokingham, just behind Bulmershe campus. High Wood is a 30.1 acre site of woodland, which is managed by the “friends of Highwood” – an independent group of local residents. Nest boxes and the such like are present, but woodland management techniques aren’t as well established compared to campus and Maiden Erlegh. Tree species in the woodland include Giant Redwoods as well as Monkey Puzzle.

I witnessed 10 species, including again another Sparrowhawk pair, and 9 more species were identified by voice recordings. In alphabetical order:

  • Blackbird (Turdus merula)
  • Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla)
  • Blue Tit (Parus caeruleus)
  • Carrion Crow (Corvus corone corone)
  • ChiffChaff (Phylloscopus collybita)
  • Coal Tit (Parus ater)
  • Dunnock (Prunella modularis)
  • Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis)
  • Great Tit (Parus major)
  • Green Woodpecker (Picus viridis)
  • Jay (Garrulus glandarius)
  • Long Tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus)
  • Magpie (Pica pica)
  • Nuthatch (Sitta europaea)
  • Robin (Erithacus rubecula)
  • Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus)
  • Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos)
  • Woodpigeon (Columba palumbus)
  • Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes)

On another note, it has been suggested that the unidentified bird on the last blog post is in fact a juvenile Blackbird. If anyone does think any different however, please let me know!

About Thomas Whitlock

I'm a third student at the University of Reading, currently studied for a degree in Zoology. I have a wide interest in biodiversity, most notably British wildlife. I have an especial interest in British mammals and birds. I hope to become a wildlife cameraman or photographer after I graduate, and I feel that blogging will be a key component of any future job in Zoology. This is my first blog, so please be kind!
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