Clawford Nature Trail.

Birds.

Below are listed some Birds which frequent Clawford,

The list is not exhaustive.

We have accounted for over 118 species in 2009.

RED listed birds are Globally threatened and are on the decline.

AMBER listed birds were on the decline but are recovering

GREEN listed birds have no identified threat to the population.

 

Barn Owl.

Resident.

Can be seen throughout the year hunting at dusk in the orchards. One pair nesting in the Avery Roof. This pair in one of only 425 pairs across the Devon area. With their large heart-shaped face, white under-parts and pale golden back and wings, barn owls look like ghostly apparitions at night. Barn owls live alone or in pairs, and tend to mate for life. The female lays a clutch of 4-7 eggs in April to early May, which hatch after about 33 days.

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Blackbird.

Resident.

The Blackbird belongs to the Thrush family. The male is black. The female is brownish.  The bird is 10"  long and weighs 95 grams.

It eats worms, insects, berries, fruit and seeds. Blackbirds start making a nest as early as February. The Blackbird produces four or five Blue with brown mottled eggs. It sits on them for two weeks. It takes the chicks only 13 days to be able to leave the nest.

Can be seen throughout the year.

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Blackcap.

Resident.

Can be seen throughout the year.

The Blackcap is a warbler with a distinctive black or red-brown cap covering it's crown and forehead.

The nest is a neat cup built by the female from vegetation and mud and is usually in a hedge, bush, or brambles.

They lay 4-6 eggs. Thy are smooth and glossy, and pale buff with dark markings.  They take 11-12 days to hatch.

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Black Redstart.

Winter Visitor.

Has been spotted at Clawford in November/December three years running.

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Blue tit.

Resident.

Our commonest tit, it feeds mostly on insects and seeds.

Can be seen and heard all year. Nests in boxes along the wall in the Beer Garden.

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Bull Finch.

Resident.

During the nesting season the bullfinch is a woodland bird, the only sign of its presence is a soft piping song or a fleeting glimpse of a white rump. Can be seen occasionally in the orchards during the start of spring when the apple trees are coming into bud.

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Buzzard.

Resident.

The commonest UK bird of prey. It is quite large with broad, rounded wings, & a short neck and tail.

Found on farmland with wooded hills.

Can be seen and heard most days throughout the year. A pair nested in the Clawford woods in 2003.

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Carrion Crow.

Resident.

The carrion crow is one of the cleverest and most adaptable of our birds. They are fairly solitary, usually found in pairs.

Can be seen throughout the year. Cleans the swims after anglers have left.

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Chaffinch.

Resident.

The Chaffinch is the UK's commonest breeding birds & is the most colourful of the UK's finches. Can be seen throughout the year. Very tame. Pesters anglers for worms & maggots during the Spring & early Summer.

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Chiffchaff.

Resident.

A small Olive brown warbler, likes woodlands, parks and large gardens with a distinctive tail-wagging movement. Eats insects.

Can be seen and heard all year but most arrive in March and usually departs in September.

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Cirl Bunting.

Resident.

Can only be seen throughout the UK in Devon.

On only a few occasions we have been lucky to have spotted Cirl Buntings at Clawford.

In 1980 the Cirl Bunting had slumped to only 118 pairs. In 2006 their numbers have recovered to 7,000 pairs.

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Coal tit.

Resident.

Distinctive gray back, black cap and a white patch at the back of it's neck. Eats Insects, seeds and nuts.

Can be seen and heard all year.

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Collared Dove.

Resident.

Distinctive buff-pink plumage and black neck collar usually seen in pairs.

Can be seen throughout the year.

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Coot.

Resident.

All black with a distinctive white beak and forehead. Larger than its cousin the Moorhen.

Can be seen around all the lakes throughout the year.

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Corn Bunting.

Resident.

The largest of the buntings & is usually seen perched on a hedge, wire or post singing its jangling song. 

Can be seen during winter months in weedy fields, stubble or stockyards.

Can be seen occasionally at Clawford throughout the year.

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Cuckoo.

Summer Visitor.

A dove sized bird with blue-grey upper parts & chest with dark barred white under parts. Eats insects, especially hairy caterpillars.

Can be seen regularly during April, May & June around Clawford.

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Dartford Warbler.

Resident.

This small, dark, long-tailed warbler has suffered greatly from severe winters. Likes heath land with gorse and heather.

Has been spotted at Clawford on a few occasions. In 2007 was removed from the Red list to the Amber List.

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Dipper.

Resident.

A short-tailed, plump bird with a low whirring flight. Bobs up and down and frequently cocks its tail. Can be seen throughout the year. Makes several appearances in Winter and Spring.

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Dunnock.

Resident.

A small, brown & grey, easily overlooked bird. Often seen on its own creeping along the edge of a flower bed, near a shrub, flicking its wings as it goes. Can be seen throughout the year.

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Little Egret.

Winter Visitor.

This rare winter visitor has been spotted a few times around the lakes.

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Fieldfare.

Winter Visitor.

Can be seen in numbers in the orchards in Winter.

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Garden Warbler.

Summer Visitor.

A very plain warbler with a light brown back and grey buff under parts. Eats insects & berries.

Likes coppiced woodlands and farmland hedgerows.

Can be seen all round Clawford in Summer. Another trans-Saharan migrant Visitor.

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Goldcrest.

Resident.

The Goldcrest is England's smallest song bird and is dull green back and a buff white below with a distinctive yellow crown stripe. 
It's a widespread species, closely associated with coniferous forest.
Can be seen all year round at Clawford.

 

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Grasshopper Warbler.

Summer Visitor.

The high, insect like reeling song of this warbler is the best clue to its presence. If seen on migration it moves quietly, creeping through the foliage.

Likes scrub, scattered bushes, thick grassland and the edges of reed beds. Eats insects.

Can be seen and heard all round Clawford between April and July.

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Great Tit.

Resident.

Can be seen throughout the year.

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Greenfinch.

Resident.

Its wheezing and twittering song, & flashes of yellow and green as it flies, make this finch a truly colourful character.

A common countryside bird is found on farmland and parks close to man. Eats Insects and seeds.

Can be seen throughout the year at Clawford.

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Green Woodpecker.

Resident.

The Green Woodpecker is the largest of our native woodpecker. It has a green mantle and wings, yellowish rump and whitish under parts.  The crown and nape are red.

They are woodland birds and feed on insects.

They can be seen on the ground feeding on ants with their long sticky tongue.

They nest in holes in trees. Green Woodpeckers are sedentary, rarely moving from their nesting site, Young birds leave their natal grounds in the Autumn.

Can be seen throughout the year around the Clawford Woods.

 

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Grey Wagtail.

Resident.

The Grey Wagtail has slate coloured upper parts & distinctive lemon yellow under parts.

The tail is longer than the pied and yellow wagtails.

In Summer it likes fast flowing rivers. In winter it can be seen around farmyards & lakes. Can be seen regularly throughout the year.

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Heron.

Resident.

Can be seen regularly throughout the year.

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House martin.

Summer Visitor.

Can be seen every day during May to October around Clawford.

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House Sparrow.

Resident.

Can be seen throughout the year.

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Jay.

Resident.

A shy bird but can be seen throughout the year.

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Kestrel.

Resident.

Can be seen occasionally throughout the year.

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Kingfisher.

Resident.

Can be seen all year, around the lakes.

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Lesser spotted woodpecker.

Resident.

Smallest & least common of the woodpeckers.

Rare. Can be seen occasionally throughout the year.

 

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Linnet.

Resident.

Can be seen occasionally throughout the year.

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Little Owl.

Resident.

Can be seen and heard throughout the year.

 

 

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Long-tailed tit.

Resident.

Can be seen throughout the year.

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Magpie.

Resident.

Can be seen throughout the year in numbers.

 

 

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Mallard.

Resident.

Can be seen throughout the year in numbers.

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Meadow Pipit.

Resident.

Can be seen occasionally throughout the year.

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Moorhen.

Resident.

Can be seen throughout the year. Can be seen nesting on Emery's Lake.

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Nightingale.

Rare Summer Visitor.

Can be heard and seen during the Summer months.

 

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Nuthatch.

Resident.

Can be seen throughout the year.

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Pallas's Warbler.

Rare migrant visitor from Asia.

Has been seen at Clawford flitting through the reeds looking for insects most years.

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Peregrine Falcon.

Resident.

Can be seen throughout the year.

 

 

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Pheasant.

Resident.

Can be seen and heard throughout the year.

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Pied Flycatcher.

Summer Visitor.

Can be seen all round Clawford in Summer.

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Pied wagtail.

Resident.

Can be seen throughout the year.

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Redpoll.

Resident.

Can be seen occasionally throughout the year.

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Redwing.

Winter Visitor.

Can be seen in numbers in the orchards in Winter. Flies with flocks of Fieldfares.

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Reed Bunting.

Resident.

A has been seen on Edwards Lake in April 2007. Is a small song bird a little larger than a sparrow, with a long

notched tail. Looks like a house sparrow except the male has a striking black head with a white moustache, collar and under parts. They can be easily spotted by their habitual tail flicking movements. 

Likes all types of wetland habitats.

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Reed Warbler.

Summer Visitor.

Can be seen and heard around Wanda's Lake throughout the Spring & Summer.

Two Pairs are nesting in the tall rushes.

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Robin.

Resident.

Can be seen all year round.

 

 

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Siskin.

Resident.

Can be seen throughout the year.

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Skylark.

Resident.

Can be seen and heard throughout the summer months.

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Smew.

Winter Visitor.

Rare visitor, has been spotted on some Clawford lakes in Winter.

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Snipe.

Winter Visitor.

Can be seen in numbers around the lakes in Winter.

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Song Thrush.

Resident.

Can be seen throughout the year.

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Sparrow hawk.

Resident.

Can be seen throughout the year around the woods.

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Spotted flycatcher.

Summer Visitor.

Can be seen around Clawford in Summer.

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Starling.

Resident.

Can be seen in numbers throughout the year.

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Stonechat.

Resident.

Can be seen regularly around Clawford. Likes nesting under Gorse Bushes.

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Swallow.

Summer Visitor.

Can be seen in numbers around Clawford in Summer.

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Swift.

Summer Visitor.

Can be seen around Clawford in Summer.

Six pairs were nesting in the barn 2006.

 

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Tawny Owl.

Resident.

Can be seen and heard throughout the year.

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Tree pipit.

Summer Visitor.

Can be seen occasionally in Summer.

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Tree-creeper.

Resident.

Can be seen throughout the year.

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Tree Sparrow.

Resident.

Smaller than a house sparrow & more active. In flight, the Tree Sparrow has two white wing bars while the house sparrow has one. Rare in South West England.

Can be seen occasionally throughout the year.

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Turtle dove.

Resident.

Can be seen occasionally throughout the year.

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Water pipit.

Winter Visitor.

Can be seen occasionally around the lakes in Winter.

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Wheatear.

Summer Visitor & passage migrant.

Can be seen on occasions during the summer.

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Whinchat.

Summer Visitor.

Can be seen regularly throughout the summer.

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Whitethroat.

Summer Visitor.

Can be seen regularly throughout the summer.

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Willow Warbler.

Resident.

Can be seen sometimes throughout the spring and summer.

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Woodcock.

Resident.

Can be seen occasionally throughout the year.

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Wood Pigeon.

Resident.

Can be seen throughout the year, especially from Emery's Lake in the Clawford Woods.

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Wren.

Resident.

Can be seen and heard throughout the year.

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Yellow wagtail.

Summer Visitor.

Can be seen regularly throughout the spring and summer.

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Yellowhammer.

Resident.

Males have a bright yellow head and under-parts, brown back streaked with black and a chestnut rump.

Found in open countryside with bushes and hedgerows.

Can be seen occasionally throughout the year.

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