Snippets — birds you might see
Birds you might see on Pipe Green
Buzzard

Buzzard — Often seen flying overhead and will feed on the young rabbits that live on the Green. Has a distinctive mewing call. Breeds in the woods on the Maple Hayes Estate.

Listen to a buzzard call on the RSPB website.

Image to the right courtesy of Bob Russon, Lichfield & District Local RSPB Group

FieldFare

Fieldfare — A member of the thrush family that visits in the winter. Often can be seen in the hedgerows surrounding the Green.

Image to the right courtesy of Bob Russon, Lichfield & District Local RSPB Group

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Goldfinch
Goldfinch — A brightly coloured finch that can often be seen in the hedges, as well as in the silver birch and alder trees, surrounding the green. Likes to feed on the seed heads of the Marsh Thistle.

Image to the right courtesy of Bob Russon, Lichfield & District Local RSPB Group

Great Spotted Woodpecker<

Great Spotted Woodpecker — Breeds in the dead trees surrounding the Green. The male can be heard in the spring, drumming on the trees, in an attempt to attract a mate.

Listen to a Great spotted woodpecker drumming on the RSPB website.

Image to the right courtesy of Bob Russon, Lichfield & District Local RSPB Group

Green Woodpecker — Loves to eat ants and can quite often be seen feeding on the dry areas of the Green. It will fly up when disturbed making a distinctive “yaffle”, call.

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Heron

Heron — Often seen early morning fishing in the stream. Most likely roosts at the heronary at Aldershawe and will fly across to the Green to feed.

Image to the right courtesy of Bob Russon, Lichfield & District Local RSPB Group

Jackdaw

Jackdaw — A smaller member of the crow family that breeds in the trees near the Abnall's Lane entrance. Usually seen feeding on the ground especially looking for insects on the cow pats.

Image to the right courtesy of Bob Russon, Lichfield & District Local RSPB Group

Kingfisher — An occasional visitor, especially in the Autumn. These are often juveniles that are looking for new territories. Can be seen by the stream (often on the water pipe) and on Leomansley House fishing ponds.

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Long tailed tit

Long-tailed Tit — A very small, gregarious bird that is usually seen in a flock of up to 20 individuals. Can often be seen in the hedges surrounding the Green, as well in the lane leading to Leomansley house.

Image to the right courtesy of Bob Russon, Lichfield & District Local RSPB Group

Redwing

Redwing — A winter visitor of the thrush family. Often seen in flocks feeding in the hawthorn hedges surrounding the Green. Has a distinctive cream stripe above the eye.

Image to the right courtesy of Bob Russon, Lichfield & District Local RSPB Group

Reed Bunting

Reed Bunting — A distinctive summer visitor that breeds amongst the rush on the wet part of the Green. The male has a characteristic white collar around his neck. Usually 4 -5 pairs breed on the Green each year.

Image to the right courtesy of Bob Russon, Lichfield & District Local RSPB Group

Snipe

Snipe — Every year a few snipe over winter on the wetter part of the Green amongst the rushes. It is a secretive bird and very difficult to see unless it flies up.

Image to the right courtesy of Bob Russon, Lichfield & District Local RSPB Group

Whitethroat

Whitethroat — A summer visitor of the warbler family. Most years it breeds on the Green and is one of the easier warblers to identify by its characteristic white throat and call. At least four pairs have recently been recorded in the wetter part of the Green.

Image to the right courtesy of Bob Russon, Lichfield & District Local RSPB Group

YellowhammerT

Yellowhammer — A bird that is more easily heard than seen! Can be found in the fields surrounding Pipe Green (on the overhead wires) and in the hedgerows. The male has a very distinctive yellow head.

Image to the right courtesy of Bob Russon, Lichfield & District Local RSPB Group