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 Wild birds of Kinson



This section features many of the wild birds which reside in or visit the Kinson region.

We hope the featured photographs will stimulate interest and encourage you and many others to delve deeper into this fascinating branch of nature.

New species will be added, as and when photographed. Just as our subjects roam free, giving us many hours of enjoyment, please download the featured photographs on the same basis and enjoy them yourselves.


Black-headed Gull



Larus ridibundus.

Habitat
Resident and common throughout the Kinson area. Visits the Kinson Village Green, local parks and playing fields.

Good numbers often on Poole Lane Meadows on the Kinson Common and features very strongly on the Dorset Stour at Longham and nearby farmlands. Present at Millhams Mead.

Nest
April or May. Nest in a colony outside of Kinson.

Food
Live fish, scraps, insects and grubs.

Voice
Loud harsh scream.


Blue Tit



Parus coeruleus.

Habitat
Well distributed throughout Kinson and the local district. A welcomed visitor to garden bird tables.

Nest
April or May. In natural cavities and holes, also bird boxes.
Food
Insects. Helps gardeners` by keeping down unwanted pests. Freely comes to bird tables for a variety of scraps and nuts.

Voice
Tsee, tsee, ch-ch-ch-ch-ch", "si-si-si".

Additional information
Other names include Billy Biter, Blue Bonnet, Blue Cap, Blue Titmouse and Tom-Tit.


Bullfinch



Pyrrhula pyrrhula.

Habitat
Resident and widespread in many areas around Kinson. Prefers woodland edges, hedgerows and local gardens where it likes to feed on setting fruit buds in springtime.

Good places to observe this species, often in pairs, are Kinson Common (Great Oaks and Pond Scrub), also at Millhams Mead.

Nest
April to June. In a tree or higher bush, well hidden from view. The nest is made from twigs, roots and hairs.

Food
Mainly the seeds of weeds, berries and many types of insects.

Voice
A low piping "teu".

Additional information
Other names include Blood Hoop,Bud Bird, Bully Spink and Bully.


Buzzard



Buteo buteo.

Habitat
Well established locally in Kinson. Often observed anywhere from Cudnell to Longham, also at Millhams Mead, Kinson Common and Turbary Common. Regularly recorded from 2010 to 2019.

Nest
April to May. Nests in the Kinson area, high up in the tallest available tree. The nest is constructed from grasses, leaves, fibres and sticks of various sizes. Pair observed visiting a nest site during February and May 2008. Nested successfully near Millhams Mead between 2008 to 2010.

Food
Available birds of the locality, rabbits, rats, reptiles, also insects and mice.

Voice
Mewing "peeioo".

Additional information

Other names include Busard and Puttock.


Carrion Crow



Corvus corone corone.

Habitat
Common in open country, near trees and generally around the whole of the Kinson area. Regularly recorded from 2010 to 2019.

Always present on the Kinson Common, at Longham and around Millhams Mead. Visits gardens, Pelhams Park, and is sometimes seen around the Kinson Village Green. One observed chasing a fox away through Pelhams Park in January 2017. Probably a dispute over recently discarded food.

Nest
April to May. The nest is constructed using a variety of twigs. Always high up in a tree and easy to spot. 

Food
Animals, birds and eggs, carrion, fruits, grubs, insects, seeds, worms.

Voice
A croaking "kawr".


Chaffinch



Fringilla coelebs.

Habitat
Its range extends throughout the Kinson area. It can be observed by hedgerows, in gardens and parks, even tree-lined areas near water. Always good to see when walking on the Kinson Common and at Longham and Millhams Mead.

Nest
April to May. Well constructed from natural materials and usually built in a tree fork at a height at which it cannot be easily reached.

Food
Available insects and an assortment of seeds.

Voice
It announces its presence by a well known repeated "chink" or "pink".

Additional information
Other names include Apple Bird, Briskie, Caffincher, Chaffie, Char Bob, Chawdaw, Daffinch and Dapfinch.


Coot



Fulica atra.

Habitat
Resident and frequently seen near City Lodge (formerly The Bridge House) by the Dorset Stour at Longham.

Nest
April or May. Constructed using aquatic vegetation and well concealed close to the waterside.

Food
Riverside plants and shellfish, worms and assorted seeds.

Voice
"Kowk" and "pitt".

Additional information
Other names include Bill Poat, Bill Pout and Devil.


Cormorant



Phalacrocorax carbo.

Habitat
Regularly observed at the Dorset Stour. Sometimes visits the streams running through the Kinson Common and the Millhams Mead Nature Reserves. Has visited Pepin`s Pond at Kinson Common.

Occasionally observed flying over the central Kinson area. If not swimming and diving in water, will often be seen resting high up in trees. A good example of this can be observed near City Lodge (formerly The Bridge House) at Longham.

Nest
April to May. Inland, a nest will be made using sticks and grass.

Food
A great catcher of fish and eels.

Voice
Harsh croaking.

Additional information
Other names include Coal Goose, Hiblin, Huplin, Lairblade, Lorin and Parson.


Dunnock



Prunella modularis.

Habitat
Common throughtout Kinson. Keeps close to available cover. Visits Kinson gardens.

Well distributed on the Kinson Common and numerous at Longham and at Millhams Mead where they sing while perched on brambles or gorse.

Nest
March to June. The neatly constructed nest of natural materials is well hidden from view in a low tree or bush.

Food
Insects and weed seeds.

Voice
A clear and very distinct song.

Additional information
Other names include Blue Dunnock, Blue Jug,Blue Sparrow, Hedge Accentor, Hedge Chat, Hedge Sparrow and Hedgy.


Goldfinch




Carduelis carduelis.

Habitat
Common throughout Kinson where thistles flower in the summertime. In the winter, it visits teasels and other wild flowers which have been left standing.

Large charms are regularly seen at Longham and Millhams Mead. Smaller charms are sometimes seen on the Kinson Common and in other areas locally. Visits gardens, parks and grasslands. Present around Kinson Primary School and visiting nearby gardens between 2011 and 2019.

Nest
April to May onwards.
The elaborately made and well hidden nest is usually built in any suitable bush or tree.

Food
Seeds and insects.

Voice
Distinctive heartening tinkling.

Additional information
Other names include Fool`s Coat, Goldie, Jack Nicker, King Harry, Proud Taylor and Red Cap.


Great Tit



Parus major.

Habitat
Resident and widespread throughout Kinson where there are trees. Visits gardens and parks.

Good photos can be taken of them on the Kinson Common, at Longham and around Millhams Mead.

Nest
April or May. In a natural hole in a tree or a bird box.

Food
Insects, seeds, nuts. Feasts upon scraps and other morsels put out onto bird tables

Voice
"Tink tink tink" and "teacher teacher teacher".

Additional information
Other names include Carpenter Bird and Great Titmouse.


Greenfinch



Carduelis chloris.

Habitat
Resident and widespread throughout the Kinson area. Visits gardens, parks and any tree-lined areas with dense leaf coverage.

Good numbers at Millhams Mead and on the Kinson Common. Often seen around the gorse-covered heathlands at Kinson and at Turbary Common ,West Howe.

Nest
April to July. In a hedgerow or other suitable location. The nest is superbly constructed using any available natural materials.

Food
Seeds and insects.

Voice
"Zwee". "chu, chu,chu". Twitters and trills.

Additional information
Other names include Green Linnet.


Green Woodpecker



Picus viridis.

Habitat
Resident and widespread throughout Kinson where there is good tree coverage.

Often observed in Cuckoo Woods, Cudnell Woods, the Kinson Cemetery, Kinson Common (Great Oaks & Blanchard`s Copse), Millhams Mead, also near the City Lodge (formerly known as The Bridge House) at Longham.

Nest
April and May. In a sufficiently high enough and secure location, tunnels a hole for a nest site in any suitable tree, often oak.

Food
All types of insects, especially ants.

Voice
A loud laughing call referred to as a yaffle.

Additional information
Other names include Etwall, Woodspite, Yaffle, Yaffler and Yaffingale.


Grey Heron



Ardea cinerea.

Habitat
Resident and well distributed in the Kinson area. Good numbers at Longham and Millhams Mead. Occasionally seen flying over central Kinson either singly or in numbers.

Also flies over the Kinson Common and occasionally visits Pepin`s Pond. Visits local gardens where there are well stocked fish ponds!

Nest
From March or April onwards in a heronry. The nest is bulky and untidy and built high up in any suitable tree.

Food
Water fowl, fish, frogs, eels, voles and even insects.

Voice
A loud and harsh "croak".


Grey Wagtail



Motacilla cinerea.

Habitat
Resident and well distributed around the Kinson area where there is good access to natural running water. Visits Pepin`s Pond and Poole Lane Sallows on the Kinson Common. A regular visitor to Millhams Mead and the Dorset Stour at Longham.

Nest
April to June. The well constructed nest is built in cracks of walls and other suitable locations very close to the waterside.

Food
All kinds of insects, depending upon the season.

Voice
"Tchee".

Additional information
Other names include Dun Wagtail and Washtail.


House Sparrow



Passer domesticus.

Habitat
Resident throughout Kinson and lives in small colonies close to buildings. Visits gardens, hedgerows, open spaces such as Kinson Common and is a daily visitor to the car park area behind The Kinson Hub and nests within this building. Good numbers can sometimes be observed in the hedgerow between Fryer`s Close and the busy Kinson Road.

Nest
February to August. The untidy nest of feathers and grasses, is built in buildings it can enter under the eaves.

Food
Seeds and insects, also food scraps found in gardens and streets.

Voice
"Chirp" or "Cheep".

Additional information
Other names include Cock Sparrow, Craft and Eaves Sparrow.


Jay



Garrulus glandarius.

Habitat
Wooded areas throughout Kinson. Well established on the Kinson Common, at Millhams Mead and near Cuckoo Woods. Visits local gardens and parks such as Pelhams.

Nest
April or May. Low down in a tree and is constructed of grasses and other natural materials.

Food
small birds and animals, wild fruits including acorns, insects and snails.

Voice
A very harsh "skaaak skaaak".

Additional information
Other names include Jay Pie and Jay Piet.


Kingfisher



Alcedo atthis.

Habitat
Resident throughout the Stour valley area. Features strongly at Longham and visits the stream at Millhams and the two which flow through the Kinson Common, Bournemouth.

At Millhams, there is sufficient natural food to sustain this species. Occasionally it can be observed at Pepin`s Pond (2019) and in Central Bog,  Kinson Common. At these locations, it probably feeds on tadpoles, three-spined sticklebacks and other water-loving creatures.

Nest
April to June. In a deeply excavated hole above the waterfall level in a river or stream bank.

Food
Small fish such minnows, tadpoles, water insects and shellfish.

Voice
A loud and chattering whistle.

Additional information
Other names include King`s Fisher.


Little Egret



Egretta garzetta.

Habitat
Resident by the Dorset Stour at Longham and throughout the Stour Valley region. Present downstream of Longham bridge between 2009 and 2019.

Visits Millhams Mead regularly and has made a number of limited visits to Pepin`s Pond (2019) and other regions of the Kinson Common.


Nest
Nests in a colony.

Food
Fish and available aquatic food.

Voice
Harsh "khaah".

Additional information
Known as Little Egret since 1770.


Long-tailed Tit



Aegithelos caudatus.

Habitat
Resident and widespread throughout Kinson. Features strongly around local hedgerows and wooded areas locally. Visits gardens.

Often seen on the Kinson Common and the Turbary Common, at Longham and is well distributed around Millham Mead.

Regularly observed around the Kinson region between 2009 to 2019.

Nest
April to May. Beautiful domed nest constructed from moss, webs and feather-lined. Can be in a low tree or even a gorse bush. Three nests found in close proximity on Kinson Common in 2008.

Food
Insects, according to the season.

Voice
A repeated "tsupp".

Additional information
Other names include Bottle Jog, Bottle Tit, Bum Barrel, Bush Oven, Crested Mouse, Jug Pot and Long-tailed Titmouse.


Magpie



Pica pica.

Habitat
Widespread and very common throughout Kinson. It also visits local gardens and parks.

Well represented at Cuckoo and Cudnell Woods, at Kinson Common, at Longham and around Millhams Mead.

Nest
March or April onwards. Dome-shaped nest of sticks and natural materials, high up in any suitable tree.

Food
Insects and larvae, small mammals, fruits , nuts, berries, cereal grain, birds and eggs, also on on invertebrates.

Voice
Loud repetitive chatter

Additional information
Other names include Chatter Pie, Mag and Maggy.


Mallard



Anas Platyrhynchos.

Habitat
Common and widespread throughout the Kinson area. Good haunts include: Longham and Millhams Mead. A regular visitor to Pepin`s Pond and to Central Bog on Kinson Common.

Nest
March to May. Concealed at ground level and well constructed using available natural materials.

Food
Diet wide-ranging and includes insects, worms, grass and rush seeds.

Voice
"Quack or quark".

Additional information
Other names include Wild Duck.


Moorhen



Gallinula chloropus.

Habitat
Well distributed in the Kinson area. Present on Kinson Common by Pepin`s Pond, also at Millhams stream and on the Dorset Stour at Longham.

Nest
April to July, sometimes later. Made from reeds and available plant materials. Well concealed close to the water`s edge.

Food
All kinds of aquatic plants and creatures.

Voice
Distinctive and loud "krreck" and "kipp, kipp, kipp".

Additional information
Other names include Common Gallinule and Water Hen.


Mute Swan



Cygnus olor.

Habitat
Well distributed along the Stour valley and resident at Longham. Sometimes flies over the central Kinson and Kinson Common regions. Occasionally visits the backwater stream at Millhams Mead.

Nest
April. A high bulky nest constructed by the riverside in such a manner to enable it to withstand rising water levels.

Food
Water loving plants, insects and human scraps.

Voice
Grunts and hisses loudly when angry.

Additional information
Known as Mute Swan since 1785.


Nuthatch



Sitta europaea.

Habitat
Wooded areas with established trees in the Kinson area. Visits gardens and parks. Often observed at Cuckoo Woods, Cudnell Woods and the Great Oaks region of the Kinson Common. Also visits the Kinson Cemetery and Pelhams Park, Kinson.

Nest
April to June. In an out-of-reach suitable tree hole, often previously made and used by woodpeckers. Regularly nests on Kinson Common.

Food
Wide-ranging including berries, available insects, assorted nuts and seeds.

Voice
Frequently repeated "Chwit", "chu" or "pee".

Additional information
Other names include Mud Dauber, Mud Stopper and Nut Jobber.


Pheasant (female)



Phasianus colchicus.




Pheasant (male)

Phasianus colchicus.

Habitat
Prefers wooded areas with good ground cover. Visits Cudnell, Kinson Common, Kinson Manor farmland, also areas near Longham Bridge and Millhams Mead.

Nest
April to June. A well hidden lined hollow at ground level.

Food
Wide-ranging including berries, grain. insects and seeds.

Voice
A loud two-note crow when alarmed.


Kestrel



Falco tinnunculus.

Habitat
Wooded and open spaces, heathlands of Kinson Common and Turbary Common at West Howe. Often seen at roadsides around Kinson and is well represented at Cudnell Woods, the fields around Longham and at Millhams Mead.

Nest
April and May. Nest of assorted sticks, high up in any suitable tree.

Food
Small birds, mice and an assortment of insects.

Voice
Repeated and sharp "kee, kee, kee".

Additional information
Other names include Cress Hawk, Cristel Hawk, Fanner Hawk and Wind Hover.


Pied Wagtail



Motacilla alba yarrellii.

Habitat
Widespread an common throughtout Kinson where there is water or grassland. Often seen on roof tops of Kinson homes, on Kinson Village Green, in Pelhams Park, on the Kinson Common, by the waterside at Longham and on the grassland at Millhams Mead. Sometimes sits on the tall fencing surrounding the Millhams Recycling Unit.

Nest
April to June. The neat and well constructed nest is built in any suitable hole found in a bank or wall crack in a building.

Food
An assortment of available insects according to the season.

Voice
"Chissik" or "tu-reep".

Additional information
Other names include Dishwasher, Water Wagtail and White Wagtail.


Robin



Erithacus rubecula.

Habitat
Very common and widespread throughout Kinson. Visits Kinson gardens, parks and open spaces. Always a pleasure to see them on Kinson Common, also at Longham and Millhams Mead.

Nest
From March to around July. Neatly built using available natural materials and it is usually in a hedge, hole or well concealed location. One memorable Kinson robin actually nested in a discarded baked bean can!

Food
Insects, worms, garden scraps and natural fruits.

Voice
Beautiful warbles and a distinctive "tic, tic" alarm call. Depending upon the season in the year, sometimes sings after dusk and during the night.

Additional information
Other names include Bob, Robin Redbreast and Robinet.


Redwing



Turdus iliacus.

Habitat
Autumn/ Winter visitor to the Kinson area. Regularly recorded 2010 to 2019. Often seen around woods, birch scrub, thickets and on the ground in open country. Small flocks are sometimes observed on the Kinson Common, around Longham and on the grasslands and hedgerows of Millhams Mead. Visits Kinson gardens.

Small number of redwings visiting Pelhams Park, Kinson, Bournemouth on 17th December 2018. Present at Millhams Mead, early January, 2019. 18+ feeding together in Pelhams Park, Kinson, on 2nd February 2019.

Food  
An assortment of available garden and wild berries, grubs, insects and worms.

Voice
"Took" or "se-ip".

Additional information
Other names include Swine Pipe, Whin Thrush and Wind Thrush.


Song Thrush



Turdus philomelos.

Habitat
Widespread and common throughout Kinson. visits Kinson gardens, parks and other open spaces.

Nest
March to around July. In any suitable tree or cover. Nest made from natural materials and is smoothly lined with mud.

Food
An assortment of berries, insects and larvae, slugs, snails and worms.

Voice
Beautiful melodic song. Also,"chook-chook" or "tsip" or "tic-tic-tic".

Additional information
Other names include Mavis and Thresher.


Starling



Sturnus vulgaris.

Habitat
Well distributed throughout Kinson where it visits Cuckoo woods, Kinson Village Green, Pelhams Park and Kinson Common. Occasional "murmurations" seen. Often observed in open country and also visits local gardens for scraps and lawn insects. Well represented at Longham and at Millhams Mead.


Nest
April to June. A nest of assortments is made in any suitably available hole in a tree or building.

Food
A varied diet of berries, fruit, grubs and insects.

Voice
Gargles, mimics and whistles. Also a distinctive "tsiew" or "tcherr".

Additional information
Other names include Black Stary, Brown Starling,Grey Starling and Starlin.


Teal



Anas crecca.

Habitat
Autumn/ Winter visitor to the Kinson area. Always a delight to observe at Pepin`s Pond on the Kinson Common and on/ near the Dorset Stour, especially at Longham.

Small numbers of them visited Kinson Common between 2009 - 2017.


Food
An assortment of available aquatic plants and insects, crustaceans and seed grain.

Voice
Whistles and quacks.


Treecreeper



Certhia familiaris.

Habitat
Visits broad-leaved and conifer trees throughout the Kinson area. Often observed on tree trunks in Cuckoo and Cudnell Woods. Well established on Kinson Common where it regularly visits, Central Sallows, Gover`s Glade and Great Oaks. Can be observed on walks around Longham and Millhams Mead. Occasionally visits gardens where there is good tree cover. Also visits Pelhams Park, Kinson.

Nest
From around May to June. The nest of grass and assortments is built behind cracks and crevices in trees, sometimes oak.

Food
Insects and available grubs and larvae.

Voice
Distinctive "tsiew".

Additional information
Other names include Bark Creeper, Bark Runner, Common Creeper and Tree Mouse.


Wood Pigeon



Columba palumbus.

Habitat
Woodland, scrub, open grounds, parks and gardens throughout Kinson. Visits Poole Lane Meadows on the Kinson Common in good numbers. Also frequently observed around Longham and at Cudnell and Millhams Mead.

Nest
From Spring to Autumn. Flimsy affair of sticks and twigs in any suitable tree, visible but out of reach of predators.

Food
Farmers` and gardeners` seeds and growing crops. Acorns, beechnuts, flowers, ivy and weeds.Discarded scraps on bird tables and leftovers in streets and other public places where people eat.

Voice
Loud cooing.


Wren



Troglodytes troglodytes.

Habitat
Resident and common throughtout Kinson. Whether one is on Kinson Common, at Cudnell, on Millhams Mead or at Longham, this species will often be observed during a local walk. Also visits, parks and gardens.

Nest
From April to June. A dome nest hidden from view low-down in a tree concealed behind ivy or other natural herbage.

Food
Insects, larvae and spiders.

Voice
Loud trilling song. "Tic, tic, tic" when alarmed.

Additional information
Other names include Bobby Wren, Chitty Wren, Cracky and Jenny Wren.


Collared Dove



Streptopelia decaocto.

Habitat
Common and widespread in wooded areas and open spaces around the Kinson district. Visits local gardens and parks. Can be observed in Cuckoo and in Cudnell Woods, on the Kinson Common and at Longham and Millhams Mead. Occasionally visits Pelhams Park.

Nest
From March to Autumn. Nest constructed of twigs is built high up in any suitable tree.

Food
An assortment of berries, fruits, grain and flower seeds.

Voice
Repeated cooing.


Goldcrest



Regulus regulus.

Habitat
Wooded areas in Kinson where there are evergreens. Outside of the breeding season it can be observed in gardens and around many open spaces locally.

Sometimes observed in Cudnell Woods, Millhams Mead, by Longham bridge, on the Kinson Common and in areas where there is good ground cover near the Kinson and West Howe heathlands. Visits the Kinson Cemetery where there are some firs. Very approachable to photograph.

Nest
April to around June. Tiny nest of natural materials, feather lined, in a fir tree.

Food
A wide variety of locally available insects.

Voice
Frequently repeated "si si si".

Additional information
Other names include Golden Crested Wren, Marigold Finch, Thumb Bird and Tidley Goldfinch.


Chiffchaff



Phylloscopus collybita.

Habitat
Spring/summer visitor and very common throughout Kinson in woods, copses and hedgerows. Well represented at Cuckoo Woods, Cudnell Woods. Kinson Common, Longham and Millhams Mead.

Regularly recorded throughout the Kinson region from 2009 - 2019.

First chiffchaffs uttering stuttered calls observed at Dragonfly Hollow and by Pepin`s Pond, Kinson Common, Bournemouth (15th March 2017 10:50 am).

Several Chiffchaffs in full song at Millhams Mead, Bournemouth, on 17th March 2017.

First recording later in 2018. 1st Chiffchaff with stuttered song, active by Pepin`s Pond, Kinson Common, Bournemouth on Thursday, 5th April 2018.

1st chiffchaff recorded in full song at Millhams Mead, Bournemouth  on 20th March 2019 pm.

1st chiffchaff recorded in full song at Pepin`s Pond, Kinson Common, Bournemouth on 29th March 2019 pm.

Nest
From April or May onwards. Domed nest at ground level made from available natural materials.

Food
Mainly insects.

Voice
"Hweet, hweet" and a repetitive "chiff-chaff".


Swallow



Hirundo rustica.

Habitat.
A welcomed Summer visitor to the Kinson area. Flies over pasture, open water and is a firm favourite of ours when we visit the Dorset Stour at Longham. Can be observed flying over central Kinson, the Kinson Common and Millhams Mead. Sometimes comes quite close to urban buildings locally.

Nest
From May to August. The saucer shaped nest is built on a beam in a barn or stable or other buildings of an open nature near the Dorset Stour.

Food
Insects which it catches on the wing.

Voice
Twitters a sweet song. Trills when alarmed.

Additional information
Other names include Chimney Swallow.


Blackcap (male)



Sylvia atricapilla.

Habitat
Resident and Spring/Summer visitor. Common and well distributed throughout Kinson in woodland and copses with dense undergrowth. Well established on the Kinson Common, at Cudnell, Longham and Millhams Mead. Visits Kinson gardens to feed from foliage and bird tables.

Blackcap (m) in full song, lower valley, Kinson Common, Bournemouth , on 20th April 2018.  Present in the Kinson region, 2015 to 2018.

Nest
April to May onwards. Nest is well concealed in any suitable natural cover.

Food
An assortment of insects and larvae, also berries according to the season.

Voice
A beautifully clear warble. Also a loud and repeated "tac".

Additional information
Other names include Blackcap Warbler.


Herring Gull



Larus Argentatus.

Habitat
Sometimes observed at Longham by the Dorset Stour. Visits central Kinson and the Kinson Village Green areas. Occasionally seen flying over the Kinson Common and Millhams Mead. Numbers never high.

Food
Highly adaptable when inland and feeds on available natural resources also scraps and carrion.

Voice
Loud screams and cries and "qua-qua-qua".


Jackdaw



Corvus monedula.

Habitat
Resident and widespread throughout Kinson. Can be observed on the Kinson Common, at Longham and around Millhams Mead. Also visit local parks, other open spaces and gardens. Groups occasionally visit Kinson Village Green and the Kinson School playing field.

Nest
April onwards. The nest is made from a variety of natural materials and can be in a tree or hole in a natural feature or building which is easy to enter.

Food
Eggs, fruit, fledglings of other birds, grain, insects and discarded scraps of food.

Voice
"Kjack" or "jack" and "caw" when alarmed.

Additional information
Other names include Caddaw, Caddess,Chauk, Jack and Jackie.


Linnet



Carduelis cannabina.

Habitat
Resident in the Kinson area on heath, scrub and uncultivated land. Present on the Kinson and West Howe heathlands, also at Millhams Mead.

Encouraging numbers observed at Millhams Mead from 2009 to 2017. 

Nest
From April to June. Nest made of natural materials and well hidden in dense gorse.

Food
Insects and seeds of weeds.

Voice
A beautiful musical twitter. Alarm call "tsooet".

Additional information
Other names include Brown Linnet and Thistle Tweaker.


Whitethroat



Sylvia communis.

Habitat
A widespread Summer visitor to the Kinson where it enjoys open areas where sloe thickets and bramble patches are present.Well represented around Longham and Millhams Mead, also recorded on Kinson and Turbary Commons.

Nest
From May to June. The nest of natural materials is near ground level and very well hidden in a thicket or in brambles. Bred on Kinson Common 2010 and 2011.

Food
Chiefly insects, also berries.

Voice
Chattering warble. When alarmed, "tac" or "charr".


Canada Goose



Branta canadensis.

Habitat
Occasionally flies over the Kinson district. Recorded between 2007 to 2018. Has been seen in small numbers flying over Kinson Common, at Millhams Mead and at Longham where they settle on the river bed downstream of Longham bridge.

Nest
On the ground by water.

Food
Varied diet including grass.

Voice
Noisy "honk" or "gor-rronk".


Reed Bunting



Emberiza schoeniclus.

Habitat
Resident in the Kinson area by water. Often observed al Longham and alongside the small stream which flows through Millhams Mead from near Bear Cross to the point where it enters the Dorset Stour near Dudsbury. Very occasionally now, sometimes present on the Kinson Common. Recorded near the bogland of Kinson Common on 4th March 2008 and at other times here up to 2015.

Nest
From April to July. The nest of natural grasses and assorted hairs and fibres is well hidden among reeds and other waterside plants.

Food
An assortment of insects and available seeds.

Voice
A short series of rattling phrases.

Additional information
Other names include Reed Sparrow and Ring Bird.


Little Grebe or Dabchick



Habitat
Resident and sometimes glimpsed and recorded on the Dorset Stour between Longham and Dudsbury. It dives frequently and always appears to be in a hurry.

Nest
April to June. Floating nest of water weeds, on or close to the river`s edge.

Food
Water insects and creatures, also tiny fish.

Voice
High-pitched trill.

Additional information
Other names include Dapchick, Didapper and Diedapper.


Reed Warbler
 


Habitat
A Summer visitor which is widespred along the Dorset Stour valley. Often heard, if not always seen, along the reed bed fringes at the lower end of the Millhams Stream at Millhams Mead and where reeds grow by the Dorset Stour at Longham. Early morning walkers are likely to catch glimpses of singing birds climbing the reed stems before they rapidly disappear back into dense vegetation again.

Nest
From May to July. A superbly constructed nest of natural materials which is suspended between reed stems.

Food
Insects.

Voice
A warbling song and "churr-churr" when alarmed.

Additional information
Other names include Reed Wren.


Willow Warbler



Habitat
A Summer visitor and widespread throughout the Kinson area and other places locally where there are coppices, scrub and woods. It is well established at Longham and at Millhams Mead where it is a real pleasure to observe and to photograph. Present there in 2018. 

Sometimes visits the Kinson Common where it can be observed in the Poole Lane Heights and Poole Lane Sallows regions. Present in Central Sallows, Kinson Common on 3rd May 2009 and recorded on the same site in 2011 and 2015.

Nest
April or May. A domed structure made from natural materials at ground level.

Food
An assortment of flies.

Voice
A beautiful cascading song, also "hoo-eet".

Additional information
Other names include Willow Wren.


Blackbird



Turdus merula.

Habitat
Common and widespread throughout the Kinson area. Visits Kinson garden bird tables and lawns, parks and other open spaces.

Nest
From March to July. Constructed of available natural materials in a low shrub, hedge or tree. Often nests in gardens with good bush/ tree cover.

Food
Fruit, grubs, insects, snails. worms and household scraps.

Voice
A sweet and rich fluted tune. When alarmed, a loud and repeated "pink, pink".

Additional information
Other names include Black Ouzel, Colly or Colly Bird.


Great Spotted Woodpecker



Great Spotted Woodpecker

Dendrocopos major

Habitat
Resident and common throughout the Kinson area. Visits Cuckoo wood, Cudnell wood, Kinson Park (Pelhams), Millhams Mead and Longham, even the trees alongside the Dorset Stour.

Well established on the Kinson Common and in the Kinson Cemetery which support mature stands of oaks. Regularly nests on site and during the breeding season (2007), up to two pairs were seen in Central Sallows and the Great Oaks regions of Kinson Common. Sometimes comes to ground level and loves to investigate for insects around the trunks of birch trees on Two Barrow Heath.

Nest
April or May. Nests in a hole in a tree, quite often an oak. Although rumoured to excavate a new nesting site each year, there is good evidence on the Kinson Common to support the view that a pair may sometimes use a nesting site for a number of seasons.

Food
Insects associated with trees and their larvae.

Voice
A scolding "quick, quick" or "tchicc"and drums rapidly with its bill on a tree branch and the sounds can echo for a considerable distance.

Additional information
Other names include French Pie and Pied Woodpecker.


Cuckoo



Cuculus canorus

Habitat
A Summer visitor in the Kinson area. Visits local woodland, scrub and parkland. Perhaps it once was a common visitor to Dukes coppice which is today known as Cuckoo woods.

Sometimes visits the Kinson Common and is a regular visitor to Millhams Mead, lower Millhams and tree-lined stretches of the Dorset Stour near the City Lodge (formerly known as the Bridge House) and Longham bridge, especially so in 2008 and present again in the same region during 2009.

Often heard calling from the Kinson Manor Farm and the Stour Valley regions near Dudsbury.

Cuckoo present and calling from the Dudsbury valley by Kinson Manor Farm (5th May 2010 am). Recorded in this region in 2014 and 2016.

Recorded on Kinson Common, Bournemouth on 19th May 2010.

Cuckoo calling from an oak tree in Blanchard`s Copse, Kinson Common (3rd June 2010 at 1pm).

A  Cuckoo passed through central Kinson  on 26th April 2018, pm.

Nest
The Cuckoo lays an egg in the nests of other wild birds and does not build a nest or raise young itself.

Food
Insects.

Voice
The familiar "cuckoo" calls are uttered by the male.

Additional information
Other names include Cuckow and Gouke.


Common Tern



Sterna hirundo

Habitat
A Summer visitor to the Dorset Stour and can often be seen in June near the Bridge House and Longham bridge.

Nest
Nests away from the Kinson area.

Food
Small fresh water fish which it will dive for and catch with great ease.

Voice
Often a sharp "kik", "kirri" or "keey-yah".


Grey Lag Goose



Grey Lag Goose

Anser anser

Habitat
An autumn visitor to the Kinson region in 2007 where it was observed in the company of 26 Canada Geese on the river bed below Longham bridge. It was observed again in the company of 36 Canada Geese in the same region on the 26th September 2008.

Recorded in the past flying over Kinson Common in v-formation, also at Millhams Mead.


Food
Grain, grasses and other natural vegetation.

Voice
"Gaggle" or "kark, kark".

Additional information
Other names include Grey Goose.


Meadow Pipit or Titlark



Anthus pratensis


Habitat
Heaths,Moors, fields and rough grassland. Sometimes recorded on Kinson Common, Kinson farmland, Millhams Mead and at Turbary Common.

Nest
Well hidden at ground level in grass or heathers and constructed of dried grass lined with natural materials.

Food
Insects and seeds.

Voice
"Peep peep peep" or "tit" or "pipit".

Additional information
Also known as Titlark.

Recorded around Two Barrow Heath (Kinson Common) in 2008 and 2009 and in earlier years.Numbers never high on site.

Due to the weather in January 2010, 6+ recorded together feeding at ground level on Poole Lane Meadows, Kinson Common,Bournemouth.

3 Meadow Pipits together on gorse between Central Bog and Two Barrow Heath, Kinson Common, 1st January 2012, am.

Meadow Pipits still present on the fringes of Central Bog & Two Barrow Heath, Kinson Common on 8th January 2012.

Meadow Pipits present on 5th November 2012 in Central Bog and on Poole Lane Meadows, Kinson Common.

Visited Poole Lane Meadows on Kinson Common during 2013 - 2015.

Recorded at Millhams Mead during 2014 to 2019.








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