YEARLISTING IN 2013

2012 resulted in me recording 186 species in the County, possibly my highest annual tally ever; anyway, herewith my Species List of 2013 -:

173) MERLIN, Ivinghoe, 11 October; 172) WOODLARK, Ivinghoe, 11 October; 171) MARSH HARRIER, Ivinghoe Beacon, 11 October; 170) SANDWICH TERN, Spade Oak Pit, 9 September; 169) BLACK-NECKED GREBE, Calvert Sailing Lake, 5 September; 168) WRYNECK, Ivinghoe Hills Top Scrub, 30 August; 167) PIED FLYCATCHER (3 birds), Denham House, Quainton, 28 August; 166) RUFF, College Lake BBOWT, 13 August; 165) WHIMBREL (11 birds), Startop's End, 11 August; 164) COMMON REDSTART, Steps Hill (Inkombe Hole), 6 August; 163) COMMON SCOTER, Startop's End Reservoir, 4 August; 162) TREE PIPIT, Steps Hill, 10 July; 161) COMMON QUAIL, Pitstone Hill, 8 July; 160) WOODCOCK, Monkton Wood, 21 June; 159) PIED AVOCET, College Lake, 20 June; 158) Spotted Flycatcher, Shardeloes Lake, 4 June; 157) TEMMINCK'S STINT (2), Spade Oak Pit, 18 May; 156) SANDERLING, Manor Farm, 11 May; Monk Parakeet, Hartwell House, Aylesbury, 8 May; 155) LITTLE STINT, Manor Farm, 7 May; 154) WOOD SANDPIPER, Manor Farm, 7 May; 153) GRASSHOPPER WARBLER, Weston Turville Reservoir, 2 May; 152) GARGANEY (pair), Linford NR, 1 May; 151) Yellow Wagtail, Marsworth, 16 April; 150) Lesser Whitethroat, College Lake, 30 April; 149) Common Cuckoo, College Lake, 30 April; 148) Garden Warbler, Spade Oak Pit, 30 April; 147) Hobby, Marlow Low Grounds, 30 April; 146) WOOD WARBLER, Marlow Low Grounds, 30 April; 145) WHINCHAT, Pump Lane, Marlow, 30 April; Blue-headed Wagtail, Marsworth Horsefields, 29 April; 144) Sedge Warbler, Marsworth Reservoir, 25 April; 143) Western Reed Warbler, Marsworth Reservoir, 25 April; 142) Common Swift, Marsworth, 25 April; 141) BLACK TERN, Startop's End, 25 April; 140) Common Whitethroat, Startop's End, 16 April; 139) ARCTIC TERN (4+), Startop's End, 16 April; 138) Ringed Plover, Manor Farm, 16 April; 137) Common Sandpiper, Manor Farm, 16 April; 136) COMMON GREENSHANK, Manor Farm, 16 April; 135) Willow Warbler, Chesham Fishing Lakes, 15 April; 134) House Martin, Marsworth Grand Union Canal, 12 April; 133) Common Tern, Startop's End, 12 April; 132) OSPREY flew east over Marsworth, 12 April; 131) Dunlin (9 birds), Dorney Lakes, 26 March; 130) Barn Swallow, Marsworth, 11 April; 129) RING OUZEL, Wing, 7 April; 128) STONE CURLEW, Gallows Bridge BBOWT, 3 April; 127) ICELANDIC BLACK-TAILED GODWIT (17), STOCKLAKE MEADOWS, 3 April; 126) WHITE WAGTAIL (6 birds noted in total), Spade Oak/Dorney Reach, 02 April; 125) Sand Martin, Weston Turville Reservoir, 31 March; 124) BLACK REDSTART, Jubilee River, 27 March; 123) EURASIAN CURLEW, Gallows Bridge, 27 March; 122) WATER PIPIT, Startop's End Reservoir, 27 March; 121) SCANDINAVIAN ROCK PIPIT (2 birds), Dorney Rowing Lakes, 26 March; 120) Little Ringed Plover, Dorney Rowing Lakes, 26 March; 119) Northern Wheatear, Marlow/Dorney, 26 March; BALTIC GULL, Hedgerley Landfill, 9 March: 118) Common Redshank, College Lake, 6 March; 117) COMMON STONECHAT, 2 males, Stoke Common, 3 March; 116) ICELAND GULL, Hedgerley Landfill, 18 February; 115) Oystercatcher, Gayhurst Pit, 3 March; 114) MEDITERRANEAN GULL, Spade Oak Pit, 21 February; 113) JACK SNIPE (two different birds), Broughton & Spade Oak Pit, 19 February; 112) BITTERN, Marsworth Reservoir (Bucks Reedbed), 18 February; 111) WHOOPER SWAN, College Lake, 18 February; 110) WILLOW TIT, Linford NR, 3 February; 109) SLAVONIAN GREBE, Tongwell Lake, 3 February; 108) Tawny Owl, Quianton, 31 January; 107) European Golden Plover, Gallows Bridge, 31 January; 106) EURASIAN WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE (ad & fw), Dorney Common, 29 January; 105) NORTHERN PINTAIL, Spade Oak, 3 drakes, 23 January; 104) COMMON CROSSBILL (13), Black Park Country Park, 17 January; 103) Blackcap, Crabbe Crescent Chesham, 16 January; 102) SMEW, College Lake BBOWT, 11 January; 101) Common Kingfisher, Chess Valley, 9 January; 100) CASPIAN GULL (1w), Spade Oak Pit, Little Marlow, 8 January; 99) FIRECREST (4 individuals), Hogback Wood Beaconsfield, 8 January; 98) Siskin, Chesham Fishing Lakes, 8 January; 97) Green Woodpecker, Chess Valley, 8 January; 96) LITTLE OWL, Chess Valley, 8 January; 95) Common Treecreeper, Hogback Wood, Beaconsfield, 7 January; 94) Mistle Thrush, Penn, 5 January; 93) GREY PARTRIDGE, Little Linford Wood, 6 January; 92) Barnacle Goose, Emberton Lakes, 6 January; 91) Lesser Redpoll, Stoke Goldington, 6 January; 90) TREE SPARROW (29 birds), Stoke Goldington, 6 January; 89) DARK-BELLIED BRENT GOOSE, Newport Pagnell GP, 6 January; 88) Marsh Tit, Gayhurst Quarry Wood, 6 January; 87) Yellowhammer, Lodge Hill Farm, 05 January; 86) CORN BUNTING (38 birds), Lodge Hill Farm, 05 January; 85) Red-legged Partridge, Lodge Hill, 05 January; 84) GREATER SCAUP, Marlow Roach Pit, 05 January; 83) Bullfinch, Westhorpe Sailing Lake, 05 January; 82) Common Shelduck, Spade Oak Pit, 05 January; 81) Green Sandpiper, Spade Oak Pit, 05 January; Bar-headed Goose, Spade Oak, 05 January; 80) Greylag Goose, Spade Oak Pit, 05 January; 79) SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF, Eton Wick, 05 January; 78) Eurasian Skylark, Eton Wick, 05 January; 77) Coal Tit, Burnham Beeches NNR, 05 January; 76) Mandarin Duck, Burnham Beeches NNR, 05 January; 75) Great Black-backed Gull, Hedgerley Tip, 05 January; 74) Song Thrush, Hillmotts Wood, 05 January; 73) BRAMBLING (27 birds), Penn Street Farm, 05 January; 72) COMMON RAVEN, Chess Valley, 04 January; 71) BARN OWL, Chess Valley, 3 January; 70) YELLOW-LEGGED GULL, Foxcote Reservoir, 2 January; 69) GLAUCOUS GULL, Foxcote Reservoir, 2 January; 68) Teal, Foxcote Reservoir, 2 January; 67) Linnet, Gallows Bridge BBOWT, 2 January; 66) Common Goldeneye, Wotton Underwood, 2 January; 65) GOOSANDER, Wotton Underwood Lake, 2 January; 64) Redwing, Westcott, 2 January; 63) Peregrine, Aylesbury, 2 January; 62) BOHEMIAN WAXWING (6 birds), Hazlemere, 02 January; 61) Red-crested Pochard, College Lake, 2 January; 60) Common Snipe, College Lake, 02 January; 59) Common Gull, College Lake, 02 January; 58) Wigeon, College Lake BBOWT, 02 January; 57) Herring Gull, Chess Valley, 02 January; 56) Common Pheasant, Castleman's Farm, 01 January; 55) Egyptian Goose, Castleman's Farm, 01 January; 54) Meadow Pipit, Eton Wick, 01 January; 53) Jay, Eton Wick, 01 January; 52) Water Rail, Eton Wick, 01 January; 51) Lapwing, Eton Wick, 01 January; 50) Collared Dove, Eton Wick, 01 January; 49) Common Blackbird, Eton Wick, 01 January; 48) Cetti's Warbler, Eton Wick, 01 January; 47) Fieldfare, Eton Wick, 01 January; 46) Greenfinch, Eton Wick, 01 January; 45) Common Chiffchaff, Eton Wick, 01 January; 44) Grey Wagtail, Eton Wick, 01 January; 43) Pied Wagtail, Eton Wick, 01 January; 42) Cormorant, Jubilee River, 01 January; 41) Great Crested Grebe, Eton Wick, 01 January; 40) Lesser Black-backed Gull, Eton Wick, 01 January; 39) Reed Bunting, Eton Wick, 01 January; 38) Ring-necked Parakeet, Jubilee River, 01 January; 37) Sparrowhawk, Jubilee River, 01 January; 36) Grey Heron, Shardeloes Lake, 01 January; 35) Northern Shoveler, Shardeloes Lake, 01 January; 34) Carrion Crow, Shardeloes Lake, 01 January; 33) Great Spotted Woodpecker, Latimer, 01 January; 32) GREAT WHITE EGRET, Latimer Great Water, 01 January; 31) Nuthatch, Latimer House, 01 January; 30) Gadwall, Chesham SW, 01 January; 29) Rook, Chesham, 01 January; 28) Little Grebe, Pow Wow Lake, 01 January; 27) Great Tit, Chesham, 01 January; 26) Moorhen, Chesham Fishing Lakes, 01 January; 25) Mallard, Chesham Fishing Lakes, 01 January; 24) Northern Pochard, Chesham Fishing Lakes, 01 January; 23) Tufted Duck, Chesham Fishing Lakes, 01 January; 22) Atlantic Canada Goose, Chesham Fishing lakes, 01 January; 21) Dunnock, Chesham, 01 January; 20) Chaffinch, Chesham, 01 January; 19) Robin, Chesham, 01 January; 18) Wren, Chesham, 01 January; 17) Black-headed Gull, Chesham, 01 January; 16) Coot, Chesham Bois Mill, 01 January; 15) Mute Swan, Chesham, 01 January; 14) Stock Dove, Chess Valley, 01 January; 13) Common Kestrel, Mill Farm, 01 January; 12) Red Kite, Chess Valley, 01 January; 11) Common Buzzard, Chess Valley, 01 January; 10) Common Magpie, Mill Farm, 01 January; 9) Woodpigeon, Mill farm, 01 January; 8) Jackdaw, Mill Farm, 01 January; 7) Long-tailed Tit, Chenies Place, 01 January; 6) Blue Tit, Chenies, 1 January; 5) Goldcrest, Chenies, 1 January; 4) Little Egret, Chess Valley, 01 January; 3) Starling, Chaffinch House, 01 January; 2) House Sparrow, Chaffinch House, 01 January; 01) Goldfinch, Chaffinch House, 01 January


YEARLISTING IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE

It's all over - 2012 has come to an end. I managed a total of 187 out of the 198 species recorded all told in Buckinghamshire - 94% of the total - probably my highest-ever annual tally.

The current record is 191 species achieved in 2006 and held jointly by both Rob Hill and Simon Nichols



My Buckinghamshire Year List in 2012

1) GREAT NORTHERN DIVER (Caldecott Lake); 2) Great Crested Grebe; 3) Little Grebe; 4) Cormorant; 5) BITTERN (Weston Turville Res); 6) Little Egret; 7) Grey Heron; 8) Mute Swan; 9) Greylag Goose; 10) Atlantic Canada Goose; 11) Egyptian Goose; 12) Mandarin Duck; 13) Mallard; 14) Gadwall; 15) NORTHERN PINTAIL (Foxcote Res); 16) Shoveler; 17) Eurasian Wigeon; 18) Common Teal; 19) Northern Pochard; 20) RED-CRESTED POCHARD (pair at College Lake); 21) Tufted Duck; 22) Common Goldeneye; 23) SMEW (drake at Caldecotte Lake South); 24) GOOSANDER; 25) Red Kite; 26) Common Buzzard; 27) Sparrowhawk; 28) Common Kestrel; 29) PEREGRINE (Aylesbury pair); 30) Red-legged Partridge; 31) Common Pheasant; 32) Water Rail; 33) Moorhen; 34) Coot; 35) European Golden Plover; 36) Lapwing; 37) Common Snipe; 38) Black-headed Gull; 39) Common Gull; 40) Herring Gull; 41) YELLOW-LEGGED GULL; 42) CASPIAN GULL (3 adults at Hedgerley Landfill); 43) Lesser Black-backed Gull; 44) Great Black-backed Gull; 45) GLAUCOUS GULL (juvenile at Hedgerley); 46) ICELAND GULL (2nd-winter at Hedgerley and 2nd-winter & juv at Calvert BBOWT); 47) LITTLE AUK (at College Lake BBOWT, my first-ever in the county); 48) Stock Dove; 49) Woodpigeon; 50) Collared Dove; 51) SHORT-EARED OWL (Gallows Bridge); 52) Ring-necked Parakeet; 53) Common Kingfisher; 54) Green Woodpecker; 55) Great Spotted Woodpecker; 56) Skylark; 57) Meadow Pipit; 58) Pied Wagtail; 59) Grey Wagtail; 60) Wren; 61) Dunnock; 62) Robin; 63) Song Thrush; 64) Redwing; 65) Mistle Thrush; 66) Fieldfare; 67) Common Blackbird; 68) CETTI'S WARBLER; 69) Goldcrest; 70) Great Tit; 71) Coal Tit; 72) Blue Tit; 73) Marsh Tit; 74) WILLOW TIT (Linford); 75) Long-tailed Tit; 76) Nuthatch; 77) Common Treecreeper; 78) Common Magpie; 79) Jay; 80) Jackdaw; 81) Rook; 82) Carrion Crow; 83) COMMON RAVEN; 84) Common Starling; 85) House Sparrow; 86) Chaffinch; 87) BRAMBLING; 88) Linnet; 89) LESSER REDPOLL; 90) Goldfinch; 91) Greenfinch; 92) Siskin; 93) Bullfinch; 94) COMMON CROSSBILL; 95) Reed Bunting; 96) Yellowhammer; 97) Common Shelduck, College Lake BBOWT, 4 February; 98) DARK-BELLIED BRENT GOOSE, College Farm, 4 February; 99) SNOW BUNTING, Startop's End, 4 February; 100) Tawny Owl, Shardeloes, 6 February; 101) GREEN SANDPIPER, Chenies Bottom, 6 February; 102) GREY PARTRIDGE (6), Kimble Wick, 9 February; 103) Common Chiffchaff (6), Eton Wick, 9 February; 104) SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF (2), Eton Wick, 11 February; 105) JACK SNIPE, Eton Wick, 11 February; 106) Little Owl, Burnham Library, 11 February; 107) RED KNOT, Drayton Beauchamp, 12 February; 108) WATER PIPIT, Startop's, 15 February; 109) TREE SPARROW, Stoke Goldington, 15 February; 110) MERLIN, Weston Underwood, 15 February; 111) FIRECREST (3), Hogback Wood, Beaconsfield, 18 February; 112) LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER, Church Wood RSPB, 19 February; 113) CORN BUNTING (29 birds), Saunderton, 19 February; 114) MEDITERRANEAN GULL, Hedgerley Landfill, 20 February; 115) BEARDED TIT, Jubilee River, Dorney Wetlands, 24 February; 116) Blackcap, Chesham Fishing Lake, 27 February; 117) Oystercatcher, College Lake, 27 February; 118) Common Redshank, College Lake, 27 February; 119) EURASIAN CURLEW, Gallows Bridge, 27 February; 120) WHOOPER SWAN (adult), Briarfields, 3 March; 121) Barnacle Geese (23), Olney Water Meadows, 3 March; 122) HEN HARRIER, Gallows Bridge, 13 March; 123) WOODCOCK, Short Heath Wood, 13 March; 124) RED-THROATED DIVER, College Lake BBOWT, 14 March; 125) Ringed Plover, College Lake, 14 March; 126) SANDWICH TERN, Spade Oak Pit, Little Marlow, 16 March; 127) SCANDINAVIAN ROCK PIPIT, Spade Oak Pit, 16 March; 128) Northern Wheatear, Ivinghoe/Pitstone (12), 17 March; 129) Sand Martin, Springfield Quarry, 20 March; 130) Little Ringed Plover, College Lake BBOWT, 02 April; 131) Barn Swallow, Spade Oak GP, 02 April; 132) RING OUZEL, Ivinghoe Beacon, 03 April; 133) KITTIWAKE, flying high NNE over Southend Hill, 08 April; 134) Willow Warbler, College Lake BBOWT, 08 April; 135) Yellow Wagtail, Manor Farm, 09 April; 136) WHITE WAGTAIL (2), Manor Farm, 09 April; 137) Common Tern, Willen Lake, 09 April; 138) House Martin, Willen Lake/Chesham Fishing Lakes, 09 April; 139) GARGANEY (pair), Linford NR, 13 April; 140) COMMON REDSTART, Ivinghoe Hills, 13 April; 141) GRASSHOPPER WARBLER, Marsworth, 13 April; 142) Sedge Warbler, Marsworth, 13 April; 143) House Martin, Marsworth, 13 April; 144) BLACK REDSTART, Fulbrook Farm, Quainton, 16 April; 145) ARCTIC TERN, Spade Oak Pit, 17 April; 146) Common Sandpiper, College Lake, 24 April; 147) WHIMBREL, College Lake, 25 April; 148) LITTLE GULL (21), College Lake, 25 April; 149) Western Reed Warbler, College Lake, 24 April; 149) Common Swift, College Lake, 25 April; 150) BLACK TERN, Spade Oak Pit, 25 April; 151) GREY PLOVER, Dorney Rowing Lakes. 29 April; 152) (EUROPEAN) BLACK-TAILED GODWIT, Dorney Rowing Lakes, 29 April; 153) Garden Warbler, Ivinghoe Hills, 30 April; 154) Common Whitethroat, Ivinghoe Beacon, 30 April; 155) WOOD WARBLER, Aylesbury Park Golf Course, 30 April; 156) Lesser Whitethroat, Aylesbury Park Golf Course, 30 April; 157) COMMON NIGHTINGALE, Bledlow, 01 May; 158) BAR-TAILED GODWIT, Sherington Bridge Floods, 03 May; 159) Dunlin, Manor Farm, 02 May; 160) WHINCHAT (4), Broughton Trout Pool Meadows, 05 May; 161) Hobby, College Lake, 8 May; 162) Common Cuckoo, Leyhill, 8 May; 163) RED-FOOTED FALCON, Jubillee River, Marsh Lane Weir, 22 May; 164) GREATER SCAUP, Calvert BBOWT, 28 May; 165) Common Greenshank, Spade Oak, 28 May; 166) Spotted Flycatcher, Little Missenden Churchyard, 30 May ; 167) BLACK-NECKED GREBE, Calvert Sailing Lake, 07 June; 168) COMMON QUAIL, Down Farm Cereal Fields, 15 June; 169) SABINE'S GULL, Startop's End Reservoir, 02 July; 170) Barn Owl, Rockwell End, 06 July; 171) EUROPEAN TURTLE DOVE, Pitstone Green, 16 July; 172) RUFF, Manor Farm, 23 July; 173) LITTLE STINT, College Lake, 12 August; 174) LITTLE TERN (unprecedented flock of 19), Spade Oak GP, 15 August; 175) TURNSTONE, Spade Oak GP, 19 August; 176) TREE PIPIT (2), Ivinghoe Beacon, 22 August; 177) WOOD SANDPIPER, Gallows Bridge BBOWT, 28 August; 178) COMMON STONECHAT, Hardmead, 18 September; 179) PECTORAL SANDPIPER, Dorney Common, 18 September; 180) GREAT WHITE EGRET, over Drayton Beauchamp, 23 September; 181) WOODLARKS (2), Springfield Farm Quarry, 26 September; 182) OSPREY, Ivinghoe Beacon, 26 September; 183) HAWFINCH, Penn Wood, 01 November; 184) RUDDY DUCK, 'Chess Valley', 7-9 November; 185) BOHEMIAN WAXWING, Aylesbury, 19 November; 186) LONG-TAILED DUCK (two juveniles), Foxcote Reservoir, 7 December;

A poor year in 2011

In 2011, a total of 452 species was recorded in Britain and Ireland of which I recorded just 69% (312); Bedfordshire recorded 204 species (of which I saw 94% at 191), Hertfordshire 192 (of which I saw 88.5% at 170) and Buckinghamshire 192 (of which I recorded just 86% at 165)



TOTAL NUMBER OF SPECIES RECORDED IN THE COUNTY IN 2010

The Year ended with 188 species recorded - I managed just 167 of them

Monday, 2 March 2015

Plenty of STONECHATS but still no Corn Buntings

Spent all afternoon searching for Corn Buntings in the county but despite searching all of the usual Downland sites NW of West Wycombe, failed dismally. The highlight was at least 7 COMMON STONECHATS at Lodge Hill, along with good numbers of Skylarks, 8 Linnets in Saunderton, a migrant flock of 170 Common Gulls, a few small flocks of Fieldfare and lots and lots of Red Kites......






























Four EURASIAN CURLEW were back at GALLOWS BRIDGE BBOWT, with large numbers of Teal & Wigeon on the Far Flood - male PEREGRINE at AYLESBURY COUNTY HALL


Tuesday, 24 February 2015

SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF performing well at Spade Oak

TUESDAY 24 FEBRUARY
 
More evidence of continuing spring passage today when my CHAFFINCH HOUSE garden feeders in LITTLE CHALFONT were visited by a SISKIN and a male LESSER REDPOLL, the 4th of the latter to be seen in recent days. Goldfinch numbers were high too at 16, while the female BLACKCAP remained.




At BOIS MILL POND, 2 Little Egrets were about
 
Following a call from Dave Bilcock, I made my way to TRING RESERVOIRS, where in the horse paddock fields in MARSWORTH, a Barnacle Goose was present with 47 Atlantic Canada Geese. I am assuming that this is the same individual that visited the reservoirs last year - staying for just three days. The reservoir itself held 10 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Tufted Duck, 4 Pochard, 4 Coot and an impressive 96 Shoveler, with a Red Kite overhead.
 
Coot numbers continue to deplete, with very small numbers left at the three smaller reservoirs, whilst the WINGRAVE ROAD CEREAL FIELDS reaped nothing more than 450 Woodpigeons with again no sign of the 4 Grey Partridges.
 
Over at WILSTONE RESERVOIR, Mike Campbell & I were very pleased to connect with the EGYPTIAN GOOSE pair hiding in thick vegetation on the Drayton Bank. Despite the strong and quite freezing NW wind, the number of dabbling ducks that had arrived overnight was impressive, with 184 Shoveler being counted as well as 240 Wigeon. PINTAIL numbers had now increased to 8 (5 drakes).
 
I did another fruitless drive around ASTON CLINTON searching for Golden Plovers - HALTON AIRFIELD drawing a blank too. In HALTON itself, opposite TREE TOPS LAKE, 2 Little Egret were showing well in an open field - the lake itself harbouring 18 Mallard, 2 Coot & a pair of Canada Geese.
 
Along the WENDOVER ARM of the canal at THE WIDES, two more Little Egret were in attendance, with 8 Moorhen, 6 Coot, 18 Mallard and a pair of Mute Swan, the cob bearing the ring '4APA'. All 12 MANDARIN DUCKS were counted, 7 of them male.
 
Not too much to add from neighbouring WESTON TURVILLE RESERVOIR, although 3 Mute Swan (2 adults and a first-year), 6 Great Crested Grebe and 2 Pochard were new since my last visit; a Jay too.
 
A pair of Mistle Thrush were encountered in HUGHENDEN PARK, while at SPADE OAK GP, LITTLE MARLOW, the SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF was showing well along the west shore, flycatching in the sunshine. At least 4 collybitta Common Chiffchaff were also in the area, as well as a Goldcrest. Otherwise, not much else - the Australian Black Swan pair, 1 Common Shelduck, 4 Egyptian Geese and a showy Common Treecreeper. Adam's 2nd-winter Mediterranean Gull from earlier had flown off.
















A Little Egret was an unusual visitor to DENHAM COURT LAKE, while at TROY MILL PIT (WEST HYDE), an impressive 448 Coot were click-counted. Additionally, Little Egret, 8 Mute Swan, 12 Great Crested Grebe, 68 Tufted Duck, 15 Pochard, 2 female Goldeneye and Common Kingfisher were noted, as well as 30 or so Ring-necked Parakeets in the area, largely attracted to Simon Buckingham's canalside pad. Mute Swan '843' was on the canal here too.
 

At the rear of BROADWATER SAILING CLUB and in vegetation overhanging the RIVER COLNE, the SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF I first found in November 2014 was still showing, as well as 6 Common Chiffchaff. A pair of Egyptian Geese were at Lynster's Farm.



Monday, 16 February 2015

PIED AVOCET at College Lake

PIED AVOCETS arrive with a deluge of rain - Monday 16 February
 
From around 10 o'clock onwards today, it rained all day, bringing with it 3 passage PIED AVOCETS locally...
 
First off, 8 year-old Tom Bacon and his father Gary stumbled upon one on the main marsh at COLLEGE LAKE BBOWT late morning before a pair made landfall at TYTTENHANGER MAIN PIT in the afternoon
 
Following Gary's phone call, David Hutchinson & 1 quickly arrived, confirming their suspicions - the bird showing well from the Octagon Hide. No fewer than 32 Common Snipe were also present on the marsh, as well as the first Common Redshank of the year, along with 18 Mute Swan, 215 Wigeon & 2 Teal. Up to 3 WATER RAILS were showing well in the first bay as you walk down to Octagon, while the Deep Pit held 3 Red-crested Pochard, a Little Grebe and the first Great Crested Grebe of the year. At the feeding station, 20 Chaffinch and 2 Reed Bunting were noted.

















 
At TRING RESERVOIRS, highlight at TRINGFORD was a pair of COMMON SHELDUCK, while on WILSTONE RESERVOIR, the first-winter female GREATER SCAUP was still present, 8 COMMON GOLDENEYE (including a single drake), an impressive 184 Shoveler, 170 Wigeon, 30 Gadwall, 100 Teal, 12 Common Snipe in flight & 140 Common Starlings
 

The PIED AVOCET pair at TYTTENHANGER GP remained on view until 1700 hours at least, at the end of the spit with 450 Lapwings