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

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

RING-NECKED DUCK still just across the border.....

Highlights today (Tuesday 20 January) included this female BLACKCAP in my CHAFFINCH HOUSE garden in LITTLE CHALFONT - only the second winter record since 1987! Also 2 Bullfinches still visiting and the first 2 House Sparrows this year








Thanks to my good friend Don Stone, was able to add COMMON STONECHAT shortly later - a pair showing well in setaside adjacent to AMERSHAM ROAD in BEACONSFIELD (at SU 947 906); also a flock of 33 Meadow Pipits there






In RONALD ROAD, BEACONSFIELD opposite, a healthy population of at least 16 House Sparrows in gardens
 
Then, thanks to some very helpful advice from Adam Bassett, added 4 GREY PARTRIDGES - attracted to food at EMMETT'S FARM GAME CROP FIELDS in LITTLE MARLOW. A very attrictive area to birds with 4 Red-legged Partridges also noted, as well as 14 Stock Dove, 190 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 4 Greenfinch, 12 Chaffinch, 8 Red Kite and a further 20 House Sparrows around the FARM SHOP.



At SPADE OAK PIT nearby, 4 COMMON SHELDUCK on site, as well as a single injured Egyptian Goose, both Australian Black Swans, 6 Greylag Geese, 211 Teal, 126 Wigeon, 10 Shoveler, 72 Gadwall, 54 Pochard, an impressive 224 Tufted Duck, 46 Coot, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 38 Lapwing, 256 Black-headed Gull and 7 Redwing, whilst both Grey Heron and Sinensis Cormorant were both already nesting and displaying on the island.









Just south of MAIDENHEAD, BRAY LAKE held an incredible 452 Tufted Ducks, with 2 hybrid Tufted Duck/Pochards with them and the drake RING-NECKED DUCK pictured below. At least 90 Pochard, as well as 15 Gadwall, 10 Shoveler, 3 Great Crested Grebe and 8 Redwing






















Thursday, 15 January 2015

15 days down.....

THURSDAY 15 JANUARY
The day started fine and dry, with long clear spells and winter sunshine. It then clouded over from the Northwest with the wind increasing....
A day of TARGET BIRDING with my first visit to HOGBACK WOOD in BEACONSFIELD, where a single FIRECREST is wintering as usual. It took a long time to locate but was eventually pinned down to the Holly clump just as you enter the woodland and the Leylandii and conifer trees in Woodfield Road adjacent. It was associating with a single Goldcrest. Also noted were 2 Ring-necked Parakeets, both Green & Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Song Thrush (singing male), 10 Blue Tit, 6 Great Tit, Coal Tit, Jay, 2 Common Magpie, Red Kite and a flyover Greenfinch.


Moving on to CASTLEMAN'S FARM, to the south of Beaconsfield, EGYPTIAN GEESE numbered 98 in the chicken fields, with 15+ Red Kite in the area and 4 Moorhen and a Pied Wagtail.








At BURNHAM BEECHES NNR, a total of 11 MANDARIN DUCK was present on the Upper Pond (6 drakes), with Red Kite, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Jay and a singing Coal Tit also encountered. Not too far away at BLACK PARK COUNTRY PARK LAKE, a further 21 MANDARIN DUCK were counted - 11 drakes in this colony. The lake also held 2 Mute Swan, 4 Atlantic Canada Geese, 6 Mallard, 17 Tufted Duck, 3 Northern Pochard, 4 Moorhen and 26 Coot, with Nuthatch, Coal Tit and up to 8 Great Tits feeding around the periphery of the car park.












Despite being so windy, I managed to still locate most of the long-staying 'rares' on STAINES RESERVOIRS' NORTH BASIN, including the juvenile GREAT NORTHERN DIVER, 3 BLACK-NECKED GREBES and WATER PIPIT, whilst 249 Tufted Duck (mostly drake) were impressive, 24 Common Goldeneye, a drake Shoveler, 125 Wigeon and Green Woodpecker all noted too.









In the CHESS VALLEY, a single Little Egret was roosting east of CHENIES BOTTOM BRIDGE, with 2 more on one of the ditches south of CHURCH COVERT. The LITTLE OWL pair were enjoying the afternoon sun on the usual pollarded Willow tree, with an adult Argenteus Herring Gull resting on LATIMER GREAT WATER being a rare visitor there (unusual numbers have recently been roosting at Stocker's Lake, Rickmansworth). Fifteen days into the New Year, I was very pleased to finally connect with a MISTLE THRUSH - LATIMER PLACE virtually a guaranteed stakeout for this species.




Last off I visited the roost at PENN WOOD SSSI but in very windy conditions it was very poor. Just a single BRAMBLING roosted in the Penna Rhododendrons (along with 55 Chaffinches), with a further 20 Chaffinches in a 'new' roost in Rhododendrons at the east end of the wood. Otherwise, just Red Kite, Goldcrest and Coal Tit logged, with the nearby roost wood yielding 23 of the former.