Recording Area Annual Totals

93 Species so far in 2011 - January 2011 72 by March 21st - Common Chiffchaff 74 by March 28th - Wheatear & Meadow Pipit both added; 77 by April 5th 108 species were recorded in 2010; 92 by 4 September; 93 by 22 November

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

COMMON SANDPIPERS on Missendon Abbey Pool - a local mega

Don Stone and I saw 2 COMMON SANDPIPERS at Missendon Abbey Pond on Tuesday, the first record I have ever known of the species from this location. Little Grebes were also nesting again

Don has also seen a WHINCHAT recently at Pednor Bottom, whilst I saw 2 and 5 NORTHERN WHEATEARS just outside the Recording Area at WEST HYDE...

Friday, 8 August 2014

All quiet on the Amersham front

Still pretty quiet in the Chess Valley......
After another full week of hot temperatures and clear blue skies, everywhere is looking parched. WEST WOOD remains silent, with just a few Robin and Chaffinch families busily feeding, whilst WALK WOOD has a fledged flock of Goldcrest - 4 in number. Barn Swallows have done extremely well in CHENIES with some 25+ fledged - a pair of YELLOWHAMMER being present too.

In the vicinity of the CRESTYL CRESSBED FARM, Grey Wagtail, Green Woodpecker and Common Chiffchaff noted, with the Mute Swan pair accompanying 3 cygnets. A RING-NECKED PARAKEET was noisily calling from the SARRATT BOTTOM MEADOW, with a Great Spotted Woodpecker in trees there too. Neighbouring VALLEY FARM PADDOCKS harboured Grey Wagtail, 5 Pied Wagtails, 15 Common Starlings and 9 Linnets, with 2 Jays and a Common Chiffchaff noted in FROGMORE MEADOW.

CHURCH COVERT held both Great Spotted & Green Woodpecker, Wren, 3 Song Thrush, Greenfinch, Stock Dove, 6 juvenile Great Tits, 5 Blackcap and a Common Chiffchaff, with a pair of YELLOWHAMMER in the hedgerow opposite. Still a fair few House Martin and Barn Swallow in LATIMER VILLAGE with the CHESS between NEPTUNES FALLS and the road yielding 5 Little Grebe (family party), 5 Mute Swans (including a pair with 2 cygnets), 2 Tufted Duck broods (a 4 & a 5), Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Stock Dove.

In LITTLE CHALFONT, 6 Greenfinches in CHENIES AVENUE together and just 1 BADGER still visiting my garden

Monday, 21 July 2014

Lots and lots of TUFTED DUCKS

The Australian Black Swan still resident in Little Missenden

plenty of first brood Coots about at Shardeloes

All 3 juvenile Great Crested Grebes doing well at Shardeloes

A nice male Grey Wagtail

Reed Buntings have bred again at Shardeloes

as well as Spotted Flycatchers