Recording Area Annual Totals

97 Species in 2013, 99 in 2012, 94 in 2011, 108 species were recorded in 2010;



Monday, 4 July 2016

GREYLAG GEESE breed for first time in Recording Area


It has been a very busy summer at SHARDELOES LAKE, with a record number of Atlantic Canada Geese breeding (with at least 93 goslings fledged) and for the first time ever, a pair of GREYLAG GEESE raising 4 young. Although it is too early for Tufted Duck youngsters yet, the first female Gadwalls have appeared, accompanied by at least 15 ducklings.






Shardeloes has two Great Crested Grebe nests this summer, seemingly both females being catered for by a single male. One female is still sitting whilst the other has one surviving youngster out of an original two.




At least 77 Common Swifts present over Shardeloes Lake on 27th June - seasonally very unusual.




Spotted Flycatchers have bred for the 9th year in succession, this pair feeding three young in the isolated trees at the far end








Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Another local mega: now a juvenile ICELAND GULL at Hedgerley Landfill, Beaconsfield

29 December 2015

Early afternoon today saw HEDGERLEY LANDFILL produce an adult YELLOW-LEGGED GULL, a juvenile ICELAND GULL, 27 Great Black-backed Gulls and at least 362 Herring Gulls - the first Iceland at the site for many winters.....







Nearby, at Beaconsfield M40 Services Lake, the pair of MANDARIN DUCKS are still present




Monday, 28 December 2015

Despite the warmest December on record, BRAMBLING roost numbers 89....


Rhododendron scrub: favoured by Bramblings and Chaffinches to roost








I did the finch roost at the Penna in Penn Wood on Christmas Eve, counting 89 BRAMBLING and 137 Chaffinch in by 3.30pm - not a bad count considering the exceptionally mild December weather





Up to 100 Starling, 28 Fieldfare and 15 Redwing remain in the field at Lower Weedonhill Farm

















Still 26 SISKIN in the riverside Alders at Shardeloes, while up to 8 LESSER REDPOLL continue to visit my Little Chalfont garden

Otherwise, typically quiet in the Chess Valley