Recording Area Annual Totals

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

Wednesday, 13 August 2008

Kites flying high as strong winds set in

(heavy showers throughout the day, with a strong WSW wind, gusting to force 6 at times; 13 degrees centigrade)

RED KITES were the order of the day with large numbers seen as farmers begin ploughing up stubble. Otherwise very few new arrivals.

Shardeloes Lake (0950-1040)

There was no sign of yesterday's Pied Flycatchers nor of many of the warblers that made landfall during the rain. In fact, just 1 SPOTTED FLYCATCHER remained, commuting between a large Oak and the main lake.

Significant, however, was a major fall of PIED WAGTAILS - 15 was present on the cricket field, including 4 adult males. Also, the first SAND MARTINS of the autumn (in the Amersham District) and impressive COMMON SWIFT numbers

Great Crested Grebe - 4 still (1 adult with 3 juveniles)
Mute Swans - family party of 6
Common Kestrel - first-year male and adult female
Great Spotted Woodpecker
House Martins - 42
SAND MARTIN* - 2 juveniles
Mistle Thrush - 25 mainly juveniles
Goldfinch - 4 juveniles
Reed Bunting - 2 (male and juvenile)

Penn Bottom/Winchmore Hill

A farmer was ploughing his stubble field opposite 'The Old Barn' entrance just west of Charcoal Grange at SU 918 947 at midday, attracting 6 RED KITES (including 2 juveniles) and 5 adult Lesser Black-backed Gulls. Nearby, a slurry field at Winchmore Hill (400 yards east of Pennstreet Farm at SU 928 953, attracted 3 more RED KITES, as well as 134 Jackdaws, 73 Rooks, 23 Carrion Crows and 31 Common Starlings.

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