28 DECEMBER 2008
HORSEMOOR LANE, WINCHMOOR HILL (SU 932 947)
At the entrance to 'Goodwins' some 55 ROOKS and 15 Jackdaws were taking advantage of the moist soil and were feeding busily on the ground.
GAWDE WATER (GUARDS WATER) (SU 928 949)
This tiny village pond held 8 Mallard (6 drakes) and 2 Moorhen, whilst the field adjacent had Red Kite, 2 Fieldfares, Mistle Thrush, 2 Redwing and 6 Goldfinches
PENN STREET (SU 923 957)
Coal Tit in the garden of 'The Cottages'
MOP END (SU 924 967)
Feeding in the shelter of the small wood at SU 924 967 were 8 male Ring-necked Pheasants, 7 Stock Doves, 1 Redwing and an impressive 130 Chaffinches (but not a single Brambling). Three Common Blackbirds were nearby in 'Shardeloes' garden and 94 ROOKS were feeding in stubble at SU 925 974.
A flock of 21 LAPWING was still frequenting the large crop field at SU 930 960, whilst a dead Badger was just by the junction of the A404 and the Winchmore Hill road at SU 939 957.
Mute Swans (family party of 6 still), Canada Goose (3), GADWALL (15), POCHARD (4), Tufted Duck (5), Coot (143) and Wren (2).
*LAPWING - 5 flew over
WATERSIDE, CHESHAM (SP 963 008)
Mute Swans (5 including 3 first-winters), Mallard (22) and Moorhen (4)
CHESHAM SEWAGE WORKS AND BOIS MILL POND (SU 982 995)
House Sparrows (2 in the garden opposite)
SISKIN (2 overhead)
Sinensis Cormorant (1 adult on pond)
Mute Swans (6 - 4 first-winters)
LITTLE EGRET - usual bird just east of Bois Mill
*Rookery - 43 nests in tall trees above Ivy House Farm at SU 975 996.
Another LITTLE EGRET roosting on the Chess river bank just west of Latimer Bridge and a further bird in trees by Holloway Lane at TQ 023 988.
The western end of Mount Wood yielded 6 Long-tailed Tits and 4 Blue Tits, 6 Carrion Crows and a BULLFINCH.
24 Common Starlings late afternoon in gardens on Amersham Road.