31 DECEMBER 2008
CHESHAM FISHING LAKES (SP 970 003)
Although the smaller lake is almost completely frozen, the larger one was ice-free, and yielded a good crop of birds, including a single GREAT CRESTED GREBE (the only local bird at present), Grey Heron, a first-winter Mute Swan, 9 Mallard, 3 Tufted Duck, 11 POCHARD (including 9 drakes), 24 Coot and 7 Moorhens. A drake MANDARIN DUCK flew towards Waterside whistling loudly and 2+ SISKINS flew overhaed and landed in the tall Alders.
CHESS RIVER VALLEY
A single LITTLE EGRET was east of Bois Mill and a single CORMORANT was roosting in one of the tall riverside trees west of Latimer Bridge