SATURDAY 20 DECEMBER 2008
A relatively mild day with a strong SW wind; dry with some bright spells
Chess River Valley
Two of the three wintering LITTLE EGRETS remained today, roosting in the tall trees in the meadow just east of Bois Mill
Chaffinch House, Little Chalfont
Eurasian Collared Doves peaking out at 16; House Sparrows numbering 34; male Greenfinch; Goldfinch (on nyger), Great Tit and 15 Blue Tits; Common Starling constantly mimicking the loud 'kewick' call of Tawny Owl
Penn Wood (1500-1540)
Another extremely poor evening with just 8 BRAMBLINGS roosting in Rhododendrons near the Penna (7 arrived at 1520 and a single three minutes later), 2 LESSER REDPOLLS and just a handful of Chaffinches. A total of 83 Greenfinches roosted at the Tyler's Green end of the wood.
Very quiet after a Saturday shoot - just 5 Little Grebes, the family group of 6 Mute Swans, 1 Canada Goose, 7 Mallard and 112+ Coot (incidentally all roosting together at dusk)
There was also 1 Red Kite, 1 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, 4 Goldcrests, 10 Long-tailed Tits and a COMMON TREECREEPER, with a female REED BUNTING roosting in the sedgebed close to where a pair nested this summer.
There was also much MOLE activity