Recording Area Annual Totals

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

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

The Chess River Valley on recent days - SHOVELER highlight

Tuesday 5/1/10

Upper fishing lake at Latimer about 11.00 hrs. 50% covered in ice. 35 Common Pochard, about 55 Coot all together in a small group on the bank, about 20 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe, 4 Male and at least 2 female SHOVELER on the river where it enters the lake. It is very unusual to see Shoveler on the fishing lakes and I can only assume that their normal habitat was frozen. 2 Kestrel, 2 Red Kite and 2 Common Buzzard, single Green and GS Woodpeckers also about 150 Canada Geese in the bean field.

Wednesday 6/1/10

Walked down to the River Chess at about 11.00 hrs through deep soft snow and saw nothing of note other than quite large flocks of both Redwing and Fieldfare flying high in a southerly direction.

At home there was much activity in the garden with about 10 Blackbirds, 30 Goldfinch, 36 Chaffinch, 2 Song thrush, 1 Pied Wagtail, Great & Blue Tit, two redwing and Fieldfare until 15.50hrs when a flock of 40 Fieldfare descended. All our garden berries had disappeared before Christmas and there was compete mayhem for several minutes as the Fieldfare fought and chased each other off some apples that had been put out.

Happy New Year to you

Regards Stuart & Lesley

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