SATURDAY 13 MARCH
A beautiful day, with temperatures reaching 9.5 degrees C. Spent the entire day in Buckinghamshire, attempting to clean up on a few species I was still missing from the year, with a few brief forays in to Herts during the morning.
WALK WOOD. STONY LANE (LITTLE CHALFONT) (SOUTH BUCKS)
In ideal weather conditions, did a 2-hour stint looking for the resident pair of Northern Goshawks but no joy. A male EURASIAN SPARROWHAWK was seen, along with at least 8 COMMON BUZZARDS and 3 RED KITES.
A flock of 10 SISKINS flew over Walk Wood, whilst resident species included Stock Dove (2 birds), Chaffinch (2 singing males on territory), Blue Tit (3 singing males), Wren (singing male), European Robin (1), Common Blackbird (1), Goldfinch, Dunnock (2 singing males), Long-tailed Tit (4) and a drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker.
The fields to the west of Chenies Farm held a singing male EURASIAN SKYLARK - the first local bird of the year.
CHILTERN HILLS GOLF COURSE, CHORLEYWOOD (under construction) (HERTS)
Two more singing male EURASIAN SKYLARKS either side of Green Street, a flock of 186 Woodpigeons and a Linnet over.
LODGE LANE FIELDS, LITTLE CHALFONT (SOUTH BUCKS)
A total of 5 House Sparrows in the gardens along Lodge Lane (TQ 005 965) and 3 Greenfinches by Lodge Farm.