Recording Area Annual Totals

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

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

WHINCHAT delight

The 101st species in the Recording Area this year - WHINCHAT

High pressure still firmly in charge with continuing light NE winds. In fact, gorgeous early autumn weather and prime conditions for drift migrants. Prize of the day was an adult BLACK TERN and yet more WHINCHATS.........

In Hemel Hempstead town centre this morning, I recorded Grey Wagtail and 65 Feral Pigeons.


Andy Radford very kindly notified me of two WHINCHATS that he had discovered about half a mile north of Penn Street Farm yesterday evening and were still present this afternoon. They represented the first record of this species in my Recording Area this year so I made a concerted effort and met up with Andy early evening. One bird - a juvenile - was still showing very well and favouring the hedgerow in the valley in the vicinity of SU 925 962 - the hedgerow separating the stubble fields. The bird was repeatedly flycatching from the tops of the bushes.

Also noted were 4 Collared Doves, 3 Stock Doves, Woodpigeons, Goldfinch, Greenfinch and Blue Tit.

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