Recording Area Annual Totals

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

Monday, 28 March 2011

First WHEATEAR of year - belated report

MONDAY 28 MARCH The gorgeous spring weather continued today with very light winds accompanied by clear skies and long sunny periods. Although a tad down on the weekend, temperatures still held up well at around 15 degrees C. It was another day spent birding locally with the continuing conditions ensuring a lively passage of incoming migrants. Highlight was a pair of PIED AVOCETS in Rookery.......... HODGEMOOR WOODS AND ENVIRONS, CHALFONT ST GILES (BUCKS) A belated report of the first migrant Northern Wheatear in my Amersham Recording Area on Friday sent me in the direction of Chalfont St Giles first thing but alas it had moved on. A singing male Common Chiffchaff was new in (in trees on the eastern fringe of the wood) whilst 1 Skylark, 1 Meadow Pipit, 2 Stock Doves, Great Spotted and Green Woodpecker, 4 Carrion Crows, 2 Common Magpies, 6 Blue Tits, Great Tit, 2 Nuthatches, Common Treecreeper, 2 singing male Dunnocks, a male Chaffinch and 2 Linnets were also noted in the paddocks and woodland.

Friday, 25 March 2011


The singing male COMMON CHIFFCHAFF was still present at McMinn's this morning (easily audible from the Watercress Cottage Loop Trail) whilst WAXWINGS include 16 still in trees along Stanley Hill Avenue and 33 at Latimer Conference Centre

Monday, 21 March 2011



The beautiful spring weather associated with a high pressure system which centred over most of Britain on Saturday continued today. Temperatures remained stable at around 13 degrees C, with long sunny periods and light winds.

I concentrated my efforts on Bedfordshire today - adding five new species to my county year list. Undoubted highlight was a pair of displaying LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKERS....


What was presumably the Pow Wow Lake COMMON CHIFFCHAFF of Saturday was singing strongly from the scrub behind McMinn's this morning (Chris Pontin)

The Pow Wow Lake held an adult Mute Swan and 8 Tufted Ducks, whilst 2 male Great Tits were in song, 4 Wrens and a Song Thrush was seen.

The pair of Great Crested Grebes are still nesting on the smaller of the two fishing lakes, with 23 Tufted Duck there

Thursday, 17 March 2011


At least 21 WAXWINGS were still roving the Stanley Hill Avenue area this morning (LGRE & Dave Bilcock)

Wednesday, 16 March 2011


Two LAPWINGS flew NE over Greenstreet Farm, between Chenies and Chorleywood. this morning (LGRE)

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

WAXWINGS in Amersham

There were 40 WAXWINGS along Stanley Hill this morning (feeding on the berries in front of number 46) with another 14 (or part of the same flock) later in Ashleigh Road

Monday, 14 March 2011

Rookery in Holloway Lane holds 32 active nests


The day started fairly bright and mild but as the morning wore on, a brisk SE wind blew in and dramatically decreased temperatures. The bright conditions prevailed throughout the rest of the day but it felt mightily cold.


Checked out the Rookery in the trees adjacent to the railway bridge at SU 973 998; there were 32 active nests.

Thursday, 10 March 2011

WAXWINGS in Little Chalfont - 05 March

You might be interested to know that we had four WAXWINGS in our garden at Chessfield Park this morning at 09.25hrs. They were not feeding but spent about 5 minutes resting in a cherry tree. I think they had probably been attracted by the large number of other birds feeding in the garden. We also had about 10 Redpole and 10 Siskin. Although some of the Redpolls were very pale none of them appeared to have a white rump as far as I could see (Stuart & Lesley Wilson)