Recording Area Annual Totals

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

Monday, 24 October 2011

Fieldfares and Redwings


Strong Southeasterly winds blew all day, associated with clear skies before late afternoon....


All 6 young Mute Swans still survive, with 6 Gadwall present, a female Tufted Duck and 64 Coots. An adult Common Gull was with the Black-headed Gull flock, as well as a juvenile Argenteus Herring Gull, whilst migrants included 25 Redwing, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Goldcrest and 1 Pied Wagtail

Friday, 7 October 2011

Feeling very wintery........nothing happening


Strong Northwesterly winds dominated the weather today, bringing occasional sharp showers interspersed with bright periods. Temperatures have plummeted from recent days.....


Very, very quiet - almost birdless - with just 3 Gadwalls (2 drakes) and 2 KINGFISHERS of note


A waste of time vizmigging - virtually nothing on the move. Highlights were 2 REDWINGS (one in Top Scrub and another in isolated hawthorns just SE of the Beacon trig point) - my first of the autumn and 2 migrating Blue Tits across the peak.......


The water level is starting to rise again and I see from the signs, a breakout of green algae has been registered by the Environment Agency.

For the first time in two months, not a LIttle Egret in sight...

A flock of 11 BARN SWALLOWS and a single HOUSE MARTIN came through, as well as 3 SKYLARKS

Otherwise, 4 Little Grebes, 9 Great Crested Grebes, 33 Mute Swans, the 2 Whooper Swans, 233 Common Teal, 8 Gadwall, 68 Eurasian Wigeon, 9 NORTHERN PINTAIL (1 adult drake), 109 Shoveler and 19 Pied Wagtails

Thursday, 6 October 2011

First GLIS-GLIS of 2011

Chris Pontin and I had our first GLIS GLIS of the year today - a very poor year indeed

Wednesday, 5 October 2011


It has been very quiet of late. Up to 20 SISKINS have been present at Pow Wow in Chesham, with 10 BARN SWALLOWS flying around McMinn's yesterday (Tuesday 4 October).

A Song Thrush and 4 Chaffinches flew west over my house early this morning, whilst TAWNY OWLS are now very active and calling loudly each calm evening.

Many MEADOW PIPITS are now on the move