Recording Area Annual Totals

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

Monday, 25 November 2013

Penn Wood and the BRAMBLINGS

A fine day but cold, grey and overcast
In the CHESS VALLEY, 2 Little Egrets back in the meadow just east of Bois Mill and the 5 Ring-necked Parakeets flying back and forth to feeding gardens in Chesham at dawn and dusk
Taking the opportunity to visit PENN WOOD for the first time this autumn, I was astonished to see the amount of Rhododendron clearing that had taken place since my last visit. Huge swathes of it have been removed, particularly along the Penna Ride, so much so that much of it can now be seen through and making it perhaps less attractive to roosting finches - the site of course being one of the premier Brambling roost sites in the country. Anyhow, seeing such destruction, I was sceptical of seeing a roost but post 1445 hours, Fringilids began arriving and by 1600 hours, no less than 109 BRAMBLING and 77 Chaffinches had come in - not a bad total. Much more disconcerting was the TOTAL LACK of any Greenfinch roost in the Holly - just 70 Redwing and 4 Bullfinch.

A WOODCOCK was flushed by a dogwalker whilst Jay, Coal Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker and 8 Muntjac were all noted

Today's images

Mass clearance of Rhododendron scrub

The Penna Way

Great swathes of Rhododendron taken out

Fallen trees across the track following the storm several weeks back

One area of favoured pre-roost trees

Bramblings flocking pre-roost

A splendid winter male Brambling - magnificent finches

Bramblings taking advantage of the Beech keys prior to bedding down for the night

The main pre-roost trees

Redwing: no less than 70 came into the Holly roost

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