Recording Area Annual Totals

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

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

EGYPTIAN GOOSE at Shardeloes, with 35 LINNET over

Shardeloes Lake sightings: 27th September 2016
Most unexpected was a single EGYPTIAN GOOSE on the cricket ground - a rare visitor in this area. The bird was showing very well and seemingly unconcerned by onlookers. The cricket pitch also harboured an exceptionally large flock of migrant alba wagtails, 43 Pieds in all. I could not locate any of the recent Yellow Wagtails with them, but there was a juvenile Grey Wagtail.

At the main lake, there were 8 Little Grebes, 5 Great Crested Grebes, a single adult Mute Swan, 25 Mallard, 26 Gadwall, just 2 Tufted Ducks and 54 Coot, while the gull roost held 28 Black-headed and a single adult Common. An exceptional gathering of 36 Stock Dove was noted, while Woodpigeon numbers were at a high 80, with Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Mistle Thrush, a vocal Common Chiffchaff and a Goldcrest. Most noteworthy was a flock of 35 LINNET that went over - a scarce bird at this locale

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

RING-NECKED PARAKEETS reach new high in parish


 Up to 9 RING-NECKED PARAKEETS are now visiting the Parish, with the flock arriving from the Chorleywood direction at Chenies early morning and splintering into two groups - one visiting Little Chalfont and the other Chenies Bottom and village. This is the largest number so far. Meanwhile, in my Chaffinch House garden, Goldfinch numbers are increasing to at least 12, a Mistle Thrush flew over (19th), a COMMON RAVEN over on 17th, with a Wren regular and still the odd House Martin going west. The first 2 Meadow Pipits of the autumn flew south on 18th.