March 2017

Please note: 
Please report your sightings to Neil Randon at neil.randon@googlemail.com. 

Sun, 18 March 2017: 07.00hrs-10.00hrs: 2 LITTLE EGRET (Moors pools), 1 BLACKCAP (singing male, M.Lake), 6 GREYLAG GOOSE, 4 CANADA GOOSE, 4 WIGEON (moors pools), 6 GADWALL, c15 TEAL, c25 SHOVELER, 2 COMMON BUZZARD, 4 BLACK-HEADED GULL, 2 COMMON GULL (WC1), 1 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL (Spynes), 1 STOCK DOVE (Nutfield Marsh), 1 GREEN WOODPECKER, 1 GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER (M.Lake), 1 KINGFISHER (Moors pools), c20 CHIFFCHAFF (singing males), 1 SKYLARK (M.Farm), c10 FIELDFARE (1 below WC mound, c9 Moors), 2 BULLFINCH. Neil Randon

06.50hrs-09.50hrs: 1 LITTLE EGRET (1 Moors pools, by railway line), 1 GREEN SANDPIPER (M.West), 7 WIGEON (Moors pools, by railway line), c16 TEAL (1 Spynes, c15 Moors pools), c26 SHOVELER (Moors pools by railway line), c1 COMMON BUZZARD (1, poss. 2 M.Farm), 1 KESTREL (female, Chilmead Farm), c6 SNIPE ( Moors pools by railway line), 2 COMMON GULL (Flooded area WC1), 1 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL (on pipe, Spynes), c14 CHIFFCHAFF (singing males), 1 REDWING (Nutfield Marsh). Ian Kehl 

Sat, 17 March 2017: no reported sightings

Fri, 16 March 2017: am (WC, Moors): 2 LITTLE EGRET, 7 WIGEON, 1 PINTAILxMALLARD (prob. hybrid male), 1 COMMON BUZZARD, 4 SNIPE, 1 PIED WAGTAIL. Ray Baker

Thurs, 15 March 2017: 06.00hrs-13.00hrs: 1 REDSHANK (flood behind WC1. 92nd new species for 2017), 1 BLACKCAP (male, Nutfield Ridge), 18 GREYLAG GOOSE, 20 CANADA GOOSE, 2 WIGEON, 6 GADWALL, 16 TEAL, 4 SHOVELER, 55 TUFTED DUCK, 1 PHEASANT, 12 CORMORANT, 4 GREY HERON, 18 LITTLE GREBE, 12 GREAT CRESTED GREBE, 1 SPARROWHAWK, 7 COMMON BUZZARD, 1 WATER RAIL, 14 MOORHEN, 74 COOT, 1 LAPWING, 10 SNIPE, 9 BLACK-HEADED GULL, 1 COMMON GULL, 16 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, c140 HERRING GULL, 1 LITTLE OWL, 1 KINGFISHER, 6 GREEN WOODPECKER, 6 GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, c34 RING-NECKED PARAKEET, 13 GOLDCREST, 2 COAL TIT, 6 SKYLARK, 21 LONG-TAILED TIT, 16 CHIFFCHAFF, 5 NUTHATCH, 6 TREECREEPER, 6 FIELDFARE, 7 SONG THRUSH, 25 REDWING, 3 MISTLE THRUSH, 6 HOUSE SPARROW, 1 PIED WAGTAIL, 2 MEADOW PIPIT, 8 CHAFFINCH, 5 GREENFINCH, 5 LINNET, 21 GOLDFINCH, 8 BULLFINCH, 2 YELLOWHAMMER, 8 REED BUNTING. 69 species counted.
Also: Butterflies: 2 Red Admiral, 2 Small Tortoiseshell.  Ray Baker 
 
Tues, 14 March 2017-Wed, 15 March 2017: no reported sightings
 
Mon, 13 March 2017: 10.30hrs-14.30hrs: 1 LITTLE EGRET (Moors pools), 2 MUTE SWAN, 3 CANADA GOOSE, 6 WIGEON, c9 GADWALL, c41 TEAL, c40 SHOVELER, 1 POCHARD (female, WC1), c50 TUFTED DUCK, 17 CORMORANT, 3 GREY HERON, 17 LITTLE GREBE, 12 GREAT CRESTED GREBE, 1 COMMON BUZZARD, 2 SNIPE (Moors pools), c90 BLACK-HEADED GULL, 7 COMMON GULL, c15 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, c25 HERRING GULL, 1 KINGFISHER, 3 GREEN WOODPECKER, 1 GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, 2 GOLDCREST, 1 SKYLARK, 6 CHIFFCHAFF, 11 SONG THRUSH, 1 GREENFINCH, 5 REED BUNTING. Richard Perry
 
Sun, 12 March 2017: 2 LITTLE EGRET, 10 POCHARD (Spynes), c5 CHIFFCHAFF (singing). Ray Baker

06.50hrs-11.30hrs: 2 LITTLE EGRET (1 Moors pools, by railway line, 1 flooded area SE corner WC1), 1 GREEN SANDPIPER (M.West), 7 WIGEON (Moors pools, by railway line), c30 TEAL (incl. c22 Moors pools), c35 SHOVELER (incl. c27 Moors pools by railway line, c8 WC1), c86 TUFTED DUCK (incl. c38 WC), 3 PHEASANT (3 maleS, M.Farm), c26 LITTLE GREBE (incl. c10 Spynes, c8 Moors pools), c14 GREAT CRESTED GREBE (incl. 5 M.Lake, at least 3 pairs WC), 1 COMMON BUZZARD (Moors), 1 KESTREL (female, Chilmead Farm), c22 MOORHEN, c102 COOT (incl. c45 WC), 5 LAPWING (Spynes), c12 SNIPE (incl. c4 Spynes, c8 Moors pools by railway line), c2 COMMON GULL (M.West), 1 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL (on pipe, Spynes), 1 STOCK DOVE (in oaks S of Spynes), 1 LITTLE OWL (in entrance to hole, oak nr manure heap M.Farm), c5 CHIFFCHAFF (c5 singing males), 1 REDWING (Nutfield Marsh). Ian Kehl 

Sat, 11 March 2017: pm: 2 LITTLE EGRET (Moors), 7 WIGEON, c40 SHOVELER, 1 KINGFISHER, 1 TREECREEPER, c700 STARLING (WC, briefly mumurated over WC 17.00hrs, then flew W). Ray Baker

Fri, 10 March 2017: 10.15hrs-14.30hrs: 2 LITTLE EGRET (2 Moors pools), 4 MUTE SWAN, 2 GREYLAG GOOSE, 3 CANADA GOOSE, 5 WIGEON, c15 GADWALL, c29 TEAL, c42 SHOVELER, c82 TUFTED DUCK, 5 GREY HERON, 13 LITTLE GREBE, 15 GREAT CRESTED GREBE, 2 COMMON BUZZARD, 4 SNIPE, c150 BLACK-HEADED GULL, 4 COMMON GULL, 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, c50 HERRING GULL, 1 LITTL OWL, 1 GREEN WOODPECKER, 5 GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, 2 GOLDCREST, 4 CHIFFCHAFF (2 singing WC1, 1 singing M.Lake, 1 singing Spynes), 2 SONG THRUSH, 3 GREENFINCH, 5 REED BUNTING. Richard Perry

Thurs, 9 March 2017: 06.00hrs-12.15hrs: 1 SISKIN3 GREYLAG GOOSE8 CANADA GOOSE, 10 WIGEON, 6 GADWALL, 20 TEAL, c80 SHOVELER, 43 TUFTED DUCK, 18 CORMORANT2 GREY HERON, 15 LITTLE GREBE, 6 GREAT CRESTED GREBE, 1 SPARROWHAWK, 4 COMMON BUZZARD, 2 KESTREL, 1 WATER RAIL, 5 LAPWING, c320 BLACK-HEADED GULL, 15 COMMON GULL, 7 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, c250 HERRING GULL, 9 GREEN WOODPECKER, 2 GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, c80 RING-NECKED PARAKEET, 8 JAY, 7 GOLDCREST, 1 COAL TIT, 10 SKYLARK, 23 LONG-TAILED TIT, 3 CHIFFCHAFF, 3 NUTHATCH, 3 TREECREEPER, c40 FIELDFARE, 8 SONG THRUSH, c35 REDWING, 1 GREY WAGTAIL, 1 PIED WAGTAIL, 4 MEADOW PIPIT, 9 CHAFFINCH, 1 GREENFINCH, 36 GOLDFINCH, 5 BULLFINCH, 5 YELLOWHAMMER, 7 REED BUNTING. 64 species counted. Ray Baker 

Wed, 8 March 2017: no reported sightings

Tues, 7 March 2017: 10.30hrs-14.30hrs (WC, Moors, M.Lake): 2 STONECHAT (pair, Moors), 3 MUTE SWAN, 6 CANADA GOOSE, 7 WIGEON, 14 GADWALL, c17 TEAL, c31 SHOVELER, c60 TUFTED DUCK, 7 GREY HERON, 13 LITTLE GREBE, 11 GREAT CRESTED GREBE, 6 COMMON BUZZARD, 1 SNIPE, c550 BLACK-HEADED GULL, c10 COMMON GULL, c24 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, c35 HERRING GULL, 1 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL, 1 KINGFISHER, 6 GOLDCREST, 1 COAL TIT, 1 CHIFFCHAFF (singing WC2), 1 FIELDFARE, 1 REDWING, 1 GREY WAGTAIL, 1 REED BUNTING. Richard Perry
 
am: 1 RED-CRESTED POCHARD (WC1, before flying off NW. 91st new species for 2017), 1 SHELDUCK (Spynes), 1 LITTLE EGRET (Moors), 1 STONECHAT (female, Moors), 10 SISKIN (Chilmead Ponds), 8 WIGEON, 1 PINTAILxMALLARD (prob. hybrid male), 2 SPARROWHAWK, c6 COMMON BUZZARD, 1 WATER RAIL (Spynes bullrush pool), 1 SNIPE (Moors), 1 KINGFISHER (Moors), 2 CHIFFCHAFF (WC causeway), 1 TREECREEPER (singing, Moors cycle path), 1 GREY WAGTAIL (Moors)< 1 MEADOW PIPIT (WC houses). Ray Baker

RED-CRESTED POCHARD on WC1 (Ray Baker)
Mon, 6 March 2017: 06.00hrs-13.00hrs: 1 SHELDUCK (Spynes), 1 RED KITE (over WC), 5 STONECHAT (male and female Moors, 2 female + imm.male M.Farm), 3 SISKIN (nr Chilmead Pools), 1 GREYLAG GOOSE, 9 CANADA GOOSE, 4 WIGEON, 6 GADWALL, 22 TEAL, 41 SHOVELER, 38 TUFTED DUCK, 1 PHEASANT, 10 CORMORANT, 6 GREY HERON, 17 LITTLE GREBE, 9 GREAT CRESTED GREBE, 2 SPARROWHAWK, 4 COMMON BUZZARD, 2 KESTREL, 1 WATER RAIL (Spynes reedbed pool), 3 LAPWING, 4 SNIPE, c800 BLACK-HEADED GULL, 15 COMMON GULL, 15 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, c250 HERRING GULL, 1 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL, 3 KINGFISHER, 4 GREEN WOODPECKER, 6 GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, c55 RING-NECKED PARAKEET, 9 GOLDCREST, 31 BLUE TIT, 21 GREAT TIT, 3 COAL TIT, 9 SKYLARK, 13 LONG-TAILED TIT, 1 CHIFFCHAFF, 3 NUTHATCH, 6 TREECREEPER, 25 FIELDFARE, 5 SONG THRUSH, 45 REDWING, 6 HOUSE SPARROW, 2 PIED WAGTAIL, 2 MEADOW PIPIT, 6 CHAFFINCH, 4 GREENFINCH, 31 GOLDFINCH, 10 BULLFINCH, 12 YELLOWHAMMER, 3 REED BUNTING. 70 species counted. Ray Baker 
 
Sun, 5 March 2017: 10.30hrs-15.00hrs: 2 EGYPTIAN GOOSE (over Middle Pit), 6 WIGEON (Moors pools, by railway line), c28 TEAL (incl. c12 Moors pools, by wooden bridge, c15 Moors pools, by railway line), c29 SHOVELER (c6 MiddlePit, c15 Moors pools by railway line), 3 POCHARD (2m, 1f Spynes), 1 PHEASANT (male, M.Farm), c8 GREAT CRESTED GREBE (incl. 3 M.Lake & pair 'neck dancing' Spynes), 3 COMMON BUZZARD (2 together over M.Farm, 1 Moors), c10 SNIPE (c4 Spynes, c6 Moors pools by railway line), c5 COMMON GULL (incl. 4 flooded area of Moors, SE corner of WC1), 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL (on pipe, Spynes), 1 LITTLE OWL (sitting in entrance to hole nr bat box, in oak nr manure heap M.Farm),1 CHIFFCHAFF (actively feeding S of Middle Pit nr cycle path), c25 FIELDFARE (Moors). Ian Kehl 

Sat, 4 March 2017: 10.30hrs-15.00hrs (WC, Moors and M.Lake): 2 STONECHAT (pair, Moors), 1 SISKIN, 2 MUTE SWAN, 2 CANADA GOOSE, 7 WIGEON, 20 GADWALL, 20 TEAL, c22 SHOVELER, 2 POCHARD (pair WC1), c48 TUFTED DUCK,1 CORMORANT, 3 GREY HERON, 9 LITTLE GREBE, 9 GREAT CRESTED GREBE, 1 COMMON BUZZARD, 2 SNIPE, c300 BLACK-HEADED GULL, c10 COMMON GULL, c4 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, c5 HERRING GULL, 1 GREEN WOODPECKER, 2 GOLDCREST, 2 CHIFFCHAFF (1 singing WC1), c6 FIELDFARE, 1 REDWING, 1 GREY WAGTAIL, 8 YELLOWHAMMER (in tree nr Canal Cottages, Nutfield Marsh), 3 REED BUNTING. Richard Perry am (Moors): 2 STONECHAT, c6 WIGEON, 1 PINTAILxMALLARD (prob. hybrid male), 2 COMMON BUZZARD, 1 SNIPE. Ray Baker 

Fri, 3 March 2017: no reported sightings 

Thurs, 2 March 2017: pm: DARTFORD WARBLER (Moors, but elusive). Gordon Hay

DARTFORD WARBLER on the Moors (Gordon Hay)
06.15hrs-10.30hrs: 1 LITTLE EGRET (behind WC1), 4 STONECHAT (Moors), 3 SISKIN, 2 MUTE SWAN, 8 CANADA GOOSE, 6 WIGEON, 14 GADWALL, 22 TEAL, 26 MALLARD, 2 MALLARD (domestic), 1 PINTAILxMALLARD (prob. hybrid male), 28 SHOVELER, 9 POCHARD, c75 TUFTED DUCK, 8 CORMORANT, 5 GREY HERON, 5 LITTLE GREBE, 3 GREAT CRESTED GREBE, 2 COMMON BUZZARD, 1 KESTREL, 12 MOORHEN, c70 COOT, 2 LAPWING, 2 SNIPE, c850 BLACK-HEADED GULL, 6 COMMON GULL, c35 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, c170 HERRING GULL, 2 FERAL PIGEON, 35 WOODPIGEON, 1 COLLARED DOVE, 4 GREEN WOODPECKER, 2 GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, c150 RING-NECKED PARAKEET, 20 MAGPIE, 2 JAY, 8 JACKDAW, 50 CARRION CROW, 6 GOLDCREST, 22 BLUE TIT, 14 GREAT TIT, 1 COAL TIT, 2 SKYLARK, 12 LONG-TAILED TIT, 4 NUTHATCH, 2 TREECREEPER, 22 WREN, 22 STARLING, 15 FIELDFARE, 7 SONG THRUSH, c50 REDWING, 3 MISTLE THRUSH, 25 ROBIN, 13 DUNNOCK, 6 HOUSE SPARROW, 1 GREY WAGTAIL, 1 PIED WAGTAIL, 4 CHAFFINCH, 2 GREENFINCH, 22 GOLDFINCH, 2 BULLFINCH, 5 REED BUNTING. 64 species counted. Ray Baker 

Wed, 1 March 2017: 1 LITTLE EGRET (Moors), 7 WIGEON, 35 SHOVELER, 1 CHIFFCHAFF, 2 TREECREEPER, 45 FIELDFARE, 80 REDWING. Gordon Hay