February 2017

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

Sat, 25 February 2017:10.30hrs-14.00hrs (WC, Moors and M.Lake): 1 LITTLE EGRET (WC1), 1 MUTE SWAN, 1 CANADA GOOSE, 7 WIGEON, 8 GADWALL, 19 TEAL, 1 PINTAILxMALLARD (prob. hydrid male), 28 SHOVELER, c55 TUFTED DUCK, 3 CORMORANT, 1 GREY HERON, 5 LITTLE GREBE, 9 GREAT CRESTED GREBE, 1 COMMON BUZZARD, 9 SNIPE, c200 BLACK-HEADED GULL, c10 COMMON GULL, c5 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, c40 HERRING GULL, 1 GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, 2 GOLDCREST, 1 TREECREEPER, c12 FIELDFARE, 1 SONG THRUSH, c9 REDWING, 1 MEADOW PIPIT, 2 REED BUNTING. Richard Perry

Fri, 24 February 2017: no reported sightings

Thurs, 23 February 2017: (during Storm Doris): 28 GADWALL, 67 SHOVELER, 1 POCHARD, c2000 BLACK-HEADED GULL, 45 COMMON GULL, 35 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, 500 HERRING GULL, 2 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL. Gordon Hay

Wed, 22 February 2017: 06.35hrs-11.15hrs: 1 SHELDUCK (Spynes), 1 PEREGRINE (hunting over Moors), 12 GREYLAG GOOSE, 10 CANADA GOOSE, 6 WIGEON, 30 GADWALL, 29 TEAL, 55 SHOVELER, 2 POCHARD, 55 TUFTED DUCK, 10 CORMORANT, 5 GREY HERON, 11 LITTLE GREBE, 6 GREAT CRESTED GREBE, 1 COMMON BUZZARD, 5 LAPWING, 2 SNIPE, c650 BLACK-HEADED GULL, 25 COMMON GULL, 22 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, c165 HERRING GULL, 1 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL, 4 KINGFISHER, 8 GREEN WOODPECKER, 5 GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, 440 RING-NECKED PARAKEET, 3 JAY, 13 JACKDAW, 48 CARRION CROW, 7 GOLDCREST, 2 SKYLARK, 10 LONG-TAILED TIT, 2 CHIFFCHAFF, 2 NUTHATCH, 3 TREECREEPER, 3 FIELDFARE, 14 SONG THRUSH, c75 REDWING, 1 MISTLE THRUSH, 2 HOUSE SPARROW, 1 GREY WAGTAIL, 4 PIED WAGTAIL, 7 CHAFFINCH, 6 GREENFINCH, 12 GOLDFINCH, 6 BULLFINCH, 1 YELLOWHAMMER, 6 REED BUNTING. 63 species counted. Ray Baker

Tues, 21 February 2017: no reported sightings

Mon, 20 February 2017: 06.35hrs-12.30hrs: 2 LITTLE EGRET (WC/Mound area), 1 STONECHAT (Moors), 4 GREYLAG GOOSE, 15 CANADA GOOSE, 2 EGYPTIAN GOOSE, 6 WIGEON, 21 GADWALL, 26 TEAL, 1 PINTAILxMALLARD (prob. hybrid male), 35 SHOVELER, 3 POCHARD, 70 TUFTED DUCK, 1 PHEASANT, 16 CORMORANT, 2 GREY HERON, 12 LITTLE GREBE, 4 GREAT CRESTED GREBE, 3 COMMON BUZZARD, 1 KESTREL, 1 WATER RAIL, 13 LAPWING, 24 SNIPE, c290 BLACK-HEADED GULL, 31 COMMON GULL, 7 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, 80 HERRING GULL, 2 COLLARED DOVE, 1 LITTLE OWL, 4 KINGFISHER, 6 GREEN WOODPECKER, 7 GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, c160 RING-NECKED PARAKEET, 170 JACKDAW, 9 GOLDCREST, 4 COAL TIT, 3 SKYLARK, 27 LONG-TAILED TIT, 2 CHIFFCHAFF, 1 NUTHATCH, 4 TREECREEPER, c85 FIELDFARE, 18 SONG THRUSH, c120 REDWING, 10 HOUSE SPARROW, 3 PIED WAGTAIL, 1 MEADOW PIPIT, 9 CHAFFINCH, 6 GREENFINCH, 34 GOLDFINCH, 6 BULLFINCH, 3 YELLOWHAMMER, 8 REED BUNTING. 71 species counted. Ray Baker

Sun, 19 February 2017: 12.45pm: 2 RAVEN (pair heading S over Nutfield Ridge). Gordon Hay

10.00hrs-11.45hrs (Moors, WC): 1 LITTLE EGRET (in tree behind WC1, nr flooded area), 8 WIGEON (Moors pools), c15 TEAL, c6 SHOVELER (Moors pools), 1 COMMON BUZZARD (Moors), c12 SNIPE (Moors pools), 2 TREECREEPER (in trees next to Redhill Brook by bridge at Cormongers Lane end of Moors), 1 GREEN WOODPECKER (Moors, next to WC mound), 1 GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER (Moors). Neil Randon
 
07.00hrs-12.35hrs: 1 SHELDUCK (male, Spynes), 3 LITTLE EGRET (flooded area SE corner WC1), 1 RED KITE (S of Spynes), c2 SISKIN (Chilmead Pits), 1 EGYPTIAN GOOSE (Spynes), 8 WIGEON (Moors pools by railway line), c20 TEAL, 1 PINTAILxMALLARD hydrid (male, Moors pools by railway line), c30 SHOVELER, 2 POCHARD (1 male WC1, 1 female Spynes), c2 WATER RAIL (1 Moors pools, by wooden bridge, 1 heard only, Spynes bullrush pond), c2 SPARROWHAWK, c4 COMMON BUZZARD, 2 KESTREL (2 males, Nutfield Marsh), c28 SNIPE (c6 Spynes, c22 Moors pools by railway line), c15 COMMON GULL (Spynes), 1 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL (Spynes), 3 STOCK DOVE (M.Farm), 1 KINGFISHER (heard only, ditch between WC Mound and Lower Mound), c2 SKYLARK (incl. c1 singing male), 1 TREECREEPER (alders, nr bridge, Moors pools by railway line), c10 FIELDFARE. 65 species. Ian Kehl and Gordon Hay

Sat, 18 February 2017: 1 LITTLE EGRET, 4 STONECHAT (1 male M.Farm, 1 male & 2 female Moors), 2 SISKIN, 7 WIGEON, 38 SHOVELER, 1 POCHARD, 10 GREAT CRESTED GREBE, 2 COMMON BUZZARD, 2 KINGFISHER, 8 SKYLARK, 60 FIELDFARE, 160 REDWING, 10 BULLFINCH, 12 YELLOWHAMMER, 2 REED BUNTING. Gordon Hay 

Fri, 17 February 2017: pm (WC, Moors): 2 LITTLE EGRET (behind WC1), 6 WIGEON, 51 GADWALL, c10 SHOVELER, 1 POCHARD, 1 COMMON BUZZARD, 1 WATER RAIL, 6 LAPWING, c10 SNIPE. Ray Baker

Thurs, 16 February 2017: 1 LITTLE EGRET, 3 STONECHAT (2 Moors, 1m M.Farm, nr manure heap), 5 WIGEON, 22 SHOVELER, 2 POCHARD, 1 COMMON BUZZARD, 1 KESTREL, 1 JAY (mimicking the 'mew' call of a Buzzard). Gordon Hay


REDWING (Gordon Hay)

Wed, 15 February 2017: 06.50hrs-12.45hrs: 1 SHELDUCK (Spynes), 1 LITTLE EGRET (WC Mound, 1st light), 1 STONECHAT (male, Moors), 2 SISKIN (Chilmead Farm), 10 GREYLAG GOOSE, 11 CANADA GOOSE, 1 EGYPTIAN GOOSE, 4 WIGEON, 51 GADWALL, 32 TEAL, 20 SHOVELER, 8 POCHARD, 92 TUFTED DUCK, 23 CORMORANT, 8 GREY HERON, 13 LITTLE GREBE, 3 GREAT CRESTED GREBE, 3 COMMON BUZZARD, 1 KESTREL, 22 LAPWING, 8 SNIPE, c590 BLACK-HEADED GULL, 5 COMMON GULL, 17 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, c205 HERRING GULL, 2 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL, 1 KINGFISHER, 4 GREEN WOODPECKER, 8 GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, c150 RING-NECKED PARAKEET, 7 GOLDCREST, 4 COAL TIT, 3 SKYLARK, 32 LONG-TAILED TIT, 1 NUTHATCH, 3 TREECREEPER, c65 FIELDFARE, 22 SONG THRUSH, 140 REDWING, 1 MISTLE THRUSH, 5 HOUSE SPARROW, 3 GREY WAGTAIL, 2 PIED WAGTAIL, 4 MEADOW PIPIT, 12 CHAFFINCH, 2 GREENFINCH, 34 GOLDFINCH, 12 BULLFINCH, 12 YELLOWHAMMER, 1 REED BUNTING. 70 species. Ray Baker

am: 1 SHELDUCK (Spynes), 1 LITTLE EGRET (Spynes), 1 PEREGRINE (male), 1 LITTLE OWL, 55 FIELDFARE. Gordon Hay

PINTAILxMALLARD hybrid showing yellow legs –
should be grey for Pintail (Gordon Hay)
Tues, 14 February 2017: early pm (Moors): 1 PEREGRINE (high, over), 5 WIGEON, 1 COMMON BUZZRD, 1 WATER RAIL, 2 MISTLE THRUSH. Matt Farmer

10.30hrs-14.00hrs (WC, Moors and M.Lake): 1 LITTLE EGRET (WC1), 2 STONECHAT (pair, Moors), 1 MUTE SWAN, 4 WIGEON, 9 GADWALL, 22 TEAL, 10 SHOVELER, 5 POCHARD, c100 TUFTED DUCK, 4 CORMORANT, 3 GREY HERON, 5 LITTLE GREBE, 6 GREAT CRESTED GREBE, 1 COMMON BUZZARD, 1 KESTREL, c27 LAPWING, 2 SNIPE, c250 BLACK-HEADED GULL, c20 COMMON GULL, c12 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, c120 HERRING GULL, 1 GOLDCREST, c6 FIELDFARE, 2 REDWING, 1 MEADOW PIPIT, 1 REED BUNTING. Richard Perry
 
10.30hrs-14.00hrs (WC, Moors, M.Lake): 1 LITTLE EGRET (WC1), 2 STONECHAT (pair, Moors), 4 GREYLAG GOOSE, 15 CANADA GOOSE, 2 EGYPTIAN GOOSE, 6 WIGEON, 21 GADWALL, 26 TEAL, 1 PINTAILxMALLARD (prob. hybrid male), 35 SHOVELER, 3 POCHARD, 70 TUFTED DUCK, 1 PHEASANT, 16 CORMORANT, 2 GREY HERON, 12 LITTLE GREBE, 4 GREAT CRESTED GREBE, 3 COMMON BUZZARD, 1 KESTREL, 1 WATER RAIL, 13 LAPWING, 24 SNIPE, c290 BLACK-HEADED GULL, 31 COMMON GULL, 7 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, 80 HERRING GULL, 2 COLLARED DOVE, 1 LITTLE OWL, 4 KINGFISHER, 6 GREEN WOODPECKER, 7 GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, c160 RING-NECKED PARAKEET, 170 JACKDAW, 9 GOLDCREST, 4 COAL TIT, 3 SKYLARK, 27 LONG-TAILED TIT, 2 CHIFFCHAFF, 1 NUTHATCH, 4 TREECREEPER, c85 FIELDFARE, 18 SONG THRUSH, c120 REDWING, 10 HOUSE SPARROW, 3 PIED WAGTAIL, 1 MEADOW PIPIT, 9 CHAFFINCH, 6 GREENFINCH, 34 GOLDFINCH, 6 BULLFINCH, 3 YELLOWHAMMER, 8 REED BUNTING. 71 species counted. Ray Baker

Mon, 13 February 2017: 06.50hrs-12.50hrs: 4 CROSSBILL (flew E across M.Farm, at least 2 males. Perched briefly in tree beside path), 1 PEREGRINE (male, over Moors), 1 STONECHAT (Moors), 6 GREYLAG GOOSE, 53 CANADA GOOSE, 1 WIGEON, 19 GADWALL, c35 TEAL, 42 SHOVELER, 4 POCHARD, 80 TUFTED DUCK, 21 CORMORANT, 4 GREY HERON, 10 LITTLE GREBE, 1 GREAT CRESTED GREBE, 4 COMMON BUZZARD, 1 KESTREL, 1 WATER RAIL (cycle path, nr wooden bridge, Moors), 33 LAPWING, 4 SNIPE, c620 BLACK-HEADED GULL, 8 COMMON GULL, 6 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, 100 HERRING GULL, 3 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL, 1 KINGFISHER, 6 GREEN WOODPECKER, 2 GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, c400 RING-NECKED PARAKEET, 4 GOLDCREST, 4 COAL TIT, 6 SKYLARK, 30 LONG-TAILED TIT, 3 NUTHATCH, 1 TREECREEPER, 14 WREN, 34 STARLING, 33 BLACKBIRD, c85 FIELDFARE, 12 SONG THRUSH, c150 REDWING, 1 GREY WAGTAIL, 6 PIED WAGTAIL, 6 MEADOW PIPIT, 4 CHAFFINCH, 38 GOLDFINCH, 3 BULLFINCH, 2 YELLOWHAMMER, 3 REED BUNTING. 66 species counted. Ray Baker

Sun, 12 February 2017: 10.00hrs-12.45hrs: 1 SHELDUCK (flew from M.West), 1 LITTLE EGRET (WC/Mound area), 1 STONECHAT (male, Moors), 2 SISKIN (Chilmead Pits), 4 WIGEON, 1 WATER RAIL (Spynes bullrush pond), c20 LAPWING, 2 SNIPE, 1 KINGFISHER (WC), c20 FIELDFARE (Nutfield Marsh), c120 REDWING (Nutfield Marsh), 2 BULLFINCH. Neil Randon

SISKIN (Neil Randon)

07.15hrs-11.05hrs: 1 SHELDUCK (male, M.West, then flew to Spynes), 1 LITTLE EGRET (area S of M.West, nr ditch between M.West & M.Park), 14 SISKIN (Chilmead Pits), 7 WIGEON (6 males, 1 female, Moors pools by railway line), c43 GADWALL (incl. c19 M.West), c26 TEAL (incl. c15 Moors pools), c25 MALLARD (incl. c18 Moors pools by railway line), 1 PINTAILxMALLARD hydrid (male, Moors pools by railway line), c20 SHOVELER (incl. c12 WC1), c4 POCHARD (c3 Spynes, 1 WC2), c149 TUFTED DUCK (incl. c110 M.Lake), c14 LITTLE GREBE, 2 WATER RAIL (1 heard only, Spynes bullrush pond, 1 Moors pools, nr wooden bridge), c44 MOORHEN (incl. c17 Moors), c187 COOT (incl. c114 Moors S of WC1), 1 COMMON BUZZARD (Moors), 1 KESTREL (female, Chilmead Farm), c63 LAPWING (incl. c14 M.West, c49 Moors pools by railway line), c21 SNIPE (incl. c13 Spynes, c7 Moors pools by railway line), c2 COMMON GULL (Spynes), c2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL (Spynes, incl. 1 smaller bird, with extensive dark streaking on head and pink legs - prob. 4th winter), c2 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL, 1 CHIFFCHAFF (M.Farm), c35 FIELDFARE (incl. c20 Nutfield Marsh), c150 REDWING (incl. c130 Nutfield Marsh). Ian Kehl and Gordon Hay
 
WATER RAIL on Moors, by wooden bridge (Gordon Hay)
Sat, 13 February 2017: early am: 1 BRENT GOOSE (WC at first light), 5 GREYLAG GOOSE, 1 WIGEON, 45 GADWALL, 3 POCHARD, 3 COMMON BUZZARD, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL (4th winter with heavy head streaking, pink legs), 2 LITTLE OWL (Nutfield Marsh, calling), 45 FIELDFARE, 125 REDWING. Gordon Hay

BRENT GOOSE (Gordon Hay)
Fri, 10 February 2017: no reported sightings

Thurs, 9 February 2017: 07.10hrs-12.00hrs: 2 LITTLE EGRET (Moors, M.West), 1 STONECHAT (Moors), c20 SISKIN (2 flocks of 10 each at Chilmead Pools & nr cottage by M23), 6 CANADA GOOSE, 4 WIGEON, 43 GADWALL, 30 TEAL, 13 SHOVELER, 3 POCHARD, 62 TUFTED DUCK, 1 PHEASANT, 14 CORMORANT, 4 GREY HERON, 4 LITTLE GREBE, 3 GREAT CRESTED GREBE, 1 SPARROWHAWK, 3 COMMON BUZZARD, c50 LAPWING, 1 SNIPE, c1500 BLACK-HEADED GULL, 9 COMMON GULL, 25 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, c160 HERRING GULL, 4 GREEN WOODPECKER, 4 GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, c215 RING-NECKED PARAKEET, c600 JACKDAW, 57 CARRION CROW, 2 GOLDCREST, 2 COAL TIT, 14 SKYLARK, 35 LONG-TAILED TIT, 2 NUTHATCH, 3 TREECREEPER, c45 FIELDFARE, 14 SONG THRUSH, c165 REDWING, 2 MISTLE THRUSH, 5 HOUSE SPARROW, 1 GREY WAGTAIL, 1 MEADOW PIPIT, 3 CHAFFINCH, 44 GOLDFINCH, 4 BULLFINCH, 3 REED BUNTING. 62 species counted. Ray Baker

Wed, 8 February 2016: pm: 1 LITTLE EGRET, 5 WIGEON, 65 GADWALL, 14 SHOVELER, 35 CORMORANT (Spynes roost), 120 STARLING, 120 FIELDFARE, 200 REDWING, 2 MISTLE THRUSH, 65 GOLDFINCH, 1 LINNET. Gordon Hay
 
Tues, 7 February 2017: no reported sightings

Mon, 6 February 2017: 07.05hrs-13.15hrs: 1 SHELDUCK (Spynes), 2 LITTLE EGRET (M.West), 1 STONECHAT (male, Moors), c15 SISKIN (Chilmead Pools), 30 CANADA GOOSE, 1 EGYPTIAN GOOSE, 1 WIGEON, 24 GADWALL, 42 TEAL, 25 SHOVELER, 4 POCHARD, 75 TUFTED DUCK, 12 CORMORANT, 5 GREY HERON, 9 LITTLE GREBE, 2 GREAT CRESTED GREBE, 3 COMMON BUZZARD, 1 KESTREL, c50 LAPWING, 6 SNIPE, c580 BLACK-HEADED GULL, 17 COMMON GULL, 9 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, c135 HERRING GULL, 2 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL, 3 COLLARED DOVE, 1 LITTLE OWL, 1 KINGFISHER, 7 GREEN WOODPECKER, 5 GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, c410 RING-NECKED PARAKEET, 9 GOLDCREST, 2 COAL TIT, 3 SKYLARK, 40 LONG-TAILED TIT, 4 NUTHATCH, 2 TREECREEPER, c100 FIELDFARE, 25 SONG THRUSH, c225 REDWING, 1 MISTLE THRUSH, 30 DUNNOCK, 7 HOUSE SPARROW, 1 GREY WAGTAIL, 2 PIED WAGTAIL, 1 MEADOW PIPIT, 7 CHAFFINCH, 45 GOLDFINCH, 7 BULLFINCH, 4 REED BUNTING. 68 species counted. Ray Baker

Sun, 5 February 2017: 07.30hrs-10.55hrs: 1 SHELDUCK (male, Spynes), 1 LITTLE EGRET (WC1), 2 STONECHAT (pair, Moors), c11 SISKIN (Chilmead Pits), 1 WIGEON (male, Moors pools by railway line), c19 TEAL (incl. c10 Moors pools by railway line), c28 SHOVELER (incl. c10 Middle Pit, c10 WC1), 1 POCHARD (male, Spynes), 1 PHEASANT (male, M.Farm), 1 COMMON BUZZARD (Moors), 1 SPARROWHAWK (male, Nutfield Marsh), 1 KESTREL (male, M.Farm), c7 SNIPE (incl. c6 Spynes), c3 COMMON GULL (Spynes), 1 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL (Spynes), c2 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL (Spynes), c25 FIELDFARE (incl. c20 Nutfield Marsh), c120 REDWING (incl. c100 Nutfield Marsh), c8 YELLOWHAMMER (flock in hedgerow between M.Farm and horse paddocks). Ian Kehl and Gordon Hay

Fri, 3 February 2017-Sat, 4 February 2017: no reported sightings

Thurs, 2 February 2017: 07.15hrs-11.30hrs: 2 LITTLE EGRET (Chilmead Pond, M.West), 2 STONECHAT (pair, Moors), 9 GREYLAG GOOSE, 43 CANADA GOOSE, 3 WIGEON, 57 GADWALL, c80 TEAL, 1 PINTAILxMALLARD (prob. hybrid male), 20 SHOVELER, 3 POCHARD, c70 TUFTED DUCK, 1 PHEASANT, 12 CORMORANT, 5 GREY HERON, 12 LITTLE GREBE, 2 GREAT CRESTED GREBE, 2 COMMON BUZZARD, 1 KESTREL, 1 WATER RIAL (top of railway embankment!), 30 LAPWING, 3 SNIPE, c320 BLACK-HEADED GULL, 1 COMMON GULL, 8 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, 90 HERRING GULL, 2 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL, 3 KINGFISHER, 6 GREEN WOODPECKER, 2 GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, c410 RING-NECKED PARAKEET, 8 GOLDCREST, 1 COAL TIT, 9 SKYLARK, 25 LONG-TAILED TIT, 1 CHIFFCHAFF, 4 NUTHATCH, 2 TREECREEPER, c115 FIELDFARE, 14 SONG THRUSH, c180 REDWING, 1 MISTLE THRUSH, 8 HOUSE SPARROW, 2 GREY WAGTAIL, 4 PIED WAGTAIL, 6 MEADOW PIPIT, 2 CHAFFINCH, 2 GREENFINCH, 38 GOLDFINCH, 4 BULLFINCH, 2 REED BUNTING. 70 species counted. Ray Baker

Wed, 1 February 2017: no reported sightings