June 2010

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Tues 1 Jun 2010: 1 COMMON SANDPIPER, 1 YELLOWHAMMER. Neil (on Surrey Birders website)
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Weds 2 Jun 2010: (16.42hrs. 1 Hobby circled over Sth. Merstham, headed towards M.Lake.) Graham

a.m. 1 HOBBY (Moors), 1 COMMON TERN (M.Lake, then WC lagoons), 2 (poss. 3) LITTLE RINGED PLOVER, 2 SHELDUCK (with 8 young, Spynes), 1m SHOVELER (WC2), 11 EGYPTIAN GOOSE (Spynes, on island), c40 SWIFT, 6 SAND MARTIN, 1 HOUSE MARTIN, 6 CHIFFCHAFF, 2 GARDEN WARBLER, 2 WILLOW WARBLER, 12 COMMON WHITETHROAT, 2 BLACKCAP, 3 REED WARBLER (Spynes reedbed), 1 LAPWING (M.West), 1m BULLFINCH, 9 SONG THRUSH, 12 HOUSE SPARROW (horse paddocks, M.Farm), 2 SKYLARK (M.Farm), 1 REED BUNTING (Spynes), 1f KESTREL (Spynes), 3 STOCK DOVE (M.Farm), 1 LITTLE OWL (M.Farm), 3 LINNET (M.east). (58 species noted.) Graham


HOBBY (Graham)
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Thurs 3 Jun 2010: early p.m. 1 HOBBY (hawking over WC lagoons and Moors), 1m SHOVELER, 6 HOUSE MARTIN, 2 SAND MARTIN, 2 BLACKCAP, 1 COMMON WHITETHROAT. Matt

a.m. 1 LITTLE RINGED PLOVER (WC2, presumably the same bird later at Spynes), 13 COMMON WHITETHROAT, 1m BLACKCAP, 2 GARDEN WARBLER, 5 CHIFFCHAFF, 3 REED WARBLER (2 Spynes, 1 WC1), 2 LITTLE OWL (1 M.Farm, 1 oaks S of Spynes), 1 SKYLARK, 2 SHELDUCK (still with 8 young, Spynes), 1m REED BUNTING, 3 LINNET, 2 GREY WAGTAIL over Spynes), 10 EGYPTIAN GOOSE (Spynes), 2 LAPWING (Spynes), 5 SWIFT, 3 SAND MARTIN. Graham


LITTLE OWL
(Graham)

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Fri 4 Jun 2010: No reported sightings.
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Sat 5 Jun 2010: evening. 2m POCHARD (WC1), c12 SAND MARTIN, 1 HOUSE MARTIN, 1 SWALLOW. Graham & Sue
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Sun 6 Jun 2010: No reported sightings.
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Mon 7 Jun 2010: a.m. Brief visit. 2 SKYLARK, 1m YELLOWHAMMER (all M.Farm), 1 LITTLE OWL (oaks S of Spynes), 1 BLACKCAP, 3 CHIFFCHAFF, 4 COMMON WHITETHROAT, 1 REED WARBLER (Spynes), 1 GARDEN WARBLER, 1f SHELDUCK (over M.West, heading for Spynes). Graham
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Tues 8 Jun 2010: 16.40hrs. 1 COMMON BUZZARD escorted by 5 crows flew over N.Ridge and onto the patch. Richard

a.m. 6 SKYLARK (all in song flight), 1 SWALLOW. Graham
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Weds 9 Jun 2010: 11.30hrs. 2 SHELDUCK with 6 young (Spynes). Simon Elson
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Thurs 10 Jun 2010: No reported sightings.
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Fri 11 Jun 2010: a.m. 1 COMMON TERN (over WC lagoons). Matt

a.m. 23 EGYPTIAN GOOSE (21 Spynes, 2 WC - new record count, the previous being 21 on 5th Jan 2010), 2 SHELDUCK (with 8 young, Spynes), 2 LITTLE RINGED PLOVER, 1 COMMON TERN (WC2), 4 LAPWING, c70 SAND MARTIN, c40 SWIFT, 1 HOUSE MARTIN. Gordon
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Sat 12 Jun 2010: No reported sightings.
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Sun 13 Jun 2010: No reported sightings.
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Mon 14 Jun 2010: No reported sightings.
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Tues 15 Jun 2010: p.m. 1m SHOVELER (WC), 1 LITTLE RINGED PLOVER (WC), 3 GADWALL (Moors), 21 LAPWING (M.West), 17 EGYPTIAN GOOSE (Spynes), 2 REED WARBLER (Moors), 8 young SHELDUCK (Spynes), family party BLACKCAP (by M.West). Gordon

1 TREECREEPER (M.CP car park). Paul

10.30hrs–12.30hrs. 1 COMMON WHITETHROAT (Chilmead orchard), 2 LAPWING (pair Moors), 2 SHELDUCK (pair with young, Spynes), 2 MUTE SWAN (pair with 4 young, Spynes), EGYPTIAN GEESE, TUFTED DUCKS, MALLARDS, GREEN WOODPECKER (cricket pitch), 1 REED WARBLER (Spynes reedbed), KESTREL (over M.West). Simon Elson

early a.m. 1 CHIFFCHAFF (M.CP), 1m BLACKCAP (M.CP), 3 SKYLARK, 1m PHEASANT (all M.Farm), 6 LINNET (by Mill Cottage). Graham
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Weds 16 Jun 2010: 1 'COMMIC' TERN (M.Lake). Paul
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Thurs 17 Jun 2010: No reported sightings.
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Fri 18 Jun 2010: 07.30hrs-09.30hrs. 1 (poss. 2) GARDEN WARBLER (Spynes/M23), 3 BLACKCAP, 3 CHIFFCHAFF, 8 COMMON WHITETHROAT (inc. 2 juv), 12 EGYPTIAN GOOSE, 1 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, 2 MISTLE THRUSH, 6 STOCK DOVE, 1 LITTLE RINGED PLOVER (Spynes), 30+ SWIFT, 25+ SAND MARTIN, 1 HOUSE MARTIN, 3 LINNET. Paul
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Sat 19 Jun 2010: 06.05hrs-08.25hrs. 65+ TUFTED DUCK (inc. 35+ on M.Lake), 1 LITTLE OWL (sheep paddocks, M.Farm, carrying food - begging calls of young heard), 70+ SWIFT, 11+ SAND MARTIN, 6+ HOUSE MARTIN, 1 SWALLOW, 5+ COMMON WHITETHROAT, 10+ EGYPTIAN GOOSE (Spynes), 2 SHELDUCK (Spynes, still with 8 young), 6+ LAPWING (Spynes/M.West), 1m KESTREL (WC), 2+ CHIFFCHAFF, 5+ BLACKCAP, 1 WILLOW WARBLER (Spynes). Ian
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Sun 20 Jun 2010: No reported sightings.
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Mon 21 Jun 2010: a.m. 1 RED KITE (flew E over Nutfield Road at 10.35hrs, between Mill Lane & Chilburton Drive, heading for patch-Graham), 1 HOBBY (Moors/WC1), 1 KESTREL, 1 COMMON BUZZARD (over N.Downs), 1 LITTLE RINGED PLOVER (WC2), 1m SHOVELER (WC2), 18 EGYPTIAN GOOSE (two on WC2 flew to join 16 birds on Spynes), 2 LITTLE OWL (ad. & juv., sheep paddocks, M.Farm), 26 GREYLAG GOOSE (Spynes), 2 SHELDUCK (with 8 young, Spynes), 2 MUTE SWAN (with 4 young, Spynes), 13 LAPWING (M.West/Spynes), 1 BLACK-HEADED GULL (Spynes), 1 COMMON TERN (M.Lake), 2 REED WARBLER (Spynes reedbed), 4 CHIFFCHAFF, 5 COMMON WHITETHROAT, 3 GREEN WOODPECKER, 3 GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, c10 SWIFT, 1 SWALLOW, c8 HOUSE MARTIN, 1 YELLOWHAMMER (heard M.Farm), 2 JAY (feeding on cherries M.CP). Paul & Graham
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Tues 22 Jun 2010: No reported sightings.

(Visit to Cuckmere, Rye & Dungeness - 2 Red-footed Falcons, Bittern, Purple Heron, Spotted Redshank, etc. at http://kerryandjames.blogspot.com/) Paul & Graham
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Weds 23 Jun 2010: a.m. 1 COMMON TERN (M.Lake), 1 GARDEN WARBLER, 2 LESSER WHITETHROAT, 1 LITTLE RINGED PLOVER, 1 COMMON BUZZARD, c10 HOUSE MARTIN (WC lagoons, collecting mud and flying to eaves on house at WC development). Paul
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Thurs 24 Jun 2010: No reported sightings.
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Fri 25 Jun 2010: No reported sightings.

(Evening visit to Old Lodge NR - Nightjars, Woodcocks, Spotted Flycatcher at
http://kerryandjames.blogspot.com/) Paul & Graham
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Sat 26 Jun 2010: No reported sightings.
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Sun 27 Jun 2010: a.m. 2 COMMON TERN (M.West), 24 EGYPTIAN GOOSE (new record count), 4 young SHELDUCK, 1 LITTLE RINGED PLOVER (Spynes), 66 LAPWING, 4 GREEN WOODPECKER (2 pairs with young), 80+ HERRING GULL, 7 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, 10 BLACK-HEADED GULL, 1 GARDEN WARBLER. Gordon
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Mon 28 Jun 2010: 1 HOBBY (over N.Ridge, headed towards patch). Richard

07.10hrs-10.20hrs. 1m SHOVELER (WC2), 1 COMMON TERN (M.Lake), 37 LAPWING, 2 SHELDUCK (pair with 5 young, Spynes), 1 LITTLE OWL (M.Farm), 12 COMMON WHITETHROAT, 3 BLACKCAP (2m & 1f/juv.), 8 CHIFFCHAFF, 1 GARDEN WARBLER (Middle Pit), 1 REED WARBLER (Spynes reedbed), 2 SAND MARTIN, 1 SWALLOW, 8 SWIFT, 19 EGYPTIAN GOOSE (Spynes), 3 BLACK-HEADED GULL (Spynes), 2 HERRING GULL (Spynes), 6 GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER (inc. 2 juv.), 3 GREEN WOODPECKER (inc. 1 juv.), 1m YELLOWHAMMER (M.Farm), 1 REED BUNTING (Spynes). Graham
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Tues 29 Jun 2010: No reported sightings.
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Weds 30 Jun 2010: a.m. 1 LITTLE RINGED PLOVER (briefly at WC2), 2 COMMON TERN (M.Lake), 1 HOBBY (Spynes - Paul), 1 LITTLE OWL (M.Farm - Paul), 3m & 1f BLACKCAP (Paul), 7 COMMON WHITETHROAT, 1 GARDEN WARBLER (Middle Pit), 2 CHIFFCHAFF, 1 SHELDUCK (with only 3 young, Spynes), 1m SHOVELER (WC2), 17 EGYPTIAN GOOSE (Spynes, one moving to WC2),1m YELLOWHAMMER (M.Farm), 1 SKYLARK (M.Farm), 31 LAPWING (30 Spynes, 1 WC2), 53 COOT (WC1, inc 4 broods of young), c12 SAND MARTIN, 1m REED BUNTING (Spynes), 1 KESTREL (Spynes), 1 COMMON BUZZARD (N.Downs, seen from WC mound). Paul & Graham


LITTLE OWL
(Paul)
(more of Paul's photos of this bird at
http://patchsnaps.blogspot.com/
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May 2010

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Sat 1 May 2010:
10.15hrs-12.00hrs. 1 GARDEN WARBLER, 2 REED WARBLER, 1f WHEATEAR (M.Farm), 3+ CHIFFCHAFF, 30+ SWIFT, 10+ COMMON WHITETHROAT. Paul

a.m. 4 SHOVELER (3m & 1f Moors), 5 GADWALL (Moors), 1m SHELDUCK (Moors), 1 GREY WAGTAIL (Moors), 70+ SWIFT, 30+ SWALLOW (over sewage filter beds), c20 SAND MARTIN, 2 HOUSE MARTIN, 6 BLACKCAP, 15+ COMMON WHITETHROAT, 2 WILLOW WARBLER, 2 CHIFFCHAFF, 2 SEDGE WARBLER (1 M.Lake by flooded path, 1 WC1), 4 REED WARBLER, 4 LAPWING, 1 LITTLE OWL (oaks S of Spynes), 1 COMMON SANDPIPER (M.West), 2 EGYPTIAN GOOSE (Spynes), 1 SPARROWHAWK, 2 PHEASANT (pair M.Farm), 4 STOCK DOVE (M.Farm). Ian & Graham


WHEATEAR (Paul)------------------------------------------------- SHELDUCK (Graham)
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Sun 2 May 2010: early a.m. 1 HOBBY, c70 SWALLOW, c25 HOUSE MARTIN, c40 SAND MARTIN, c10 REED WARBLER, 3 EGYPTIAN GOOSE, 5 SHOVELER, 1 MALLARD with brood of 12 young (Spynes), 1 CUCKOO. Gordon
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Mon 3 May 2010: late a.m.-p.m. c350 HOUSE MARTIN, c100 SWIFT, c75 SAND MARTIN, c40 SWALLOW, 1 COMMON TERN. Steve

a.m. 1 imm./female MARSH HARRIER (over landfill site being mobbed by corvids, drifted off to E - Gordon - 6th site record and 3rd local sighting of this species this year), 2 COMMON TERN (briefly on raft at M.Lake early a.m. - Gordon), 1 HOBBY (over Spynes/M.Farm), 4 SHOVELER (3m & 1f), 5 GADWALL (4m & 1f), 2 EGYPTIAN GOOSE (Spynes), 1m SHELDUCK (Moors), 24 COMMON WHITETHROAT, 6+ BLACKCAP, 3 CHIFFCHAFF, 2 LESSER WHITETHROAT (1 Spynes, 1 Chilmead Lane, 1 WILLOW WARBLER, 5 REED WARBLER, 1 SEDGE WARBLER (WC1), 150+ SWIFT, 50+ SWALLOW, c20 SAND MARTIN, c15 HOUSE MARTIN, 1m PHEASANT (M.Farm), 1m GREY WAGTAIL (Moors), 1f KESTREL, 1 SPARROWHAWK, 1 LAPWING (M.West), 1 BLACK-HEADED GULL (flew N over Spynes). Gordon & Graham
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Tues 4 May 2010: evening. 2 COMMON TERN (on raft M.Lake), 3 ad. LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL (Spynes), c350 SWIFT, c30 SWALLOW, c20 HOUSE MARTIN, c40 SAND MARTIN. Gordon

a.m. 1 COMMON SANDPIPER (M.West), 1 LAPWING (M.West), 1m GADWALL (WC1), 1 SEDGE WARBLER (by flooded path at western end of M.Lake), 3 REED WARBLER (Spynes), 8 COMMON WHITETHROAT, 4 BLACKCAP (including the one perched in the hedge by the cycle track N of Spynes with the strange song), 4 CHIFFCHAFF, 1 WILLOW WARBLER, 3 SKYLARK (M.Farm), c150 HOUSE MARTIN, c40 SWALLOW, c40 SAND MARTIN, c30 SWIFT, 4 LINNET, 6 GREENFINCH, c20 HERRING GULL (over). Graham
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Weds 5 May 2010: p.m. 3 GADWALL (2m & 1f), 2 (poss. 3) SHELDUCK, 5 HOUSE MARTIN, c6 SWALLOW, 30+ SWIFT. Gordon

early p.m. In addition to this morning's sightings: 2 SHELDUCK (Spynes) 2 BULLFINCH (pair). Matta.m. 1 SEDGE WARBLER (by flooded path at western end of M.Lake), 4 REED WARBLER (Spynes reedbed), 9 COMMON WHITETHROAT, 6 BLACKCAP, 3 CHIFFCHAFF, 1 SKYLARK (M.Farm), 1m GREY WAGTAIL (Moors), 1m REED BUNTING (Spynes), c80 SWIFT, 2 HOUSE MARTIN, c10 SAND MARTIN, 2 SWALLOW. Graham & Paul
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Thurs 6 May 2010: a.m. 2 COMMON TERN (M.Lake, flew length of lake before heading towards landfill - Graham), 1 HOBBY (over M.CP car Park - Paul), 3 REED WARBLER, 2 CHIFFCHAFF, 6 BLACKCAP, 8 COMMON WHITETHROAT, c20 SWIFT, c8 SWALLOW, c20 SAND MARTIN, 6 HOUSE MARTIN, 1m SHOVELER (Moors), 1m GADWALL (M.West), 1 SHELDUCK (Moors, later seen flying over M.Lake towards M.east), 1 LAPWING (M.West), 2 SKYLARK (M.Farm), 2 BULLFINCH (M.West - Paul). Paul & Graham


JAY (Paul)
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Fri 7 May 2010: 2 WHIMBREL (together at M.West 13.10hrs before both walked out of sight), 1 SHELDUCK (Spynes), 1m PHEASANT (M.West), 1f SPARROWHAWK (over). Matt

a.m. 2 WHIMBREL (M.West, on spit viewable from metal gate 10.45hrs to 12.40hrs at least - one found by Graham, 2 found together later by Paul), 2 COMMON SANDPIPER (M.West - Paul), 2 EGYPTIAN GOOSE (Spynes), c80 SWIFT, c30 SAND MARTIN, c10 SWALLOW, 10 COMMON WHITETHROAT, 1 LESSER WHITETHROAT (NE corner of Spynes), 1 GARDEN WARBLER (Middle Pit), 4 REED WARBLER (3 Spynes reedbed, 1 pond by orchard at Cormongers Lane), 7 BLACKCAP (inc. 2 females), 5 CHIFFCHAFF, 14 STOCK DOVE, 2 SKYLARK, 1f BULLFINCH (M.West - Paul). Paul & Graham



WHIMBREL (Paul)
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Sat 8 May 2010: evening. 1 RINGED PLOVER (M.West - found by Gordon - first for year), 1 LITTLE RINGED PLOVER (M.West), 2 COMMON TERN (on raft M.Lake), 1 HOBBY (over M.CP), 1 COMMON SANDPIPER (M.West). Gordon & Graham

a.m. 6 EGYPTIAN GOOSE (5 Spynes, 1 M.West), 2 COMMON SANDPIPER (1 Spynes, 1 M.West), 3 REED WARBLER (2 Spynes reedbed, 1 M23 end of Spynes), 3 BLACKCAP, 2 CHIFFCHAFF, 1 WILLOW WARBLER, 1 GARDEN WARBLER (Middle Pit), 12 COMMON WHITETHROAT, 2 SKYLARK (M.Farm), 1m YELLOWHAMMER (M.Farm), 2 LAPWING, 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL (Spynes), 4 BLACK-HEADED GULL (M.West), 1 YELLOW WAGTAIL (low over M.West - Gordon), c100 TUFTED DUCK (Gordon), 4 RED-CRESTED POCHARD (3m & 1f M.West, escapes - Graham), 2m SHOVELER (Moors - Gordon), 1 SHELDUCK (Moors - Gordon). Gordon & Graham


RINGED PLOVER (Graham)
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Sun 9 May 2010: p.m. 1 LITTLE EGRET (M.West), 2 YELLOW WAGTAIL (still by flooded area of Moors behind WC1), 4 COMMON SANDPIPER (3 WC1, 1 M.West), 1 LITTLE RINGED PLOVER, c50 SWALLOW, c120 SAND MARTIN, c100 SWIFT, c15 HOUSE MARTIN. Gordon

08.45hrs-11.00hrs. 1 LITTLE RINGED PLOVER (Spynes), 3 EGYPTIAN GOOSE, 1m BULLFINCH, 1 COMMON SANDPIPER (M.West), 2 SKYLARK, 2 CHIFFCHAFF, 2 REED WARBLER (Spynes), 8+ COMMON WHITETHROAT, 3m BLACKCAP, 25+ SWIFT, 50+ SWALLOW/SAND MARTIN, 4 LINNET. Paul

05.55hrs-09.15hrs. up to 5 COMMON SANDPIPER (2 M. Lake, 1 M.West, 2 WC1), 1m LAPWING (displaying M.Farm), 15+ HOUSE MARTIN, 15+ SWALLOW, 10+ SAND MARTIN, 10+ SWIFT, 15+ COOT (inc. one brood 3 small young at Moors), 8+ COMMON WHITETHROAT, 1m PHEASANT (M.Farm), 1m LITTLE RINGED PLOVER (Spynes), 7 GADWALL, 2 SHELDUCK (pair over M.West), 3 EGYPTIAN GOOSE (Spynes), 2 SHOVELER (pair Moors), 4 YELLOW WAGTAIL (1m & 3f by flooded area of Moors behind WC1), 1 imm. CORMORANT (WC1), 1m GREY WAGTAIL (Moors). Ian

early a.m. 4 YELLOW WAGTAIL (1m & 3f by flooded area of Moors behind WC1, best viewed from Cormongers Lane), up to 5 COMMON SANDPIPER (2 M.Lake, 2 WC1, 1 M.West), 2 SHOVELER (pair Moors), 7 GADWALL, 1 LITTLE RINGED PLOVER, c20 SWALLOW, c25 SAND MARTIN, c20 SWIFT. Gordon
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Mon 10 May 2010: 13.45hrs-16.30hrs. 1 LITTLE EGRET (Moors), 2 BULLFINCH, 3 EGYPTIAN GOOSE, 1 COMMON SANDPIPER (Spynes), 1m SHOVELER, 1 SHELDUCK, 1 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, 1 LITTLE RINGED PLOVER (M.West), 2 REED WARBLER, 5+ BLACKCAP, 2 CHIFFCHAFF, 10+ COMMON WHITETHROAT, 40+ SWIFT, 60+ SWALLOW/SAND MARTIN, 2 HOUSE MARTIN. Paul
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Tues 11 May 2010: c30 HOUSE MARTIN, c120 SAND MARTIN, c100 SWIFT, c25 SWALLOW, 1 COMMON SANDPIPER, 2 EGYPTIAN GOOSE, 1 SHELDUCK, 1 CANADA GOOSE with 4 young. Gordon
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Weds 12 May 2010: p.m. 1 HOBBY (N.Ridge), 1 GADWALL, 2 broods of LONG-TAILED TIT (M.CP & M.West), 1 new brood of COOT (Spynes). Gordon

a.m. 4 CHIFFCHAFF, c8 COMMON WHITETHROAT, 1 LESSER WHITETHROAT (Middle Pit - Paul), 1 GARDEN WARBLER (Middle Pit - Paul), 1 WILLOW WARBLER (Spynes), 3 REED WARBLER (2 Spynes, 1 by wooden bridge on landfill side of Moors), 1 LITTLE RINGED PLOVER (M.West - Paul), 1 COMMON SANDPIPER (M.West), 5 EGYPTIAN GOOSE (3 Spynes, 2 heading E), 2m SHOVELER (Spynes). Paul & Graham
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Thurs 13 May 2010: 2 SHOVELER (pair Moors), 5 GADWALL (4m & 1f), 1 COMMON SANDPIPER (Spynes), 4 REED WARBLER, 2 BULLFINCH (pair Spynes), 1 new brood of 7+ young MALLARD at WC1, (1 possible White Wagtail near Aquasports Centre). Gordon ____________________________________________________________

Fri 14 May 2010: mid-p.m. 1 RINGED PLOVER (M.West), 1 HOBBY (over WC1 and then perched in tree near Cormongers Lane). Brian Dougherty

a.m. 1 OSPREY (flew in from north towards pits at 09.40hrs mobbed by corvid, circled trying to shake off corvid before gaining considerable height and heading back north over North Downs - viewed from WC mound - 12th site record), 1 KESTREL, 1m SPARROWHAWK, 4 CHIFFCHAFF, 4 BLACKCAP, 1 WILLOW WARBLER (Spynes), c8 COMMON WHITETHROAT, 3 REED WARBLER (Spynes), 1 GARDEN WARBLER (N bank hedge of Middle Pit towards M.West), 2 BULLFINCH (pair M.CP), 1 NUTHATCH (Nutfield churchyard - Paul), 1 LAPWING (over M.Farm), c30 SWIFT (inc. pair mating in flight), 6 SAND MARTIN, 2 SWALLOW, 4 EGYPTIAN GOOSE (Spynes), 1m SHOVELER (WC1), 1 BLACK-HEADED GULL (WC1). (1 possible White Wagtail on short grass area between Aquasports Centre and Mercers Farm). Paul & Graham


BLACKCAP (Graham)
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Sat 15 May 2010: 06.45hrs-09.35hrs. 1 CUCKOO (calling in oak on S bank of Spynes), 1 COMMON SANDPIPER (Spynes), 2 LITTLE EGRET (over M.Farm together, heading in direction of Moors), 7 EGYPTIAN GOOSE (4 Spynes, 3 over heading E), 4 CHIFFCHAFF, 2 WILLOW WARBLER (Spynes), 17 COMMON WHITETHROAT, 8 REED WARBLER (6 Spynes reedbed, 1 Middle Pit, 1 M23 end of Spynes), 2 GARDEN WARBLER (1 NE corner of Spynes, 1 NW corner of Middle Pit), 3 SWALLOW, c15 SWIFT, c10 SAND MARTIN, 2 BULLFINCH (m & f M.east), 7 STOCK DOVE (M.Farm), 1 SKYLARK (M.Farm), 1m PHEASANT (M.Farm), 5 RING-NECKED PARAKEET, 1 MISTLE THRUSH (Spynes), 2 CORMORANT (Spynes), 2 LAPWING (M.West). Graham
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Sun 16 May 2010: a.m. 1 HOBBY (perched on fence by flooded area between WC1 & Moors), 1 COMMON TERN (M.Lake), 5 GADWALL (4m & 1f), 1m SHOVELER, 2-3 LAPWING, 4 EGYPTIAN GOOSE (M.east), 15 MUTE SWAN, 1 SPARROWHAWK, 1 KESTREL, 8 REED WARBLER, 4 GARDEN WARBLER, 1 GREY WAGTAIL (Moors), 2 BLACK-HEADED GULL, c8 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL. Gordon

05.30hrs-08.45hrs. 1 COMMON TERN (on buoy M.Lake), 1 CUCKOO (tree N of Middle pit calling, then flew to tree at M.Farm), 1m MANDARIN (SW corner of M.West), 30+ GREYLAG GOOSE (inc 2 broods of 4 & 6), 8+ CANADA GOOSE (inc 1 brood of 2), 4 EGYPTIAN GOOSE (Spynes), 4 GADWALL (3m & 1f flood area of Moors by WC1), 1m SHOVELER (WC1), 20+ COOT (inc 1 brood of 2 Spynes reedbed), 1m LAPWING (displaying over M.Farm), 2 LITTLE RINGED PLOVER (Spynes, then flew W), 1 KESTREL (Moors), 6+ SWIFT (inc. 1 pair mating on the wing), 4+ REED WARBLER (3+ Spynes reedbed, 1 eastern end of Spynes), 2 (poss.3) GARDEN WARBLER (2 eastern end of Spynes, 1 more 'possible' heard), 8+ COMMON WHITETHROAT, 8+ BLACKCAP. Ian
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Mon 17 May 2010: very early a.m. 1 RED KITE (over Glebe House at 05.20hrs - 17th site record, ten of which have been since 30 Aug 2008), 16 EGYPTIAN GOOSE, 1m SHOVELER (WC1), 1 LESSER WHITETHROAT. Gordon
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Tues 18 May 2010: No reported sightings.
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Weds 19 May 2010: No reported sightings.
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Thurs 20 May 2010: 1 HOBBY (feeding on insects over Moors & WC1 11.45hrs-12.00hrs), 2 GADWALL (pair Moors, on flooded area by WC1), 2 GREY HERON (same area). Simon Elson

a.m. 1 COMMON TERN (M.Lake), 1 KINGFISHER (M.Lake, the first one seen since 14 Mar.), 5 REED WARBLER (Spynes), 1 GARDEN WARBLER (NW corner of Middle Pit), 1 LESSER WHITETHROAT (Middle Pit, flew to Spynes), 1 WILLOW WARBLER (Spynes), 2 CHIFFCHAFF, 2 BLACKCAP, 4 COMMON WHITETHROAT, 1 LAPWING (M.West), 1 LITTLE OWL (oaks to S of Spynes), 64 GREYLAG GOOSE (M.Farm), 2 SKYLARK (M.Farm). Paul & Graham
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Fri 21 May 2010: a.m. 1m YELLOW WAGTAIL (flew over Willow Wood/M.Farm calling and heading for horse paddocks but could not relocate), 7 CHIFFCHAFF, 1 WILLOW WARBLER (Spynes), 1 GARDEN WARBLER (Middle Pit), 5 BLACKCAP, 9 COMMON WHITETHROAT, 4 REED WARBLER (3 Spynes reedbed, 1 at pool by orchard/conifers Cormongers Lane), 1m SHELDUCK (Spynes), 1m SHOVELER (M.West), 5 EGYPTIAN GOOSE (Spynes), 1 LAPWING (over Spynes), 1 LITTLE OWL (oaks S of Spynes), 2 SAND MARTIN (Spynes), 5 SWALLOW (inc. nesting pair at Chilmead Farm), 2 first-summer BLACK-HEADED GULL (Spynes), 2 REED BUNTING (Spynes), 1 YELLOWHAMMER (M.Farm), 1 SKYLARK (M.Farm), 2 COMMON BUZZARD (over North Downs, seen fron N.Ridge), 1 unidentified raptor over Reigate Hill, seen from N.Ridge. came a bit closer but still too far away for positive ID. Deep, elastic wing-beats, protruding head, broad wings, shorter-tailed and much larger than Sparrowhawk. Did not have flap-flap-glide flight of Sparrowhawk. Graham
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Sat 22 May 2010: 1 HOBBY (hunting over Moors at 14.03hrs), 2 GREY HERON, 1 GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, many COMMON WHITETHROATS. Simon Elson

06.35hrs-08.30hrs. 1 LAPWING (M.West), 2 EGYPTIAN GOOSE (Spynes), 3 REED WARBLER (Spynes reedbed), 4 GREY HERON (over Spynes), 1 COMMON SANDPIPER (M.Lake, at bottom of slipway), 1 SWALLOW (over), 1 COMMON TERN (M.Lake (over heading E, presumably the same bird returned and perched on buoy 30 mins. later), 1 SKYLARK (in song flight Chilmead Farm). Graham


COMMON SANDPIPER (Graham)
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Sun 23 May 2010: p.m. 41 HERRING GULL (M.West, on spit), 1 LAPWING (M.West), 1 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL (Spynes sandspit), 1m POCHARD (Spynes), 1 WILLOW WARBLER (S bank of Spynes), 12 ROOK (N.Ridge, inc. 2 pairs with 4 young - Gordon), 1 (poss. 2) SPARROWHAWK (N. Ridge), up to 5 COMMON BUZZARD (seen from N.Ridge), 2 SWALLOW. Graham, Sue & Gordon

05.35hrs-08.50hrs. 15+ COMMON WHITETHROAT, 8+ BLACKCAP, 2 (poss. 3) GARDEN WARBLER (2 singing M23 end of Spynes, poss. another singing by sandtrack to N of M.CP), 3 COMMON SANDPIPER (together Spynes sandspit), 1m LITTLE RINGED PLOVER (Moors, flooded area to S of WC1), 1 LAPWING (M.West), 5 EGYPTIAN GOOSE (Spynes), 1m POCHARD (Spynes), 1m SHOVELER (M.West), 5+ CORMORANT (WC1), 1 CUCKOO (m calling in bush S of Middle Pit, same bird later in Willow Wood), 3 SKYLARK (M.Farm), 2 SWALLOW (M.Farm), 4 PIED WAGTAIL (inc. m & 2 juv. Moors pools), 50+ STARLING (mainly Moors, inc. many juvs.). Ian
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Mon 24 May 2010: 16.05hrs. 1 COMMON BUZZARD circling over Sth. Merstham, came from direction of local patch. Graham
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Tues 25 May 2010: (early p.m. 1 RED KITE over Flower Farm, Godstone.) Gordon

p.m. 2 COMMON SANDPIPER (Spynes), 1 LITTLE RINGED PLOVER (Spynes), 1f SHELDUCK (Spynes), 2 GADWALL (pair Spynes), 1m SHOVELER (M.West), 3 LAPWING, 2 GARDEN WARBLER. Gordon

a.m. 1 RED KITE (circling over N.Downs NNW of M.West at 09.16hrs - 17th site record and the 6th bird seen this year), 2 COMMON BUZZARD (N.Ridge), 1 HOBBY (Moors), 1 COMMON TERN (WC2), 1 CUCKOO (over calling M.Farm), 1 (poss. 2) COMMON SANDPIPER (Spynes), 1 SHELDUCK (over Spynes), 7 EGYPTIAN GOOSE (Spynes), 81 GREYLAG GOOSE (M.Farm), 11 CANADA GOOSE (M.Farm), 1 LAPWING (over M.east), 8 SAND MARTIN, c20 SWIFT, 5 REED WARBLER (4 Spynes reedbed, 1 WC1), 5 BLACKCAP, 6 CHIFFCHAFF, 1 WILLOW WARBLER, 6 COMMON WHITETHROAT, 2 REED BUNTING (Spynes), 1 SKYLARK (M.Farm), 6 GOLDFINCH. Paul & Graham


COMMON TERN (Graham)------------------------------------HOBBY (Graham)
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Weds 26 May 2010: No reported sightings.
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Thurs 27 May 2010: 1 SHELDUCK with 9 young (reported by reliable source to have been at Water Colour lagoons today). Simon Elson
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Fri 28 May 2010: a.m. 1m SHOVELER (WC1), 1 LITTLE OWL (M.CP, in tree by main entrance), 2 SHELDUCK (pair Spynes with 8 young), 10 EGYPTIAN GOOSE (7 Spynes, 3 over heading E), 1 LITTLE RINGED PLOVER (Spynes), 4 CHIFFCHAFF, 2 BLACKCAP, 7 COMMON WHITETHROAT, 2 REED WARBLER (Spynes), 80+ SWIFT, 15+ SAND MARTIN, 1 TREECREEPER (Moors, trees by landfill site), 1 SPARROWHAWK (N.Ridge), 69 GREYLAG GOOSE (M.Farm), 10 CANADA GOOSE (M.Farm), 2 SKYLARK (M.Farm). Paul & Graham
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Sat 29 May 2010: p.m. c250 SWIFT, c40 SAND MARTIN, 2 HOUSE MARTIN, 1f MANDARIN (WC1), 1 HOBBY (perched Moors by WC1), 1 COMMON TERN (M.Lake), 2 SHELDUCK with 8 young (Spynes), 1m GADWALL (Spynes), c200 HERRING GULL (landfill site), 1 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL (over), first brood of 5 young MUTE SWAN, 3 new broods of COOT, 1 LINNET feeding young (Middle Pit), 1 LESSER WHITETHROAT. Gordon
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Sun 30 May 2010: No reported sightings.
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Mon 31 May 2010: 06.45hrs-10.30hrs. 1 DUNLIN (Spynes sandspit, then flew to WC2 island), 2 LITTLE RINGED PLOVER (1 Spynes with Dunlin, then flew to WC2 island and joined a second bird), c70 SWIFT, c30 SAND MARTIN, 4 HOUSE MARTIN, 1 SWALLOW, 3 BLACKCAP, 7 COMMON WHITETHROAT, 2 REED WARBLER (Spynes), 2 CHIFFCHAFF, 1 LESSER WHITETHROAT, 2 SKYLARK (M.Farm), 3 LAPWING (Spynes), 5 CORMORANT (WC1 inc. 1 probable sinensis race) 74 GREYLAG GOOSE (M.Farm), 16 CANADA GOOSE (M.Farm), 2 SHELDUCK (with 8 young at Spynes), 7 EGYPTIAN GOOSE (Spynes), 4 GADWALL (1 pair WC1, 1 pair M.West), 1 MISTLE THRUSH (over M.Farm), 1 LITTLE GREBE (with 2 young at WC1), 1 HOBBY (Gordon), 1 COMMON BUZZARD (Gordon), 1 LITTLE OWL (M.Farm - Gordon), 2f BULLFINCH. Gordon & Graham


DUNLIN (Graham)
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April 2010

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Thurs 1 Apr 2010:
p.m. 1f GOLDENEYE (M.West), 2 SHELDUCK, 6 TEAL, 2m GADWALL, 2 COMMON BUZZARD, 17 BLACK-HEADED GULL, 1 MEADOW PIPIT, 1 KESTREL, 1 SPARROWHAWK. Gordon

a.m. 1f GOLDENEYE (M.West), 1f SPARROWHAWK (M.east). Simon Elson

a.m. very quiet. 2 SWALLOW, 1 SAND MARTIN, 2m SHOVELER (Moors), 6 TEAL (4 M.West, 2 Spynes), 1 EGYPTIAN GOOSE (flew E over Spynes), 10 GREYLAG GOOSE (flood plain by sewage works), 1 COMMON BUZZARD (over N.Downs), 1 TREECREEPER (M.CP), 7 CHIFFCHAFF, 1m PHEASANT, 2 LINNET, 2 REED BUNTING (Spynes reedbed). Graham
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Fri 2 Apr 2010: 15.15hrs-17.30hrs. 1m PHEASANT (M.Farm), 41+ STOCK DOVE (M.Farm), 5 GADWALL, 2 SHELDUCK (pair Spynes), 2 TEAL (pair Spynes), 5 CORMORANT (Spynes), 2 EGYPTIAN GOOSE (1 Spynes, 1 WC lagoons), 1m KESTREL (M.east), 2 REDWING, 6+ SWALLOW, 20+ SAND MARTIN, 5+ CHIFFCHAFF, 1 BLACKCAP (heard M.CP). Ian

a.m. c40 SAND MARTIN, c20 SWALLOW, 1 HOUSE MARTIN, 5m BLACKCAP, 2 WILLOW WARBLER, 19 CHIFFCHAFF, c12 GADWALL, 6 SHOVELER, 8 TEAL, 1f GOLDENEYE (M.West), c12 GREYLAG GOOSE, 3 EGYPTIAN GOOSE (flew E over Spynes), 2 SHELDUCK (flying E, seen from Moors), 2 COMMON BUZZARD (together over landfill), 3 COMMON GULL (1 ad. & 2 1st-year, Spynes), 1m SPARROWHAWK, 1 KESTREL, 1 LITTLE EGRET (Willow Wood), 1 GREY WAGTAIL (over), c15 STOCK DOVE (M.Farm), 1m & 1f PHEASANT (M.Farm), 7 LINNET, 2 MISTLE THRUSH, 6 REDWING, c45 GOLDFINCH (Moors), 11 RING-NECKED PARAKEET, 1 COMMON SNIPE (near Willow Wood), 2 MEADOW PIPIT (heard). Gordon & Graham


LITTLE EGRET (Graham)
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Sat 3 Apr 2010: p.m. 1 WILLOW WARBLER, c10 CHIFFCHAFF, 2 BLACKCAP (m & f, M.CP), 5 SWALLOW, c40 SAND MARTIN, 1f WIGEON (M.West), 4 SHOVELER (Moors), 3 TEAL, 124 STOCK DOVE (M.Farm), 1m PHEASANT (M.Farm). Gordon

a.m. 3 WILLOW WARBLER, 1 HOUSE MARTIN. Steve
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Sun 4 Apr 2010: mid-p.m. Female FERRUGINOUS DUCK (still present at Moors near railway line, but did not show for the first half hour, then kept distant and elusive, keeping close to overhanging branches, it was still present when we left at 15.30hrs), 2 COMMON BUZZARD (over Moors). Graham & Sue

late a.m. 1f FERRUGINOUS DUCK (flooded area of Moors near railway line - new site tick.) Ian (also seen by Gordon, Graham, Johnny Allan, Frank Prater, Steve, Jerry & Thomas.)

a.m. 11+ SWALLOW, 10+ CHIFFCHAFF, 2m BLACKCAP, 2 WILLOW WARBLER (singing M.CP), 20+ STOCK DOVE (M.Farm), 2 PHEASANT (m & f M.Farm), 8 TEAL (3 pairs Spynes, 1 pair Moors), 3 COMMON SNIPE (1 M.West, 2 Moors), 5+ SAND MARTIN, 13 GADWALL, 1f GOLDENEYE (now thought to be a possible 1st-w male, M.Lake), 4m SHOVELER (Moors). Ian & Gordon


FERRUGINOUS DUCK (Graham)
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Mon 5 Apr 2010: a.m. 7 SHOVELER (6m & 1f Moors), 16 GADWALL, 12 TEAL, 2 MANDARIN (m & f flew over M.Lake), 2 SHELDUCK (WC, then Spynes), 1 EGYPTIAN GOOSE (flew W over M.east), 1 GREEN SANDPIPER (WC1-Gordon), 2500 JACKDAW (left roost at Nutfield Ridge-Gordon), 1 COMMON BUZZARD (M.Farm), 1 SPARROWHAWK, 3 LITTLE OWL (1 M.Farm, 1 oaks S of Spynes, 1 hedge to E of Spynes), 1 COAL TIT (heard Nutfield Churchyard-Gordon), 6 WILLOW WARBLER, 8 CHIFFCHAFF, 12 BLACKCAP (11m & 1f), 5 BULLFINCH, 1m YELLOWHAMMER, 2 SKYLARK, c65 SAND MARTIN, c20 SWALLOW, 1 HOUSE MARTIN. Gordon, Ian & Graham
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Tues 6 Apr 2010: a.m. 3 COMMON SNIPE, 2 MEADOW PIPIT, 1 SWALLOW, 1 SPARROWHAWK, 1 KESTREL, 12 GADWALL, 1 SHOVELER (all Moors/WC lagoons). Thomas, Jerry & Gordon

a.m. 1 LITTLE EGRET (over WC mound heading towards Moors), 1f LITTLE RINGED PLOVER (WC mound, then same bird at M.West), 1 1st-w male GOLDENEYE (WC1.took off, then relocated at M.Lake), 2 SHELDUCK (m.& f Spynes), 4 SHOVELER (3m & 1f Moors), 4 GADWALL (2 Moors, 2 M.West), 1m TEAL (M.West), 1 KESTREL (over WC mound), 1 SPARROWHAWK (over WC2), 1 COMMON BUZZARD (high over WC mound, headed towards landfill), 2 MEADOW PIPIT (over WC mound), 2 MANDARIN (flew in from N and landed briefly on top of dead tree in hedge by cycle path N of Spynes before flying off towards M.Lake), 4 EGYPTIAN GEESE (flew E at M.east), 8 CHIFFCHAFF, 6 BLACKCAP, 3 WILLOW WARBLER, 2 BULLFINCH, 1 BLACK-HEADED GULL (Spynes), 1 LAPWING (M.West), 1m REED BUNTING (Spynes), 5 LINNET. Graham & Gordon


MANDARIN (Graham)
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Weds 7 Apr 2010: a.m. 1 COMMON WHITETHROAT (Spynes - first for year, earliest local spring record, the previous earliest being 8 Apr 1987). Neil

a.m. 1 LITTLE EGRET (over WC1, flew E), 4 WIGEON (2m & 2f circled over WC lagoons, relocated at M.West), 3m SHOVELER (Moors), 2 SHELDUCK (m & f Spynes), 2 GADWALL (M.West), 1 EGYPTIAN GOOSE (over M.CP, flew E), 16 SAND MARTIN, 1 SWALLOW, 4 WILLOW WARBLER, 4m BLACKCAP, 4 CHIFFCHAFF, 1 SPARROWHAWK (over Spynes), 3m REED BUNTING (1 WC1, 2 Spynes), 2 LITTLE OWL (same tree, M.Farm sheep paddocks), 1 SKYLARK, 1m PHEASANT, 23 STOCK DOVE (all M.Farm), 4 GREY HERON, 2 GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, 1 GREEN WOODPECKER, 7 JAY, 1 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL (over), 1 BLACK-HEADED GULL (Spynes). Graham
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Thurs 8 Apr 2010: evening. 8 CHIFFCHAFF, 1 WILLOW WARBLER, 3 COMMON SNIPE (M.West), 6 GADWALL, 2 EGYPTIAN GOOSE, 20 CORMORANT (all Spynes/M.West area). Gordon

early p.m. 2 SHELDUCK (Spynes), 1 WILLOW WARBLER, 3m BLACKCAP, 7 CHIFFCHAFF, 3 SWALLOW (all Spynes/M.West area). Matt

12.15hrs, 1 COMMON WHITETHROAT (NW corner of Spynes Mere, by path). Neil

07.15hrs-12.00hrs. 5 SHOVELER (4m & 1f Moors), 7 GADWALL (Moors), 1m TEAL (Moors), 1m SHELDUCK (Spynes), 2 EGYPTIAN GOOSE (Spynes), 7 CANADA GOOSE, 8 GREYLAG GOOSE, 10 MUTE SWAN, 5 COMMON SNIPE (2 Moors, 3 M.West), 2 GREEN WOODPECKER, 2 GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, 6 MEADOW PIPIT (Moors), 2m REED BUNTING, 9 CHIFFCHAFF, 9 BLACKCAP (7m & 2f), 5 WILLOW WARBLER, 1 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL (over Moors), 1 BLACK-HEADED GULL (Spynes), c30 SAND MARTIN, 2 SWALLOW, 4 RING-NECKED PARAKEET, 2 SKYLARK (M.Farm), 1 LITTLE OWL (M.Farm), 2 BULLFINCH (m & f), 1 LAPWING (Spynes), 1 COAL TIT (Spynes, by volunteers car park), 1f KESTREL, 2 SPARROWHAWK. (54 species noted) Graham
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Fri 9 Apr 2010: late p.m. 5m SHOVELER, 2 GADWALL (all Moors). Gordon

early p.m. 4 LAPWING, 5 COMMON SNIPE, 64 STOCK DOVE (on newly ploughed field), 2 COMMON BUZZARD, 3 WILLOW WARBLER, 1 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, 1 BLACK-HEADED GULL, 4 GADWALL, 2 TEAL. Gordon

1 COMMON WHITETHROAT (singing by cycle path at Middle Pit, M.east), 3 COMMON SNIPE (M.West). Neil
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Sat 10 Apr 2010: 05.45hrs-08.10hrs. 1 LITTLE EGRET (over WC lagoons, flew to Moors), 2 GADWALL (pair WC2), 2 SHELDUCK (pair Spynes), 1m TEAL (M.West), 1 COMMON SNIPE (M.West), 2 LAPWING (1 M.Farm, 1 M.West chasing off all fly-over corvids), 57 RING-NECKED PARAKEET (over WC lagoons in small groups, all heading E), 1 COMMON WHITETHROAT (Middle Pit, M.east), 6 CHIFFCHAFF, 9m BLACKCAP, 2 WILLOW WARBLER, 7 STOCK DOVE (M.Farm), 1m YELLOWHAMMER (M.Farm), 1m REED BUNTING (Spynes), 4 BLACK-HEADED GULL (Spynes), 1m PHEASANT (Spynes), 2 LINNET (pair Middle Pit, M.east). 15 SONG THRUSH. Graham
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Sun 11 Apr 2010: 2 COMMON BUZZARD (over WC mound). Neil

a.m. 8 SHOVELER (7m & 3f Moors), 4 TEAL (2 Moors, 2 M.West), 14 GADWALL (8 Moors, 6 Spynes), 35 TUFTED DUCK (Glebe Lake), 2 SHELDUCK (Spynes), 1 EGYPTIAN GOOSE (WC lagoons), 5 GREYLAG GOOSE (on nests Spynes), 1 (possibly 2) GREEN SANDPIPER (1 WC lagoons, then 1 Spynes), 1 LAPWING (on territory M.West), 25 SAND MARTIN (M.West), 8 SWALLOW (M.West), 1 ROOK (M.Farm), 1 TREECREEPER (M.CP), 4 COMMON BUZZARD (inc. 2 together, N.Ridge), 1 NUTHATCH (N.Ridge), 2 COAL TIT (pair N.Ridge), 2 GOLDCREST (pair N.Ridge), 18 BLACKCAP (inc. 2f), 22 CHIFFCHAFF (new site record count), 1 WILLOW WARBLER, 8 CARRION CROW nests, 6 MAGPIE nests. (68 species). Gordon

06.35hrs-10.00hrs. 8+ BLACKCAP, 7+ CHIFFCHAFF, 1 WILLOW WARBLER (heard near Spynes), 10+ SAND MARTIN (M.east), 10+ SWALLOW (M.east), 6+ STOCK DOVE (M.Farm), 2 ROOK (M.Farm), 1 SPARROWHAWK (over M.West), 10+ GADWALL, 4 TEAL (1 pair Middle Pit, 1 pair Moors), 2 SHELDUCK (pair Spynes), 1 LAPWING (M.east), 1 GREEN SANDPIPER (Spynes), 1 BLACK-HEADED GULL (Spynes), 12+ SHOVELER (Moors, 5 flew of high to NE). Ian
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Mon 12 Apr 2010: evening. 1 WATER PIPIT (short grassed area of Moors near railway line - site year tick, only 8th site record, the last being 22-30 Mar 2003), 5 COMMON SNIPE, 1m KESTREL (all Moors), 1000+ JACKDAW (landfill site). Gordon

evening. 2 GREEN SANDPIPER (over WC lagoons heading for Moors). Jerry

approx 15.30hrs. 1 OSPREY (headed over Sth. Merstham from Mercers CP, flew fairly low NW (appeared to be following several imm. Herring Gulls) - first for year & 11th site record). Graham & Sue (first spotted by Sue)

early a.m. 6 SHOVELER (Moors), 3 GREYLAG GOOSE (over M.CP), 1m SHELDUCK (Spynes), 1 LAPWING (Spynes), 1 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL (Spynes), 1 BLACK-HEADED GULL (Spynes), 1 COMMON WHITETHROAT (hedge to N of Middle Pit), 12m BLACKCAP, 2 WILLOW WARBLER, 5 CHIFFCHAFF. Graham
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Tues 13 Apr 2010: early p.m. 1 COMMON WHITETHROAT (hedge to N of Spynes), 1m SHELDUCK (Spynes), 4 TEAL (2m & 2f M.West), 2 SHOVELER (M.West), 1 GREEN SANDPIPER (Spynes), 2 LAPWING, 2 BLACKCAP, 1 SPARROWHAWK, 1f KESTREL. Gordon

a.m. 5 SHOVELER (4m & 1f Moors), 7 GADWALL (4m & 3f Moors), 2 TEAL (pair M.West), 1f SHELDUCK (Spynes), 4 SKYLARK, 1 YELLOWHAMMER, c150 CARRION CROW, c200 JACKDAW (all M.Farm), 1 EGYPTIAN GOOSE (flew E over Spynes), 1 WILLOW WARBLER (Spynes), 2 COMMON WHITETHROAT (Spynes, with possibly another 2 at Middle Pit), 9 CHIFFCHAFF, 6m BLACKCAP, 2f BULLFINCH (M.CP & M.east), 1 SWALLOW, 8 SAND MARTIN, 1 LITTLE OWL (oaks to S of Spynes), 2m REED BUNTING (Spynes reedbed), 1 COMMON BUZZARD (over M.West, flew in from North Downs), 1 TREECREEPER (M.CP). (No sign of Water Pipit at Moors). Graham

early a.m. 5 BLACKCAP, 4 EGYPTIAN GOOSE, 1 WILLOW WARBLER. Gordon
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Weds 14 Apr 2010:
evening: 1 GREEN SANDPIPER, 1m SHELDUCK, 1 LAPWING, 1 BLACK-HEADED GULL (all Spynes), 1 LESSER WHITETHROAT (singing along hedge by cycle path between Middle Pit & M.Farm - first for year, found by Gordon, also the earliest local spring record, the previous being 15 April 2007), 1 COMMON WHITETHROAT (Middle Pit), 1 SKYLARK, 6 ROOK, 65 STOCK DOVE, 1 SPARROWHAWK, 2 LITTLE OWL (all M.Farm), 1 EGYPTIAN GOOSE , 2 COMMON SNIPE, 1 MEADOW PIPIT (all Moors), 1 GREY WAGTAIL (WC), 1 COMMON BUZZARD (over landfill), 2 SWALLOW, c25 SAND MARTIN, 2 MISTLE THRUSH (Nutfield Marsh), 1 YELLOW WAGTAIL (flying W over M.east - first for year, found by Gordon). Gordon, Neil & Graham

a.m. Brief visit. 2 LINNET (WC mound), c1000 JACKDAW, c800 CARRION CROW, 2 ROOK (all landfill site), 1 COMMON SNIPE, 6 SHOVELER (5m & 1f), 4 GADWALL (2m & 2f), 13 MUTE SWAN, 2 GREYLAG GOOSE, 1m BLACKCAP (all Moors). Graham
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Thurs 15 Apr 2010: p.m. 12 PIED WAGTAIL, 1 TEAL, 3 SHOVELER, 3 COMMON SNIPE, 5 LINNET. Gordon

p.m. 3 LAPWING (over), 1 WILLOW WARBLER, 3 SAND MARTIN, loads of LITTLE GREBE (all Spynes/M/West area). Ken Noble

mid-p.m. 2 SHELDUCK (Spynes). Graham

10.00hrs-12.00hrs. 1 SHELDUCK (flew from Moors and landed on WC1), 4 SHOVELER (2 pairs (Moors). Simon Elson

10.30hrs-12.30hrs. 2 LAPWING (displaying Spynes), 2 TEAL (pair M.West), 1m KESTREL, 1 COMMON SNIPE (M.West), 2 SPARROWHAWK (displaying to N of Spynes), 2 SAND MARTIN (Spynes), 1 YELLOWHAMMER, 1 SKYLARK (M.Farm), 1 COMMON WHITETHROAT (Spynes), 12 CHIFFCHAFF, 2 WILLOW WARBLER, 6 BLACKCAP. Graham
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Fri 16 Apr 2010: a.m. 17 MUTE SWAN, 4m SHOVELER (Moors), 4 GADWALL (3m & 1f Moors), 1m SHELDUCK (M.West), 1m TEAL (M.West), 2 GREEN SANDPIPER (WC1 -flew to Moors, 1 Spynes), 1 LAPWING (M.West), 1 MEADOW PIPIT (in song flight over Moors), 1 SKYLARK (M.Farm), 1f SPARROWHAWK (over M.Farm), 1 LITTLE RINGED PLOVER (WC mound)12 CHIFFCHAFF, 18 BLACKCAP (13m & 3f plus Gordon had 2 more at N.Ridge). 2 WILLOW WARBLER, 1 COMMON WHITETHROAT, 2 SWALLOW, 9 SAND MARTIN, 2 HOUSE MARTIN (over Willow Wood), 9 DUNNOCK, 3 LINNET. Graham


LITTLE RINGED PLOVER (Graham)
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Sat 17 Apr 2010: 19.30hrs. 4 RED-CRESTED POCHARD (WC2-of very dubious origin), 3 WILLOW WARBLER, c10 CHIFFCHAFF, 10 BLACKCAP, 1 LESSER WHITETHROAT (hedge N of Middle Pit), 1 COMMON WHITETHROAT, 2 GREEN SANDPIPER (flew from Moors), 4 SHOVELER (3m & 1f Moors), 6 TEAL (4 Moors, 2 M.west), 2 COMMON SNIPE (1 Moors, 1 M.West), 3 BLACK-HEADED GULL (over), 1 COMMON BUZZARD, 1 SPARROWHAWK. Gordon

early- mid p.m. 1 LESSER WHITETHROAT (singing from hedge on N bank of Middle Pit, M.east), 6 CHIFFCHAFF, 2 BLACKCAP, 2 COMMON WHITETHROAT, 1 WILLOW WARBLER, 1m SHELDUCK (Spynes), 1m KESTREL (over M.east), 2 LITTLE EGRET (Moors). Graham & Sue, joined at WC mound by Ken Noble

mid-p.m. 1m WHEATEAR (WC mound), 1 LITTLE EGRET (Moors). Des Ball

early p.m. 1 COMMON SANDPIPER (M.West - first for year), 4 COMMON SNIPE (M.West), 2 TEAL (pair M.West), 7 COMMON WHITETHROAT, 2 LESSER WHITETHROAT, 1 WILLOW WARBLER, 5 CHIFFCHAFF, 10 BLACKCAP. Gordon
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Sun 18 Apr 2010: (Unconfirmed report of 1m & 1f Wheatear at M.Farm.)

evening. 3 RED-CRESTED POCHARD (WC2 - escapes), 1 LITTLE EGRET (WC ditch), 1 COMMON BUZZARD (M.Farm), 7 YELLOWHAMMER (M.Farm), 2 GREEN SANDPIPER (1 Spynes, 1 WC lagoons), 10 SWALLOW. Gordon

early a.m. 1 COMMON SANDPIPER (M.Lake-Ian), 1 1st-summer male WHEATEAR (horse paddocks, M.Farm then, presumably the same bird, on field M.Farm), 7 CHIFFCHAFF, 12 BLACKCAP, 2 WILLOW WARBLER, 5+ COMMON WHITETHROAT, 4 LESSER WHITETHROAT, 1 EGYPTIAN GOOSE (Spynes), 1 SHELDUCK (flew W over M.CP), 4 MANDARIN (2m & 2f over M.Farm, appeared to land in tree, but not relocated, possibly flew onto brook), 4 TEAL (pair M.West, pair Moors), 1m SHOVELER (Moors), 7 GADWALL, 5 COMMON SNIPE (4 M.West, 1 Spynes), 3 LAPWING (M.West), 1 LITTLE EGRET (Moors), 3 BULLFINCH (2m & 1f M.east), 30+ SAND MARTIN, 5 SKYLARK (2 M.Farm, 3 over M.east), 3 YELLOWHAMMER (M.Farm), 1 KESTREL, 1 LINNET, 3 ROOK (M.Farm), 2 LITTLE OWL (oaks S of Spynes), 2 HERRING GULL (1 Chilmead Farm, 1 Moors). Gordon, Ian & Graham


WHEATEAR (Graham)
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Mon 19 Apr 2010: early p.m. 1 COMMON SANDPIPER (M.West), 4 COMMON SNIPE (M.West), 2 TEAL (pair M.West), 7 COMMON WHITETHROAT, 2 LESSER WHITETHROAT, 1 WILLOW WARBLER, 5 CHIFFCHAFF, 10 BLACKCAP. Gordon

a.m. 1f WHEATEAR (WC mound), 1 LITTLE EGRET (flew over WC mound heading for Moors), 8 SAND MARTIN, 1 SWALLOW, 6 CHIFFCHAFF, 10 BLACKCAP, 3 COMMON WHITETHROAT, 1 LESSER WHITETHROAT (Spynes), 2 WILLOW WARBLER, 3 LINNET, 1m BULLFINCH, 1f SPARROWHAWK, 1m KESTREL, 2 BLACK-HEADED GULL, 5 HERRING GULL, 2 ROOK (M.Farm), 3 YELLOWHAMMER (M.Farm), 3 EGYPTIAN GOOSE (flew E over Spynes), 1m SHOVELER (Spynes), 2 TEAL (pair M.West), 1 LAPWING (Spynes), 2 LITTLE OWL (in same oak S of Spynes), 2 SKYLARK (M.Farm). (1 possible Garden Warbler singing at M23 end of Spynes Mere.) Graham


WHEATEAR (Graham)
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Tues 20 Apr 2010: evening. 1 female COMMON REDSTART (by path near WC car park - found by Des Ball - first for year), 1 SWIFT (over WC car park - first for year), 4 GADWALL (over), 2 WHEATEAR (1m & 1 1st-summer m or female WC mound - found by Des Ball, moved to WC1 bank), 1 SHELDUCK (briefly WC1 - Gordon), 2m SHOVELER (Gordon). Des, Gordon, Tom & Graham

p.m. 2m YELLOW WAGTAIL (M.Farm, flew towards Spynes), 1 HOBBY (over Willow Wood, heading for M.Farm - first for year), 40+ SAND MARTIN, 2 SWALLOW, 3 HOUSE MARTIN, 4 SEDGE WARBLER (3 in bushes around Spynes reedbed, 1 behind Aqua Sports boatyard), 130 STOCK DOVE (M.Farm), 1 COMMON BUZZARD, 1 KESTREL, 1 LESSER WHITETHROAT, 1 LAPWING, 1 COMMON SANDPIPER (Spynes - no sign of Dunlin). Gordon

09.00hrs. 1 COMMON SANDPIPER (Spynes sand spit - no sign of Dunlin), 1 MEADOW PIPIT (over), Gordon

early a.m. 1 DUNLIN (Spynes sand spit), 2 SEDGE WARBLER (singing Spynes reedbed and Middle Pit in SE corner), 1 LESSER WHITETHROAT, 7-9 COMMON WHITETHROAT, 3 REED BUNTING (Spynes), 2 TEAL, 2 GADWALL (all M.West), 3 WILLOW WARBLER, 5 BLACKCAP (4m & 1f), 5 CHIFFCHAFF, 2 BULLFINCH, 2 JAY, 20+ SAND MARTIN, 1 SWALLOW, 2 STOCK DOVE, 2 ROOK (over). Matt

early a.m. 1 summer-plumaged DUNLIN (Spynes sand spit, up to 08.05 at least - first for year), 1 SEDGE WARBLER (singing from bushes by Spynes reedbed - first for year), 1 COMMON SANDPIPER (WC2), 1 LITTLE EGRET (Moors, in breeding plumage), 1m SHOVELER (WC1), 2 GADWALL (pair WC1), 1 EGYPTIAN GOOSE (flew W Spynes), 8 COMMON WHITETHROAT, 5 CHIFFCHAFF, 7 BLACKCAP, 1 WILLOW WARBLER, 1m PHEASANT (Chilmead Farm), 5 STOCK DOVE (M.Farm), 1 SWALLOW, 8 SAND MARTIN, 1m BULLFINCH, 1m REED BUNTING, 1m YELLOWHAMMER (M.Farm). Graham


DUNLIN (Graham)------------------------------------COMMON REDSTART (Graham)



COMMON SANDPIPER (Graham)---------------------- -----WHEATEARS (Graham)

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Weds 21 Apr 2010: Approx 17.40hrs. 1f COMMON REDSTART (still showing at same spot behind SWT car park), 5 SWIFT (over Willow Wood. Jerry

16.30hrs-17.15hrs. 1f COMMON REDSTART (still showing at same spot behind SWT car park). Graham

p.m. Brief visit. 1f COMMON REDSTART (behind SWT car park by WC entrance), 1 LESSER WHITETHROAT, 4 WILLOW WARBLER, 7 BLACKCAP, 5 COMMON WHITETHROAT, 3 HOUSE MARTIN, 2 TEAL (pair M.West), 1 BLACK-HEADED GULL (Spynes). Gordon

early p.m. 1f COMMON REDSTART (very elusive in scrub behind SWT car park by WC entrance), 1f WHEATEAR (to right of short-grassed area of Moors), 4 COMMON WHITETHROAT, 1m PHEASANT (Moors), 1 COMMON SANDPIPER, 1 SHELDUCK (WC lagoons), also 1 Grass Snake out in full view on the Moors path. Matt

08.30hrs-11.15hrs. Highlights: 2f WHEATEAR (WC mound), 1 COMMON BUZZARD (over M.Farm), 1 SWIFT, 1f SPARROWHAWK (all M.Farm), 1 COMMON SANDPIPER (M.West), 1 LESSER WHITETHROAT (M.east), 1 LITTLE OWL (oaks S of Spynes). Andrew Pearce

a.m. 1f WHEATEAR (WC mound), 1 COMMON SANDPIPER (WC lagoons), 2 GREEN SANDPIPER, 6 WILLOW WARBLER, c70 SAND MARTIN, 2 HOUSE MARTIN. Jerry

a.m. 1f COMMON REDSTART (yesterday's bird still present by the closed path to the rear of the SWT car park by the Water Colour entrance - refound about 10.00hrs), 1f WHEATEAR (WC mound), 3m SHOVELER (WC lagoons then flew to Moors), 1m GADWALL (WC1), 2 TEAL (pair M.West), 1 GREEN SANDPIPER (M.West), 1 COMMON SANDPIPER (M.West), 10 WILLOW WARBLER, 8 CHIFFCHAFF, 8 COMMON WHITETHROAT, 1 LESSER WHITETHROAT, 5 BLACKCAP, c70 SAND MARTIN, 3 HOUSE MARTIN, 5 SWALLOW, 1 SKYLARK, 6 STOCK DOVE, 1 MISTLE THRUSH (all M.Farm), 1m REED BUNTING (Spynes). Graham
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Thurs 22 Apr 2010: a.m. 2 GADWALL (pair WC1), 3 TEAL (2m & 1f Moors), 11 COMMON WHITETHROAT, 18 BLACKCAP (including 3f), 7 CHIFFCHAFF, 4 WILLOW WARBLER, 2 LESSER WHITETHROAT, 2 REED WARBLER (1 in hawthorn at viewing point at M.CP, 1 perched singing in willow by Spynes reedbed - first for year), 1m REED BUNTING (Spynes reedbed), 1m YELLOWHAMMER, 1 SKYLARK (all M.Farm), 3 SWIFT, 3 HOUSE MARTIN (all over Willow Wood), 5 SWALLOW, 9 SAND MARTIN, 1 LAPWING (M.West), 1 GREEN SANDPIPER (M.West), 3 COMMON BUZZARD (soaring together over M.West). (No sign of Common Redstart.) Graham


REED WARBLER (Graham)
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Fri 23 Apr 2010: evening. 2 WHEATEAR (1m & 1f on Moors by WC mound), 1 COMMON SANDPIPER (WC2), 1m SHELDUCK (WC2). Jerry

a.m. 3 SEDGE WARBLER (1 singing WC1, 1 seen and heard by Spynes reedbed, 1 in bushes in water at M.Lake by flooded path), 1 REED WARBLER (heard singing at Middle Pit, Mercers east), 9 COMMON WHITETHROAT, 10 BLACKCAP, 3 WILLOW WARBLER, 7 CHIFFCHAFF, 2 LESSER WHITETHROAT, c15 SWIFT (high over M.Lake), 6 SAND MARTIN, 2 SWALLOW, 2 WHEATEAR (m & f WC mound, then flew over to Moors), 2m SHOVELER (Moors), 2 GADWALL (m & f WC1), 2 TEAL (m & f M.West), 2 EGYPTIAN GOOSE (flew N over Moors), 4 HERRING GULL (one on Chilmead Farm), 1 BLACK-HEADED GULL (Spynes), 2 LAPWING (M.West), 1 LITTLE OWL (oaks S of Spynes), 1 MISTLE THRUSH, 5 JAY, 1m KESTREL, 5 STOCK DOVE (M.Farm), 1 SKYLARK (M.Farm), 1m REED BUNTING (Spynes reedbed). Graham


WHEATEAR (Graham)
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Sat 24 Apr 2010: 10 COMMON TERN. Des Ball

1 WILLOW WARBLER (Spynes), 3 BLACKCAP (2m & 1f Spynes), c5 COMMON WHITETHROAT, 1 LESSER WHITETHROAT, 1m WHEATEAR (Moors), 1 REED BUNTING (Spynes), 1 COMMON BUZZARD (over M.Farm), 1 LITTLE EGRET (Spynes), 16 GREYLAG GOOSE (M.east area), 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, 1m PHEASANT (M.Farm), 1 SHELDUCK (WC), 3 GREAT CRESTED GREBE (WC), 1 KESTREL, 5 GADWALL (Moors), 27 TUFTED DUCK (WC), 26 HERRING GULL (Spynes). Kevin

1 COMMON TERN (flew lowish over M.West and Spynes then off N - first for year), 1 GARDEN WARBLER (Spynes, in bushes behind reedbed), 1 COMMON SANDPIPER (Spynes sandbar), 2 LAPWING, 1 LITTLE EGRET, 1 BLACK-HEADED GULL, c80 HERRING GULL, 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, 1 KESTREL (all Spynes), 7 HOUSE MARTIN, 4 SWALLOW, 1 LINNET (all WC), 1m WHEATEAR (short grassed area of Moors near WC mound). Jerry

a.m 16 SWIFT, 1 LINNET, 1 Canary sp. (N of boating lake. It was trilling away and had brilliant yellow on its wings), 1 BULLFINCH, 2 LONG-TAILED TIT, 3 COMMON BUZZARD, 10 COMMON WHITETHROAT, 3 LAPWING (displaying), 2 COMMON SANDPIPER, 4 WILLOW WARBLER, 1 REED WARBLER, 1 KESTREL, 1 LITTLE EGRET (perched in tree on island, Spynes). Ken Noble

06.20hrs-12.10hrs. 12 BLACKCAP, 12 COMMON WHITETHROAT, 1 GARDEN WARBLER (hedge by brook between M.Farm & M.West), 1 REED WARBLER (in bush Spynes reedbed), 8+ CHIFFCHAFF, 1 WILLOW WARBLER (S bank Spynes), 4 LESSER WHITETHROAT, 3 STOCK DOVE, 2 EGYPTIAN GOOSE (Spynes), 1 EGYPTIAN GOOSE (calling on top of dead tree by cycle path N of Spynes), 5 GADWALL, 2m SHOVELER (Moors), 1m WHEATEAR (short grassed area of Moors near WC mound), 1 LAPWING (displaying), 1 LITTLE OWL (oaks S of Spynes), 1 young brood of COOT (Spynes), 3 CORMORANT, 3 COMMON SANDPIPER (M.West), 1 GOLDCREST (Nutfield Church car park), 2 SPARROWHAWK (m & f N.Ridge), 25 HERRING GULL (heading S), 1 COMMON BUZZARD. (54 species seen). Ian

a.m. 1 HOBBY, 1 LITTLE EGRET, 1 GARDEN WARBLER (first for year), 70+ HERRING GULL (mainly adults, M.West), 11 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL (M.West), 3 BLACK-HEADED GULL (over), 1 REED WARBLER. Gordon
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Sun 25 Apr 2010: Bird race day. Highlights: 1 GREENSHANK (over -Thomas - first for year), 1 WHIMBREL (over -Des Ball- first for year), 1f MARSH HARRIER (near M23 - Gordon - 5th site record), 2m WHEATEAR, 4 COMMON TERN, 2 MANDARIN, 5 YELLOW WAGTAIL, 1 CUCKOO (heard - first for year), 10 COMMON BUZZARD, 2 HOBBY, 1 GRASSHOPPER WARBLER (by stile between M.CP & M.Farm - Neil - first for year & 9th site record). A total of 88 species reported today.
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Mon 26 Apr 2010: evening. 24 ROOK (landfill site), 1m WHEATEAR (short grassed area of Moors near WC mound), 1 COMMON SANDPIPER (WC), 2m SHOVELER (WC), 8 GADWALL (WC & Moors). Gordon

17.50hrs. 2 WHIMBREL (flew N over Sth. Merstham from local patch). Graham

early a.m. 3 EGYPTIAN GOOSE, 1 REED WARBLER, 1 WILLOW WARBLER, 6 COMMON WHITETHROAT, 6 SAND MARTIN, 2 SWALLOW, 1 LESSER WHITETHROAT, 2 BLACKCAP (all Spynes/M.West area). Matt

a.m. 1m SHELDUCK (WC2, then Moors), 1m WHEATEAR (short grassed area of Moors near WC mound), 15 COMMON WHITETHROAT, 1 LESSER WHITETHROAT (heard), 6 CHIFFCHAFF, 2 WILLOW WARBLER, 7 BLACKCAP, 1 GARDEN WARBLER, 2 REED WARBLER (Spynes reedbed), 15 SWIFT, c25 SAND MARTIN, 6 SWALLOW, 1m PHEASANT (Chilmead Farm), 2 SKYLARK (M.Farm), 4 STOCK DOVE (M.Farm), 2m GADWALL (Spynes), 3 EGYPTIAN GOOSE (1 Spynes, 3 flew E), 1 pair MALLARD with brood of 5 young (M.West), 2 COMMON SANDPIPER (Spynes, one later moved to WC1). Graham & Paul
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Tues 27 Apr 2010: evening. 1f YELLOW WAGTAIL (sewage works), 2 EGYPTIAN GOOSE, 2 SPARROWHAWK, 2 REED WARBLER (Spynes). Gordon

a.m. 1 COMMON SANDPIPER (WC1), 1m WHEATEAR (short grassed area of Moors near WC mound -possibly 'Greenland' race leucorhoa), 1m SHELDUCK (on bank of brook at Moors), 4 RED-CRESTED POCHARD (3m & 1f WC1, escapes), 3 GADWALL (2m & 1f, WC1), 3 EGYPTIAN GOOSE (flew E over Spynes), 3 LAPWING (displaying M.West), 1 SAND MARTIN (only hirundine seen), 4 SKYLARK (M.Farm), 3 REED WARBLER (2 Spynes, 1 WC1), 8 COMMON WHITETHROAT, 3 LESSER WHITETHROAT, 2 GARDEN WARBLER, 8 BLACKCAP, 2 CHIFFCHAFF, 1 WILLOW WARBLER, 2 BULLFINCH (m & f Middle Pit), 2m REED BUNTING, 2m YELLOWHAMMER, 1 pair GREYLAG GOOSE (with 3 young, Spynes). Graham


GARDEN WARBLER (Graham)
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Weds 28 Apr 2010: early p.m. 20 SWIFT, 12 SAND MARTIN, 4 HOUSE MARTIN (all WC lagoons), 1 SKYLARK, 1 LESSER WHITETHROAT, 2 LINNET, 2 MISTLE THRUSH, 1 LITTLE OWL (all M.Farm), 2 GARDEN WARBLER, 1 REED WARBLER, 4 CHIFFCHAFF, 3 BLACKCAP, 6 COMMON WHITETHROAT, 1 SHELDUCK (all Spynes/M.West). Matt

a.m. 1 CUCKOO (across M.West, appeared to land in oaks by metal gate), 2 COMMON SANDPIPER (M.West, then presumably the same at M.Lake), 4 RED-CRESTED POCHARD (3m & 1f WC1, escapes), 2m SHOVELER (Moors), 3 GADWALL (Moors), 2 SHELDUCK (pair Moors), 2 EGYPTIAN GOOSE (heading E), 2 GREYLAG GOOSE with 7 young (Spynes), 10 COMMON WHITETHROAT, 2 LESSER WHITETHROAT, 2 REED WARBLER (1 WC1, 1 Spynes reedbed), 4 CHIFFCHAFF, 1 GARDEN WARBLER, 6 BLACKCAP, 2 WILLOW WARBLER, 3 SWALLOW, c10 SWIFT, c10 SAND MARTIN, 2 HOUSE MARTIN, 1 SPARROWHAWK, 4 LAPWING (M.West), 1m PHEASANT (Chilmead Farm). Paul & Graham
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Thurs 29 Apr 2010: early p.m. 1 PEREGRINE, 1 COMMON SANDPIPER, 1 REED WARBLER. Gordon
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Fri 30 Apr 2010: p.m. 1 HOBBY (hunting over M.east), 1 COMMON SANDPIPER, 4 REED WARBLER (Spynes reedbed), 1 TREECREEPER (M.east), c80 SWIFT, c60 SAND MARTIN. Gordon

a.m. 3 COMMON TERN (2 over Spynes heading W, 1 over WC heading N), 1 WHEATEAR (M.Farm - Graham), c80 SWIFT, c10 SAND MARTIN, 4 SWALLOW, 1 HOUSE MARTIN, 1 WILLOW WARBLER, 5 COMMON WHITETHROAT, 2 CHIFFCHAFF, 2m BLACKCAP, 3 REED WARBLER (Spynes reedbed), 1 SEDGE WARBLER (Middle Pit, then Spynes reedbed), 4m & 1f RED-CRESTED POCHARD (WC1, escapes), 2 GADWALL (WC1), c20 HOUSE SPARROW (M.Farm), 4 LAPWING (displaying M.Farm), 3 COMMON SANDPIPER (2 M.West, 1 M.Lake - Paul), 3 SKYLARK (M.Farm), 2 YELLOWHAMMER (M.Farm), 1f SPARROWHAWK, 2 COMMON BUZZARD, 1 GARDEN WARBLER (Middle Pit - Paul). Paul & Graham

early a.m. 1 WHEATEAR (M.Farm), 3 EGYPTIAN GOOSE (M.east), 2 MANDARIN (over), 3 GARDEN WARBLER (Middle Pit), 1 TREECREEPER (Spynes), 3 SHOVELER (2m & 1f displaying Moors), 3 GADWALL. Gordon
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March 2010

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Mon 1 Mar 2010:
early p.m. c30 COMMON GULL, 4 COMMON SNIPE (all Spynes), 9 POCHARD (M.West), 1 KESTREL. Gordon Hay

early p.m. 6 GADWALL (M.West), 2 SHELDUCK, 1 EGYPTIAN GOOSE, 4 LAPWING, 1 GREYLAG GOOSE, 8 CANADA GOOSE (all Spynes), 1 LITTLE OWL, 8 STOCK DOVE, 1f SPARROWHAWK, 1 MISTLE THRUSH (all M.Farm). Matt Farmer

a.m. 15 CANADA GOOSE, 5 EGYPTIAN GOOSE (WC1), 2 SHELDUCK (Spynes), 4 GADWALL (Spynes), 3 POCHARD (2 WC1, 1 M.West), c75 TUFTED DUCK, 31 LITTLE GREBE, 2 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL (M.Lake), 4 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL (Spynes), 9 COMMON GULL (Spynes/M.West), 60+ FIELDFARE (over M.east heading N), 1 LITTLE OWL (M.Farm), 2 REED BUNTING (Spynes), 23 PIED WAGTAIL, 2 SKYLARK (M.Farm). Graham James
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Tues 2 Mar 2010: p.m. 1m STONECHAT (Nutfield Marsh, near Canal Cottage - first for year), 116 STOCK DOVE, 15 CHAFFINCH (all M.Farm), 3 SHELDUCK, 9 COMMON SNIPE (Spynes), 6 LAPWING (Spynes), 9 TEAL, 5 POCHARD, 69 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL (30 M.Lake, 39 M.West), 1 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL (M.Lake), 1 LINNET, 2 LITTLE OWL (M.Farm), 7 FIELDFARE, 1f KESTREL. Gordon Hay

early p.m. 1m SHOVELER, 2m POCHARD, 19 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL (all WC lagoons). Matt Farmer

a.m. 3 SHELDUCK (1m & 1f Spynes, 1m M.West), 4 POCHARD (2m WC1, 1m & 1f M.West), 8 GADWALL (6 Spynes, 2 Middle Pit, M.east), 1 EGYPTIAN GOOSE (over Spynes), 3 GREYLAG GOOSE, 9 CANADA GOOSE, 4 GREAT CRESTED GREBE, 4 LAPWING (3 Spynes, 1 on ice at M.Lake with gulls), 42 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, c30 HERRING GULL, 800+ BLACK-HEADED GULL, 19 COMMON GULL (all M.Lake), 2 RING-NECKED PARAKEET, 1 GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, 2 GREEN WOODPECKER, 2 JAY, 3m REED BUNTING (Spynes reedbed), 2 COMMON SNIPE (Spynes), 1m BULLFINCH (M.east), 1 SKYLARK, 1 LINNET, c20 PIED WAGTAIL, 1 MEADOW PIPIT (all M.Farm), 1 REDWING (M.CP). Graham James
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Weds 3 Mar 2010: late p.m. 1f GOLDENEYE (M.West), 10 WIGEON (7m & 3f M.West), 5 POCHARD, 8 GADWALL, 5 TEAL, 2 SHELDUCK, 8 COMMON SNIPE, 1 TREECREEPER (near sewage works), 65+ MAGPIE (sewage works), 1500+ BLACK-HEADED GULL (M.Lake), 10 LAPWING, 1 PHEASANT (M.CP), 1 MEADOW PIPIT (over). Gordon Hay

early-mid a.m. 21 CANADA GOOSE (WC2), 1 YELLOWHAMMER, 6 HOUSE SPARROW, 1m PHEASANT, 32 STOCK DOVE (all M.Farm), 15 GADWALL (2 Spynes, 13 Moors), 2m SHOVELER (1 M.West, 1 Moors), 3m POCHARD (M.West), 1 EGYPTIAN GOOSE (over Spynes heading E), 1 LAPWING (M.West), 3m REED BUNTING (Spynes reedbed), 33 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL (Spynes), 9 COMMON GULL (M.West), c600 BLACK-HEADED GULL, 1 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL (M.Lake), c20 HERRING GULL, c70 GOLDFINCH (Moors), 40+ FIELDFARE, c20 REDWING. (No sign of Shelducks or Stonechat.) Graham James
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Thurs 4 Mar 2010: early-mid a.m. 2 COMMON BUZZARD (over M.east, one with feather missing from right wing), 3 TEAL (M.West) 5 GADWALL (Spynes), 5 YELLOWHAMMER (M.Farm), 35 STOCK DOVE (M.Farm), 13 LAPWING (Spynes), 9 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL (Spynes), c250 BLACK-HEADED GULL, c60 HERRING GULL, 2 COMMON GULL, c15 FIELDFARE, c8 REDWING, 2m BULLFINCH (M.West), 2m REED BUNTING (Spynes reedbed). Graham James


COMMON BUZZARD (G. James)
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Fri 5 Mar 2010: early p.m. Brief visit. 216 STOCK DOVE (M.Farm), 2 SHELDUCK, 2 TEAL, 6 POCHARD (all M.West), 1 KESTREL. Gordon Hay
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Sat 6 Mar 2010: No reported sightings.
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Sun 7 Mar 2010: a.m. 1 LITTLE EGRET (M.Farm, then flood plain by sewage works), 1 COMMON BUZZARD, 1 SPARROWHAWK, 1 KESTREL, 1 TREECREEPER (M.CP), 1 GOLDCREST, 2 COAL TIT (all in conifers by orchard, Cormongers Lane), 27 GADWALL, 8 SHOVELER (all Moors), 11 POCHARD (3 WC1, 8 Middle Pit, M.east), 11 TEAL, 15 COMMON SNIPE (10 Moors, 5 Spynes), 1 LESSER REDPOLL (over Spynes), 3 SISKIN (heard M.CP), 5 REED BUNTING (3 Spynes, 2 Moors), 1 YELLOWHAMMER, 20 FIELDFARE, 15 REDWING, 1 LITTLE OWL, 3 EGYPTIAN GOOSE (Spynes). Gordon Hay

07.10hrs-10.20hrs. 1 LITTLE EGRET (M.Farm, then flood plain by sewage works), 3 EGYPTIAN GOOSE (Spynes), 5 POCHARD (Middle Pit, M.east), 8+ SHOVELER (Moors), 27+ GADWALL (Moors), 8+ GREAT CRESTED GREBE (inc. 2 pairs displaying M.Lake), 4 TEAL (1 pair Spynes, 1 pair M.West), 1 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL (M.Lake), 3 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL (Spynes), 10+ COMMON GULL, 6 COMMON SNIPE (3 Spynes, 3 M.West), 1 COMMON BUZZARD (over landfill, then flew NE), 1 KESTREL (M.east), 18+ STOCK DOVE (M.Farm), 1+ GOLDCREST (Cormonger Lane conifers), 1 TREECREEPER (M.CP), 10+ FIELDFARE, 3+ REDWING (sewage works), 1 MISTLE THRUSH (M.east), 150+ STARLING (over Moors), 4 BULLFINCH (1m M.CP, 3 M.east), 3m REED BUNTING (Spynes reedbed). Ian Kehl
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Mon 8 Mar 2010: p.m. 1 GOLDCREST (conifers Chilmead Lane). Gordon Hay

07.15hrs-12.10hrs. 1 LITTLE EGRET (Moors), 2 SHELDUCK (pair Spynes, possibly another 2 flew high to S over Moors), 31 GADWALL, 3m SHOVELER (all Moors), 5 TEAL (3 Moors, 2 Spynes), 6m POCHARD (1 WC1, 5 M.West), 1 COMMON SNIPE (Moors), 1m KESTREL (Nutfield Marsh), 1m SPARROWHAWK (M.CP), 12 FIELDFARE, 8 REDWING, 43 STOCK DOVE (M.Farm), c40 GOLDFINCH (Moors), 1 LAPWING (M.Farm), 2m REED BUNTING (Spynes), 800+ BLACK-HEADED GULL ), 40+ HERRING GULL, 20+ LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, 10+ COMMON GULL (all N.Ridge, landfill site & Spynes), 1 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL (WC1). Graham James
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Tues 9 Mar 2010: early p.m. 167 STOCK DOVE, 2 FERAL PIGEON, c80 WOODPIGEON (all M.Farm), 1 COMMON BUZZARD (over), 2 SHELDUCK, 1 TEAL, 27 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL (Spynes). Gordona.m. 3m SHOVELER, 1m POCHARD (all WC1), 1 CHIFFCHAFF (fresh-plumaged, possibly a migrant), 1 GOLDCREST, 1 TREECREEPER (all N bank of M.Lake), c24 REDWING, 9 FIELDFARE, 2 MISTLE THRUSH, 1 LITTLE EGRET (M.east), 99 STOCK DOVE (M.Farm), 4 GREYLAG GOOSE, 6 CANADA GOOSE, 4 REED BUNTING (Spynes), 2 SHELDUCK (Spynes), 1 GREY WAGTAIL (Fordbridge), 25 GADWALL (Moors). Jerry Blumire & Graham James
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Weds 10 Mar 2010: early p.m. 1 GOLDCREST, 1 TREECREEPER, 1 COAL TIT, 1 REDWING, 1 GREY WAGTAIL (over), 1 RING-NECKED PARAKEET (all N bank of Mercers CP). Matt Farmer

11.00hrs-13.00hrs. 1 GREYLAG GOOSE, 4 CANADA GOOSE, 6 MALLARD, 3 MOORHEN, 1 COMMON SNIPE (all Spynes), c60 STOCK DOVE, 5 WOODPIGEON, 12 STARLING (all M.Farm), 1 GOLDCREST, 3 RING-NECKED PARAKEET (all M.CP), 2 POCHARD (Middle Pit, Mercers east), c150 BLACK-HEADED GULL. Kevin Guest

early a.m. Very quiet with little of interest to report: 8 MUTE SWAN, 37 REDWING, 4 FIELDFARE, 63 STOCK DOVE (M.Farm), 2 POCHARD (male & female, Middle Pit, M.east), 5 GADWALL (Spynes/Middle Pit), c50 TUFTED DUCK, 2m & 1f REED BUNTING (Spynes), 3 BULLFINCH (1m & 2f M.east), 3 GREEN WOODPECKER, 3 RING-NECKED PARAKEET, c150 BLACK-HEADED GULL, c20 HERRING GULL, 6 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, 2 COMMON GULL. Graham James
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Thurs 11 Mar 2010: No reported sightings.
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Fri 12 Mar 2010: No reported sightings.
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Sat 13 Mar 2010: 2 SHELDUCK, 2 GADWALL, 2 EGYPTIAN GOOSE, 1 COMMON SNIPE, 25 COMMON GULL, 15 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, c100 STOCK DOVE, 1 LINNET, 1 BULLFINCH, 1 SPARROWHAWK. Gordon Hay
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Sun 14 Mar 2010: early p.m. 9 WIGEON (7m & 2f M.West), 2 SHELDUCK (Spynes), 8 CORMORANT (Spynes), 1 LAPWING (over). Gordonmid-a.m. 19 GADWALL, 4 SHOVELER, 2 TEAL, 1 COMMON SNIPE (all Moors), 1 COMMON BUZZARD (heading NW high over WC lagoons). Ian Kehl

early a.m. 1 GREEN SANDPIPER (over WC lagoons), 1 KINGFISHER (WC2), 1 GREY WAGTAIL (over WC lagoons, all Graham), c85 FIELDFARE (Gordon), c8 REDWING, 1 MISTLE THRUSH (M.CP), 1m PHEASANT (M.West), 1f KESTREL (M.West), 32 GADWALL (28 Moors-Gordon, 4 Spynes overflow pond), 5 REED BUNTING (Moors & Spynes), 5 YELLOWHAMMER (Gordon), 1 EGYPTIAN GOOSE (Spynes), 1f GOLDENEYE (M.West), 1 LITTLE EGRET (Fordbridge), 1 CHIFFCHAFF (in full song MCP-Ian & Graham), 1 COMMON BUZZARD (M.Farm-Gordon), 8 SHOVELER (Moors-Gordon), 5 TEAL (Moors-Gordon), 1 1st-w m SPARROWHAWK (perched Nutfield Marsh-Gordon), c60 GOLDFINCH (Gordon), c75 TUFTED DUCK. Gordon Hay, Ian Kehl & Graham James
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Mon 15 Mar 2010: a.m. 1f GOLDENEYE (M.West), 20 GADWALL (4 WC1, 12 Moors, 4 Spynes), 5 SHOVELER (1 WC1, 4 Moors), 8 MUTE SWAN, c20 REDWING, 22 FIELDFARE, 2 CHIFFCHAFF (1 singing by Aquasports Centre, M.CP, 1 singing along N bank of M.Lake), 4 GREEN WOODPECKER, 3 GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, 1m YELLOWHAMMER, 4 REED BUNTING (Spynes), 9 COMMON GULL (Spynes), 1 COMMON SNIPE (Spynes island), 8 CANADA GOOSE, 2 GREYLAG GOOSE, 2 GREY HERON, 1 SKYLARK (M.Farm), 6 HOUSE SPARROW (M.Farm), 1 LITTLE OWL (M.Farm), 3 JAY (M.CP). Graham James
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Tues 16 Mar 2010: early p.m. 1f MANDARIN (Moors, on nearest pool viewable from WC mound - first for year), 6 SHOVELER, 8 GADWALL (all Moors), c500 BLACK-HEADED GULL (landfill site), 1 CHIFFCHAFF (M.CP), 1 LITTLE OWL (Chilmead Farm, in ash opposite M.CP main entrance). Gordon Hay

a.m. 1 LITTLE EGRET (WC ditch, flew to Moors), 1f GOLDENEYE (M.West), 3m SHOVELER (Moors), 5 TEAL (2 Moors, 3 Middle Pit, M.east), 8 GADWALL, 2 COMMON SNIPE (1 Spynes, 1 M.West), 8 FIELDFARE, c10 REDWING, 1 LITTLE OWL (M.Farm), 3m REED BUNTING (Spynes), 13 HERRING GULL (Spynes), 2 BULLFINCH (M.West), 1m STONECHAT (N bank of M.West), 1 GREEN SANDPIPER (M.West), 1 GOLDCREST (conifers Cormongers Lane), 1 MISTLE THRUSH, 2 ROOK (N.Ridge), 2 COMMON BUZZARD (seen from N.Ridge). Graham James
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Weds 17 Mar 2010: late p.m. 5 TEAL (2m 1f Moors, 1m 1f Spynes), 2 PHEASANT (1m M.Farm, 1 heard Spynes), 1 WATER RAIL (heard at dusk at Spynes), 2 GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER (1 M.Farm, 1 M.CP), 1 GREY WAGTAIL (over WC), 2 MISTLE THRUSH (over Spynes), 1 COAL TIT (M.Farm), 1 LINNET (over Spynes), 1 YELLOWHAMMER (M.Farm), 7 SHOVELER (Moors), 4 GADWALL (Moors), c100 BLACK-HEADED GULL (Moors), 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL (Moors), 14 TUFTED DUCK (Moors & WC lagoons), 8 MALLARD (Moors & WC lagoons), 2 LITTLE OWL (M.Farm), 17 RING-NECKED PARAKEET (over M.Farm), 7 CANADA GOOSE, 2 GREYLAG GOOSE (all Spynes), 10 REDWING (on bush at Spynes), 17 FIELDFARE (over Spynes), 3 GREEN WOODPECKER (Spynes), 29 STARLING (over Spynes). (No sign of Mandarin or Stonechat). Kevin Guest
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Thurs 18 Mar 2010: early p.m. 1m BLACKCAP (hedge along path between sheep paddocks, M.Farm & M.West - first for year), 2 CHIFFCHAFF (Spynes), 1f GOLDENEYE (M.West), 2 SHELDUCK (Spynes), 1 COMMON BUZZARD. Gordon Hay

06.45hrs-09.55hrs. 1 LITTLE EGRET (Moors, near Fordbridge), 3 CHIFFCHAFF (2 M.CP, 1 hedge N of Spynes), 1 COAL TIT (M.CP), 1f GOLDENEYE (M.West), 4m SHOVELER (Moors), 8 GADWALL (6 Spynes, 2 Moors), 4 TEAL (2m & 2f Spynes), 2 SHELDUCK (pair Spynes), 3 EGYPTIAN GOOSE (flew E over M.West), 21 CANADA GOOSE, 8 GREYLAG GOOSE, 11 MUTE SWAN, c30 REDWING (M.CP), 6 FIELDFARE (M.CP), 1m PHEASANT (M.Farm), 27 STOCK DOVE (M.Farm), 2 BULLFINCH (pair M.CP), 2m REED BUNTING (Spynes reedbed), 3 LINNET (Middle Pit, M.east). (One Common (Smooth) Newt on cycle path at M.Farm.) Graham James
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Fri 19 Mar 2010: p.m. 8 SAND MARTIN (over WC lagoons, heading towards M.Lake - first for year), 3 POCHARD, 1f GOLDENEYE, 9 GADWALL, 9 SHOVELER, 2 TEAL, 1 BLACKCAP (heard), c30 FIELDFARE, c70 REDWING, 33 COMMON GULL (Spynes), c70 STOCK DOVE (M.Farm). (No sign of Little Ringed Plover.) Gordon Hay

06.15hrs-08.55hrs. 1f GOLDENEYE (M.West), 5 GADWALL (4 Spynes, 1 Moors), 7 POCHARD (4m & 3f Middle Pit, M.east), 1m TEAL (M.West), 2 SHOVELER (pair M.West), 1 EGYPTIAN GOOSE (Spynes), 1 LITTLE RINGED PLOVER (Spynes sandspit - first for year), 3 CHIFFCHAFF, 2 COMMON SNIPE (M.West), 1m PHEASANT, 1m YELLOWHAMMER, 1 SKYLARK (all M.Farm), c35 REDWING, 2 FIELDFARE. Graham James


LITTLE RINGED PLOVER (G. James)
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Sat 20 Mar 2010: early a.m. Brief visit: 1m KESTREL (over WC mound), 1 CHIFFCHAFF (singing by conifer belt near WC mound), 6 SHOVELER (4m & 2f Moors), 2m POCHARD (Moors), 5 FIELDFARE (Moors). Graham James
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Sun 21 Mar 2010: p.m. 1 RED KITE, 2 COMMON BUZZARD (all circling together over M.West at approx 17.05hrs, headed N), 12 COMMON SNIPE (Spynes). Gordon Hay

c15.30hrs. 1 COMMON BUZZARD (flew N over my garden and over the patch.) Richard Bartlett

a.m. 1 RED KITE (over landfill site at approx. 08.45hrs), 2f GOLDENEYE (M.West) 33 SAND MARTIN (groups of 12, 8, 6, 4 & 3), 2 WIGEON (m & f), 11 CHIFFCHAFF, 2 COMMON BUZZARD, 11 SHOVELER (Moors), 35 GADWALL (22 Moors, 13 M.east), 7 TEAL (4 M.West, 3 Moors), 9 POCHARD (M.east), 2 EGYPTIAN GOOSE, 2 SHELDUCK, 4 LAPWING (2 M.Farm in partial display, 2 over), 1 GREEN SANDPIPER (WC ditch), 2 LITTLE EGRET (1 Moors, 1 high over), 1 WATER RAIL (heard brook near Spynes overflow pool), c135 FIELDFARE (c110 flying W, 25 on ground). c110 REDWING, 3 GREY WAGTAIL (over Moors together), c500 HERRING GULL (landfill site), 1 ROOK (landfill site), 2 BULLFINCH, 4 pairs LINNET, 4+ SKYLARK, 1 LITTLE OWL (M.Farm), 9 JAYS. (73 species noted.) Gordon Hay
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Mon 22 Mar 2010: p.m. 66 STOCK DOVE (M.Farm), c120 WOODPIGEON, 2 EGYPTIAN GOOSE, 2 TEAL, 2 GADWALL, 1f GOLDENEYE (M.West), 3 SAND MARTIN (M.Lake), 12 FIELDFARE. Gordonearly p.m. 2 COMMON BUZZARD (over M.West), 1f GOLDENEYE (M.West) 1m SPARROWHAWK (M.West), 32 STOCK DOVE (M.Farm), 3 CHIFFCHAFF. Matt Farmer

early a.m. 1f WHEATEAR (sheep paddocks, M.Farm - first for year), 3 SAND MARTIN (over Spynes), 4 SHOVELER, 1 KESTREL (all Moors), 1 GREEN SANDPIPER (WC1), 5 CHIFFCHAFF, 1m PHEASANT, 1m YELLOWHAMMER, 1m LINNET (all M.Farm), 2 COMMON SNIPE (1 Spynes, 1 M.West), 5 GADWALL (M.West), 1f GOLDENEYE (M.West), 4 TEAL (1 pair Spynes, 1 pair M.West), 2 EGYPTIAN GOOSE (Spynes), 1 LAPWING (Spynes), 2 BULLFINCH (pair M.CP). Graham James


WHEATEAR (G. James)
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Tues 23 Mar 2010: early p.m. 1f GOLDENEYE (M.West), 4 TEAL (2 pairs), 2 GADWALL, 1f POCHARD, 3 CHIFFCHAFF, 1 LITTLE OWL (M.Farm, in hole in oak along hedge to east of Canal Cottage), c12 FIELDFARE, c6 REDWING, 2 LINNET (pair M.Farm), c70 STOCK DOVE (M.Farm). Gordon Hay

4 SAND MARTIN (Moors). John Benham

05.55hrs-07.55hrs. Misty & frosty start. 2 EGYPTIAN GOOSE, 6 TEAL (2 Spynes, 4 M.West), 2 GADWALL (Spynes), 5 POCHARD (M.West), 2 SHELDUCK (Spynes), 5 COMMON SNIPE (4 M.West, 1 Spynes), 6 CHIFFCHAFF, 5 JAY, 1m YELLOWHAMMER (M.Farm). (No sign of Goldeneye.) Graham James
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Weds 24 Mar 2010: 16.45hrs-17.00hrs. 1m BLACK REDSTART (Moors, near railway line and closed footpath). Neil Randon, via Surrey Birders

mid-p.m. 3 SAND MARTIN, 1m REED BUNTING, 4 FIELDFARE (all Moors). (No sign of Black Redstart but may still be in area.) Graham James & Neil Randon

early p.m. 1m BLACK REDSTART (sitting in small tree, also feeding on short grass area, on edge of Moors near railway line, near to closed footpath, viewable from WC mound - first for year), 2 SAND MARTIN, 5 CHIFFCHAFF, 8 SHOVELER, 7 POCHARD (very flighty), 1 MISTLE THRUSH. Matt Farmer

early a.m. 12 SAND MARTIN (WC1), 17 MUTE SWAN (6 WC1, 7 Moors, 2 Spynes, 2 M.West), 8 SHOVELER (4m & 1f WC1, 1m WC2, 2m Moors), 1f GOLDENEYE (M.West), 4 GADWALL (3 Moors, 1 M.West), 1m TEAL (M.West), 2 SHELDUCK (m & f Spynes), 1 EGYPTIAN GOOSE (Spynes), 11 GREYLAG GOOSE, 11 CANADA GOOSE, 1m & 3f PHEASANT (M.Farm), 1 LAPWING (on field M.Farm), 1m YELLOWHAMMER (M.Farm), 2m REED BUNTING (Spynes reedbed), 1 REDWING (M.CP), 3 CHIFFCHAFF. Graham James
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Thurs 25 Mar 2010: p.m. 6 SHOVELER (Moors), 2 GADWALL, 12 SAND MARTIN, 1 CHIFFCHAFF, 14 FIELDFARE, 2 TEAL. Gordon Hay

early p.m. 28 SAND MARTIN (feeding over WC lagoons), 1 SWALLOW (feeding with Sand Martins - first for year). (No sign of the Black Redstart from WC mound.) Matt Farmer

early a.m. Brief visit. 5 SHOVELER (4m & 1f), 14 MUTE SWAN, 1m POCHARD, 7 CANADA GOOSE, 1 SAND MARTIN (all Moors), 1 SKYLARK (over WC lagoons). (No sign of Black Redstart this morning.) Graham James
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Fri 26 Mar 2010: p.m. 1f GOLDENEYE (M.West), 2 SHELDUCK (over), 1 SWALLOW (WC lagoons), c20 SAND MARTIN, 1 SPARROWHAWK, 2 KESTREL, 1 LITTLE OWL (M.Farm, oak to E of Canal Cottage), 9 SHOVELER, 5 CHIFFCHAFF (M.east), 100 STOCK DOVE (M.Farm, exact count), 1 BLACK-HEADED GULL. Gordon Hay

p.m. 8+ SAND MARTIN, 1 SWALLOW, 3 LINNET, 6 PIED WAGTAIL, 1 GREY WAGTAIL (all WC lagoons), 3m SHOVELER (Moors). (No sign of Black Redstart, but may still be present.) Graham James & Sue James

c11.15hrs. 1f BLACK REDSTART (still present at Moors but elusive.). Mike Spicer

early a.m. 1f MARSH HARRIER (flew low over WC end of M.Lake at 05.55hrs and headed over Nutfield Ridge being mobbed by crows - first for year and 4th site record - Graham), 1f BLACK REDSTART (Moors, viewable from WC mound, but elusive at times), 1 SWALLOW, 8+ SAND MARTIN (all WC lagoons), 5 SHOVELER (4m & 1f Moors), 3 GADWALL (1m & 2f Moors), 2 SHELDUCK (over WC lagoons). Graham James (joined by Gordon Hay and then Johnny Allan.)

1 LITTLE RINGED PLOVER. Neil Randon


BLACK REDSTART (G. James)
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Sat 27 Mar 2010: p.m. 2 GARGANEY (pair M.West Pit - found by Kevin). Gordon Hay, Graham James, Johnny Allan & Kevin Guest

10.30hrs-16.00hrs. 2 GARGANEY (m & f Spynes, then M.West- first for year), 2 SHELDUCK (m & f Spynes), 11 SAND MARTIN (WC lagoons), 4 CHIFFCHAFF, 1 LITTLE EGRET (M.West), 1f GOLDENEYE (M.West), 5 WIGEON (3m & 2f M.West), 5 FIELDFARE (Moors), 5 REDWING (Moors/WC), 2 EGYPTIAN GOOSE (Spynes), 3 COMMON BUZZARD (from WC mound), 7 PIED WAGTAIL (WC mound), 1 GREY WAGTAIL (over WC), 2 TEAL (M.West), 4 GREYLAG GOOSE (over M.West). Kevin Guest

early a.m.-early p.m. 1 KESTREL, 1 GREY WAGTAIL (over), 1 SWALLOW (all WC lagoons), 7 GADWALL (4 Spynes, 3 Moors), 3 SHOVELER (Moors), 1f GOLDENEYE (M.West), 3 POCHARD (1m Moors, 1m & 1f M.West), 5f PHEASANT, 1 MEADOW PIPIT, 5 SKYLARK (all M.Farm), c25 FIELDFARE, 3 REDWING, 6 CHIFFCHAFF, 2 BLACKCAP (M.CP-Gordon), 17+ SAND MARTIN, c10 REDWING, 3 TEAL, 5 WIGEON (3m & 2f M.West), 4 EGYPTIAN GOOSE (Spynes), 2 SHELDUCK (m & f Spynes), 5 LINNET, 2m MANDARIN (flew low S over Spynes - found by Gordon), 4 (poss. 5) COMMON BUZZARD. Gordon Hay, Graham James, Steve Gale & Kevin Guest (combined sightings)


GARGANEY (K. Guest)
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Sun 28 Mar 2010: 09.55hrs-11.40hrs. 2+ CORMORANT, 1 REDWING, 5+ GADWALL (Moors), 4m SHOVELER (1 M.east, 1 Moors), 8+ CHIFFCHAFF, 1 LAPWING (Spynes), 3 TEAL (1m & 2f M.West), 4 HERRING GULL (Spynes), 4+ LONG-TAILED TIT (inc. 1 pair nest buiilding). Ian Kehl

a.m. 1m MANDARIN (over M.West), 8 SHOVELER (inc. 3 displaying pairs Moors), 1f GOLDENEYE (M.West - the previous latest spring record was March 26 1993), 2 TEAL, c12 GADWALL, c80 TUFTED DUCK, 1 LITTLE EGRET, 1 GREEN SANDPIPER (WC1), 1 LAPWING, 1 SWALLOW, at least 1 SAND MARTIN (heard but not seen), 1 LESSER REDPOLL (over), 2 COMMON BUZZARD, c12 CHIFFCHAFF. Gordon Hay
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Mon 29 Mar 2010: a.m. 1 RED KITE (flew fairly low over M.Farm heading W at about 08.40hrs, before heading towards landfill site), c30 FIELDFARE, 1 GREEN SANDPIPER (heard-Gordon), 1m & 5f PHEASANT (M.Farm), 5 GADWALL, 6 TEAL, 5m & 3f SHOVELER (Moors), 1f GOLDENEYE (M.West), 4 EGYPTIAN GOOSE (Spynes), 1 LITTLE EGRET (Moors), 3 SWALLOW, 18 SAND MARTIN, 45 STOCK DOVE (M.Farm), 12+ LINNET, 12 CHIFFCHAFF, 1m & 1f BULLFINCH, 1 LITTLE OWL (heard M.Farm), 3 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL. Gordon Hay & Graham James
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Tues 30 Mar 2010: Brief visit in the rain: 2 SHELDUCK, 5 GADWALL, 3 SHOVELER. Gordon Hay
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Weds 31 Mar 2010: p.m. 5 SWALLOW, 20+ SAND MARTIN (all M.Lake) 4+ CHIFFCHAFF (moving through hedges). Gordon Hay

early p.m. 3 COMMON SNIPE (over WC lagoons), 1 HOUSE MARTIN, 20 SAND MARTIN, 4 SWALLOW (all M.Lake), 2 CHIFFCHAFF (M.CP).
Matt Farmer

a.m. 1 HOUSE MARTIN (WC1-first for year), 15 SAND MARTIN (WC lagoons), 4 SWALLOW (WC lagoons with possibly another 2 at M.West), 1m SHOVELER (Moors), 1 WILLOW WARBLER (heard singing at Willow Wood-first for year), c50 STOCK DOVE (M.Farm), 1m PHEASANT (M.Farm), 1 EGYPTIAN GOOSE (over M.east), 3 BLACK-HEADED GULL (Spynes), 1 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL (mobbed by corvids over landfill site). Graham James & Jerry Blumire

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