Apri, 2014

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

Wed, 30 April 2014: pm: 1 HOBBY (over M.Lake, first for the year), c3 GARDEN WARBLER (incl. pair, Spynes), 4 REED WARBLER (Spynes N reedbed), 2 LESSER WHITETHROAT (Spynes). Matt Farmer

Tues, 29 April 2014: no reported sightings 

Mon, 28 April 2014: 10.00hrs: 1 WHEATEAR (female, WC along path). Graham James 

Sun, 27 April, 2014: 6.10hrs- 9.15hrs: c1 COMMON TERN (1 WC2 Island, then 3 'COMMIC' TERNS high over M.Lake flying NE), c2 HOUSE MARTIN (WC), 1 YELLOW WAGTAIL (over WC flying SE), c3 REED WARBLER (reedbed to N of Spynes. First for the year), c2 LESSER WHITETHROAT (heard only, Spynes area), 2 GARDEN WARBLER (probable pair, bushes nr Spynes bullrush pond, by cycle path), c5 SWALLOWS, c20 SAND MARTIN, 2 EGYPTIAN GEESE (1 WC, 1 Spynes), 2 SHELDUCK (pair Spynes),1 SHOVELER (male WC1), 4 GADWALL (all males Moors Pools), 1 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL (Over WC), c2 BLACK-HEADED GULL, 3 STOCK DOVE (Nutfield Marsh), c2 REED BUNTING. Ian Kehl and Gordon Hay

Fri, 25 April, 2014-Sat, 26 April, 2014: no reported sightings 

Thurs, 24 April 2014: 19.30hrs-20.30hrs: 3 LITTLE RINGED PLOVER (WC), 2 SHELDUCK (Moors), 1 LITTLE EGRET (Moors). Neil Randon

Weds, 23 April 2014: am: 1m WHINCHAT (M.Farm, old paddocks next to oak trees. First for year. Only third spring sighting), 2 COMMON TERN (first for year), 1 GARDEN WARBLER (Spynes, by cycle path), 2 COMMON WHITETHROAT (M.Farm). Gordon Hay, Graham James, Neil Randon

Male WHINCHAT Mercers Farm (Neil Randon)
Tues, 22 April 2014: 1m REDSTART (Moors, first for year), 2 YELLOW WAGTAIL (Moors, first for year). Des Ball 
Mon, 21 April 2014: 06.55hrs-11.10hrs: 1 LESSER WHITETHROAT (singing in large oak to S of Spynes, first for year), 1 GARDEN WARBLER (Bushes nr Spynes bullrush pond, by cycle path, first for year), 2 PEREGRINE (Flying N towards the Downs, viewed from M.Farm), 1 LITTLE EGRET (Flew E over M23, viewed from footpath S of Spynes), c15 COMMON WHITETHROAT, 1 LITTLE RINGED PLOVER (Male WC2 island), 2 SHELDUCK (pair Moors pools, by railway line), 3 EGYPTIAN GEESE (incl pair Nutfield Marsh), 2 TEAL (pair Spynes), 1 SHOVELER (male WC1), 1 GADWALL (male WC1), c2 BLACK-HEADED GULL, 4 LAPWING (2 pairs M.Farm), c5 COMMON BUZZARD (incl 4 together over Downs), 2 KESTREL (pair Chilmead Farm), 2 STOCK DOVE (M.Farm), 4 PHEASANT (M.Farm). Also 3 ROE DEER (Just to S of Spynes). Ian Kehl and Gordon Hay

Thurs, 17 April 2014-Sun, 20 April 2014: no reported sightings

Wed, 16 April 2014: pm: 1 WHITE WAGTAIL (Spynes sandbar, first for year), 1 WATER RAIL (Spynes reedbed), 2 SHELDUCK, 5 COMMON WHITETHROAT, 2 SWALLOW, 1m SHOVELER. Matt Farmer
Mon, 14 April 2014- Tues, 15 April 2014: no reported sightings

Sun, 13 April 2014:  06.40hrs- 10.45hrs: 1 COMMON WHITETHROAT (male in bushes to N of Spynes. First for the year), 2 LITTLE RINGED PLOVER (pair WC2 Island), c2 SWALLOW (M Farm), c5 SAND MARTIN, c5 WILLOW WARBLER (incl 1 'dell' by railway line Moors), 2 SHELDUCK over M. Farm, flying towards Moors), c12 BLACKCAP (incl 1 mimicking other birds, M.Park), c10 CHIFFCHAFF, 3 EGYPTIAN GEESE (field S of Spynes), c7 TEAL (Moors), c5 SHOVELER (Mid-Pit), 2 GADWALL (pair Spynes overflow), 2 SNIPE (1 Spynes, 1 M.West), c3 BLACK-HEADED GULL, 1 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL (over M.Farm), c1 LAPWING (male M.Farm, then presumably same bird M.West, and probably same bird later M.Farm 'Glebe Lake' side), c4 STOCK DOVE (c2 M.Farm, c2 Chilmead Farm), 1 LITTLE OWL (M.Farm), 2 ROOK (M.Farm), c5 COMMON BUZZARD (over Reigate Hill, viewed from WC mound), 2 KESTREL (pair Chilmead Farm), 1 MISTLE THRUSH (WC), 2 GOLDCREST (Chilmead Lane).
Also ORANGE TIP and SPECKLED WOOD butterflies. Ian Kehl and Gordon Hay

Sat, 12 April 2014: no reported sightings

Fri, 11 April 2014: pm: 3 WHEATEAR (M.Farm). Gordon Hay

Thurs, 10 April 2014: 18.15hrs-19.00hrs: 1 PIED FLYCATCHER (still in Mercers CP car park), 1 LITTLE RINGED PLOVER, c15 SAND MARTIN, 2 SWALLOW (WC). Neil Randon

PIED FLYCATCHER Mercers CP (Neil Randon)
9.30hrs-10.30hrs: 1 PIED FLYCATCHER (still in Mercers CP car park, though mobile), 1 COMMON BUZZARD (overhead), c5 BLACKCAP. Graham James, Neil Randon, John Benham, Gordon Hay et al

07.30hrs: 1 PIED FLYCATCHER (male, in cherry trees Mercers CP car park. First for the year. 1st male recorded on patch, 3rd recorded sighting and 1st since mid-1990s). Graham James
Wed, 9 April 2014: no reported sightings

Tues, 8 April 2014: 2 HOUSE MARTIN (first for the year). Graham James
Mon, 7 April 2014: no reported sightings 

Sun, 6 April 2014: 1700hrs: c20 SAND MARTIN, 1 SWALLOW (WC 2). Neil Hammond

07.05hrs-10.50hrs: c2 SWALLOW (over Moors. First for year), c20 SAND MARTIN (over Moors/WC), 2 WILLOW WARBLER (heard only, 1 'dell' by railway line Moors, 1 WC), c12 BLACKCAP,  3 EGYPTIAN GEESE (Spynes area), c12 TEAL (Moors), c11 SHOVELER (4 Moors Pools, c7 WC1), c10 SNIPE (c7 Spynes, c3 Moors), 1 LITTLE OWL (M.Farm), 2 KESTREL (pair Chilmead Farm), 1 SPARROWHAWK (male WC), 7 STOCK DOVE (3 field S of Spynes, 4 Chilmead Farm), 3 PHEASANT (1m & 2f field S of Spynes), 1 KINGFISHER (WC1), 2 MISTLE THRUSH (cricket pitch N.Marsh). Ian Kehl and Gordon Hay
Sat, 5 April 2014: 18.00hrs: 3 RED KITE (over Spynes), 1 YELLOWHAMMER (SE corner Spynes). Peter Emery

Tues, 1 April 2014-Fri, 4 April 2014: no reported sightings