Thursday, 14 December 2017

December 1st to 11th 2017

Wintering chiff chaff
1st:  Red crested pochard fm, grey wagtail (2), kestrel, goldeneyes, kingfisher (2+)
        Fox sunning: All at Heronry North. (LES) (A+AB)
        GS Woodpecker at Hayden Hide.

3rd:  Gadwall, goldeneye, bullfinch, greenfinch, chaffinch, goldfinch, 2 Firecrests?, 
        goldcrest, redwing,  Gt crested grebe, little grebe, shoveller,
        Egyptian geese. (J+B W)
4th:  Long-tailed tits, snipe. Goldeneye (5)(Kingfisher Hide)
        Ringed (red) Mute swan. c100 stock-doves in roost at 3pm (TG)

6th: Buzzard, kingfisher, kestrel, teal at Bill's Bench.
       Chiff-chaff, bullfinch, goldcrest (2), sparrow hawk on Meadow Trail. (JAS)

7th: 10 Egyptian geese on Heronry South (ES)
        Bluetits, redwings, chaffinches (MES Lenwood)

8th: Goldeneyes (5) Red-crested pochard (fm), jay (3)

9th: Green sandpiper on Heronry North shore,  2 foxes sunbathing. (JAS)

11th Male redpoll on feeder at the Visitor Centre.
       Small starling roost in the meadow/Cloudy Pit attracting a sparrowhawk at dusk.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

November 26th to December 1st 2017

The view from Bill's Bench.
Look out for kingfishers, grey wagtails, wildfowl and the fox.

26th: 10 Shoveller, 140 tufted duck, 140 gadwall, 95 wigeon, 4 teal, green sandpiper,
         10 goldeneye, water rail, kestrel, 4 pochard, 2 skylark, goldcrest, grey wagtail. 
         (Terry Brown)

          Green sandpiper, (SW corner of Island Pit) 2 kingfisher (Heronry lakes)
          4 drake goldeneyes (Heronry N.) 8 Egyptian geese (Heronry South)
          (A&G Williams)

Male bullfinch

27th:  Peregrine falcon, low over Heronry North (TG)

28th:  3 gadwall, 5 mallard at Bill's Bench. (L. Neverad)

1st:    Grey wagtail, bullfinch, fox, fieldfares, 4 goldeneye, green sandpiper on
          Heronry Lakes. (JS)

Sunday, 26 November 2017

November 18th to 25th 2017

November 20th: 14 Egyptian geese at the Hayden Hide. (JCC)

November 22nd: 2 Golden eye at far end of lake from Kingfisher Hide. (JCC)

November 23rd:  11:45 Peregrine passed by Kingfisher hide, heading north. Popped up 2 teal,
                             but missed. Carried on north. (CB)
                             2:10 Red Kite, flew past V.C heading south. (A.Coles)

A couple of weeks ago: Reed warbler at least 100 greylags, tufted ducks (Kingfisher Hide),
                             great crested grebe, grey herons, 5 shovelers, widgeons,
                             cormorants, 6 squirrels (Haydn hide), chaffinches and rabbits. (TR)

Goosander duck

November 25th:  2 kingfishers, 4 goldeneye, 2 goosanders, teal, widgeon, Egyptian geese,
                            mallards, gadwall, redwings, fieldfares, stock doves, reed buntings,
                            robins, blackbirds, song thrush, sparrow hawk, buzzard, kestrel. (JAS).

Goosander drake.

Friday, 17 November 2017

November 13th to 17th 2017

November 13th: Hayling Lake: 3 widgeon, 1 tufted duck. (LN)

November 14th: Goldcrest, tree creeper, lapwing, little egret, Heronry Lakes (AB)

November 16th: Heronry North: Siskins, 2 jays, grey wagtail, blackcap,
                           green sandpiper. (Neal)
                           Pair of goldeneyes (Colin B)

Third Thursday Walk: blackbird, b.h. gull, blue tit, great tit, crow,
                           chaffinch, common gull, coot, cormorant, gadwall, g.c. grebe, heron,
                           greylag, herring gull, jackdaw, kingfisher, little egret, long tailed tit,
                           magpie, mallard, moorhen, mute swan, shoveler, stock dove, teal,
                           tufted duck, wigeon, wood pigeon, wren, Egyptian goose, Canada goose,
                           goldeneye = 32 spp. (D Wilson)
                           Jackdaw roost making a lot of noise, probably 5000 birds. (TG)

November 17th: Grey and pied wagtails on roof of weigh station at Lafarge plant.
                           2 lapwings (A. Harrold) Red admiral, common darter,
                           bumble bee. (Edwin Allured)

Red Admiral

November 1st to 12th 2017

November 1st:   Heronry South (Bill's Bench) snipe, shoveller, teal, widgeon,
                           mixed tit flock with treecreeper, bank vole. (J Knight)

November 2nd:  Flock of redwings over car-park.

November 6th:  Pochard, geese, shovellers and many more omn Heronry Lakes.

November 9th:  Green sandpiper, jay, green woodpecker, grey wagtail, common gull,
                          c 0 stock doves, c60 cormorants,  (TG)

November 12th: Blue tits and great tits on feeders. (SH)
                           170 bh gulls, 12 shoveller, 28 common gull, 59 mute swan, 210 gadwall,
                           190 widgeon, 116 tufted duck, 333 greylags, 8-0 woodpigeon, 6 pochard,
                            8 linnet, yellowhammer, grey wagtail, 200 jackdaws, water rail,
                            2 goldeneye, 6 teal, lapwing, little grebe. (Terry Brown)


Thursday, 2 November 2017

October 28th to November 1st 2017

October 30th:     Muntjac on path to Kingfisher hide. Egyptian geese. (MR & AN)
                           Reed buntings in arable field. (JH)

Female redd bunting in Peter's Field. (JH)

October 31st:     4 Egyptian geese, brambling. (Rosalind)
                           Merlin near Env. Ed centre. 2 grey wagtails, common sandpiper,
                           wigeon flying in. 3 foxes under heronry. Hayden Hide. (C. Burgh)
                           Field mouse near visitor centre. (L. Nevard)

November 1st:   Snipe, shoveller, teal, wigeon, bank vole, mixed tits
                           plus goldcrest and treecreeper at Bill's Bench. (J. Knight)

Friday, 27 October 2017

October 25th to 27th 2017

25th: Sparrow hawk caught a blue tit at the bird table.
         (James Knight)

Grey heron
26th: Squirrel, blue tit (3), great tit (2), l.t tit, marsh tit, sparrow,
          robin (Chloe and James)
         Blue tit, mute swans, grey squirrel, robin,
         wood pigeon, mallard and coot (Emily and Laura Athersmith)

27th: Kingfisher (3), grey wagtail, widgeon, shoveller etc at
         Bill's Bench. (DM)
         Water rail and kingfisher at Washout Pit, marsh harrier
         at Island Pit,
         Buzzards, red kite, sparrow hawk, fieldfare, redwing,
         stock dove, moorhen, coot, teal, gadwall, lapwings,
         mixed tit flocks, reed buntings, dunnocks,
         green woodpecker, g.s.woodpecker. (JS)

Two buzzards

Saturday, 21 October 2017

19th October 2017

Third Thursday Walk: The Heronry Lakes

Mute swan, greylag, Canada goose, wigeon, gadwall, teal, mallard, shoveller, tufted duck, great crested grebe, cormorant, little egret,  grey heron, pheasant, moorhen, coot, lapwing, buzzard, b.h.gull, woodpigeon, collared dove, kingfisher, dunnock, robin, blackbird, redwing, goldcrest, l-t tit, great tit, blue tit, magpie, jackdaw, crow, house sparrow, chaffinch, goldfinch, bullfinch, linnet.
(David Wilson)

Also, after the walk, reed buntings in Peter's Field, stock doves, sparrow hawk and a red admiral butterfly.  (Jim Stevenson)

Some of  the Third Thursday Walkers.

Monday, 16 October 2017

October 7th to 15th 2017

Golden Plovers
October 7th:    Sparrow hawk on bird table at the Visitor Centre.
October 9th:    Chiff chaff near Rudd Pit, 3 goldcrests at River Viewpoint,
                        Buzzard over Cobham hide. (AH) Great Egret.
                        Red admiral and muntjac buck at Kingfisher Hide (JS)
October 12th:  Redwings near Hayden Hide.
October 13th:  Flock of c. 15 Golden Plovers over Heronry North. (JS)
                        Kingfisher and grey wagtail at Bills Bench
October 15th:  Great white egret, 2 little egrets, chiff chaff, Cetti's warbler, redpoll,
                        52 mute swans, 160 b.h. gulls, 120 gadwall, 12 teal, 8 shoveller,
                        89 wigeon, yellowhammer, 8 linnets, 2 little grebes.

Notes:             Great White Egrets. It seems we have two on the site,
                       one with a dark bill and one with a yellow bill.
                       A drake Scaup was in the quarry this week. Look out for more of them please.

Monday, 2 October 2017

23rd September to October 2nd 2017

23rd September: Hobby over Visitor Centre.

27th September: 3 Buzzards, hornet, carder bees, ivy bees, speckled wood,
                            common darter, grass snake at Cobham Hide.
                            Juv Marsh Harrier, 10 mistle thrushes, Cetti's warbler,
                            3 kingfishers, common sandpiper. (Quarry)

30th September: Buzzard, little egret, great egret, greylags and Canada geese,
                            mallard, gadwall, wigeon,  shoveller, teal. (Hayden Hide)
                           Water rail, moorhen, coot. (Kingfsher Hide)
                            Stock doves, kingfisher, bh gulls, green woodpecker, wren, goldcrest,
                            blue tits, great tit, l-t tits, black bird.  (Ian Langdon) Robin

31st September: Water rail heard, peregrine.

2nd October:      2 hobbies over Rudd Pit, plus another over Cloudy Pit,
                           2 swallows, 2 jays, song thrush, buzzard, shoveller, wigeon, gadwall,
                           mallard, teal, gc grebes, little egret, great egret, wren, small copper,
                           red admiral, common hawker ovipositing in the Hayling Pit, common darters, fox,
                           terrapin (Riverbank). Badger latrine at the beach.

Friday, 22 September 2017

Friday 22nd September 2017

Hobby over the Cobham Hide

Today was an absolute treat. Autumn colours starting to show, water levels just right and still some insects on the wing. Work on the Kingfisher Hide bridge completed. It is now open for use. 

Cobham Hide: Otter sighting at lunchtime. Hobby overhead (it flew behind a tree hence the poor photo.)

Heronry South: Great white egret, little egret x 2, little grebe x 4, great crested grebes, moorhens, coots, shovellers, widgeon, pochard, gadwall, mallard, tufted duck, greylag, Canada geese, mute swans,  b.h.gulls, grey herons, cormorants, stock doves.

Hayden Hide: Ivy bee colony in gravel, common darter, migrant hawker and brown hawker, speckled wood, small white, red admiral. Brown rat and grey squirrel. Wood pigeon and collared dove, great tit and blue tit, robin, dunnock, blackbird, long-tailed tit.  Buzzard x 2.

Brown rat at the Hayden Hide.
Car park: Adult male peregrine at 19:30, hunting edge of Weedy pit. Great views, but no camera handy.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

9th to 20th September

Water levels on the heronry lakes have remained low, but not as low as in previous weeks. All the same, there are still exposed islands and shallows that suit egrets and dabbling ducks while the deeper parts are easy to access for the grebes and diving ducks such as pochards that are arriving right now.

11th September: 2x little egret, 70x gadwall, 3x little grebe, 2x teal, 15x widgeon. Heronry South.(Trevor Gunton)

13th: Hobby, great white egret, kingfisher, swallows, sand martins and house martins, speckled wood, red admiral, common darter. Heronry Lakes (JAS) Plus kingfisher x 2 widgeon x 8 common gull x 2. (DR)

14th: Pochard x 8 (ES)

15th: Red crested pochard (fm), kingfisher x 2, Little grebe x 2+, buzzard, sparrowhawk, kestrel. (Jo Thomas)

Mink crossed the haul road by the visitor centre. (CETT)
At Cobham Hide: Kingfisher, robin, long-tailed tit, pied wagtail. (Jeff Davison).

16th: Two newts, a frog and 3 toads. (AM and L Nevard)

20th: Passage of swallows (c 50) over the visitor centre at dusk.

Friday, 8 September 2017

August 31st to September 8th 2017

August 31st:      Marsh harrier and osprey over. (Russell Leavett)

September 2nd: 3 buzzards on River Trail (ES)

September 3rd: Black necked grebe at PHP (MD)

September 4th: Blue tit 7, robin, wood pigeon, house sparrow. (Lucy Thomson)
                         3 + Little Egrets, buzzard, Shield bugs, common carder bee. (GFS)
                         2 little grebes on Heronry South (JAS)

September 5th; Water rail on shore of Heronry North. (JAS) Common darters, emperor
                          and migrant hawkers on the wing. Report of Death's Head
                          Hawk Moth (unconfirmed).
                          Jays on Haul Road and car park, 2 barnacle geese on Heronry South. (GF)
                          4 widgeon (TG)

Friday, 25 August 2017

20th to 25th August 2017


Wasp spider
(By Dawn Earl)
20th: Blue tit, woodpigeon, robin, goldfinch, greenfinch, great tit, mute swan, song thrush, house sparrow. (Lucy Thomson)

22nd: Brown rat dark bush cricket, Conopid fly, hover fly (Volucolla inznis) plus two unidentified Ichneumon flies. Little egret.

23rd: Wasp spider, migrant hawker, meadow brown, common blue, brown argus, speckled wood, small white, kingfisher, little egret, bullfinch, greenfinch, chaffinch, goldfinch. (JAS)
Yellowhapmmer (2) reed warbler, painted lady and speckled wood.

24th: Wheatear (Lafarge Yard) hobby, kingfisher, lesser whitethroat, buzzard.
Small heath, brown argus and common blue, plus yellow-wort (Redlands field)

25th: Comma, brown argus, speckled wood, red admiral, peacock, green-veined white, brimstone, small tortoiseshell, wasp spider, common and ruddy darters, migrant hawker, brown hawker, emperor.


11th to 18th August 2017

11th: Brimstone, peacock, sm. tortoiseshell, speckled wood, holly blue, small white, migrant hawker, brown hawker, emperor, common darter, red admiral, small copper.
Hobby, kingfisher, c 70 sand martins, house martins, swallows and swift. Little egeret,  (JAS)
Brown Argus
Buzzard 2 hobbies, green woodpecker, GS woodpecker, gatekeeper and ruddy darter. (SA)

13th: Eleven (11) little egrets from Bill's bench.

15th: Water rail calling, brown argus, ringlet, gatekeeper and meadow brown, southern hawker and common darter.

17th: Widgeon, sparrow hawk (Hayden Hide), (R Marchant) 5 Egyptian geese.

18th:  Third Thursday Walk: Mute swan, greylag, Canada goose, widgeon, gadwall, mallard, gt. crested grebe, cormorant, little egret, grey heron, buzzard, moorhen, coot, black headed gull, stock dove, woodpigeon, collared dove, green woodpecker, dunnock, robin, chiff chaff, l.t tit, blue tit, great tit, common crow,
Large white, small white, meadow brown, speckled wood, wasp spider, froglet, grey squirrel, Rat with snake at the Hayden Hide.