Monday, 2 March 2020

March 2020


CORON
February ended with the third big Atlantic storm of the month, bringing more high winds, but not as much rain as forecast. The river was at the top of it's banks at this point and all the lakes were pretty much full, which isn't good for wading birds.

Despite the storms the early spring progressed with blossom in the hedges and hawthorn leaves beginning to appear. Great-crested newts were already active at the end of February so it is worth looking for frogs and toads on the move any day now. Chiffchaffs were heard singing at Stirtloe but these are probably wintering birds that will move on before the summer migrants arrive this month.
Singing chiffchaff.

March 1st: Great crested grebes, pochard, sparrowhawk, heron, cormorant, coot, shoveler, blue tit, mute swan. Big murmuration of starlings over the village at 18:00. (Mike Thomas)

Mute swan on Hayling Pit.

March 2nd: An evening walk around the Meadow Trail resulted in not seeing a single starling but we finished just after six. However, we found a roost of 12+ greenfinches with more arriving. Goldfinches, kingfisher, stock doves, song thrushes singing, long tailed tits, grey heron, mallard, gadwall, tufted duck, greylags, moorhens, coots and a Cetti's warbler. Jackdaw roost still very active but no rooks seen.

Goldcrest sunning itself.



Siberian chiffchaff. (Compare with the European one above,)
March 6th: Stirtloe concrete road + North end of Pumphouse Pit: European chiffchaff (singing), Siberian chiffchaff, redwings, bullfinches, chaffinch, reed bunting, meadow pipit, wren, l-t tit, blue tit, great tit, robin, pied wagtail, grey wagtail, common gull, b-h gull, dunnock, goldfinch, greenfinch, goldcrest, blackbird, goldeneye, greylags, Canada geese, mute swans, moorhen, coot, wigeon, tufted duck, pochard, mallard, gadwall, rook, carrion crow, jackdaw, magpie, buzzard, kestrel, red kite, starling, stock dove, collared dove, woodpigeon. (c 43 spp) Jim Stevenson.

Buzzards displaying.
March 17th. Now that the Visitor Centre is closed there are no sightings in the log. However Mark Brandon sent me this:
"2 male blackcaps were singing well at the southern end of Hayling, and are probably newly arrived as I didn't see any over the winter period. Chiffchaffs were calling from numerous spots around the reserve, while four buzzards and three red kites circled over the meadow and Heronry South. The lakes were all very quiet."

March 26th: The welcome and increasing rare sound locally of a female tawny owl calling at 01:59 last 'night'...on the green towards the river outside our house. Of course, I couldn't see it! (Mark Brandon.)

NB. THE VISITOR CENTRE AND THE HIDES ARE CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
THIRD THURSDAY WALKS AND ALL EVENTS ARE CANCELLED. PLEASE KEEP YOUR DISTANCE FROM OTHER VISITORS.

March 27th: A  single sand martin flew over us towards Haylng and onwards on 27th, and a little egret flew over the trees alongside the river for a 'garden' year tick on the same day. (Mark Brandon).

Saturday, 1 February 2020

February 2020

February 1st: The mild weather continues. Spring weather has the song thrushes, robins and great tits singing and I even heard a chiffchaff at Stirtloe. Bumble bees were busy and the first pussy willow was bursting from it's buds at the sailing lake. If we don't get a shock in the next month, this will be a great year for the survival of small birds like goldcrests, long-tailed tits and wrens that are all plentiful right now. The arable fields are attracting flocks of  reed buntings, yellow hammers and linnets and a stone-chat was still around at the end of January, so give the fields a good once over. You may see muntjac there too, especially at dusk. Don't forget to check out http://cbcwhatsabout.blogspot.com/ to see what's about locally. Have you seen a butterfly yet? Frogspawn? They could turn up any day soon.

That long first paragraph proved to be a bit premature and by mid month we were out repairing roofs, fences and screens as well as removing fallen trees and branches due to successive Atlantic storms. We got off lightly compared to the west of Britain.

Female reed bunting.

February 12th: Drake goosander x 2 on Heronry North Lake. Blue tit.

February 13th: Song thrush on the meadow trail, 

Gadwall x 62, mallard x 26, wigeon x 170, shoveller x 3, pochard x 44, tufted duck x 190, teal x 8, shelduck, goldeneye x 19, cormorant x 49, b-h gull x 142, greylag goose x 5, common gull x 4, water rail, mute swan x 12, coot x 41, green sandpiper, lapwing x 3 (+220 overhead), sparrowhawk, kestrel x 3, buzzard x 2, heron, collared dove, goldfinch, magpie, dunnock, g-c grebe x 10, moorhen, bullfinch, woodpigeon, great tit, wren, robin, herring gull, stock dove, jackdaw, l-t tit, song thrush, blackbird, chaffinch, crow, green woodpecker, yellowhammer x 14, reed bunting x 7, l-b-b gull, meadow pipit, blue tit, skylark, house sparrow, g-s woodpecker. 52 species (Terry Brown)

February 15th: Blue tit, great tit, long-tailed tit.

February 16th: Robin sparrow, blue tit, great tit, wren.

February 17th: Robin, sparrow, blue tit and wren at the bird table.

G-c grebe x 8, mute swan x 19, mallard x 22, gadwall x 79, wigeon x 78, goldeneye x 23, pochard x 72, tufted duck x 172, Canada goose x 12, lapwing, oystercatcher, common gull, cormorant x 45, little grebe, b-h gull x 52, coot x 35, shoveller x 2, jackdaw, blue tit, l-t tit, crow. moorhen great tit, woodpigeon, dunnock, goldfinch, stock dove, song thrush, magpie, redwing x 11, green woodpecker, pheasant, blackbird, skylark x 4, reed bunting x 5, yellowhammer x 10, linnet x 8, wren, kestrel.
(42 spp. Terry Brown)

Blue tit.
February 18th: Sailing Lake: Tufted duck, Canada goose, lapwing, swan, wigeon, b-h gull, g-c grenbe, moorhen, crow, jackdaw, woodpigeon, blue tit, great tit song thrush, magpie, buzzard, blackbird, cormorant. (18)
Weedy Pit: Coot, cormorant, tufted duck, long-tailed tit, mallard, wigeon. (6)
Heronry South: Wigeon, gadwall, moorhen, tufted duck, stock dove, red kite, robin, dunnock, rook, oystercatcher, heron. (7) M+AT

February 20th: Magpie, grey squirrel, blue tit x 2. (Sean) Blue tit, goldcrest. (Brooke) Rat x 2 (Beau)
Third Thursday Walk:   Blackbird, b-h gull, blue tit, crow, chaffinch, cormorant, dunnock, gadwall, g-c grebe, g-s woodpecker, great tit, greenfinch, heron, greylag, jackdaw, lapwing, magpie, mallard, moorhen, mute swan, oystercatcher, redwing, robin, song thrush, tufted duck, wigeon, wood pigeon, Canada goose. (28 spp.) David Wilson.
Goldfinch

February 23rd: Sparrowhawk, mute swan, coot, moorhen, tufted duck, cormorant, heron, mallard, blue tit, l-t tit, goldfinch, crow, goldeneye, robin, song thrush, magpie.

February 25th: Kingfisher by the Kingfisher Hide! At least 3 pairs of herons on nests (Alan Coles)

Mute swan x 22, mallard x 27, gadwall x 48, cormorant x 55, wigeon x 108, coot x 57, g-c grebe x 9, b-h gull x 200, Canada goose x 6, lapwing, greylag x 3, shoveller x 10, pochard x 26, common gull x 2, heron x 3, green sandpiper, goldeneye x 16, tufted duck x 150, g-s woodpecker, sparrowhawk, redwing x 5, blue tit, pheasant.

February 26th: Green sandpiper on Island Pit. (A+HT)

February 29th: Rat, red kite, crow, magpie, robin, great tit x 3, wren.
Goosander on Heronry North (Simon Marsh) 

Goldcrest.


Thursday, 2 January 2020

JANUARY 2020

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

We kicked off on January 1st with our usual "Ice-Breaker" walk with 42 guests but only 37 species by lunchtime. Meanwhile Neal Parkin and the regular bird counters were in the quarry (with permission).


I noted 72 species seen today (not all seen by me) all at the north end apart from raven. Missing species you would expect to see include little grebe, sparrowhawk, red kite, red-legged partridge, feral pigeon, treecreeper.

Species
Code
From
Until
Location
No
Comments

Great Crested Grebe
gg
01/01/20
North end
10
+

Cormorant
ca
01/01/20
North end
50
+

Little Egret
et
01/01/20
North end
2

Great Egret
hw
01/01/20
PHP
1

Grey Heron
h
01/01/20
North end
3

Mute Swan
ms
01/01/20
North end
100
+

Greylag Goose
gj
01/01/20
North end
50
+

Canada Goose
cg
01/01/20
North end
30
+

Barnacle Goose
by
01/01/20
Field north of Diddington
10

Mallard
ma
01/01/20
North end
20
+

Gadwall
ga
01/01/20
North end
100
+

Wigeon
wn
01/01/20
North end
100
+

Teal
t
01/01/20
North end
100
+

Pintail
pt
01/01/20
PHP
9

Shoveler
sv
01/01/20
PHP
66

Tufted Duck
tu
01/01/20
North end
100
+

Pochard
po
01/01/20
WPHP
200
~

Goldeneye
gn
01/01/20
North end
60
20+ PHP, 40+ IP

Smew
sy
01/01/20
PHP
3
male + 2 redheads

Buzzard
bz
01/01/20
North end
2

Kestrel
k
01/01/20
North end
4

Pheasant
ph
01/01/20
North end
3

Moorhen
mh
01/01/20
North end
4

Coot
co
01/01/20
North end
10
+

Lapwing
l
01/01/20
North end
50
+

Black-headed Gull
bh
01/01/20
North end
100
+

Herring Gull
hg
01/01/20
North end
2

Lesser Black-backed Gull
lb
01/01/20
North end
10
+

Common Gull
cm
01/01/20
North end
50
+

Great Black-backed Gull
gb
01/01/20
North end
3

Stock Dove
sd
01/01/20
North end
10
+

Woodpigeon
wp
01/01/20
North end
50
+

Collared Dove
cd
01/01/20
Diddington
2

Barn Owl
bo
01/01/20
Broughton Lodge
1

Kingfisher
kf
01/01/20
PHP
1

Green Woodpecker
g
01/01/20
North end
10
+

Great Spotted Woodpecker
gs
01/01/20
North end
5
+

Skylark
s
01/01/20
North end
1

Meadow Pipit
mp
01/01/20
North end
3

Grey Wagtail
gl
01/01/20
Stirtloe sewage works
1

Pied Wagtail
pw
01/01/20
North end
10
+

Dunnock
d
01/01/20
North end
10
+

Robin
r
01/01/20
North end
10
+

Stonechat
sc
01/01/20
NW of DP
2
a pair

Wren
wr
01/01/20
North end
10
+

Blackbird
b
01/01/20
North end
10
+

Fieldfare
ff
01/01/20
North end
5
+

Song Thrush
st
01/01/20
North end
5
+

Redwing
re
01/01/20
North end
10
+

Mistle Thrush
m
01/01/20
Thornton Estate
1

Chiffchaff
cc
01/01/20
Stirtloe sewage works
1

Goldcrest
gc
01/01/20
North end
1

Long-tailed Tit
lt
01/01/20
North end
10
+

Coal Tit
ct
01/01/20
Thornton Estate
1

Blue Tit
bt
01/01/20
North end
10
+

Great Tit
gt
01/01/20
North end
10
+

Jay
j
01/01/20
North end
1

Magpie
mg
01/01/20
North end
10
+

Rook
ro
01/01/20
North end
10
+

Carrion Crow
c
01/01/20
North end
10
+

Jackdaw
jd
01/01/20
North end
10
+

Raven
rn
01/01/20
South end
1

Song Thrush
st
01/01/20
North end
10
+

House Sparrow
hs
01/01/20
North end
10
+

Chaffinch
ch
01/01/20
North end
10
+

Greenfinch
gr
01/01/20
North end
2

Goldfinch
go
01/01/20
North end
10
+

Linnet
li
01/01/20
North end
2

Bullfinch
bf
01/01/20
North end
10
+

Reed Bunting
rb
01/01/20
North end
10
+

Yellowhammer
y
01/01/20
North end
50
+

Scaup
sp
01/01/20
PHP
1
female

Meadow pipit
January 2nd: (VC) Squirrel, blackbird, blue tit, dunnock, great tit, sparrow. Rats. Flock of long-tailed tits.
Chiffchaff.
Gadwall x 95, mallard x 23, goldeneye x 31, pochard x 2, wigeon x 210, tufted duck x 315, shoveler x 4, teal x 5, mute swan x 6, great-crested grebe x 6, common gull x 42, rook, goldcrest, l-b-b gull, kestrel, buzzard x 2, red kite x 2, green sandpiper, moorhen, coot x 36, reed bunting x 6, wren, bullfinch x 4, redwing x 14, l-t tit, heron, green woodpecker, dunnock, woodpigeon, jackdaw, robin, blackbird, magpie, goldfinch, great tit, blue tit. (38 spp. Terry Brown.)
Elusive but noisy: Cetti's warbler.
January 6th: Mallard x 38, tufted duck x 440, wigeon x 317, shoveler x 3, gadwall x 126, teal x 4, great white egret, little egret, woodpigeon, mute swan x 90, blackbird, cormorant x 20, great tit, blue tit, crow, robin, jackdaw, moorhen greylag goose x 64, g-s woodpecker, green woodpecker, coot x 31, b-h gull x 248, redwing x 6, magpie, sparrowhawk, l-t tit, bullfinch, linnet, yellowhammer x 12, reed bunting, g-c grebe x10, fieldfare x 2, dunnock, goldeneye x 36, common gull x 15, heron, chaffinch. (38 spp, Terry Brown)
Long-tailed tit.

January 7th: (Stirtloe Sewage works, just north of Paxton Pits). Chiff chaff x 3 or 4, goldcrest x 2, wren x 2, Cetti's warbler. Red -head smew from pumphouse road. (JAS)

January 10th: (Stirtloe sewage works) Siberian chiffchaff, long tailed tits, meadow pipits, 30 + pied wagtails, starlings singing, wren, dunnock, robin, b-h gulls, chiffchaffs, reed buntings, goldcrests.

Siberian chiffchaff.
January 12th: Collared dove, robin, dunnock, great tit, lesser redpoll, wren, goldeneye, scaup?
Otter from the Kingfisher Hide near tern rafts.

January 16th: Third Thursday Walk: (D Wilson)
Blackbird, b-h gull, blue tit, buzzard, carrion crow, chaffinch, coot, cormorant, yellowhammer, dunnock, gadwall, g-s woodpecker, great tit, green woodpecker, grey heron, jackdaw, lapwing, red kite, l-t tit, magpie, mallard, mute swan, redwing, robin, sparrow hawk, stock dove, tufted duck, wood pigeon,  Canada goose, goldeneye. (30 spp.)

January 18th: The Wildlife Survey Group report for today.
Sailing Lake--- Moorhen, lapwing, mute swan, mallard, tufted duck, magpie, great tit, robin, g-s woodpecker, b-h gull, song thrush, blue tit, grey wagtail, gadwall, greylag, l-t tit, jackdaw, wood pigeon, cormorant, carrion crow, redwing, goldfinch, blackbird.

Haul Road arable fields--- Green woodpecker, stonechat, meadow pipit, yellowhammer, linnet, skylark, reed bunting, chaffinch, wren.
Stonechat.
Heronry North Lake---- Goosander, goldeneye, green sandpiper.

Washout Pit--- Water rail.

Island Pit--- G-c grebe, grey heron, Canada goose, wigeon, buzzard, common gull, coot, kestrel, teal, jay.
Linnets
January 20th: Mute swan x 39, cormorant x 37, shoveler x 8, mallard x 52, wigeon x 213, goldeneye x 33, teal x 10, pochard x 44, tufted duck x 258, gadwall x 144, moorhen x 17, g-c grebe x 14, common gull, magpie, blackbird, dunnock, woodpigeon, crow, heron x 7, great tit, blue tit, robin, green woodpecker, bullfinch, b-h gull x 115, coot x 37, chaffinch, snog thrush, buzzard x 2, collared dove, goldfinch, greenfinch, jackdaw, wren, skylark x 3, linnet x 17, reed bunting x 8, stonechat, sparrowhawk, yellowhammer x 2, lesser b-b gull, lapwing, pheasant, l-t tit. (44 spp. Terry Brown)

Lapwing.
Arable fields 1 and 2--- A mixture of linnets (60+), yellowhammers (20+), reed buntings (20+) and chaffinches on the stubbles. Muntjac x 4. Long-tailed tits in the hedgerows. (JAS)

January 22nd: Barn owl at 22:30 on a fencepost between the Hail Weston Road and the A1 on the slip road going north.


January 28th: Pair of Egyptian geese on the sailing lake plus goldeneye, cormorant, green woodpecker, song thrush, great tit, mute swans, wren, blackbird, l-t tit.


Goldcrest.

January 29th: Mute swan x 56, gadwall x 97, mallard x 29, g-c grebe x 11, wigeon x 385, pochard x 32, shoveler x 10, coot x 32, cormorant x 41, heron x 7, b-h gull x 240, common gull x 7, magpie, wood pigeon, goldfinch, wren, treecreeper, green woodpecker, great tit, robin, moorhen, dunnock, sparrowhawk, chaffinch, jackdaw, lapwing, stock dove, blackbird, Candad geese, kestrel, yellowhammer x 10, reed bunting x 6, linnet x 30, herring gull, skylark x 5, song thrush, goldfinch, g-s woodpecker, goldcrest, l-t tit, collared dove, blue tit, house sparrow. 45 spp. Terry Brown.


Wren.