Saturday, 27 November 2010

Impressive flock of TREE SPARROWS at Gallows Bridge

Gallows Bridge Farm; At one point made it 23 TREE SPARROWS, most of time c10 /Large fem PEREGRINE hunting at far end of main meadow put up 2 Snipe and chased them, for 4th time seen it rest in open on meadow after atttacks/ c 60 Golden Plover+c50 Lapwing flew over heading West. Saw c40 Goldies flying South earlier from my Whitchurch garden.

Calvert; Redhead SMEW still present on sailing lake but can be very hard to spot; also drake Mandarin; 3 Teal on BBOWT lake.

Hillesden; the adult WHOOPER SWAN again in crop field to South of pools with 2 Mutes/ c 60 Greenfinch/c 80 Linnet on set a side strips/ Pools frozen over (Tim Watts Birding)

Thursday, 25 November 2010

BITTERN at Calvert

Calvert BBOWT - late afternoon; Huge gull pre-roost contained 9 Y.L.Gulls and 1 ad Caspian Gull. Waders are scarce here in Spring let alone Winter but flock of 4 Common Redshank flew low over water couple of times then flew towards sailing lake. Later a pair of Goosanders flew in, again headed to other lake. Big increase in Herrings and G.B.B gulls late on from tip.

Icing on cake was a BITTERN climbing to roost at 16:08 in right hand reedbed from the 1st hide - think this is earliest ever had one here. Jolting reeds put me onto it but then wasn't hard to see. It wasn't on their usual favoured area of reed edge against deepwater but in middle of bed, made lot of commotion climbing then spent rest of time stretching neck up and looking all around.

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Hillesden WHOOPER SWAN still present - Tim Watts

Calvert; Little Grebe / Grey Wagtail

Foxcote; 3 Goldeneye/ 1 Green Sandpiper

Hillesden; adult Whooper Swan still with Greylag flock in crop field/ 7 new Mute Swans/ 2 Meadow Pipit

Gallows bridge farm; 2 hr watch; c 200 Golden Plover in flight once/ c120 Linnet/3 Raven,

Monday, 1 November 2010


30 October - Calvert; noticeable influx of Blackbirds in scrub/ 2 Goldcrests/3 Jays

Hillesden; adult WHOOPER SWAN on main pool veiwable from the track, it looked settled, feeding with Mutes.

Gallows bridge farm; c400 Golden Plover/c 500 Lapwing in flight over adjacent crop fields. 5 TREE SPARROWS on cut hedge by car park breifly also Chaffinches, Reed Buntings, Yellowhammers, House Sparrows on same hedge (Tim Watts)