Thursday, November 21, 2019

Sightings for June 2018

On Monday 4th June, I took my car for it's service and MOT to MercMedics at Send, which is right next to Papercourt water meadows. So while this was going on, I spent the time having a walk around. Seeing: Little grebe, Cormorant, Grey heron, Mute swan, Canada goose, Egyptian goose, Mallard, Pochard, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Kestrel, Pheasant, Water rail, Moorhen, Coot, Lapwing, Black-headed gull, Feral pigeon, Stock dove, Woodpigeon, Collared dove, Ring-necked parakeet, Swift, Green woodpecker, Great spotted woodpecker, Skylark, Swallow, House martin, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Song thrush, Sedge warbler, Reed warbler, Whitethroat, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Willow warbler, Long-tailed tit, Blue tit, Great tit, Jay, Magpie, Jackdaw, Carrion crow, Starling, House sparrow, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Linnet & Reed bunting.
TOTAL No. OF SPECIES = 52








Friday 8th June, and I had a day on call for work, So I drove down to the New forest, Holly hatch cottage & Sloden inclosure a new area for me to have a walk around. I saw 31 species of bird, Stock dove, Woodpigeon, Green woodpecker, Great spotted woodpecker, Swallow, House martin, Meadow pipit, Pied wagtail, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, REDSTART, Stonechat, Blackbird, Song thrush, Mistle thrush, Sedge warbler, Blackcap, FIRECRESTSPOTTED FLYCATCHER, Long-tailed tit, Marsh tit, Blue tit, Great tit, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Jay, Carrion crow, Raven, House sparrow, Chaffinch & Goldfinch.
TOTAL FOR YEAR = 178 (Hampshire year list = 169)







I then dropped into Tundry Pond on the way home, where I added LITTLE OWL, to my year and Hampshire year lists.
TOTAL FOR YEAR = 179 (Hampshire year list = 170)


Sunday 10th June I took my grandson birding over Moor green lakes Berkshire, where we saw 31 species the highlight being a HOBBY, we watched it hawking over the new workings.
TOTAL FOR YEAR = 180

A week of working down in Bournemouth, so at lunchtime on Wednesday 13th I made the short drive to Holmsley inclosure, where I saw, Buzzard. Kestrel, Great spotted woodpecker, Swallow, Pied wagtail, Wren, Robin, Blackbird, Song thrush, Blackcap, WOOD WARBLER, Chiffchaff, Willow warbler, Long-tailed tit, Blue tit, Treecreeper, Carrion crow, Chaffinch, Greenfinch & Goldfinch.
TOTAL FOR YEAR = 181 (Hampshire year list = 171)




Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Up to the end of May

Wednesday 14th March, on call for work, so I drove down to Farlington marshes, where I saw the following: Little grebe, Mute swan, Canada goose, Dark-bellied brent goose, Shelduck, Wigeon, Gadwall, Teal, Mallard, Pintail, GARGANEY, Pheasant, Moorhen, Coot, Oystercatcher, Lapwing, Black-tailed godwit, Redshank, Mediterranean gull, Black-headed gull, Common gull, Herring gull, Great black-backed gull, Woodpigeon, Collared dove, Skylark, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, CETTI’S WARBLER, Magpie, Carrion crow, Starling & Greenfinch.

TOTAL FOR YEAR = 139 (Hampshire year list = 136)

Then on to Mark Ash wood New forest, didn't see or hear ant Lesser spotted woodpeckers, did see: Woodcock, Stock dove, Green woodpecker, Great spotted woodpecker, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Song thrush, Marsh tit, Coal tit, Blue tit, Great tit, Nuthatch, Treecreeper & Chaffinch.

Spent the last part of the day down at Keyhaven & Pennington marshes, seeing: Little grebe, Great crested grebe, Mute swan, Canada goose, Dark-bellied brent goose, Wigeon, Gadwall, Teal, Mallard, Pintail, Shoveler, Tufted duck, Kestrel, Moorhen, Coot, Oystercatcher, Golden plover, Grey plover, Lapwing, Dunlin, RUFF, Black-tailed godwit, Bar-tailed godwit, Curlew, Redshank, Turnstone, Black-headed gull, Herring gull, Great black-backed gull, Woodpigeon, Rock pipit, Blackbird, Magpie, Carrion crow & Starling.

TOTAL FOR YEAR = 140 (Hampshire year list = 137)

Work sent me to a site near Hounslow Greater London, from the end of March and all of April.
My first chance to get out of the data centre came on Tuesday 10th April, where I went up to Staines reservoirs, seeing: Great crested grebe, Black-necked grebe, Cormorant, Canada goose, Shelduck, Wigeon, Teal, Mallard, Shoveler, Tufted duck, COMMON SCOTER, Goldeneye, Coot, LITTLE GULL, Black-headed gull, COMMON TERNARCTIC TERN, Woodpigeon, Pied wagtail, Robin, Magpie, Carrion crow & Starling.


TOTAL FOR YEAR = 144

While up on the causeway at Staines reservoirs, found out about Ring ouzels on Staines moor, so I made the short drive to Staines moor, and had a great walk seeing: Little egret, Grey heron, Mallard, Tufted duck, Kestrel, Pheasant, Lapwing, Redshank, Black-headed gull, Woodpigeon, Ring-necked parakeet, Green woodpecker, Skylark, Meadow pipit, Grey wagtail, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, WHEATEARRING OUZEL, Blackbird, BLACKCAP, Chiffchaff, Great tit, Magpie, Starling, Greenfinch & Goldfinch.

TOTAL FOR YEAR = 147

Monday 16th April, and I had a lunchtime walk, from the data centre in Hounslow. I went down Green Lane and into a part of the now left to go wild Hounslow heath golf course. Then into Donkey wood and along a stretch of the River crane, I could view part of the small reservoir. Then back into Green lane, around the sports pitches and back to the data centre. I noted the following: Great crested grebe, Grey heron, Mallard, Red kite, Red-legged partridge, Moorhen ,Coot, Feral pigeon, Woodpigeon, Ring-necked parakeet, KINGFISHER, Green woodpecker, Great spotted woodpecker, Wren, Robin, Blackbird, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Long-tailed tit, Blue tit, Great tit, Jay, Magpie, Carrion crow, Starling, House sparrow & Goldfinch.





TOTAL FOR YEAR = 148

Tuesday 17th April, before going to work, I had a walk around Yateley common, to keep my Hampshire list ticking along. Canada goose, Black-headed gull, Woodpigeon, Green woodpecker, WOODLARKTREE PIPIT, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Stonechat, Blackbird, DARTFORD WARBLER, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Long-tailed tit, Coal tit, Blue tit, Great tit, Jay, Carrion crow, Chaffinch, Greenfinch & Goldfinch.






TOTAL FOR YEAR = 151 (Hampshire year list = 141)

Thursday 19th April, and a lunchtime walk from the data centre around Hounslow heath, where I enjoyed seeing the following: Red kite, Buzzard, Feral pigeon, Woodpigeon, Ring-necked parakeet, Green woodpecker, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, LESSER WHITETHROATWHITETHROAT, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, WILLOW WARBLER, Blue tit, Great tit, Jay, Magpie, Carrion crow & Chaffinch.



TOTAL FOR YEAR = 154

Lunchtime walk on Friday 20th it was back to Staines reservoirs, for Great crested grebe, Grey heron, Canada goose, Shelduck, Mallard, Shoveler, Tufted duck, Coot, Black-headed gull, common tern. Woodpigeon, SWALLOW, Pied wagtail, Wheatear & Carrion crow.


TOTAL FOR YEAR = 155

Wednesday 25th and took the chance to have a morning walk before work, again in the data centre. So I went to Edenbrook country park (Hitches lane) Fleet, parking up in the leisure centre car park.
A good walk seeing: Grey heron, Mute swan, Greylag goose, Canada goose, Mallard, Tufted duck, Red kite, Moorhen, Coot, Red kite, Moorhen, Coot, LITTLE RINGED PLOVER, Lapwing, COMMON SANDPIPER, Black-headed gull, Feral pigeon, Woodpigeon, Skylark, HOUSE MARTIN, Pied wagtail, Wren, Blackbird, SEDGE WARBLERREED WARBLER, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Willow warbler, Blue tit, Treecreeper, Magpie, Carrion crow, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch & Reed bunting.

TOTAL FOR YEAR = 160 (Hampshire year list = 148)

After work I drove to Fleet pond, hoping to see the reported Little gull, it had gone, but going to the top of Fleet railway stations car park, had a good view over the pond, where I saw: Great crested grebe, Grey heron, Mute swan, Greylag goose, Canada goose, Gadwall, Mallard, Tufted duck, Red kite, Coot, Black-headed gull, Lesser black-backed gull, SAND MARTIN, Swallow, Blackbird & Jackdaw.

TOTAL FOR YEAR = 161 (Hampshire year list = 150)

After work on Friday 27th I drove down the M3 to Shawford water meadows, hoping to hear and see a new bird for my Hampshire List. I had recieved some information on this bird the year before. This being the first time I could act on this information. I walked down the footpath and noted: Mallard, Pheasant, Woodpigeon, Wren, Robin, Blackbird, Carrion crow and then I heard the "reeling" of the GRASSHOPPER WARBLER, it was in a small tree in the middle of the water meadow.

TOTAL FOR YEAR = 162 (Hampshire year list = 151)

Wednesday 2nd May, I was on holiday as I had booked my Suzuki SV650s in for a service & MOT. After I had walked back home, and cooled down, it's hot work walking in bike leathers. I decided to spend some time back up on the car park at Fleet railway stations car park. Where I noted the following: Great crested grebe, Grey heron, Mute swan, Greylag goose, Canada goose, Gadwall, Mallard, Tufted duck, Buzzard, Black-headed gull, Lesser black-backed gull, Arctic tern, Common tern, Stock dove, Woodpigeon, SWIFT, Sand martin, Swallow, House martin, Pied wagtail, Blue tit, Jackdaw, Carrion crow, Chaffinch & Goldfinch.


TOTAL FOR YEAR = 163 (Hampshire year list = 154)

Thursday 3rd May, another day on holiday, another service & MOT, this time our Volvo XC60 in Chertsey. I knew about Monk's walk that goes past Thorpe park and the lakes, so of I went for a walk, seeing: Great crested grebe, Cormorant, Grey heron, Mute swan, Canada goose, Egyptian goose, Shelduck, Mallard, Tufted duck, Moorhen, Coot, Lapwing, Black-headed gull, Common tern, Woodpigeon, Ring-necked parakeet, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Song thrush, Whitethroat, GARDEN WARBLER, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Blue tit, Great tit, Magpie, Jackdaw, Carrion crow & Chaffinch.



TOTAL FOR YEAR = 164

Friday 11th May, and on my way home from working in Bristol I drove to Stockbridge down, hoping for Cuckoo & Turtle dove, negative on both, did see: Buzzard, Red-legged partridge, Woodpigeon, Swallow, Wren, Blackbird, Song thrush, Whitethroat, Garden warbler, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Willow warbler, Jay, Magpie, Jackdaw & Yellowhammer.




TOTAL FOR YEAR = 164 (Hampshire year list = 155)

Monday 14th another day booked as holiday, so I could spend a day birding in Hampshire. I started at Edenbrook country park (Hitches lane) Fleet, where I added CUCKOO.




TOTAL FOR YEAR = 165 (Hampshire year list = 156)

Then on to Casbrook common, where I enjoyed watching and listening to NIGHTINGALE & Lesser Whitethroat.

TOTAL FOR YEAR = 166 (Hampshire year list = 158)

Finally down to Keyhaven & Pennington marshes for SPOONBILLKNOTCURLEW SANDPIPER LITTLE TERN



TOTAL FOR YEAR = 170 (Hampshire year list = 162)

Wednesday 16th May, and as I was working in Bournemouth, on my way home I dropped into Acres down, seeing: Buzzard, Cuckoo, Swift, Wren, Robin, Stonechat, Blackbird, Song thrush, Mistle thrush, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Willow warbler, Coal tit, Carrion crow, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Siskin, Linnet, Bullfinch, COMMON CROSSBILL & Hawfinch.

TOTAL FOR YEAR = 171 (Hampshire year list = 163)

Monday 21st another day booked as holiday so I could go birding. First stop was at Over Wallop, and like the grasshopper warbler seen at Shawford water meadows, I had been given information on a bird that I needed on my Hampshire list. I walked down the public footpath as scanned the fields, seeing: Pheasant, Woodpigeon, Skylark, Swallow, Wren, Robin, Blackbird, Whitethroat, Magpie, Rook, Chaffinch, Yellowhammer, CORN BUNTING, and then on a bare area surrounded by electric fencing were a pair of STONE CURLEW



TOTAL FOR YEAR = 173 (Hampshire year list = 165)

Then on to Martin down, where I saw the following: Buzzard, Pheasant, Woodpigeon, TURTLE DOVE, Green woodpecker, Skylark, Wren, Robin, Blackbird, Song thrush, Whitethroat, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Blue tit, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Raven, Chaffinch & Yellowhammer.




TOTAL FOR YEAR = 174 (Hampshire year list = 166)

Thursday 24th May, I was working in Bristol, and at lunchtime I drove the 7 miles to Pensford, where I found the church which is next to the River Chew, and I enjoyed some of my best ever views of DIPPER. As I watched a pair collecting food and taking it back to their nest. Also seen: Mallard, Woodpigeon, Swift, House martin, Grey wagtail, Pied wagtail, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Blue tit, Jackdaw, House sparrow, Greenfinch & Goldfinch.





TOTAL FOR YEAR = 175