Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Inns, Stockers, Bury

Early afternoon at Inns, Stockers and Bury Lakes with Geoff Lapworth.

Inns; Drake Smew, 3 Drake Goosander, Goldeneye.

Stockers; Redwing, Fieldfare, Coal Tit, Siskin, Gadwall, Goldeneye, Redhead Smew, Pochard, Little Egret.

Bury; pair Red-crested Pochard, Goldeneye, Wigeon.

Before meeting up with Geoff I made a quick visit to Croxley Common Moor; Redwing, Fieldfare, Song Thrush, Water Rail.

Monday, 30 January 2012

Stockers and Bury Lakes

A couple of hours from midday at Stockers and Bury Lakes.
Stockers; Fieldfare, Redwing, Song Thrush, Great-spotted Woodpecker, Goldcrest, Treecreeper, Ring-necked Parakeet, Lesser black-backed Gull, Common Gull, Teal, Pochard, Gadwall, Shoveler, Goosander, Goldeneye, 3 Smew (2 Drake, 1 Redhead).
Bury Lake; 13 Red-crested Pochard (8 male, 5 female), Wigeon.

Sunday, 29 January 2012

New Mill nr Witney

A mid morning trip to New Mill near Witney, Oxforshire with Paul F, Tony H and Geof L; Water Rail, Dipper. Paul's pics below.

Later on I went to Stockers with Tony; Egyptian Goose, Common Gull, Wigeon, Red-crested Pochard, Pochard, Shoveler, Gadwall, Goosander, Goldeneye, Ring-necked Parakeet, Siskin, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard. 

Monday, 23 January 2012

Little Auk at College Lake

The Little Auk that I saw with Brendan and Paul late on sunday afternoon was unfortunately but not unexpectedly predated by a Carrion Crow this morning.
Paul Frost captured the image's below.

Sundays Hants Pics

Paul Frost captured the images below. Cattle Egret, Common Gull, Purple Sandpiper, Purple Sandpiper, Ring-billed Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Red-breasted Merganser, Rock Pipit, Shorelark, Shorelark.

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Hampshire the new Norfolk - Little Auk at College Lake

Whistle-stop birding in Hampshire with Paul Frost and Tony Hulls.
Hayling Island Oyster Beds; Red-breasted Merganser, Little Egret, Ringed Plover, Grey Plover, Dunlin, Turnstone, Shore Lark, Rock Pipit, Little Grebe.

Warblington Church; Cattle Egret, Little Egret.

Walpole Park; Ring-billed Gull, Common Gull, Herring Gull.

Southsea Castle; Purple Sandpiper, Rock Pipit.

On our return journey from Hampshire we received news of a Little Auk at College Lake, Tring. So after dropping Tony off at Maple Lodge we picked up Brendan and hotfooted it over to College Lake where, in the fading light, we enjoyed crippling views of a Little Auk

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Early morning birding in Oxford

A mornings birding in Oxfordshire with Paul F.

First light at Farmoor Reservoir F2; Grey Phalarope, Goldeneye, Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe.

Mid morning at Rushy Common; Temminck's Stint, Green Sandpiper, Wigeon, Teal, Bullfinch.

On the way home M40 near High Wycombe; Raven mobbed by Magpie.
Pics below Grey Phalarope at Farmoor. First 5 images are mine and next 3 are Paul's.

Paul's pics below

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Stockers, Bury, Croxley Common Moor

Brief visits to Stockers Farm and Lake, Bury Lake and then Croxley Common Moor.
Stockers Farm; Little Owl, Ring-necked Parakeet, Lapwing.
Stockers Lake; 4 male Goosander, Goldeneye, Teal, Shoveler, Fieldfare, Redwing.
Bury Lake; Water Rail, Red-crested Pochard, Goldeneye, Wigeon, Pochard, Common Gull.
Croxley Common Moor; Green Woodpecker, Water Rail, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Redwing, Fieldfare, Kingfisher.

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Staines Reservoirs

Mid morning at Staines Reservoirs with Paul F produced the following; Shag, Scaup, Black-necked Grebe, Water Pipit, Wigeon, Teal, Pochard, Shoveler, Little Grebe. Paul frost captured the image's below. Water Pipit, juv Shag, Scaup.

An early afternoon visit to Tyttenhanger; Buzzard, Kestrel, Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting, Green Woodpecker. Pic below Kestrel at Tyttenhanger.

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Two Amigo's. Alternative title "a Sharp Frost"

Calshot village in Hampshire; Spanish Sparrow feeding in hedgerow with House Sparrows. Spanish Sparrow easy to tell apart from House Sparrows as it was wearing a sombrero.

Calshot Marshes; Brent Goose, Curlew, Oystercatcher.

Beaulieu Road Station, New Forest; Coal Tit, Goldcrest, Meadow Pipit, Treecreeper, Stock Dove, Fieldfare, Redwing.

Friday, 13 January 2012

Woodoaks Farm then Croxley Common Moor

Brief visits to Woodoaks and Croxley Common Moor.
Woodoaks; Little Owl, Ring-necked Parakeet, Redwing, Fieldfare, Green Woodpecker, Goldcrest.
Croxley Common Moor; Kingfisher, Water Rail, Reed Bunting, Greenfinch. Goldcrest pics at Woodoaks and Water Rail at Croxley Common Moor. Click on pics to enlarge.

Wednesday, 11 January 2012


A brief lunchtime visit to Springwell Lake with Brendan produced; Goldcrest, Gadwall, Little Grebe, Great-crested Grebe, Siskin, Chiffchaff, Pheasant, Great-spotted Woodpecker, Fieldfare, Redwing.

Sunday, 8 January 2012

What a Grey Day

Late morning at Deadman's Hill then Therfield Heath with Dave and Paul.
Deadman's Hill; Red-legged Partridge (15), Buzzard (3), Red Kite, Sparrowhawk, Rook (c100).
Grey's Farm nr Therfield Heath; Great-grey Shrike, Grey Partridge (c12), Kestrel.

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Dark-eyed Junco at Hawkhill Inclosure.

A couple of hours from first light at Hawkhill Inclosure in the New Forest with Paul, Brendan and Dave produced; Dark-eyed Junco, 23 Crossbill, 6 Reed Bunting, Mistle Thrush, Woodlark. Paul Frost's pics below. Note Red Admiral in first Junco pic. Click on pics for larger versions.

Monday, 2 January 2012

Over to Wendover

A days birding with Paul and Brendan.

Wendover Woods, Bucks; Goldcrest, Common Buzzard, Great-spotted Woodpecker, Common Crossbill.
Startop's Reservoir nr Tring; Red Kite, Snow Bunting.
Marsworth Reservoir nr Tring; Wigeon, Teal, Grey Wagtail, Jack Snipe.
Bedmond nr Radio mast; Buzzard, Red Kite, Yellowhammer.
1st pic Paul Frost's Crossbill then my 2 Snow Bunting pics.

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Ascot Road, Stockers and Woodoaks.

Local birding with Paul Frost produced 51 species.

Ascot Road, West Watford; Carrion Crow, Lesser black-backed Gull, Jackdaw, Blue Tit, Blackbird, Robin, Black-headed Gull, Wood Pigeon, Magpie, Siskin, Pied Wagtail, Great-spotted Woodpecker.

Stockers Lake/Farm; Wigeon, Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Egyptian Goose, Gadwall, Mallard, Shoveler, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Goldeneye, Cormorant, Grey Heron, Moorhen, Coot, Lapwing, Common Gull, Collared Dove, Ring-necked Parakeet, Little Owl, Kingfisher, Wren, Dunnock, Fieldfare, Song Thrush, Long-tailed Tit, Great Tit, Jay, Chaffinch, Goldfinch.

Woodoaks Farm; Red Kite, Kestrel, Green Woodpecker, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Redwing, Goldcrest, Starling, House Sparrow, Greenfinch.
Paul Frost's pics below; Common Gull at Stockers (finder Tony Hulls), Goldcrest and Fieldfare at Woodoaks Farm.