Bird Sightings Year 2018

Thursday 22nd February

Treecreeper (Walled Garden)
At long last it was 2 lovely days in a row with lots of sunny spells, but it was still a bit on the cold side. Bird wise it was certainly a good one, and once again there was a few bits on the move including 55 Fieldfares, 60 Redwings, 61 Mediterranean Gulls mainly heading south, 44 Common Gulls, 41 Linnets, 63 Goldfinches, 67 Chaffinches, 16 Mistle Thrushes and 31 Song Thrushes. There was no sign of the Cettis's Warbler from yesterday but the rest of the sightings included 3 Nuthatches, 2 Ravens, 6 Common Buzzards, 1 Kestrel, 1 Water Rail, 17 Long-tailed Tits, 3 Bullfinches, 4 Coot, 6 Moorhens, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Treecreepers, 4 Coal Tits, 2 Jays, 45 Jackdaws, 8 Rooks, 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 3 Green Woodpeckers, 13 Mallards, 40 Starlings, 55 Meadow Pipits, 4 Goldcrests, 2 Grey Wagtails, 2 Pied Wagtails and 26 Stock Doves.    

Wednesday 21st February


Meadow Pipit (Pasture Field)
It was another cold but sunny day with many bird species now starting to pair up for the breeding season. But the main highlight was a Cetti's Warbler calling at the bottom lake which was only the 2nd record for the site. There was also a few bits on the move this morning including 10 Fieldfares, 11 Mistle Thrushes, 56 Redwings, 18 Song Thrushes, 31 Mediterranean Gulls, 39 Common Gulls and 34 Chaffinches. The Little Grebe was elusive as ever at the bottom lake, but the 4 Coot still remained and look rather settled. Other sightings around site included a Water Rail, 5 Goldcrests, 1 Raven, 4 Bullfinches, 4 Siskins, 2 Skylarks, 35 Meadow Pipits, 11 Long-tailed Tits, 18 Starlings, 99 Jackdaws, 11 Rooks, 45 Goldfinches, 6 Moorhens, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Grey Wagtails, 2 Pied Wagtails, 4 Treecreepers, 2 Jays, 18 Mallards, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 2 Common Buzzards, 2 Coal Tits, 1 Pheasant, 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 9 Linnets and 3 Nuthatches.       

Thursday 15th February


Sparrowhawk (Pasture Field)
It was mainly a lovely day with some good spells of sunshine and also fairly mild, best bird of the day was a Green Sandpiper which headed west over the bottom lake, there was also a few raptors on show this morning and included 2 Sparrowhawks (Although pretty high up), 8 Common Buzzards and 4 Kestrels, the top lake was more lively than recent days with 4 Moorhens, 1 Little Egret heading south, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Grey Wagtails and 5 Mallards. Others noted around the site were 2 Ravens, 1 Little Owl (heard calling), 8 Goldcrests, 5 Bullfinches, 3 Nuthatches, 3 Coal Tits, 40 Goldfinches, 4 Linnets, 4 Siskins, 6 Green Woodpeckers, 2 Great  Spotted Woodpeckers, 11 Long-tailed Tits, 4 Treecreepers, 31 Stock  Doves, 1 Pheasant, 4 Coot, 1 Water Rail, 211 Jackdaws, 8 Rooks, 10 Mediterranean Gulls, 19 Common Gulls, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 8 Meadow Pipits, 4 Redwings, 1 Fieldfare, 10 Song Thrushes, 26 Blackbirds, 15 Robins and 3 Pied Wagtails.

Wednesday 14th February


Robin (Top Lake)
Today was very cold with sunny spells and the odd shower, but it was a good day with a good numbers of Thrushes on the move which included 33 Fieldfares, 178 Redwings, 11 Mistle Thrushes, 35 Blackbirds and 11 Song Thrushes, the bottom lake was fairly busy with a Water Rail, 4 Coot, 21 Mallards, 1 Grey Heron, 25 Starlings, 5 Moorhens, 1 Little Grebe, 6 Bullfinches and 6 Goldcrests (Out of a site total of 12). Others noted were 31 Mediterranean Gulls, 30 Common Gulls, 116 Black-headed Gulls, 18 Chaffinches, 33 Goldfinches, 18 Long-tailed Tits, 2 Ravens, 4 Common Buzzards, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 3 Green Woodpeckers, 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 144 Jackdaws, 19 Rooks, 3 Treecreepers, 2 Coal Tits, 3 Jays, 2 Nuthatches, 10 Meadow Pipits, 4 Siskins, 1 Pheasant, 17 Stock Doves and 21 Robins 

Thursday 8th February


Raven (Top Lake)
It was another lovely day with good spells of sunshine, but once again it was a bit on the chilly side, however it was another good day for birds especially Thrushes with an impressive total of 40 Blackbirds, 44 Song Thrushes, 10 Mistle Thrushes, 31 Redwings and 5 Fieldfares. The 2 Ravens reappeared all too briefly over the top lake, as did a Water Rail which was seen at the bottom lake. Other sightings included 28 Mediterranean Gulls, 38 Common Gulls, 25 Mallards, 3 Coot, 6 Moorhens, 3 Bullfinches, 61 Starlings, 1 Chiffchaff, 6 Goldcrests, 3 Nuthatches, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 2 Common Buzzards, 15 Chaffinches, 40 Goldfinches, 19 Long-tailed Tits, 5 Green  Woodpeckers, 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 1 Pheasant, 3 Coal Tits, 6 Treecreepers, 16 Robins, 80 Jackdaws, 10 Rooks, 4 Siskins, 21 Meadow Pipits, 1 Grey Heron and 1 Jay.   

Wednesday 7th February


Nuthatch (Walled Garden)
Today was very cold but at least it was dry with a few decent spells of sunshine. Bird wise it was pretty good all around the site with a total of 35 Mediterranean Gulls, 3 Nuthatches, 66 Common Gulls, 4 Coot, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Water Rail, 2 Ravens, 13 Rooks, 90 Jackdaws, 4 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 5 Green Woodpeckers, 1 Pheasant, 4 Coal Tits, 30 Long-tailed Tits, 5 Goldcrests, 4 Treecreepers, 2 Common Buzzards, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 18 Meadow Pipits, 14 Mallards, 34 Starlings, 2 Grey Wagtails, 3 Linnets, 4 Pied Wagtails, 2 Siskins, 4 Bullfinches, 140 Wood Pigeons, 11 Stock Doves, 3 Jays, 36 Goldfinches, 6 Moorhens, 16 Robins, 18 Song Thrushes, 5 Mistle Thrushes and 6 Chaffinches 

Thursday 1st February


Mediterranean Gull (Pasture Field)
Today was much better after a couple of early showers with some good spells of sunshine and a very light wind. And it was also a very good day for some of the more scarce bird species rarely seen on site. The main highlights of the day came late on with a flyover Mute Swan, followed by a Little Egret which headed towards the bottom lake and then a Marsh Tit (only the 3rd record for the site) which was seen by the main entrance. Others noted included a Little Grebe at the bottom lake which was very elusive, a Water Rail, 4 Coot, 56 Mediterranean Gulls, 90 Common Gulls, 1 Raven, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Fieldfare, 14 Redwings, 3 Bullfinches, 2 Nuthatches, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Treecreepers, 9 Meadow Pipits, 10 Chaffinches, 2 Grey Wagtails, 2 Pied Wagtails, 4 Siskins, 11 Goldfinches, 9 Long-tailed Tits, 5 Treecreepers, 1 Firecrest, 6 Goldcrests, 60 Jackdaws, 25 Rooks, 3 Mistle Thrushes, 3 Green Woodpeckers, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 13 Mallards, 6 Moorhens, 21 Starlings, 10 Song Thrushes, 89 Wood Pigeons, 13 Stock Doves and 2 Jays. 

Wednesday 31st January


Bullfinch (Bottom Lake)
It was certainly a day of heavy showers and sunshine but it didn't deter from what was a good morning for bird sightings. Once again there was a very good number of gulls with a total of 93 Mediterranean, 90 Common Gulls, 66 Black-headed Gulls, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 41 Herring Gulls. The bottom lake was also fairly busy with 61 Redwings (out of a total of 109), 3 Fieldfares, 4 Coot, 4 Bullfinches, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Firecrest, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Siskins, 16 Mallards, 1 Water Rail, 3 Moorhens, 20 Long-tailed Tits, 1 Jay and at least 15 Robins (out of a total of 26). Other sightings around the site included 3 Ravens, 2 Common Buzzards, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 17 Meadow Pipits, 2 Skylarks, 1 Little Owl, 5 Coal Tits, 3 Treecreepers, 7 Goldcrests, 33 Starlings, 18 Stock Doves, 74 Jackdaws, 19 Rooks, 11 Goldfinches, 18 Chaffinches, 3 Mistle Thrushes, 3 Grey Wagtails, 2 Pied Wagtails, 2 Nuthatches, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Green Woodpeckers and 4 Linnets.  

Thursday 25th January


Coots (Bottom Lake)
At long last it was a far better day with some nice sunny spells, in turn it produced some good birds for the site including a Little Grebe at the bottom lake and is the first record for some time, also a Snipe, Water Rail, 4 Coot and a Firecrest which reappeared around the woodland area. Other sightings included 45 Redwings, 2 Fieldfares, 4 Bullfinches, 1 Grey Heron, 33 Mediterranean Gulls, 165 Common Gulls, 44 Black-headed Gulls, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 2 Nuthatches, 1 Little Owl, 5 Common Buzzards, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 5 Coal Tits, 6 Treecreepers, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 22 Long-tailed Tits, 18 Chaffinches, 24 Meadow Pipits, 3 Skylarks, 12 Goldfinches, 90 Jackdaws, 18 Rooks, 2 Jays, 3 Moorhens, 21 Mallards, 2 Grey Wagtails, 3 Pied Wagtails and 10 Mistle Thrushes.   

Wednesday 24th January


Mallards (Bottom Lake)
Today once again was wet with light/heavy rain, windy and generally miserable, roll on spring!!. Bird wise it was fairly quiet in these harsher conditions but it wasn't a complete disapointment with a good total of 88 Mediterranean Gulls around the site, and a good total of Jackdaws with at least 260 present mainly around the pasture fields. Other sightings included 4 Coot, 12 Mallards, 1 Grey Heron, 91 Common Gulls, 39 Herring Gulls, 68 Black-headed Gulls, 4 Moorhens, 4 Goldcrests, 9 Long-tailed Tits, 1 Common Buzzard, 4 Redwings, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Grey Wagtail, 3 Treecreepers, 21 Meadow Pipits, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 1 Jay, 8 Chaffinches, 11 Goldfinches and 1 Skylark.     

Thursday 18th January


Grey Heron (Top Lake)
A very windy night brought down a couple of small trees on the road just up from the main entrance, but on the positive side it also got a few birds on the move including a very good number of gulls with a total of 75 Herring Gulls, 33 Mediterranean Gulls, 61 Common Gulls, 3  Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 21 Black-headed Gulls, but the best bird on site today was a Tree Sparrow which headed west over the main house. Other sightings included 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 1 Water Rail, 5 Common Buzzards, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 2 Nuthatches, 3 Treecreepers, 3 Coal Tits, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Coot, 21 Redwings, 1 Fieldfare, 9 Siskins, 1 Reed Bunting, 29 Meadow Pipits, 3 Skylarks, 3  Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 30 Long-tailed Tits, 2 Bullfinches, 12 Chaffinches, 12 Linnets, 28 Goldfinches, 10 Song Thrushes, 2 Grey Wagtails, 3 Pied Wagtails, 19 9 Moorhens and 8 Mistle Thrushes.       

Wednesday 17th January


Common Gull (Pasture Field)
Once again the day started off with light/heavy rain but it didn't deter from being a good day. The bottom lake was pretty busy with 2 Water Rails, 300 Redwings, 2 Fieldfares, 6 Mediterranean Gulls (in an overall total of 21), 4 Coot, 1 Shoveler west, 5 Bullfinches, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Goldcrests (15 in total), 9 Mallards and a Raven heading south. Others noted around the site included a Firecrest, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Common Buzzards, 1 Kestrel, 6 Skylarks, 30 Meadow Pipits, 2 Grey Wagtails, 5 Pied Wagtails, 8 Siskins, 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 3 Coal Tits, 3 Treecreepers, 2  Nuthatches, 39 Jackdaws, 8 Rooks, 51 Common Gulls, 8 Black-headed Gulls, 60 Herring Gulls (A good number for the site), 15 Song Thrushes, 33 Starlings, 1 Pheasant and 21 Chaffinches

Thursday 11th January


Dunnock (Bottom Lake)
The day started off with light/heavy showers but it soon cleared up to a sunny and cloudy day. Best of the morning was a Red Kite that headed south over the bottom lake and was soon followed by a Sparrowhawk and 5 Common Buzzards. Overall it was a good day for species including 2 Water Rails, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrest, 3 Bullfinches, 1 Teal heading south, now 5 Coot at the bottom lake, 6 Moorhens, 6 Mallards, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Redpolls, a very good total of 400 Redwings, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Coal Tit, 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 3 Goldcrests, 22 Long-tailed Tits, 9 Mediterranean Gulls, 116 Common Gulls, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 1 Pheasant, 18 Starlings, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtails, 26 Jackdaws, 9 Rooks, 11 Song Thrushes and 10 Stock Doves.

Wednesday 10th January


Starlings (House & Woodland Area)
It was nice to be back on site for the first time this year, and a good venture around the area produced some nice species. The bottom lake was busy today with a total of 4 Coot which is a good number here, also 2 Chiffchaffs, 3 Bullfinches, 1 Water Rail, 35 Redwings, 1 Fieldfare, 4 Moorhens, 8 Mallards, 1 Sparrowhawk and 10 of the 15 Mistle Thrushes present. Others noted included 2 Treecreepers, 2 Coal Tits, 3 Nuthatches, 5 Common Buzzards, 20 Chaffinches, 21 Long-tailed Tits, 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 14 Song Thrushes, 12 Redpolls, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Linnets, 20 Goldfinches, 17 Mediterranean Gulls, 68 Common Gulls, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 1 Pheasant, 15 Starlings, 2 House Sparrows, 266 Wood Pigeons, 39 Jackdaws, 18 Rooks, 20 Robins, 39 Starlings and 15 Stock Doves.

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