Bird Sightings Year 2018

Friday 20th April


Red Kites (1 of 15 Today)
KITE DISPLAY AT BEACHBOROUGH. It was another lovely hot and sunny day and once again there was a few spring migrants this morning starting to come through. But the best was to come at midday when in a half hour spell 12 Red Kites were seen coming in off the sea and heading north over the bottom lake along with 6 Common Buzzards. A further 3 then came in off at 2pm, making a total of 15 Red Kites for the day, which is also a record count for the site. Others noted included a Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroats, 8 Swallows, 7 Chiffchaffs, 10 Blackcaps, 1 Willow Warbler, (A total of 11 Common Buzzards), 3 Sparrowhawks, 4 Kestrels, 1 Little Owl, 3 Yellowhammers, 3 Coal Tits, 21 Chaffinches, 29 Goldfinches, 17 Linnets, 5 Goldcrests, 3 Grey Wagtails, 3 Pied Wagtails, 2 Nuthatches, 4 Ravens, 3 Coot, 4 Moorhens, 1 Grey Heron, 42 Jackdaws, 11 Rooks, 9 Mediterranean Gulls west, 3 Pheasants, 2 Grey Partridges and 20 Stock Doves.  

Thursday 19th April


Raven (Pasture Field)
Today was hot and sunny along with a scattering of spring migrants. A Ring Ouzel headed east over the bottom lake, and soon after a Red Kite headed north. The site was pretty busy with a Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroats, 1 Willow Warbler, 8 Blackcaps, 7 Chiffchaffs, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 7 Swallows, 3 Ravens, 8 Common Buzzards, 3 Sparrowhawks, 4 Kestrels, 3 Yellowhammers, 3 Coot, 17 Mallards, 21 Meadow Pipits, 5 Goldcrests, 2 Nuthatches, 8 Mediterranean Gulls heading west, 2 Grey Herons, 33 Jackdaws, 1 Little Owl, 12 Long-tailed Tits, 18 Goldfinches, 2 Grey Wagtails, 4 Green Woodpeckers, 4 Great Spotted  Woodpeckers, 3 Pied Wagtails, 22 Linnets, 4 Moorhens, 2 Pheasants and 23 Stock Doves. 

Thursday 12th April


Blackcap (Bottom Lake)
Today was horrible with a thick blanket of fog covering the site for most of the day, and it was pretty hard work but there was still a few bits around. The first House Martin arrived this morning feeding over the bottom lake which also produced 7 Swallows, 6 Chiffchaffs (out of the 9 present), 5 Blackcaps, 1 Shoveler heading west, 4 Coot, 1 Water Rail, 11 Mallards, 1 Grey Heron, 5 Pheasants, 3 Reed Buntings and 39 Meadow Pipits in the nearby pasture field. Others on site included 2 Common Buzzards, 4 Treecreepers, 4 Yellowhammers, 19 Mediterranean Gulls, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 29 Common Gulls, 2 Nuthatches, 4 Goldcrests, 2 Linnets, 21 Goldfinches, 2 Redwings, 1 Brambling, 4 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 4 Green Woodpeckers, 8 Mistle Thrushes, 12 Long-tailed Tits, 33 Jackdaws, 1 Raven, 4 Moorhen, 2 Grey Wagtails and 4 Pied Wagtails.

Wednesday 11th April



Shoveler (Bottom Lake)
The day started off rather foggy but soon turned out to be a nice sunny day. There was certainly an overnight arrival of migrant birds including 10 Blackcaps, 8 Chiffchaffs, 1 Yellow Wagtail,1 Firecrest and 5 Swallows. The bottom lake was pretty busy with 5 Shoveler spending most of the day flying around, also 2 Water Rail, 4 Coot, 19 Mallards, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Reed Buntings, 4 Goldcrests, 5 Pheasants, 4 Moorhens, 11 Long-tailed Tits, 2 Redwings, 1 Brambling and 2 Mediterranean Gulls. Others around the site included 28 Chaffinches, 2 Nuthatches, 1 Little Owl, 7 Treecreepers, 1 Raven, 5 Common Buzzards, 3 Kestrels, 4 Pied Wagtails, 41 Jackdaws, 11 Rooks, 3 Green Woodpeckers, 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 4 Yellowhammers, 2 Bullfinches, 22 Meadow Pipits, 2 Skylarks, 34 Goldfinches, 12 Linnets, 2 Coal Tits, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 22 Common Gulls.

Wednesday 4th April


Pheasant (Top Lake)
At long last it was a lovely day the first for sometime, and along with this there was a good number of birds. A couple of spring migrants were on show which included a Blackcap and 4 Chiffchaffs, the bottom lake was fairly busy with the Water Rail still present, also 2 Red-legged Partridges, 4 Coot, 1 Teal, 18 Mallards, 2 Cormorants, 2 Grey Herons, 3 Reed Buntings, 2 Bullfinches, 4 Goldcrests, 21 Redwings and 2 Bramblings which headed east. Others noted on site were 3 Nuthatches, 3 Treecreepers, 1 Little Owl, 2 Ravens, 5 Common Buzzards, 3 Kestrels, 4 Moorhens, 33 Meadow Pipits, 1 Snipe, 19 Mediterranean Gulls, 21 Common Gulls, 39 Jackdaws, 9 Rooks, 2 Yellowhammers, 3 Coal Tits, 2 Pheasants, 3 Green Woodpeckers, 3 Pied Wagtails, 31 Chaffinches, 11 Long-tailed Tits, 28 Goldfinches and 10 Linnets. 

Thursday 29th March





Great Crested Grebes (Bottom Lake)
It was a day of sunshine and heavy showers and it produced a nice selection of birds on site. 2018 has certainly been a good year so far and there was another scarce bird on site with 2 Red-legged Partridges which were flushed from the bottom lake, the 3 Great Crested Grebes were still present but only briefly this morning before heading off in an easterly direction. The bottom lake also held a Water Rail, 1 Firecrest, 2 Chiffchaffs, 31 Redwings, 4 Coot, 1 Pheasant, 19 Mallards, 2 Cormorants and 2 Reed Buntings. Others noted on site included 1 Brambling, 2 Nuthatches, 2 Ravens, 4 Common Buzzards, 1 Kestrel, 2 Grey Wagtails, 1 Yellowhammer, 2 Coal Tits, 3 Green Woodpeckers, 2 Bullfinches, 8 Mediterranean Gulls, 59 Common Gulls, 47 Meadow Pipits, 1 Snipe, 3 Goldcrests, 8 Long-tailed Tits, 42 Starlings, 40 Jackdaws 11 Rooks and 16 Chaffinches.

Wednesday 28th March


Grey Wagtail (Top Lake)
Well, today was certainly a miserable one for the weather with heavy showers pretty much all the time, but aside from that it was another good birding day. There was no sign of the Baillon's Crake at the bottom lake but it was still fairly active with a Water Rail, 3 Great Crested Grebes, a pair of Teal, 4 Coots, 3 Cormorants, 3 Chiffchaffs, 1 Firecrest, 15 Mallards, 3 Shoveler heading south, 4 Moorhens, 1 Pheasant and 16 Long-tailed Tits. The rest of the site produced 2 Ravens, 3 Common Buzzards, 2 Grey Wagtails, 11 Mediterranean Gulls, 51 Common Gulls, 2 Bullfinches, 28 Meadow Pipits, 300 Redwings mainly heading west, 15 Chaffinches, 2 Nuthatches, 1 Little Owl, 3 Treecreepers, 37 Jackdaws, 9 Rooks, 3 Green Woodpeckers, 44 Goldfinches, 2 Coal Tits, 1 Kestrel, 33 Starlings, 2 Pied Wagtails, 3 Goldcrests, 12 Linnets, 2 Siskins and 2 Grey Partridges

Thursday 22nd March



Water Rail (Bottom Lake)
Once again it was an Excellent day for birds, the 1ST WINTER BAILLON'S CRAKE was still present and was again confirmed but was seen very briefly for just a couple of seconds before disappearing for the rest of the day. Others on site included a Water Rail present at the bottom lake which was the first I have ever managed to photograph so I was happy with this photo shot. Again the bottom lake was pretty busy with the 3 Great Crested Grebes still present, also the pair of Teal, 4 Coot, 1 Firecrest, 1 Chiffchaff, 19 Mallards, 6 Moorhens, 1 Little Owl, 2 Reed Buntings and a Grey Heron. Others on site were 4 Treecreepers, 7 Goldcrests, 40 Goldfinches, 30 Linnets, 3 Siskins, 8 Common Buzzards, 1 Raven, 10 Long-tailed Tits, 2 Nuthatches, 80 Jackdaws, 11 Rooks, 2 Kestrels, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Jays, 2 Pheasants, 3 Yellowhammers, 45 Starlings, 4 Green Woodpeckers, 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 65 Redwings, 11 Fieldfares, 6 Mediterranean Gulls, 18 Common Gulls and 1 Snipe.

Wednesday 21st March


Teal (Bottom Lake)
Today was Excellent and with a very special and RARE BIRD ON SITE, A 1ST WINTER BAILLON'S CRAKE was seen whilst working at the bottom lake at 2.30pm, it was flushed from an area of reedbed from the smaller of the 2 lakes, it was seen very well for 10 seconds a few feet away when the bird came out into the open onto a nearby path, a trip to get the camera unfortunately disturbed the bird and it then headed off into some very thick cover and was not seen again for the rest of the day. For obvious site reasons at the time the sighting of this bird could not be released. Also on site was an early Yellow Wagtail which headed west over the bottom lake, along with a pair of Teal. But the bottom lake was pretty busy with 3 Great Crested Grebes now present, 4 Coot, 21 Mallards, 1 Water Rail, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Firecrests and a Little Grebe. Others on site included 2 Grey Herons, 18 Mediterranean Gulls, 2 Siskins, 2 Sparrowhawks, 8 Common Buzzards, 3 Kestrels, 3 Grey Wagtails, 17 Long-tailed Tits, 28 Chaffinches, 76 Fieldfares, 125 Redwings, 11 Song Thrushes, 70 Jackdaws, 8 Rooks, 3 Nuthatches, 4 Treecreepers, 2 Yellowhammers, 7 Moorhens, 38 Starlings, 36 Goldfinches, 2 Reed Buntings, 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 3 Green Woodpeckers, 1 Snipe and 14 Linnets. 

Tuesday 13th March


Reed Bunting (Bottom Lake)
Today was overcast but fairly mild, and there was certainly a feel that spring was hopefully just around the corner. A singing Chiffchaff was the first migrant on site this year, and there was another good movement of Redwings with a total of 465 birds heading mainly west, along with a count of 80 Fieldfares. The Great Crested and Little Grebe remained at the bottom lake, also 2 Reed Buntings and the ever so elusive Water Rail. Others noted were  6 Common Buzzards, 2 Sparrowhawks, 1 Kestrel, 2 Ravens, 13 Mediterranean Gulls, 45 Common Gulls, 3 Bullfinches, 56 Goldfinches, 11 Linnets, 2 Grey Wagtails, 2 Yellowhammers, 1 Pheasant, 87 Starlings, 5 Pied Wagtails, 46 Chaffinches, 18 Mallards, 3 Coal Tits, 4 Treecreepers, 11 Long-tailed Tits, 78 Jackdaws, 3 Rooks, 3 Green Woodpeckers, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 345 Woood Pigeons mainly heading south, 12 Stock Doves, 4 Moorhens, 1 Grey Heron and 1 Snipe. 

Monday 12th March


Cormorant (Bottom Lake)
It was a day of light/heavy showers, but it didn't detract to what turned out to be a good birding day. The bottom lake was pretty lively with a Red Kite heading west late afternoon, along with both a Great Crested and Little Grebe still present although fairly elusive. A Cormorant made a brief visit, and a Water Rail was flushed from one of the pathways. Other sightings included 6 Common Buzzards, 2 Sparrowhawks, 2 Kestrels, 4 Coot, 8 Mediterranean Gulls, 30 Common Gulls, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 46 Fieldfares, 270 Redwings mainly heading west, 2 Yellowhammers, 3 Bullfinches, 30 Linnets, 29 Goldfinches, 11 Mistle Thrushes, 3 Grey Wagtails, 1 Raven, 2 Nuthatches, 4 Coal Tits, 5 Treecreepers, 39 Jackdaws, 4 Rooks, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 11 Long-tailed Tits, 6 Moorhens, 18 Mallards, 5 Goldcrests, 39 Meadow Pipits, 2 Skylarks, 1 Pheasant and 19 Stock Doves. 

Thursday 8th March


Great Crested Grebe (Bottom Lake)
It was a bit on the chilly side today but at least it remained dry with a few sunny spells. Once again it was a good morning on site with a nice selection of birds. The bottom lake produced both a Great Crested Grebe which showed very nicely, and a Little Grebe which was the complete opposite and was seen just twice. There was no sign of the Water Rail, but the 4 Coot did remain. Other sightings included a Raven over the pasture fields, 5 Common Buzzards, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 11 Mediterranean Gulls, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Cormorant west, 3 Bullfinches, 18 Long-tailed Tits, 2 Nuthatches, 4 Treecreepers, 15 Mallards, 4 Moorhens, 22 Common Gulls, a good total for the site of 261 Herring Gulls, also 2 Jays, 39 Jackdaws, 11 Rooks, 29 Fieldfares, 39 Redwings, 98 Meadow Pipits, 4 Skylarks, 1 Yellowhammer, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Coal Tits, 6 Collard Doves, 290 Wood Pigeons, 13 Stock Doves, 1 Grey Wagtail, 4 Goldcrests, 56 Goldfinches, 11 Linnets and 26 Magpies   

Wednesday 7th March


Coot (Bottom Lake)
It was a pleasure to be back on site after a spell of heavy snow, and there was a nice selection of birds including 3 new Marsh Harrier which headed west, a Great Crested Grebe and 2 Yellowhammers. The 4 Coots were still present and look rather settled, and a Water Rail was flushed from one of the reedbeds. Other noted around the site included 4 Common Buzzards, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 1 Little Owl, 32 Fieldfares, 30 Redwings, 1 Grey Heron, 4  Moorhens, 18 Mallards, 2 Bullfinches, 3 Goldcrests, 56 Meadow Pipits, 1 Skylark, 50 Starlings, 2 Mediterranean Gulls, 18 Common Gulls, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Treecreepers, 2 Nuthatches, 1 Green Woodpeckers, 2 Grey Wagtails, 4 Pied  Wagtails, 61 Jackdaws, 12 Rooks, 11 Long-tailed Tits, 18 Goldfinches, 3 Linnets, 3 Mistle Thrushes and 165 Wood Pigeons.   

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 manyCetti'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, 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 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 , 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 areaRedwings, 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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