Bird Sightings Year 2018

Thursday 20th September


Yellow Wagtail (Pasture Field)
It was another very windy day, but it didn't deter from a very good birding day. There was a few migrants around including a total of 1,500 Swallows which passed through during the day, also 55 House Martins and 3 Sand Martins, there was also another 2 Spotted Flycatchers continuing a superb autumn for this species. Also present on site was 11 Chiffchaffs, 2 Blackcaps, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whinchat, 3 Yellow Wagtails, 1 Little Owl, 1 Little Grebe, 3 Ravens, 6 Coot, 8 Mallard, 5 Moorhen, 1 Kingfisher, 10 Mediterranean Gulls, 8 Goldcrests, 11 Long-tailed Tits, 5 Treecreepers, 5 Coal Tits, 1 Nuthatch, 3 Grey Wagtails, 3 Pied Wagtails, 1 Pheasant, 33 Goldfinches, 33 Linnets, 2 Bullfinches, 35 Jackdaws, 4 Rooks, 6 Common Buzzards, 1 Hobby, 3 Kestrels, 5 Snipe, 3 Jays, 38 Meadow Pipits, 3 Green Woodpeckers and 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers.

Tuesday 18th September


Coots (Bottom Lake)
Today was very blustery which made it very hard work especially watching around the bushes, however it was still a good day with a Little Grebe present at the bottom lake, and another sighting of our Kingfisher which was found at the top lake. Other sightings included 6 Coots, 10 Mallards, 6 Moorhens, 1 Cormorant west, 3 Chiffchaffs, 2 Blackcaps, 260 Swallows, 82 House Martins, 5 Snipe, 2 Yellow Wagtails, 3 Grey Wagtails, 2 Pied Wagtails, 3 Green Woodpeckers, 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 3 Ravens, 3 Kestrels, 4 Common Buzzards, 2 Sparrowhawks, 2 Nuthatches, 4 Treecreepers, 4 Coal Tits, 25 Jackdaws, 9 Rooks, 20 Linnets, 18 Goldfinches, 7 Chaffinches, 11 Long-tailed Tits, 4 Jays and 4 Goldcrests.

Monday 17th September


Swallow at the Bottom Lake resting up before his long trip back home to Africa
Today was beautiful with lengthy spells of sunshine and a very warm light breeze. There was also a good flurry of birds including our 100th species for the year. On site today was an interesting record of 15 Jays which were seen moving in a westerly direction throughout the morning, which is still a scarce bird for the recording area. Others noted were 66 Swallows, 19 House Martins, 2 Sand Martins, 2 Yellow Wagtails, 1 Whitethroat, 10 Chiffchaffs, 3 Blackcaps, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Ravens, 2 Sparrowhawks, 3 Kestrels, 40 Goldfinches, 9 Linnets, 6 Common Buzzards, 10 Chaffinches, 4 Grey Wagtails, 2 Nuthatches, 2 Siskins, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 7 Treecreepers, 7 Coal Tits, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 4 Coot, 8 Mallard, 8 Moorhen, 1 Snipe, 20 Jackdaws, 6 Rooks, 58 Black-headed Gulls, 17 Meadow Pipits and 1 Yellowhammer.

Friday 14th September



From the top Pied Flycatcher and Spotted Flycatcher (Pasture Field) 
It was a lovely day of sunny weather, warm temperatures and a light breeze. It was also a good day for migrants passing through with an Excellent total of at least 10,000 Swallows and House Martins heading south during the day, with many of the birds coming through constantly in their hundreds during the afternoon. Also on site was another Pied Flycatcher, and 4 Spotted Flycatchers another Excellent early autumn for this species so far. Others noted were 3 Yellow Wagtails, 5 Sand Martins, 15 Blackcaps, 2 Willow Warblers, 1 Whitethroat, 18 Chiffchaffs, 1 Little Owl, 3 Ravens, 8 Common Buzzards, 3 Kestrels, 3 Jays, 2 Yellowhammers, 3 Pied Wagtails, 5 Grey Wagtails, 80 Jackdaws, 10 Rooks, 13 Mediterranean Gulls, 4 Nuthatches, 6 Treecreepers, 10 Coal Tits, 30 Goldfinches, 18 Linnets, 13 Chaffinches, 3 Coot, 8 Moorhen, 1 Pheasant, 14 Mallards, 1 Cormorant south, 1 Grey Heron south, 3 Snipe, 12 Stock Dove, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Green Woodpecker, 12 Meadow Pipits, 4 Skylarks and 1 Collard Dove.  

Thursday 13th September


Wheatear (Bottom Lake)
It was a very good day on site with a lovely selection of migrants. A Wheatear present at the bottom lake was the 3rd this early autumn and is a good record for the site, also a total of 3 Spotted Flycatchers which were seen in the nearby pasture field. Others noted were 18 Blackcaps, 1 Garden Warbler, 3 Whitethroats, 2 Willow Warblers, 15 Chiffchaffs, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 89 Swallows, 42 House Martins, 4 Sand Martins, 3 Yellow Wagtails, 3 Pied Wagtails, 3 Grey Wagtails, 2 Ravens, 1 Hobby, 8 Common Buzzards, 3 Jays, 1 Pheasant, 20 Meadow Pipits, 3 Skylarks, 2 Yellowhammers, 66 Jackdaws, 19 Rooks, 3 Kestrels, 4 Coot, 11 Mallards, 1 Snipe, 7 Moorhen, 3 Nuthatch, 8 Treecreepers, 8 Coal Tits, 13 Chaffinches, 35 Goldfinches, 38 Linnets, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Green Woodpeckers, 33 Black-headed Gulls, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Mistle Thrushes and 1 Greenfinch. 

Wednesday 12th September

Today consisted of mainly light/heavy rain with the very odd glimpse of sunshine, but that can be pretty good for bird migration and that seemed to be the case with a few warblers moving around the bushes. Total's today included 19 Blackcaps, 17 Chiffchaffs, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Whitethroat and 1 Willow Warbler. There was also a few hirundines moving west with 44 Swallows, 18 House Martins and 5 Sand Martins. Others noted were 2 Ravens, 2 Common Buzzards, 1 Hobby, 2 Kestrels, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Snipe, 41 Jackdaws, 11 Rooks, 18 Meadow Pipits, 2 Pied Wagtails, 4 Grey Wagtails, 20 Goldfinches, 13 Linnets, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Treecreepers, 2 Coal Tits, 11 Mallards, 4 Coot, 5 Moorhens and 1 Grey Heron south.

Tuesday 11th September


Snipe (Pasture Field)
There was a clear out of birds last night, but with a new spell of good weather on the way the next arrivals shouldn't be to far away. Highlights today was a Sedge Warbler at the bottom lake, and a count of 5 Snipe which were present in a part flooded area of pasture field by the bottom lake, as hard as they normally are to photograph, this bird luckily stayed a little in the open (Hence a nice head photo shot). Others noted included 1 Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaffs, 2 Swallows, 1 House Martin, 3 Grey Wagtails, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Common Buzzards, 2 Kestrels, 1 Hobby, 1 Little Owl, 4 Coot, 10 Mallards, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Grey Heron, 18 Goldfinches, 9 Linnets, 3 Treecreepers, 4 Coal Tits, 1 Nuthatch, 20 Rooks, 31 Jackdaws, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 3 Meadow Pipits, 4 Skylarks, 1 Yellowhammer and 1 Pheasant.

Monday 10th September


Kestrel (Pasture Field)
The day started off rather overcast but soon turned into a lovely sunny and warm day. On site there was still a good amount of activity including a total of 78 Swallows, 61 House Martins and 5 Sand Martins mainly heading south, and another reasonable count of warblers with 9 Chiffchaffs, 3 Willow Warblers, 3 Whitethroats, 2 Lesser Whitethroats and 1 Reed Warbler. Others noted were 2 Spotted Flycatchers, 1 Shoveler (certainly an early winter bird), 1 Peregrine west, 2 Kestrels, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Hobbies, 2 Common Buzzards, 3 Ravens, 8 Meadow Pipits, 2 Skylarks, 77 Jackdaws, 9 Rooks, 4 Grey Wagtails, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtails, 2 Nuthatches, 1 Kingfisher, 6 Treecreepers, 6 Coal Tits, 8 Mallards, 2 Coots, 2 Reed Buntings, 6 Moorhens, 10 Long-tailed Tits, 2 Nuthatches, 6 Treecreepers, 3 Green Woodpeckers, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Little Owl, 16 Goldfinches, 16 Linnets and 3 Chaffinches.

Friday 7th September


From The Top Wheatear, Spotted Flycatcher and Kingfisher
Today was lovely with some lengthy spells of sunshine, and to add to this once again was a good selection of birds. The top lake produced a Kingfisher which was certainly settled this morning, although most of the time it was very distant (Hence long distance photo shot). This was only the 2nd record in many months after being a regular here. Also on site was a Wheatear a bird that is normally pretty scarce here, so that was also a nice site record. Others noted were 2 Spotted Flycatchers, 9 Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers, 2 Garden Warblers, 3 Whitethroats, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Sand Martins, 146 Swallows, 48 House Martins, 2 Ravens, 3 Yellow Wagtails, 4 Pied Wagtails, 4 Grey Wagtails, 1 Tree Pipit west, 4 Nuthatches, 4 Green Woodpeckers, 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 6 Treecreepers, 9 Coal Tits, 17 Mallards, 4 Coot, 4 Moorhen, 1 Grey Heron west, 1 Little Owl, 62 Jackdaws, 11 Rooks, 1 Pheasant, 4 Meadow Pipits, 2 Skylarks, 18 Long-tailed Tits, 6 Goldcrests, 28 Goldfinches, 11 Linnets, 11 Chaffinches and 25 Black-headed Gulls.
 
Thursday 6th September


Chiffchaff (Bottom Lake)
It was another good day on site for migrants starting with a nice little movement of hirundines which included Several hundred Swallows, 300 House Martins and 20 Sand Martins, with many of the birds heading north. It was also good for warblers with 5 Lesser Whitethroats also at the bottom lake, a site total of 22 Blackcaps, 2 Garden Warblers, 10 Chiffchaffs, 3 Willow Warblers, 4 Whitethroats and 1 Reed Warbler. Other sightings included 2 Spotted Flycatchers, 4 Yellow Wagtails, 2 Reed Buntings, 4 Ravens south, 7 Common Buzzards, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrels, 2 Yellowhammers, 33 Goldfinches, 18 Linnets, 2 Nuthatches, 4 Treecreepers, 9 Coal Tits, 1 Pheasant, 3 Grey Wagtails, 2 Pied Wagtails, 8 Meadow Pipits, 1 Skylark, 55 Jackdaws, 30 Rooks, 4 Green Woodpeckers, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 11 Mallards, 1 Shoveler west, 4 Coot, 6 Moorhen, 1 Cormorant south, 1 Grey Heron south, 8 Long-tailed Tits, 5 Goldcrests and 12 Black-headed Gulls.  

Tuesday 4th September


Whinchat (Pasture Field)
Today was mainly overcast with the odd glimpse of sunshine, and it was another good day with a few migrants. A Whinchat in the pasture field was the first this year, and there was a Spotted Flycatcher in the walled garden, and was presumably one of the birds from yesterday. Other sightings included 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Garden Warbler, 6 Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers, 4 Whitethroats, 45 Swallows, 3 House Martins, 3 Grey Wagtails, 30 Goldfinches, 9 Linnets, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 2 Nuthatches, 3 Treecreepers, 7 Coal Tits, 1 Little Owl, 2 Yellowhammers, 1 Bullfinch, 4 Coot, 5 Moorhen, 1 Cormorant north, 1 Grey Heron north, 5 Common Buzzards, 1 Hobby, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrels, 19 Robins, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Pheasant, 6 Long-tailed Tits, 61 Jackdaws, 6 Rooks and 1 Raven.

Monday 3rd September


Spotted Flycatcher (Walled Garden)
Today was certainly an interesting one with a few migrants passing through and a rather unexpected total of 48 Robins including a total of 30 at the top lake. Other sightings included 3 Spotted Flycatchers in the walled garden, 3 Snipes, 17 Blackcaps, 4 Willow Warblers, 6 Chiffchaffs, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 3 Whitethroats, 246 Swallows, 3 House Martins, 2 Hobbies, 6 Common Buzzards, 1 Little Owl, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrels, 3 Grey Wagtails, 1 Pheasant, 39 Jackdaws, 100 Rooks, 1 Raven west, 1 Cormorant south, 4 Coot, 20 Mallards, 8 Moorhens, 2 Nuthatches, 4 Treecreepers, 10 Coal Tits, 11 Long-tailed Tits, 33 Goldfinches, 7 Linnets, 4 Mistle Thrushes, 5 Green Woodpeckers and 4 Song Thrushes. 

Friday 31st August


Great Spotted Woodpecker (Top Lake)
Today was another good one with plenty of migrants on site, and which included a Wood Warbler which was present by the bottom lake, a Pied Flycatcher anda Tree Pipit which was also present there, also another good selection of warblers including 18 Blackcaps, 4 Whitethroats, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaffs, 4 Willow Warblers, 2 Garden Warblers and 2 Reed Warblers. Others on site were 3 Grey Wagtails, 2 Yellow Wagtails, 1 Little Owl, 28 Blue Tits, 9 Great  Spotted Woodpeckers, 3 Green Woodpeckers, 40 House Martins, 86 Swallows, 17 Long-tailed Tits, 6 Common Buzzards, 1 Kestrel, 1 Greenfinch (the first sighting for several months), 1 Cormorant south, 6 Treecreepers, 8 Coal Tits, 2 Nuthatches, 8 Moorhens, 4 Coot, 16 Mallards, 59 Jackdaws, 9 Rooks, 29 Goldfinches, 7 Linnets, 10 Chaffinches and 20 Stock Doves.     

Thursday 30th August


Stonechat (Bottom Lake)
At long last we had some much needed overnight rain, and in return it produced a lovely selection of birds, including a nice movement of migrants. A Tree Pipit headed west over the bottom lake to which also held a good total of warblers including 26 Blackcaps, 6 Chiffchaffs, 4 Willow Warblers, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 3 Whitethroats, 2 Lesser Whitethroats and nearby a Stonechat which was by the pasture field. Also present on site was 1 Little Owl, a site record of 65-80 Blue Tits which were pretty much coming out of every bush imaginable, 2 Spotted Flycatchers, 130 House Martins mainly heading east, 47 Swallows, 7 Common Buzzards, 1 Meadow Pipit, 2 Skylarks, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 4 Coal Tits, 8 Treecreepers, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Raven, 3 Grey Wagtails, 3 Yellow Wagtails, 4 Coot, 1 Cormorant south, 1 Grey Heron south, 22 Mallards, 5 Moorhens, 11 Long-tailed Tits, 2 Yellowhammers, 50 Jackdaws, 4 Rooks, 1 Kestrel, 30 Goldfinches and 6 Chaffinches. 

Friday 24th August


Meadow Pipit (Pasture Field)
At long last we managed to record our first Wheatear of the year which was briefly seen by the bottom lake, there was also another small movement of hirundines with a total of 200 House Martins, 61 Swallows and 2 Sand Martins, with many of the birds heading south. Others recorded on site were 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 3 Whitethroats, 1 Garden Warbler, 3 Chiffchaffs, 11 Willow Warblers, 10 Blackcaps, 3 Reed Warblers, 1 Little Owl, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 5 Grey Wagtails, 5 Common Buzzards, 2 Kestrels, 3 Meadow Pipits, 2 Skylarks, 1 Grey Partridge, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 3 Green Woodpeckers, 3 Coal Tits, 3 Treecreepers, 1 Yellowhammer, 28 Goldfinches, 3 Chaffinches, 3 Linnets, 83 Jackdaws, 40 Rooks, 65 Crows, 4 Coot, 3 Moorhens, 1 Cormorant north, 16 Mallards and 10 Stock Doves. 

Thursday 23rd August

Most of the day was pretty miserable with heavy rain on and off, with the odd glimpse of sunshine, but the star bird purely on the basis that it has been missing from the site for months, was a Kingfisher which quickly passed through the top lake. This early part of autumn has certainly been hit and miss with the migrants as although present, they have so far barely come through in any decent numbers. There was a small movement of hirundines today with a count of 4 Sand Martins, 52 Swallows, and 19 House Martins, with 2 Lesser Whitethroats and a Spotted Flycatcher noted at the bottom lake. Others included 2 Willow Warblers, 5 Blackcaps, 2 Chiffchaffs, 4 Reed Warblers, 3 Jays heading west, 90 Jackdaws, 55 Crows, 40 Rooks, a good count of 6 Ravens heading very high east, 6 Common Buzzards, 1 Hobby, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrels, 8 Meadow Pipits, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Grey Wagtails, 5 Mistle Thrushes, 20 Goldfinches, 6 Chaffinches, 8 Linnets, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 3 Green Woodpeckers, 5 Treecreepers, 5 Coal Tits, 1 Nuthatch, 4 Coot, 3 Moorhen, 1 Grey Heron, 17 Mallards and 1 Yellowhammer.  

Wednesday 22nd August


Grey Heron (Bottom Lake)
Today started off pretty gloomy but once again this afternoon turned out to be nice and sunny. There was a couple of good birds on site including a Turtle Dove which headed south over the top lake, also 2 Common Crossbills which headed east over the main house. Others noted included 5 Willow Warblers, 3 Whitethroats, 9 Blackcaps, 3 Reed Warblers, 2 Reed Buntings,  3 Yellow Wagtails, 4 Grey Wagtails, 5 Common Buzzards, 1 Hobby, 1 Sparrowhawk, a good number of corvids including 85 Crows, 97 Jackdaws, 43 Rooks, also 1 Grey Partridge, 30 Goldfinches, 7 Linnets, 7 Chaffinches, 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 10 Meadow Pipits, 2 Nuthatches, 4 Treecreepers, 7 Coal Tits, 8 Mistle Thrushes, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Coot, 6 Moorhen, 20 Mallards, 30 Swallows, 6 House Martins, 7 Long-tailed Tits, 5 Goldcrests and 2 Yellowhammers. 

Tuesday 21st August


Swallow (Bottom Lake)
The day started off pretty miserable with heavy mist, but it soon improved in the afternoon with some lovely sunny spells. It was pretty good bird wise with a few migrants on the move. Sightings today included 4 Whitethroats, 4 Chiffchaffs, 16 Blackcaps, 5 Reed Warblers, 6 Willow Warblers, 33 Swallows, 22 House Martins, 3 Yellow Wagtails, 3 Grey Wagtails, 1 Pied Wagtail, 6 Common Buzzards, 1 Hobby, 2 Kestrels, 3 Ravens, 1 Cormorant south, 1 Grey Heron south, 4 Coot, 8 Moorhen, 19 Mallards, 3 Reed Buntings, 10 Long-tailed Tits, 2 Nuthatches, 5 Treecreepers, 4 Coal Tits, 40 Jackdaws, 4 Rooks, 6 Mistle Thrushes, 2 Yellowhammers, 5 Meadow Pipits, 3 Skylarks, 10 Goldfinches, 8 Linnets, 2 Bullfinches, 4 Great Spotted Woodpeckers and 3 Green Woodpeckers.

Monday 20th August


Meadow Pipit (Pasture Field)
The highlight of the day was a total of 3 Little Owls (including 2 Juveniles) which were present near the bottom lake, in fact it was a pretty good day all round with a total of 5 Willow Warblers, at least 20 Blackcaps, 4 Whitethroats, 3 Chiffchaffs, 3 Yellow Wagtails, 2 Swifts, 18 House Martins, 25 Swallows, 4 Reed Warblers, 7 Goldcrests, 4 Coots, 1 Grey Heron south, 2 Mediterranean Gulls south, 1 Raven, 6 Common Buzzards, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 8 Meadow Pipits, 2 Skylarks, 22 Goldfinches, 7 Linnets, 3 Bullfinches, 3 Yellowhammers, 55 Jackdaws, 9 Rooks, 1 Nuthatch, 4 Treecreepers, 2 Coal Tits, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Green Woodpeckers, 9 Chaffinches, 4 Long-tailed Tits, 4 Mistle Thrushes and 3 Song Thrushes.

Wednesday 8th August

Today was a fairly busy one with a nice trickle of migrants coming through. The site produced 10 Willow Warblers, 3 Chiffchaffs, 11 Blackcaps, 4 Yellow Wagtails, 7 Reed Warblers, 55 Swallows, 8 Swifts

Thursday 2nd August

A change of weather would certainly be welcome but once again it was another very hot day. Records on site included 2 Willow Warblers, 2 Chiffchaffs, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Whitethroats, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 20 Swallows, 8 Swifts, 4 House Martins, 2 Hobbies, 4 Common Buzzards, 3 Kestrels, 2 Ravens, 22 Linnets, 3 Yellowhammers, 4 Treecreepers, 6 Goldcrests, 2 Nuthatches, 7 Coal Tits, 7 Goldcrests, 3 Grey Wagtails, 1 Grey Heron, 18 Mallards, 4 Coots, 4 Moorhens, 5 Reed Warblers, 20 Goldfinches, 18 Linnets, 2 Bullfinches, 7 Mistle Thrushes, 49 Jackdaws, 2 Rooks, 2 Mediterranean Gulls south and 6 Meadow Pipits.  

Wednesday 1st August

It was another hot and sunny day and there was another small trickle of returning migrants. The bottom lake produced 6 Willow Warblers, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Whitethroats, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaffs a flyover Yellow Wagtail, 4 Coots, 8 Moorhens, 2 Grey Herons, 1 Cormorant south, 1 Little Owl, 4 Reed Warblers, 2 Reed Buntings and 16 Mallards. Others on site included 22 Swallows, 13 House Martins, 3  Swifts, 6 Common Buzzards, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 19 Linnets, 28 Goldfinches, 5 Goldcrests, 3 Treecreepers, 3 Nuthatches, 5 Coal Tits, 6 Green Woodpeckers, 4 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 44 Jackdaws, 5 Rooks, 2 Grey Wagtails, 2 Pied Wagtails and 26 Stock Doves.    

Friday 13th July


Common Buzzard (Top Lake)
Well we could certainly do with some much needed rain, as today once again was another very hot one, but there signs that early autumn migration may just be taking place. A visit to the bottom lake produced 2 returning Lesser Whitethroats, and a Willow Warbler which was flitting around the nearby pasture field. Other sightings included 1 Raven, 6 Common Buzzards, 3 Kestrels, 12 Meadow Pipits, 2 Skylarks, 5 Reed Warblers, 3 Chiffchaffs, 4 Blackcaps, 2 Yellowhammers, 33 Swallows, 8 House Martins, 12 Swifts, 5 Green Woodpeckers, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 23 Linnets, 6 Goldfinches, 9 Chaffinches, 3 Nuthatches, 4 Treecreepers, 2 Coal Tits, 1 Little Owl, 12 Rooks, 31 Jackdaws, 18 Starlings, 18 Mallards, 4 Coot, 7 Moorhens, 1 Cormorant west, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Reed Buntings and 1 Grey Wagtail. 

Thursday 12th July

It was another lovely sunny and very hot day, and there was a lot of flying ants/insects around hence the amount of gulls on site. In total there was 2 Mediterranean Gulls, 39 Herring Gulls, 31 Black-headed Gulls and 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls. The rest of the site produced 4 Chiffchaffs, 8 Blackcaps, 2 Whitethroats, 44 Swallows, 19 House Martins, 22 Swifts, 44 Linnets, 20 Goldfinches, 45 Jackdaws, 1 Raven, 46 Starlings heading west, 6 Common Buzzards, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrels, 8 Long-tailed Tits, 5 Green Woodpeckers, 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Nuthatches, 2 Treecreepers, 3 Coal Tits, 2 Grey Wagtails, 2 Pied Wagtails, 6 Green Woodpeckers, 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Yellowhammers, 4 Reed Warblers, 3 Reed Buntings, 4 Coots, 4 Moorhens and 1 Grey Heron.  

Friday 6th July

Mistle Thrush (Pasture Field)
As yesterday with another very hot and sunny day, bird wise today well it was very similar and included 7 Common Buzzards, 3 Kestrels, 139 Swifts, 39 Swallows, 18 House Martins, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Nuthatches, 6 Coal Tits, 4 Treecreepers, 2 Cormorants south, 2 Grey Herons south, 18 Mallards, 11 Moorhens, 4 Coots, 6 Reed Warblers, 5 Reed Buntings, 7 Blackcaps, 10 Chiffchaffs, 3 Whitethroats, 66 Jackdaws, 5 Rooks, 2 Grey Wagtails, 11 Mistle Thrushes, 40 Linnets, 20 Goldfinches, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 4 Green Woodpeckers, 10 Long-tailed Tits, 11 Meadow Pipits, 3 Skylarks, 2 Ravens and 1 Grey Partridge.

Thursday 5th July

It was another very hot and mainly sunny day, but at long last for the first time in about a month we did have a lovely and much welcome heavy downpour of rain and thunder which lasted for about an hour. Bird wise today well there was a few more juvenile birds on show but even they are struggling in this heat. Sightings included 8 Common Buzzards, 3 Kestrels, 5 Reed Warblers, 9 Chiffchaffs, 7 Blackcaps, 3 Reed Buntings, 4 Bullfinches, 30 Swallows, 8 House Martins, 42 Swifts, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 24 Linnets, 11 Goldfinches, 11 Long-tailed Tits, 55 Jackdaws, 8 Rooks, 2 Nuthatches, 3 Treecreepers, 5 Coal Tits, 16 Mistle Thrushes, 2 Grey Wagtails, 9 Moorhens, 4 Coots, 11 Mallards, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 4 Green Woodpeckers, 2 Pied Wagtails and 1 Pheasant.    

Thursday 28th June


Common Buzzard (Top Lake)
A Garden Warbler was heard singing by the bottom lake, and 2 Tufted Ducks were seen heading west over the nearby pasture fields. Others noted included 19 Mallards, 4 Coot, 7 Moorhens, 2 Grey Herons, 1 Cormorant west, 2 Yellowhammers, 1 Pheasant, 3 Bullfinch, 4 Goldcrests, 29 Linnets, 8 Goldfinches, 4 Common Buzzards, 3 Kestrels, 7 Meadow Pipits, 2 Ravens, 2 Skylarks, 5 Reed Warblers, 2 Reed Buntings, 3 Chiffchaffs, 3 Blackcaps, 3 Whitethroats, 13 Great  Spotted Woodpeckers, 3 Green Woodpeckers, 22 Swallows, 30 House Martins, 44 Swifts, 2 Pied Wagtails, 20 Starlings, 7 Mistle Thrushes, 3 Coal Tits, 4 Treecreepers, 40 Jackdaws and 90 Wood Pigeons mainly heading south.

Wednesday 27th June


it was another hot and sunny day, and there was a few juvenile birds on show including a family of 6 Chiffchaffs at the bottom lake, also 7 Blackcaps and 4 Whitethroats. On the lake itself was 2 Tufted Ducks which are certainly enjoying there stay here, 18 Mallards, 4 Coots including 2 juveniles 6 Moorhens, 30 Swallows, 18 House Martins, 19 Swifts, 1 Pheasant, 3 Goldcrests, 3 Reed Buntings and 6 Reed Warblers. Others on site included 3 Ravens, 6 Common Buzzards, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Hobby, 2 Kestrels, 22 Linnets, 19 Goldfinches, 2 Grey Wagtails, 3 Pied Wagtails, 33 Jackdaws, 2 Rooks, 2 Bullfinches, 18 Chaffinches, 2 Nuthatches, 3 Treecreepers, 2 Coal Tits, 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 12 Starlings, 8 Mistle Thrushes and 2 Meadow Pipits. 

Thursday 21st June

Quail was heard calling from the bottom lake for about 5 minutes, the 4 Tufted Ducks also reappeared and there was now a total of 7 Reed Warblers. Other sightings included 4 Ravens, 5 Common Buzzards, 2 Kestrels, 1 Little Owl, 2 Whitethroats, 3 Blackcaps, 2 Chiffchaffs, 17 Swallows, 29 Swifts, 6 House Martins, 8 Coots, 4 Moorhens, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 18 Linnets, 10 Chaffinches, 11 Goldfinches, 2 Treecreepers, 2 Coal Tits, 1 Nuthatch, 4 Jays, 8 Mistle Thrushes, 29 Jackdaws, 11 Rooks, 10 Meadow Pipits, 3 Skylarks, 1 Pied Wagtail, 16 Starlings, 12 Stock Doves and 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls. 

Wednesday 20th June

It was a lovely day with some glorious sunshine, highlights included 8 Coots (including 6 juveniles) at the bottom lake, which is another successful brood for this family. There was no sign Red Kite headed distantly west over the pasture fields. Others noted were 3 Whitethroats, 3 Blackcaps, 3 Chiffchaffs, 25 Swallows, 26 Swifts, 11 House Martins, 2 Yellowhammers, 3 Treecreepers, 3 Coal Tits, 2 Nuthatches, 6 Common Buzzards, 1 Hobby, 3 Kestrels, 1 Grey Heron, 20 Linnets, 10 Long-tailed Tits, 1 Grey Partridge, 5 Moorhens, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 4 Green Woodpeckers, 12 Meadow Pipits, 2 Skylarks, 31 Jackdaws, 3 Rooks, 2 Bullfinches and 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

Thursday 14th June

As yesterday with a day of conservation work. The 4 Tufted Ducks remained at the bottom lake, and there was also a Red Kite which headed west over the nearby pasture fields. Others noted included 6 Goldcrests, 4 Common Buzzards, 2 Ravens, 23 Swallows, 13 Swifts, 5 House Martins, 1 Hobby, 31 Sparrowhawk, 5 Reed Warblers, 5 Blackcaps, 2 Whitethroats, 2 Chiffchaffs, 8 Long-tailed Tits, 33 Jackdaws, 6 Rooks, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Coot, 18 Mallards, 4 Moorhens, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 1 Pied Wagtail and 1 Grey Partridge.

Wednesday 13th June

It was mainly a day of conservation work around the site so coverage was limited today. Highlights included 4 Tufted Ducks at the bottom lake, also 2 Whitethroats, 2 Chiffchaffs, 3 Blackcaps, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Cormorant south, 5 Common Buzzards, 1 Hobby, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 10 Long-tailed Tits, 2 Ravens, 12 Swallows, 8 Swifts, 4 House Martins, 2 Kestrels, 3 Green Woodpeckers, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Rooks, 39 Jackdaws, 11 Mallards, 3 Coots and 2 Bullfinches.

Thursday 7th June


This year's young Mallards are certainly growing up fast
The Star bird of the day was a RED-RUMPED SWALLOW which headed west at 4pm over the main entrance to the site, and is also only the 2nd record for the recording area. Others noted on site included 8 Ravens, 4 Reed Warblers, 6 Blackcaps, 4 Chiffchaffs, 2 Whitethroats, 4 Goldcrests, 6 Common Buzzards, 2 Kestrels, 1 Hobby, 16 Swallows, 2 House Martins, 7 Swifts, 1 Red-legged Partridge, 29 Jackdaws, 19 Mallards, 2 Grey Herons, 3 Coal Tits, 3 Treecreepers, 2 Yellowhammers, 20 Meadow Pipits, 4 Skylarks, 18 Linnets, 11 Goldfinches, 2 Reed Buntings, 34 Starlings, 3 Moorhens, 2 Coot, 17 Mistle Thrushes, 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 3 Green Woodpeckers, 2 Grey Wagtails, 2 Pheasants, 9 Long-tailed Tits, 29 Blue Tits and 4 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.  

Wednesday 6th June

Today produced another late spring migrant in the form of a Garden Warbler which was near the bottom lake, there was also the family of 6 Ravens which were still present over the nearby pasture field. Other sightings included 8 Common Buzzards, 2 Kestrels, 1 Hobby, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Little Owl, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 6 House Martins, 214 Bullfinches, 2 Yellowhammers, 5 Chiffchaffs, 5 Blackcaps, 2 Whitethroats, 3 Reed Warblers, 1 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Pheasants, 33 Jackdaws, 3 Rooks, 11 Long-tailed Tits, 3 Coal Tits, 3 Treecreepers, 12 Chaffinches, 21 Linnets, 9 Goldfinches, 2 Grey Herons, 3 Coot, 4 Moorhen, 22 Mallards, 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 3 Green Woodpeckers, 2 Skylark, 11 Meadow Pipits, 2 Nuthatch, 3 Reed Buntings, 10 Mistle Thrushes and 2 Grey Wagtails.    

Thursday 31st May


Tufted Ducks (Bottom Lake)
It was another day of sunshine and showers, but it was pretty good around the site with a total of 4 Tufted Ducks on the bottom lake along with 5 Reed Warblers, 3 Reed Buntings, 3 Coot, 4 Moorhens, 4 Blackcaps, 2 Whitethroats, 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Bullfinches, 4 Goldcrests, 18 Swallows (out  of a site total of 30), 5 House Martins, 22 Mallards and 2 Grey Herons. Others on site included 6 Ravens, 8 Common Buzzards, 2 Kestrels, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Skylarks, 11 Meadow Pipits, 2 Yellowhammers, 2 Nuthatches, 4 Treecreepers, 4 Coal Tits, 1 Little Owl, 1 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Pheasants, 4 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 3 Green Woodpeckers, 34 Jackdaws, 3 Rooks, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Grey Wagtails, 2 Pied Wagtails, 8 Mistle Thrushes, 20 Goldfinches, 10 Long-tailed Tits, 19 Linnets, 11 Chaffinches and 20 Stock Doves. 

Wednesday 30th May


Grey Heron (Top Lake)
Today was a bit overcast with the odd few sunny spells, the bottom lake was fairly busy with 5 Reed WarblersBlackcaps, 4 Chiffchaffs, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Coot, 2 Grey Heron, 3 Reed Buntings, 1 Red-legged Partridge, 16 House Martins, 11 Swallows (out of a site total of 21), 2 Bullfinches, 6 Moorhens, 19 Mallards and 2 Bullfinches. Others recorded on site included 2 Yellowhammers, a family of 6 Ravens, 6 Common Buzzards, 3 Kestrels, 1 Sparrowhawk, 22 Linnets, 19 Goldfinches, 18 Meadow Pipits, 3 Skylarks, 12 Chaffinches, 1 Redpoll, 3 Nuthatches, 3 Coal Tits, 3 Treecreepers, 1 Pheasant, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Swifts, 11 Mistle Thrushes, 4 Great  Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 2 Grey Wagtails and 2 Pied Wagtails.  

Thursday 24th May


Common Sandpipers (3 of 7 at the Bottom Lake)
The highlight of the morning was an Excellent total of 7 Common Sandpipers at the bottom lake a bird that is very scarce here. Other sightings included 2 Coot, 22 Mallards, 8 Common Buzzards, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Bullfinches, 16 Swallows, 2 House Martins, 8 Swifts, 1 Hobby, 3 Kestrels, 21 Meadow Pipits, 2 Yellowhammers, 4 Goldcrests, 2 Grey Wagtails, 3 Grey Herons west, 1 Cormorant north, 2 Nuthatches, 4 Treecreepers, 28 Jackdaws, 4 Rooks, 2 Ravens, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 4 Green Woodpeckers, 1 Little Owl, 10 Long-tailed Tits, 20 Linnets, 17 Goldfinches, 4 Moorhen, 8 Chiffchaffs, 3 Whitethroats, 2 Reed Warblers, 6 Blackcaps, 2 Pheasants, 2 Skylarks, 1 Grey Partridge, 9 Mistle Thrushes and 1 Snipe heading west. 

Wednesday 23rd May


Great Tit (Top Lake)
It was a pretty good morning around the site with a couple of spring migrants still arriving. A total of 18 Swallows and 21 Swifts arrived Reed Warblers were now present at the bottom lake. There was another 2 Red Kites which headed north late morning continuing an Excellent year for this species. Others noted included 2 Coot, 19 Mallards, 6 Moorhen, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Reed Buntings, 6 Chiffchaffs, 8 Blackcaps, 3 Whitethroats, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtails, 2 Pied Wagtails, 2 Ravens, 6 Common Buzzards, 11 Long-tailed Tits, 2 Bullfinches, 3 Nuthatches, 4 Treecreepers, 32 Jackdaws, 3 Rooks, 2 House Martins, 1 Redpoll, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 3 Green Woodpeckers, 1 Yellowhammer, 21 Linnets, 18 Goldfinches, 11 Chaffinches, 2 Pheasants and 22 Starlings.   

Thursday 10th May


Common Buzzard (Pasture Field)
Although there is a few of the more common migrants passing through there is no doubt that spring this year has been incredibly slow, with numbers at the moment with all species being very much on the low side. Highlights today included another Red Kite which headed west late morning, and there was a few hirundines including 29 House Martins, 12 Swallows and 5 Swifts. Others noted were 2 Reed Warblers, 2 Whitethroats, 5 Blackcaps, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 5 Chiffchaffs, 1 Hobby, 3 Kestrels, 11 Common Buzzards, 1 Grey Partridge, 2 Coot, 5 Moorhen, 1 Grey Heron, 19 Mallards, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 2 Nuthatches, 2 Treecreepers, 3 Goldcrests, 20 Goldfinches, 2 Redpolls west, 11 Chaffinches, 2 11 Meadow Pipits, 2 Skylarks, 7 Long-tailed Tits, 2 Yellowhammers, 8 Mistle Thrush, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail, 8 Linnets, 26 Jackdaws, 2 Ravens and 2 Rooks. 

Wednesday 9th May


Mallards (Bottom Lake)
Today was a beauty with glorious sunshine along with a few migrants. A Tree Pipit and 2 Swifts were new arrivals for the year, and there was another Red Kite which headed north late morning, in which is turning out to be a Fantastic year so far for these birds. Others noted on site were 2 Reed Warblers, 3 Whitethroats, 7 Blackcaps, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Hobbies, 10 Common Buzzards, 3 Kestrels, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Coot, 2 Reed Buntings, 19 Mallards, 1 Grey Heron, 26 House Martins, 13 Swallows, 2 Nuthatches, 3 Treecreepers, 2 Pied Wagtails, 2 Grey Wagtails, 1 Little Owl, 6 Moorhen, 12 Meadow Pipits, 3 Skylarks, 22 Linnets, 31 Jackdaws, 3 Rooks, 34 Goldfinches, 7 Chaffinches, 11 Long-tailed Tits, 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 2 Yellowhammers, 2 Pheasants, 30 Starlings, 1 Grey Partridge and 4 Goldcrests. 

Thursday 3rd May


Juvenile Coot (Bottom Lake)
Today was certainly a lot different with glorious sunshine and very warm temperatures. The main highlight was the successful breeding of a pair of Coots which is the first for many years. There was a few other birds on site today including the first Hobby of the spring, 2 Whitethroats, 211 House Martins, 13 Swallows, 9 Chiffchaffs, 8 Blackcaps, 4 Ravens, 8 Common Buzzards, 3 Kestrels, 1 Sparrowhawk, 11 Coots (Including 8 Juveniles), 4 Moorhens, 3 Reed Buntings, 2 Nuthatches, 3 Yellowhammers, 1 Grey Heron, 18 Mallards, 12 Long-tailed Tits, 5 Goldcrests, 18 Meadow Pipits, 3 Skylarks, 22 Linnets, 18 Goldfinches, 11 Chaffinches, 8 Mistle Thrushes, 3 Green Woodpeckers, 2 Great  Spotted Woodpeckers, 1 Grey Partridge, 2 Pheasants, 2 Grey Wagtails, 2 Bullfinches 31 Jackdaws and 8 Rooks.  

Wednesday 2nd May

A horrible day with very heavy showers and a cold blustery wind, and due to this there was very few birds on show. The main highlight was a Water Rail which was a surprise and is a very late bird here. Others on site included 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Reed Buntings, 6 Blackcaps, 4 Chiffchaffs, 5 Swallows, 1 House Martin, 6 Common Buzzards, 3 Kestrels, 2 Sparrowhawks, 8 Long-tailed Tits, 2 Nuthatches, 2 Treecreepers, 2 Coal Tits, 28 Jackdaws, 4 Rooks, 2 Ravens, 3 Coot, 21 Mallards, 4 Moorhen, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Yellowhammers, 12 Meadow Pipits, 2 Skylarks, 12 Linnets, 8 Goldfinches, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Green Woodpeckers and 2 Pheasants. 

Thursday 26th April


Pheasant (Bottom Lake)
Bird of the Day was a Jack Snipe at the bottom lake which is only the 2nd record, with the other seen by Ian Roberts in March. The first Reed Warbler of the year was also present along with a fresh arrival of 12 Chiffchaffs (in a total of 18), but once again numbers of migrants remain low. Also present at the bottom lake was a flyover Yellow Wagtail, 6 Blackcaps, 3 Reed Buntings, 2 Tufted Ducks, 4 Goldcrests, 11 Long-tailed Tits, 8 Swallows, 1 House Martin, 11 Mallards, 4 Moorhens, 3 Coots and 1 Grey Heron. Others noted included 6 Common Buzzards, 3 Yellowhammers, 2 Nuthatches, 2 Treecreepers, 4 Ravens, 3 Kestrels, 45 Jackdaws, 11 Mistle Thrushes, 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 3 Green Woodpeckers, 1 Grey Partridge, 33 Linnets, 18 Meadow Pipits, 10 Goldfinches, 18 Stock Doves, 2 Common Gulls and 2 Grey Wagtails. 

Wednesday 25th April


Mallard (Bottom Lake)
Apart from the odd few spells of sunshine it was generally a miserable day with heavy showers. Bird wise it was fairly good but spring has yet to get properly going with low numbers of migrants. The bottom lake produced 1 Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaffs, 5 Blackcaps, 2 Swallows (out of the 12 present), 1 House Martin, 15 Malllards, 3 Coots, 4 Moorhens, 1 Cormorant south, 1 Grey Heron, 10 Long-tailed Tits, 3 Reed Buntings and 5 Goldcrests. Others on site included 3 Yellowhammers, 4 Common Buzzards, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrels, 2 Ravens, 33 Jackdaws, 10 Rooks, 2 Bullfinches, 2 Coal Tits, 3 Green Woodpeckers, 4 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 4 Treecreepers, 2 Pheasants, 1 Grey Partridge, 21 Stock Doves, 34 Meadow Pipits, 23 Linnets and 18 Goldfinches.  

Friday 20th April



Red Kites (1 of 15 Today)
KITE 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


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, 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 YellowhammerCoal 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 , 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 smallerunfortunately 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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