Recording Area Annual Totals

97 Species in 2013, 99 in 2012, 94 in 2011, 108 species were recorded in 2010;

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Confiding GREY HERON at Waterside

This very confiding first-winter Grey Heron was fishing blissfully unaware of commuters at CHESHAM WATERSIDE this morning, while the resident pair of Mute Swan still have their single surviving cygnet from this summer with them......

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

EGYPTIAN GOOSE at Shardeloes, with 35 LINNET over

Shardeloes Lake sightings: 27th September 2016
Most unexpected was a single EGYPTIAN GOOSE on the cricket ground - a rare visitor in this area. The bird was showing very well and seemingly unconcerned by onlookers. The cricket pitch also harboured an exceptionally large flock of migrant alba wagtails, 43 Pieds in all. I could not locate any of the recent Yellow Wagtails with them, but there was a juvenile Grey Wagtail.

At the main lake, there were 8 Little Grebes, 5 Great Crested Grebes, a single adult Mute Swan, 25 Mallard, 26 Gadwall, just 2 Tufted Ducks and 54 Coot, while the gull roost held 28 Black-headed and a single adult Common. An exceptional gathering of 36 Stock Dove was noted, while Woodpigeon numbers were at a high 80, with Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Mistle Thrush, a vocal Common Chiffchaff and a Goldcrest. Most noteworthy was a flock of 35 LINNET that went over - a scarce bird at this locale

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

RING-NECKED PARAKEETS reach new high in parish


 Up to 9 RING-NECKED PARAKEETS are now visiting the Parish, with the flock arriving from the Chorleywood direction at Chenies early morning and splintering into two groups - one visiting Little Chalfont and the other Chenies Bottom and village. This is the largest number so far. Meanwhile, in my Chaffinch House garden, Goldfinch numbers are increasing to at least 12, a Mistle Thrush flew over (19th), a COMMON RAVEN over on 17th, with a Wren regular and still the odd House Martin going west. The first 2 Meadow Pipits of the autumn flew south on 18th.

Monday, 4 July 2016

GREYLAG GEESE breed for first time in Recording Area

It has been a very busy summer at SHARDELOES LAKE, with a record number of Atlantic Canada Geese breeding (with at least 93 goslings fledged) and for the first time ever, a pair of GREYLAG GEESE raising 4 young. Although it is too early for Tufted Duck youngsters yet, the first female Gadwalls have appeared, accompanied by at least 15 ducklings.

Shardeloes has two Great Crested Grebe nests this summer, seemingly both females being catered for by a single male. One female is still sitting whilst the other has one surviving youngster out of an original two.

At least 77 Common Swifts present over Shardeloes Lake on 27th June - seasonally very unusual.

Spotted Flycatchers have bred for the 9th year in succession, this pair feeding three young in the isolated trees at the far end

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Another local mega: now a juvenile ICELAND GULL at Hedgerley Landfill, Beaconsfield

29 December 2015

Early afternoon today saw HEDGERLEY LANDFILL produce an adult YELLOW-LEGGED GULL, a juvenile ICELAND GULL, 27 Great Black-backed Gulls and at least 362 Herring Gulls - the first Iceland at the site for many winters.....

Nearby, at Beaconsfield M40 Services Lake, the pair of MANDARIN DUCKS are still present

Monday, 28 December 2015

Despite the warmest December on record, BRAMBLING roost numbers 89....

Rhododendron scrub: favoured by Bramblings and Chaffinches to roost

I did the finch roost at the Penna in Penn Wood on Christmas Eve, counting 89 BRAMBLING and 137 Chaffinch in by 3.30pm - not a bad count considering the exceptionally mild December weather

Up to 100 Starling, 28 Fieldfare and 15 Redwing remain in the field at Lower Weedonhill Farm

Still 26 SISKIN in the riverside Alders at Shardeloes, while up to 8 LESSER REDPOLL continue to visit my Little Chalfont garden

Otherwise, typically quiet in the Chess Valley