Despite getting soaked a walk between Chenies and Latimer along the Chess proved worthwhile, with the Little Owl sheltering in its usual tree, from here to the second bend in the stream seven Teal could be found, while four Little Egrets were nearby. Church Covert was looking like some kind of ‘Everglades’ swamp with the flood water flowing through the trees, after here for about the next 100 yards a tight flock of sixteen Pied Wagtails were feeding on the path between the sheep, just keeping ahead of me, flying up and landing every few yards, before finally giving in and heading of over Latimer village. Two Green Sandpipers flew up the valley passing me calling as they went, landing just to the south side of Latimer park lake. On my return back to Chenies I flushed another Green Sandpiper from the river side.
At Chesham Fishing Lakes, seven Pochard, six Tufted Duck, Cormorant, Great crested and Little Grebe were on the water, as a pair of Bullfinch feed in the brambles and the usual wintering flock of Siskin numbered about thirty birds.
This site is up for sale and local clubs and community groups are trying to put something together to safe guard it for public use, maybe BBOWT and the Chiltern Society could get involved as it’s a valuable semi urban wildlife resource (Don Stone)