Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Warnham Local Nature Reserve

Flooding at Warnham Local Nature Reserve - P. Shergold
Today's Sightings:

Little Egret 2, Grey Heron 1, Tufted Duck 17, Mallard 40, Shoveler 1, Coot 2, Jay 6, Wren 2, Song Thrush 3, Blackbird 2, Robin 5, Chaffinch 1, Great Tit 3, Blue Tit 5, Dunnock 1, Woodpigeon 100+, Mute Swan 2, Cormorant 1, Lesser Redpoll 2, Grey Wagtail 1, Common Buzzard 2, Treecreeper 1, Greylag Goose 30+, Carrion Crow 4, Coal Tit 2, Goldfinch 10+

Grey Squirrel 1

Monday, 15 January 2018

Warnham Local Nature Reserve

Warnham Local Nature Reserve
Sightings from today:

Little Egret 1, Moorhen 3, Tufted Duck 17, Cormorant 3, Mallard 43, Coot 6, Little Grebe 3, Great Tit 4, Blue Tit 7, Reed Bunting 1, Robin 3, Long-tailed Tit 2, Chaffinch 1, Carrion Crow 1, Sparrowhawk 1, Woodpigeon 150+, Magpie 2, Greylag Goose 30+, Kingfisher 1, Shoveler 1, Teal 1, Grey Heron 1, Siskin 1, Nuthatch 1

Chesworth Farm

Today's Sightings:

Little Egret 1, Robin 5, Magpie 4, Carrion Crow 3, Black-headed Gull 30+

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Owlbeech Woods

Mike Ayling carried out a survey at Owlbeech Woods this weekend which produced the following:

Black-headed Gull 3, Blue Tit 4, Common Buzzard 2, Great Spotted Woodpecker 1, Herring Gull 7, Magpie 2, Robin 1, Tawny Owl 1, Wren 1, Blackbird 2, Bullfinch 2, Carrion Crow 3, Great Tit 2, Jackdaw 1, Nuthatch 1, Song Thrush 3, Woodpigeon 12

Grey Squirrel 2

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Warnham Local Nature Reserve

Greylag Goose - D. Verrall
A murky day greeted us on the Reserve this morning however it was to be an excellent day for sightings. First of all there was a decent increase in Tufted Duck numbers which was pretty unexpected. Several Redwing were bombing around Mill Meadow eating the bevvy of worms on the damp grass and a flyover Great White Egret at c11.45am was the undoubted highlight but sadly it did not make landfall onto the Reserve turf. The final highlight of the day was a total of 10 Common Snipe feeding on the northern edge of the Swan Island which is best viewed from the Aston Trelford Hide.

Below is a list of the species noted today on the Reserve:

GREAT WHITE EGRET 1, COMMON SNIPE 10, Little Grebe 1, Cormorant 5, Little Egret 2, Grey Heron 1, Greylag Goose 30+, Mallard 40+, Shoveler 1, Tufted Duck 29, Sparrowhawk 1, Pheasant 2, Moorhen 2, Coot 6, Black-headed Gull 100+, Herring Gull 10+, Woodpigeon 150+, Green Woodpecker 1, Great Spotted Woodpecker 1, Wren 3, Dunnock 2, Robin 4, Blackbird 7, Song Thrush 2, Redwing 6, Coal Tit 5, Great Tit 20+, Blue Tit 20+, Nuthatch 3, Magpie 15, Jackdaw 20+, Carrion Crow 2, Goldfinch 10+, Lesser Redpoll 1

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Warnham Local Nature Reserve

Beautiful Day at Warnham Local Nature Reserve
A busy day on the Reserve with plenty of people visiting and lots of bits and pieces to keep everybody entertained. The best sighting of the day was out first butterfly of the year when I stumbled across a Red Admiral basking in Walnut Tree Plantation.

Also of note it appears that the Siskin have finalyl found the feeders and a small group is now mixing in with the Goldfinch flock so keep your eyes peeled as hopefully numbers will stat to build until the end of Feb. David Verrall was again on hand to get a nice picture of this female from the Woodpecker Hide.
Siskin - D. Verrall
A summary of species seen today can be seen below:

Little Grebe 4, Cormorant 3, Little Egret 1, Grey Heron 1, Greylag Goose 30+, Teal 3, Mallard 39, Tufted Duck 19, Common Buzzard 1, Sparrowhawk 1, Pheasant 1, Moorhen 2, Coot 4, Black-headed Gull 100+, Herring Gull 30+, Stock Dove 1, Woodpigeon 40+, Green Woodpecker 1, Great Spotted Woodpecker 1, Wren 3, Dunnock 2, Robin 9, Blackbird 5, Song Thrush 3, Redwing 1, Mistle Thrush 1, Goldcrest 1, Long-tailed Tit 1, Coal Tit 7, Blue Tit 20+, Great Tit 20+, Nuthatch 4, Jay 2, Magpie 6, Jackdaw 60+, Carrion Crow 4, Chaffinch 9, Goldfinch 5, Siskin 2

Roe Deer 1, Grey Squirrel 7, Rabbit 1

Red Admiral 1

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Chesworth Farm

Surfacing works at Chesworth Farm
31 volunteers joined Ryan at Chesworth Farm as Horsham Green Gym got stuck into the surfacing which we have been planning over the winter. The aim of the task was to not only cut back some of the vegetation such as the ever encroaching Bramble but also to surface with aggregate some of the worst affected gateways which you can see above. It was excellent to see such a good turn-out at what is undoubtedly a tough task with lots of barrowing and digging the order of the day.

Not much was seen on the wildlife front as all of the volunteers had their heads down grafting but Ryan did manage to see a couple of Grey Herons on the wetland fields. David Verrall also managed a nice picture which he took over the weekend of one of a number of Greenfinches seen around the site.
Greenfinch - D. Verrall
Also of note if you are not already aware the Friends of Chesworth Farm are running their next event this coming Saturday which is a guided walk around the Farm. This is a fantastic opportunity to get to know the Farm, see the livestock as well as learn about how the site is used by the wildlife at this time of year. 

Monday, 8 January 2018

Warnham Local Nature Reserve

Sightings from today:

Tufted Duck 14, Black-headed Gull 100+, Mallard 41, Coot 5, Moorhen 5, Cormorant 2, Grey Heron 1, Carrion Crow 2, Pheasant 4, Robin 5, Woodpigeon 29, Song Thrush 2, Blue Tit 4, Great Tit 2, Great Spotted Woodpecker 1, Chaffinch 1, Dunnock 2, Blackbird 3, Magpie 1, Wren 2, Herring Gull 13, Lesser Black-backed Gull 1, Marsh Tit 3, Grey Wagtail 1, Siskin 1, Redwing 12, Goldfinch 13, Jay 2

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Warnham Local Nature Reserve

Goosander - I Redman
Late on Sunday afternoon visitors may well have had the fortune of seeing the Reserves 11th record of a Goosander. This stunning male Goosander was photographed by Ian Redman as it spent c15 minutes on the millpond in the late afternoon sunshine before departing in a northerly direction. Ian was sat in the Heron Hide when at 2.50pm the bird appeared to fly in from the south when it landed and drifted around on the lake looking nervous until it eventually flew off at 3.05pm.
Goosander - I. Redman

Goosander - I. Redman
The Goosander is a medium-sized duck and part of  the group known as the 'sawbills' after their long, narrow bills with saw-like 'teeth' which are good for gripping fish. The Goosander is perfectly shaped for swimming underwater after fish due to it having a long and streamlined bodyshape. The male Goosander has a dark green head, a black back and a long, red bill with a hook at the tip and white sides and breast which sometimes have a pink glow. The female is grey with a gingery or rufous brown head and a white throat.
Goosander - I. Redman
Other sightings from today included:

GOOSANDER 1 (Male), Grey Heron 2, Coot 3, Cormorant 4, Shoveler 1, Tufted Duck 21, Carrion Crow 7, Red Kite 1, Redwing 7, Little Grebe 1, Wren 2, Treecreeper 2, Sparrowhawk 1, Pheasant 3, Blue Tit 8, Great Tit 5, Egyptian Goose 2, Nuthatch 2, Blackbird 4, Lesser Black-backed Gull 2, Black-headed Gull 40+, Herring Gull 20+, Kingfisher 1, Robin 2, Great Spotted Woodpecker 2