May 2017

Please note: 
Please report your sightings to Neil Randon at neil.randon@googlemail.com. 

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Thurs, 25 May 2017: 04.30hrs-10.15hrs: 1 COMMON TERN (pontoon, M.Lake), 43 GREYLAG GOOSE, 55 CANADA GOOSE, 13 EGYPTIAN GOOSE, 2 GADWALL, 4 TUFTED DUCK, 3 PHEASANT, 6 CORMORANT, 9 GREY HERON, 6 LITTLE GREBE, 5 GREAT CRESTED GREBE, 3 COMMON BUZZARD, 1 KESTREL, 1 LAPWING, 1 COMMON GULL, 15 HERRING GULL, 4 COLLARED DOVE, 1 COMMON SWIFT, 8 GREEN WOODPECKER, 6 GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, 7 RING-NECKED PARAKEET, 2 ROOK, 20 CARRION CROW, 5 GOLDCREST, 22 BLUE TIT, 18 GREAT TIT, 1 COAL TIT, 6 SKYLARK, 2 SWALLOW, 30 HOUSE MARTIN, 15 LONG-TAILED TIT, 10 CHIFFCHAFF, 2 WILLOW WARBLER, 21 BLACKCAP, 4 GARDEN WARBLER, 1 LESSER WHITETHROAT, 12 COMMON WHITETHROAT, 11 REED WARBLER, 1 NUTHATCH, 3 TREECREEPER, 42 WREN, c140 STARLING, 5 MISTLE THRUSH, 32 ROBIN, 14 DUNNOCK, 8 HOUSE SPARROW, 6 CHAFFINCH, 3 GREENFINCH, 29 GOLDFINCH, 2 LINNET, 2 BULLFINCH, 2 YELLOWHAMMER, 4 REED BUNTING. 65 species counted. Ray Baker

WHITETHROAT (Ray Baker)
COOT with young (Ray Baker)
Wed, 24 May 2017: 1 KINGFISHER (flying over fields towards woods on Nutfield Ridge), c15 ROOK (incl. fledged young, Nutfield Ridge), 2 MISTLE THRUSH. Also: Dragonflies: Four-spotted Chaser, Broad-bodied Chaser, Large Red Damselfly, Azure Damselfly, Blue-tailed Damselfly, Red-eyed Damselfly. Also numerous Common Blue butterflies and Banded Demoiselle. Ray Baker

COMMON GULL on Mercers Farm (Gordon Hay)
Tues, 23 May 2017: pm: 1 COMMON TERN, 2 GADWALL, 1 COMMON GULL, 2 WILLOW WARBLER, 4 GARDEN WARBLER, 2 LESSER WHITETHROAT. Gordon Hay
 
2 LITTLE GREBE (pair), 1 RED KITE, 5 COMMON BUZZARD, 8 ROOK. Also: First Red-eyed Damselfly. Gordon Hay

COOT nest with nine eggs (Gordon Hay)
Mon, 22 May 2017: 04.45hrs-12.30hrs: 1 COMMON TERN (M.Lake), 3 MUTE SWAN, 38 GREYLAG GOOSE, 32 CANADA GOOSE, 24 EGYPTIAN GOOSE, 2 GADWALL, 37 MALLARD, 2 MALLARD (domestic),1 PINTAILxMALLARD (hybrid male, Moors pools), 4 TUFTED DUCK, 1 PHEASANT, 4 CORMORANT, 4 GREY HERON, 6 LITTLE GREBE, 6 GREAT CRESTED GREBE, 3 COMMON BUZZARD, 6 MOORHEN, 30 COOT, 1 COMMON GULL, 38 HERRING GULL, 7 FERAL PIGEON, 4 STOCK DOVE, 50 WOODPIGEON, 5 COLLARED DOVE, 2 COMMON SWIFT, 2 GREEN WOODPECKER, 7 GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, 6 RING-NECKED PARAKEET, 36 MAGPIE, 20 JACKDAW, 37 CARRION CROW, 7 GOLDCREST, 26 BLUE TIT, 13 GREAT TIT, 1 COAL TIT, 4 SKYLARK, 2 SWALLOW, c30 HOUSE MARTIN, 20 LONG-TAILED TIT, 19 CHIFFCHAFF, 1 WILLOW WARBLER, 21 BLACKCAP, 5 GARDEN WARBLER, 14 COMMON WHITETHROAT, 13 REED WARBLER, 5 TREECREEPER, 42 WREN, 45 STARLING, 30 BLACKBIRD, 14 SONG THRUSH, 32 ROBIN, 17 DUNNOCK, 7 HOUSE SPARROW, 1 PIED WAGTAIL, 8 CHAFFINCH, 3 GREENFINCH, 21 GOLDFINCH, 3 LINNET, 6 BULLFINCH, 4 YELLOWHAMMER, 3 REED BUNTING. 62 species counted. Ray Baker

Sun, 21 May 2017: 06.00hrs-09.20hrs: 2 RAVEN (over M.Lake), 1 COMMON TERN (on pontoon, M.Lake), c8 EGYPTIAN GOOSE (incl. 2 in dea tree Chilmead Lane, c6 'new diggings' M.Farm), 2 GADWALL (1 male WC2 island, another male Moors pools), 1 TEAL (male WC1), 1 PINTAILxMALLARD (hybrid male, Moors pools), c20 MALLARD (incl. female with 3 small ducklings, Spynes), c8 GREAT CRESTED GREBE (incl. pair with 2 very small chicks, N side M.Lake), c2 COMMON BUZZARD (pair, Chilmead Farm, poss. same pair over WC), 2 KESTREL (female over Spynes, male over Middle Pit), c2 STOCK DOVE (1 M.Farm, 1 calling nr M.West gate), c40 COMMON SWIFT (incl. c35 WC 06.00hrs), 1 KINGFISHER (male, Moors pools), 2 ROOK (over Spynes flying towards landfill), c6 SAND MARTIN, c2 SWALLOW, c15 HOUSE MARTIN (over WC, and collecting mud from WC2 island), c8 HOUSE MARTIN (over WC), 1 WILLOW WARBLER (singing male in old 'conveyor belt' area, NE corner of M.CP), c15 BLACKCAP (incl. at least 2 family parties with c3 juv), c4 GARDEN WARBLER (Spynes, Spynes/Middle Pit), 1 LESSER WHITETHROAT (singing male between M.Farm & M.West), c15 REED WARBLER (incl c8 WC1, c4 Moors Pools, 1 singing male Cormongers Lane overflow pool), c30 STARLING (incl. c20 juv., mainly WC), 1 GREY WAGTAIL (Moors pools), c4 YELLOWHAMMER (incl. c2 M.Farm, pair old 'conveyor belt' area, M.CP). Also: Butterfly: 1 male Common Blue (WC).  
1 dead Mole on cycle path nr Cormongers Lane overflow pool, a Roe Deer feeding E edge of Spynes. Ian Kehl and Gordon Hay

COMMON BLUE on WC Lagoons (Gordon Hay)
MUTE SWAN - second attempt with eggs WC1 (Gordon Hay)

Sat, 20 May 2017: 20.00hrs: 1 LITTLE RINGED PLOVER (WC2 island). Neil Randon

Fri, 19 May 2017: no reported sightings

Thurs, 18 May 2017: 04.45hrs-12.30hrs: 1 LITTLE RINGED PLOVER (male WC2 island first light), 3 COMMON TERN (heading W over Nutfield Ridge), 59 GREYLAG GOOSE, 44 CANADA GOOSE, 14 EGYPTIAN GOOSE, 3 GADWALL, 1 PINTAILxMALLARD (hybrid male, Moors pools), 7 TUFTED DUCK, 5 PHEASANT, 2 CORMORANT, 8 GREY HERON, 6 LITTLE GREBE, 7 GREAT CRESTED GREBE, 1 RED KITE (over landfill), 5 COMMON BUZZARD, 30 COOT, 1 COMMON GULL, 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, 11 HERRING GULL, 19 STOCK DOVE, 4 COLLARED DOVE, 6 COMMON SWIFT, 2 GREEN WOODPECKER, 8 GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, 7 RING-NECKED PARAKEET, 26 JACKDAW, 2 ROOK, 56 CARRION CROW, 5 GOLDCREST, 1 COAL TIT, 11 SKYLARK, 13 SAND MARTIN, 6 SWALLOW, c30 HOUSE MARTIN, 45 LONG-TAILED TIT, 17 CHIFFCHAFF, 1 WILLOW WARBLER, 27 BLACKCAP, 6 GARDEN WARBLER, 1 LESSER WHITETHROAT, 17 COMMON WHITETHROAT, 18 REED WARBLER, 1 TREECREEPER, 13 SONG THRUSH, 3 MISTLE THRUSH, 6 HOUSE SPARROW, 5 PIED WAGTAIL, 1 MEADOW PIPIT, 12 CHAFFINCH, 5 GREENFINCH, 30 GOLDFINCH, 12 BULLFINCH, 5 YELLOWHAMMER, 6 REED BUNTING. 69 species counted. Also: Butterfly: Small Heath. Ray Baker

1 LITTLE RINGED PLOVER, 1 COMMON TERN, CHIFFCHAFF (first fledging birds of the spring). Gordon Hay 

Wed, 17 May 2017: no reported sightings

Tues, 16 May 2017: pm: 1 SPOTTED FLYCATCHER (among bushes Spynes overflow pond), 1 KESTREL (male, Nutfield Marsh), 1 LITTLE OWL (calling M.Farm). Also: Butterfly: Orange Tip. Gordon Hay


ORANGE TIP butterfly (Gordon Hay)
am: 1 COMMON TERN (M.Lake), 2 GADWALL (Moors), 1 KESTREL (over Spynes), 1 COMMON GULL (M.Lake), 1 LESSER WHITETHROAT. Also: Butterfly: Small Copper. Plus c20 Common Blue Damselfly, 2 Banded Demoiselle. Ray Baker
  
Mon, 15 May 2017: 04.50hrs-09.00hrs: 1 MANDARIN (male WC. 119th species for 2017), 2 COMMON TERN (05.00hrs on pontoon, M.Lake), 28 GREYLAG GOOSE, 23 CANADA GOOSE, 3 EGYPTIAN GOOSE, 9 TUFTED DUCK, 1 PHEASANT, 7 CORMORANT, 6 GREY HERON, 6 LITTLE GREBE, 8 GREAT CRESTED GREBE, 1 COMMON BUZZARD, 1 COMMON GULL, c190 HERRING GULL, 25 STOCK DOVE, 3 COLLARED DOVE, 2 COMMON SWIFT, 1 KINGFISHER, 4 GREEN WOODPECKER, 6 GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, 5 RING-NECKED PARAKEET, 27 JACKDAW, 1 ROOK, 2 GOLDCREST, 1 COAL TIT, 1 SKYLARK, c70 SAND MARTIN, 3 SWALLOW, c30 HOUSE MARTIN, 12 LONG-TAILED TIT, 15 CHIFFCHAFF, 28 BLACKCAP, 3 GARDEN WARBLER, 1 LESSER WHITETHROAT, 9 COMMON WHITETHROAT, 9 REED WARBLER, 1 NUTHATCH, 5 TREECREEPER, 11 SONG THRUSH, 5 HOUSE SPARROW, 5 PIED WAGTAIL, 5 CHAFFINCH, 1 GREENFINCH, 16 GOLDFINCH, 1 LINNET, 5 BULLFINCH, 4 YELLOWHAMMER, 3 REED BUNTING. 65 species counted. Ray Baker

Sun, 14 May 2017: 06.00hrs-09.35hrs: c12 EGYPTIAN GOOSE (incl. c10 'new diggings' M.Farm, 2 later on WC2 island), 2 GADWALL (Moors pools), 1 TEAL (male WC1), 1 PINTAILxMALLARD (hybrid male, Moors pools), 5 PHEASANT (2 males, 3 females, M.Farm), 1 COMMON BUZZARD (in oak, Chilmead Farm), c30 COOT (incl. 3 family parties with c6 small young between them, WC1), c6 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL (incl. 2 Spynes), c50 HERRING GULL (Spynes, then M.Farm), c5 STOCK DOVE (c2 M.Farm, c3 Chilmead Farm), c4 COMMON SWIFT (WC), 1 ROOK (landfill), c6 SAND MARTIN , c2 SWALLOW, c15 HOUSE MARTIN (over WC, and collecting mud from WC2 island), c8 HOUSE MARTIN (over WC), 1 WILLOW WARBLER (singing male in old 'conveyor belt' area, NE corner of M.CP), c4 GARDEN WARBLER (Spynes, Spynes/Middle Pit), c2 LESSER WHITETHROAT (1 N bank Spynes, 1 between M.Farm & M.West), c10 REED WARBLER (incl c7 WC1, 1singing male Cormongers Lane overflow pool with metal ring on leg), c5 BULLFINCH, 2 YELLOWHAMMER (1 male M.Farm, 1 singing male S of Spynes). Ian Kehl and Gordon Hay

Sat, 13 May 2017: 1 COMMON TERN (buoy, M.Lake), 60 SAND MARTIN, 4 GARDEN WARBLER, 3 LESSER WHITETHROAT, 14 REED WARBLER, 1 TREECREEPER (with 2 fledged young along Moors cycle path by landfill). Gordon Hay

Fri, 12 May 2017: pm: 1 COMMON SANDPIPER (M.Lake), 1 RED KITE (low over Moors), 1 SEDGE WARBLER (WC1). Matt Farmer

2 HOBBY (over Spynes), 1 COMMON TERN, 1 COMMON BUZZARD (skydiving over Chilmead Farm), 7 BLACK-HEADED GULL, 1 COMMON GULL, c120 SAND MARTIN, 40 HOUSE MARTIN. Gordon Hay

COMMON GULL (Gordon Hay)
 
Thurs, 11 May 2017:  2 LITTLE EGRET, 1 LITTLE RINGED PLOVER. Gordon Hay

04.50hrs-11.00hrs: 1 LITTLE RINGED PLOVER (WC2 island 10.30hrs), 2 COMMON TERN (pontoon, M.Lake), 27 GREYLAG GOOSE, 22 CANADA GOOSE, 7 EGYPTIAN GOOSE, 2 GADWALL, 1 PINTAILxMALLARD (hybrid male, Moors pools), 10 TUFTED DUCK, 2 PHEASANT, 4 CORMORANT, 6 GREY HERON, 5 LITTLE GREBE, 8 GREAT CRESTED GREBE, 7 COMMON BUZZARD, 1 KESTREL, 4 MOORHEN, 28 COOT, 6 BLACK-HEADED GULL, c75 HERRING GULL, 16 STOCK DOVE, 5 COLLARED DOVE, 1 COMMON SWIFT, 1 KINGFISHER, 1 GREEN WOODPECKER, 4 GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, 13 RING-NECKED PARAKEET, 1 ROOK, 7 GOLDCREST, 1 COAL TIT, 8 SKYLARK, 2 SAND MARTIN, 2 SWALLOW, 17 HOUSE MARTIN, 14 LONG-TAILED TIT, 21 CHIFFCHAFF, 2 WILLOW WARBLER, 29 BLACKCAP, 5 GARDEN WARBLER, 1 LESSER WHITETHROAT, 24 COMMON WHITETHROAT, 13 REED WARBLER, 1 NUTHATCH, 2 TREECREEPER, 16 STARLING, 16 SONG THRUSH, 1 MISTLE THRUSH, 7 HOUSE SPARROW, 3 GREY WAGTAIL, 1 PIED WAGTAIL, 9 CHAFFINCH, 3 GREENFINCH, 16 GOLDFINCH, 3 BULLFINCH, 5 YELLOWHAMMER, 7 REED BUNTING. 70 species counted. Ray Baker

Wed, 10 May 2017: pm: 1 SPOTTED FLYCATCHER (Moors. 118th species for 2017). Michael Jones

SPOTTED FLYCATCHER (Michael Jones)
am: 2 LITTLE RINGED PLOVER (WC2 island), 2 GADWALL, 1 PINTAILxMALLARD (hybrid male, Moors pools), 3 GARDEN WARBLER, 3 LESSER WHITETHROAT. Also: Butterfly: Holly Blue, plus 2 Beautiful Demoiselle (1st for the year). Gordon Hay
HOLLY BLUE (Gordon Hay)
Tues, 9 May 2017: 1 RED KITE (over landfill), 50 SWALLOW (WC1). Gordon Hay

GREAT CRESTED GREBE feeding on crayfish sp. (Gordon Hay)
am: 1 LITTLE RINGED PLOVER (WC2 island), 2 HOBBY (over WC, 1 over M.Farm), c30 COMMON SWIFT, c70 SAND MARTIN, c30 SWALLOW, c30 HOUSE MARTIN (all WC), c5 GARDEN WARBLER, 3 LESSER WHITETHROAT. Ray Baker 

Mon, 8 May 2017: 05.00hrs-10.30hrs: 1 COMMON SANDPIPER (WC), 3 MUTE SWAN, 37 GREYLAG GOOSE, 21 CANADA GOOSE, 9 EGYPTIAN GOOSE, 1 GADWALL, 1 PINTAILxMALLARD (hybrid male, Moors pools), 12 TUFTED DUCK, 4 PHEASANT, 4 CORMORANT, 3 GREY HERON, 6 LITTLE GREBE, 7 GREAT CRESTED GREBE, 3 COMMON BUZZARD, 2 KESTREL, 1 COMMON GULL, 1 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, c135 HERRING GULL, 39 STOCK DOVE, 3 COLLARED DOVE, 4 COMMON SWIFT, 2 GREEN WOODPECKER, 5 GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, 2 JAY, c190 JACKDAW, 10 SKYLARK, c100 SAND MARTIN, c15 SWALLOW, c30 HOUSE MARTIN, 8 LONG-TAILED TIT, 16 CHIFFCHAFF, 23 BLACKCAP, 5 GARDEN WARBLER, 3 LESSER WHITETHROAT, 26 COMMON WHITETHROAT, 11 REED WARBLER, 2 TREECREEPER, 14 SONG THRUSH, 6 HOUSE SPARROW, 1 PIED WAGTAIL, 4 CHAFFINCH, 3 GREENFINCH, 17 GOLDFINCH, 9 BULLFINCH, 3 YELLOWHAMMER, 5 REED BUNTING. 62 species counted. Ray Baker

Sun, 7 May 2017: 06.00hrs-10.10hrs: 1 COMMON SANDPIPER (Moors pools), c15 CANADA GOOSE (incl. 1 pair with 5 goslings, plus 1 pair with 1 gosling Spynes), 1 GADWALL (male, Moors pools), 2 TEAL (2 females, M.West), 1 PINTAILxMALLARD (hybrid male, Moors pools), 1 PHEASANT (male, M.Farm), 1 COMMON BUZZARD, 1 LAPWING (M.West), 1 BLACK-HEADED GULL, 1 COMMON GULL (usual bird, M.Farm), c3 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, 1 COMMON GULL (M.Farm/M.West), 1 STOCK DOVE (M.Farm), c50 COMMON SWIFT (WC), 1 KINGFISHER (male, Moors pools), c2 ROOK (landfill), c80 SAND MARTIN (mainly WC, M.Lake), c23 SWALLOW (WC), c12 HOUSE MARTIN (over WC, incl. several collecting mud from WC2 island), c8 HOUSE MARTIN (over WC), c3 GARDEN WARBLER (Spynes, Spynes/Middle Pit), c3 LESSER WHITETHROAT (1 S Middle Pit, 1 N bank Spynes, 1 M.Farm nr horse paddocks), c12 REED WARBLER (c5 Spynes area, c1 Moors, c6 WC1), 2 TREECREEPER (carrying food behind ivy on poplar tree by landfill, Moors), 1 MISTLE THRUSH (M.West), c6 ROBIN (incl. 1 juv). Ian Kehl and Gordon Hay

Sat, 6 May 2017: 1 LITTLE EGRET (summer plumage), 1 REDSHANK (08.00hrs on platoon then slipway M.Lake before flying E), 6 COMMON SANDPIPER, 1 YELLOW WAGTAIL (over), CANADA GOOSE (broods of 4 and 3 Spynes), COOT (WITH 3 young, WC1), 1 SNIPE, c80 COMMON SWIFT, 25 HOUSE MARTIN. Gordon Hay
 
REDSHANK (Gordon Hay)
c60 COMMON SWIFT, c30 SAND MARTIN, 15 SWALLOW, 15 HOUSE MARTIN (all feeding over WC), 2 GREY WAGTAIL. Ray Baker

Fri, 5 May 2017: 1 COMMON SANDPIPER (WC2 island), c35 COMMON SWIFT, c20 SAND MARTIN, 1 HOUSE MARTIN. Ray Baker

2 COMMON SANDPIPER, 21 COMMON SWIFT 3 LESSER WHITETHROAT. Gordon Hay
 
COMMON SANDPIPER (Gordon Hay)
Thurs, 4 May 2017: 12.30pm: 1 COMMON SANDPIPER (WC2 island), 1 LESSER WHITETHROAT (WC mound). Matt Farmer

05.15hrs-12.30hrs: 1 COMMON SANDPIPER, 19 GREYLAG GOOSE, 10 EGYPTIAN GOOSE, 3 GADWALL, 1 PINTAILxMALLARD (hybrid male, Moors pools), 12 TUFTED DUCK, 3 PHEASANT, 1 CORMORANT, 2 GREY HERON, 7 LITTLE GREBE, 10 GREAT CRESTED GREBE, 2 COMMON BUZZARD, 6 MOORHEN, 16 COOT, 1 COMMON GULL, 25 HERRING GULL, 23 STOCK DOVE, 3 COLLARED DOVE, 4 GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, 8 RING-NECKED PARAKEET, 1 ROOK, 6 SKYLARK, 9 SAND MARTIN, 5 LONG-TAILED TIT, 13 CHIFFCHAFF, 1 WILLOW WARBLER, 15 BLACKCAP, 3 GARDEN WARBLER, 3 LESSER WHITETHROAT, 22 COMMON WHITETHROAT, 7 REED WARBLER, 1 TREECREEPER, 28 WREN, 8 SONG THRUSH, 6 HOUSE SPARROW, 1 GREY WAGTAIL, 1 PIED WAGTAIL, 3 CHAFFINCH, 4 GREENFINCH, 18 GOLDFINCH, 6 BULLFINCH, 4 YELLOWHAMMER, 3 REED BUNTING. 59 species counted. Ray Baker

GREAT CRESTED GREBE (Gordon Hay)
Wed, 3 May 2017:  12.45pm: 1 RAVEN (drifted slowly over WC lagoons), 1 COMMON SWIFT, c40 SAND MARTIN, 3 SWALLOW, 2 WHITETHROAT, 3 REED WARBLER (WC lagoons). Matt Farmer

c120 SAND MARTIN, 30 SWALLOW. Gordon Hay
SAND MARTIN (Gordon Hay)
Tues, 2 May 2017: late pm: 1 LITTLE EGRET, 1 LITTLE RINGED PLOVER, 8 GADWALL. Gordon Hay

2 RAVEN (over WC in direction of landfill). Michael Jones

RAVEN (Michael Jones)
05.15hrs-12.30hrs: 2 LITTLE RINGED PLOVER, 1 COMMON TERN, 21 GREYLAG GOOSE, 21 CANADA GOOSE, 14 EGYPTIAN GOOSE, 1 PINTAILxMALLARD (hybrid male, Moors pools), 32 TUFTED DUCK, 2 PHEASANT, 6 CORMORANT, 4 GREY HERON, 8 LITTLE GREBE, 6 GREAT CRESTED GREBE, 4 COMMON BUZZARD, 2 KESTREL, 1 LAPWING, 1 COMMON GULL (M.Farm), 51 HERRING GULL, 13 STOCK DOVE, 4 COLLARED DOVE, 1 KINGFISHER, 7 GREEN WOODPECKER, 2 GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, 10 RING-NECKED PARAKEET, 2 ROOK, 5 GOLDCREST, 1 COAL TIT (carrying food by site of old barn where footpath goes under M23), 6 SKYLARK, 2 SAND MARTIN, 1 SWALLOW, 7 HOUSE MARTIN, 11 LONG-TAILED TIT, 24 CHIFFCHAFF, 2 WILLOW WARBLER, 40 BLACKCAP, 6 GARDEN WARBLER, 2 LESSER WHITETHROAT, 32 COMMON WHITETHROAT, c10 REED WARBLER, 2 NUTHATCH, 3 TREECREEPER, 17 SONG THRUSH, 1 MISTLE THRUSH, 13 HOUSE SPARROW, 3 GREY WAGTAIL, 1 PIED WAGTAIL, 7 CHAFFINCH, 5 GREENFINCH, 20 GOLDFINCH, 8 BULLFINCH, 3 YELLOWHAMMER, 5 REED BUNTING. 70 species counted. Ray Baker

Mon, 1 May 2017: am: 1 BAR-TAILED GODWIT (flew W through WC at 08.15hrs. 117th species for 2017. Only 4th site record), 1 LITTLE EGRET, 1 HOBBY, 2 SEDGE WARBLER (1 WC, 1 Spynes overflow pool), 6 GADWALL, 1 TEAL, 8 PHEASANT, 1 SNIPE, 20 STOCK DOVE, 3 COMMON SWIFT, 2 GOLDCREST, c50 SAND MARTIN, 8 SWALLOW, 5 HOUSE MARTIN, 15 CHIFFCHAFF, 2 WILLOW WARBLER, 15 BLACKCAP, 6 GARDEN WARBLER, 1 LESSER WHITETHROAT, 20 COMMON WHITETHROAT, 12 REED WARBLER, 2 MISTLE THRUSH. Gordon Hay