Sunday, November 5, 2017

South Sawbridgeworth Patch Roundup

Some highlights from my patch (Pishiobury Park east to the railway line, south of Sawbridgeworth as far as Feakes Lock) from Oct to early November.

Little Egret 2 on 30th Oct
Buzzard max 4 on 1st
Little Owl seen occasionally.
Red Kite 2 on 4th October
Hobby last sighting on 9th Oct
Great Black Backed Gull 1 through on 28th
Magpie 22 in a field by Nursery Wood pre-roos 31st October
Ring-Necked Parakeet 6 seen in the Park Osier beds on the morning of 5th November
House Martin100+ N on 1st October
Swallow last was 4 s over the park on 14th Oct
Redwing 1st on 22nd Oct. 14 W on 30th Oct
Fieldfare 32W on 30th Oct
Starling 42W on 30th Oct
Stonechat female on 28th
Pied Wagtail 1 sous on 31st October was the first of the year
Hawfinch 2 seen in flight with a small finch flock on 28th
Lesser Redpoll 2 by Feakes Lock on 28th
Siskin 2 over on 9th Oct

patch list currently at 91 for the year.


Visited Hatfield Forest this morning 8.45 to 10.30 only saw one Hawfinch but got more photo's in better light.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Hatfield Forest

Visited Hatfield Forest this afternoon looking for Hawfinch (thanks to John's report earlier this week ) and had almost give up when I spotted at least five at the top of a large oak, not far from
Bush End car park to left of entrance road.
See photo, record shot, poor light and very high up.

Monday, October 2, 2017

List update + Osprey

An Osprey seen heading south over Bishop's Stortford on 1st October gives me a chance to update the list.

also in there are Greenshank and Common Sandpiper taking the list to 121.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

South Sawbridgeworth 22 Sept

Patch walk with Mike Harris and David Sampson.

The list was:

Whinchat 1 in the chat field
Coal Tit 1 - common enough in the town but unusual on the patch
Long-tailed tit - 25, unless we saw the same group of 10 twice.
Blue Tit 9
Great Tit 8
Dunnock 12
Robin 20+
Wren 2
Blackbird 2
Chaffinch 6
Goldfinch 7
Bullfinch 3
Greenfinch 2
Magpie 3
Jay 7. The majority moving SE or E - migrants?
Starling 1
Rook NC
Carrion Crow NC
Jackdaw NC
Willow Chiff 11 seen. Nearly all ChiffChaffs
Willow Warbler 1 on Brook Road
Collared Dove 1 on Brook road.
Blackcap 2
Green Woodpecker 3
Great Spotted Woodpecker 2
Nuthatch 1
Meadow Pipit c20
Skylark 4 minimum
Reed Bunting 1
Goldcrest 1
House sparrow 1
Sparrowhawk 1
Kestrel 3
Buzzard 3
Mallard 4
Moorhen 1
Swallow 1
House Martin 55
Stock Dove 1
Wood Pigeon NC 
Pheasant 1

A couple of photo's taken by David Sampson - the Whinchat against the light and a juvenile Green woodpecker.

And the following day 2 Grey Wagtails on Southbrook - the first here in the second half of the year

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Tharbies Bird Observatory - two visits.

Two recent visits to Tharbies. I park in the loop road by the cemetery just north of Sawbridgeworth, walk south a couple of hundred yards, cross the road and up the public footpath one field north of Leventhorpe School, then carry straight on past the end of the wood up to the ridge and stand by the NE corner of the field by Tharbies. I had Swallows almost flying into me from here today.

17th. Some Pied Wagtails in the fields on the way up with Meadow Pipits, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Grey Partridge, 1 Cormorant


Yellow Wagtail 2
Swallow c40 and House Martin 17 south
c100 Gulls of 4 species, mainly Black Headed
Common Buzzard 3
Sparrowhawk 1f in the large field
Red Kite 1
Linnet c30
Skylark 30+
Meadow Pipit c20
Yellowhammer 3
Starling c20

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

South Sawbridgeworth Update and List Latest

The latest addition to the list was a White Stork reported on Birdguides over Little Hadham on 10th August

The South Sawbridgeworth patch has been well watched. "Usual" birds on the patch have included Lesser Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, Common Buzzard, Kingfisher, Nuthatch, Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, Cetti's Warbler, Bullfinch, Treecreeper, and Little Owl, Sparrowhawk, Red Kite. Visitors have included Common Tern on 8th June, Peregrine through from the south on 22nd August, and Hobby and Ring-Necked Parakeet on 29th August.

Passage has kicked off. Willow Chiffs have been present in decent numbers. Swifts have been moving through with a small flock seen on 29th August the latest date so far. 5 Yellow Wagtails flew over the patch - the first record for a couple of years, and Spotted Flycatcher seen on 20th August and 27th August.