Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Wednesday 13th May 2009

Another day with only a quick evening visit , today in part caused by going to see the two Little Terns and Greenshank at Willen !

5 Barn Swallows , 8 Swifts and 4 House Martins were over the water , 9 Great crested Grebes were counted

Earlier Rob Hill had a 2nd Summer Herring Gull



Monday, 11 May 2009

Blast From the Past - DUNLIN

Dunlin - Furzton Lake , on the Sluice - 18th March 2003

Found by Simon Nichols

Photograph by Matt Slaymaker

Blast From the Past - Scandinavian ROCK PIPIT

Scandinavian Rock Pipit - Furzton lake , Nr Sluice - 18th and 19th March 2003

Found by Simon Nichols

Photograph by Matt Slaymaker

Blast From the Past - BRENT GOOSE

Brent Goose - Furzton Lake - 15th and 16th January 2006

Found by Simon Nichols

Photograph by Ashley Beolens

Monday 11th May 2009

15 Minutes Scan this morning again revealed high numbers of SWIFTS , 20+ over the Lake and housing estate , so presumed local breeders

6 Barn Swallows and 4 House Martins may also fit this mould

2 Herring Gulls milling around , 1 1st Summer and 1 Adult

7 Great Crested Grebes



*** Evening Visit ***

25 Barn Swallows had moved in , along with 6 House Martins , still 15+ SWIFTS knocking about.

Saturday, 9 May 2009

Saturday 9th May 2009

a pair of STOCK DOVES back in their nest tree were a nice site this afternoon , Chiffchaff , Blackcap and 5 SWIFTS were also nice

7 Herring Gulls over

9 Great Crested Grebes



Friday 8th May 2009

2 Visits today

the first one early doors revealed a COMMON TERN , that like the rest of this years birds spent about a minute before heading off north

10 Great Crested Grebes were the best of the rest !

The evening showed a marked movement of SWIFTS , with 15+ feeding over the lake , 6 Barn Swallows , 4 Sand Martins and 3 House Martins were also noteworthy



Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Thursday 6th May 2009

Only had time for a very brief stop this evening

10 SWIFTS were feeding over the water , as were 4 Barn Swallows

Only 6 Great Crested Grebes were in evidence



Wednesday 5th May 2009

Not quite as exciting as last night !

SWIFTS had increased to 6 , 4 Barn Swallows and 2 House Martins were also over the lake , 1 COMMON SANDPIPER was by the Sluice.

Steve Holloway had 3 COMMON SANDPIPERS ( the record is 5 ) along the north eastern edge and a Chiffchaff.



Tuesday, 5 May 2009

Monday 4th May 2009

An early morning visit was not hugely productive

1 Chiffchaff , 1 TREECREEPER and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker in Small Wood , 9 Great Crested Grebes + 4 Nests , 1 Barn Swallow thru.

However the 15 minutes spent there this evening was more productive (!)

Upon arrival it was evident that a dump of Hirundines had taken place , with over 150+ birds feeding low over the water , 100+ Barn Swallows . 50+ House Martins were conservative counts , whilst 3 Sand Martins and 2 SWIFTS were much easier to count ! the latter only popped in to feed for about 2 mins before heading off north.

after about 5 mins of fruitless searching for Red Rumped Swallows and Crag martins , all the Swallows and Martins grouped together and headed skywards , i immediately started scanning for HOBBY and was pleased to see on heading East over the main lake , it hung around for about 2 mins and was the first of the year, as soon as it headed off over the bowl , all the Hirundines resumed feeding , and it was whilst scanning through again , I picked up a COMMON SANDPIPER flying across the lake , it landed on Wooden Island and started feeding , again another first for the year.

5 Lesser Black Backed Gulls and 2 Herring Gulls wer an unusual sight this late in the year , the latter were the regular pair of an Adult and a 3rd Summer , whilst the make up of the LBB's were 1 Adult , 2 1st Summers and 2 intermediate 3rd Summer/4th Winter types !



Sunday, 3 May 2009

Sunday 3rd May 2009

another fleeting visit this evening , with nothing other then Great Crested Grebes to Report - 9 of them (+ the 4 sitters = 13 )

The Grey Heron Young are beginning to move farther from their nests now



Saturday 2nd May 2009

Again , another quick visit , this time on the bike

1 BARN SWALLOW , 14 Great Crested Grebes ( 4 Nests now ) , 1 Blackcap and 1 Chiffchaff the only birds of note



Friday 1st May 2009

Only a fleeting visit from myself today , but Rob H spent an hour onsite , doing a circuit of the lake

I had REED WARBLER and the Cettis still along the North Inlet , also Blackcap here , 1 SAND MARTIN thru south and 11 Great Crested Grebes

Rob fared a bit better , with the above Warblers plus a COMMON WHITETHROAT at the north Inlet, another REED WARBLER by Main bridge , TREECREEPER still singing in Small wood , along with GOLDCREST , Great Spotted and Green Woodpecker and 2 Chiffchaffs , a further 4 Blackcaps were heard around the lake

He also had 2 LBB Gulls fly over and 3 SAND MARTINS thru from Shenley Lodge

Thanks Rob !



PS Roy had a possible Meadow Pipit at the West end today as well

PPS Just outside the recording area , LESSER WHITETHROAT along Cressey Ave, Shenley Brook End and another LESSER WHITETHROAT along Hawkshead Drive, Emerson Valley.