Records over the spring and summer

Thank you all for the continued submission of detailed bird and wildlife sightings so far this year. Our database for 2012 onwards is now nearing 30,000 records. As we enter the breeding season, we are going to be more selective about the records that we report on the blog for various reasons, instead focusing on reporting migrants, but we will continue to gratefully accept all records (breeding information being very important!) and store them in our database so that we can keep tabs our local bird populations and report on them at a later date. Thanks!

24th March 2017

Another horrid morning, feeling like spring has been rewound. Things brightened up in the afternoon, though, tempting the year's first Blackcap into song in Lunch Wood. A Red-legged Partridge was still in Broadfield, where two restless Canada Geese settled for a short while. In addition to the Blackcap, migrants at the farm were limited to two Meadow Pipits and a Chiffchaff, plus seven Pied Wagtails in the Legal & General car park. Stock Doves were present in good numbers, with some 200 counted, and five Mallards flew over.

The north side of Banstead Woods had two of both Siskin and redpoll flying over, plus six Treecreepers.

David Campbell, Andy Downing, Paul Goodman, Duncan Jennings and Ian Magness

23rd March 2017

Highlights at the farm included 20 Lesser Redpolls in Pages Acre, three Canada Geese and four Mallards over, four Meadow Pipits, two Mistle Thrushes, 35 Redwings, two Lesser Black-backed Gulls, two Common Gulls, a Grey Heron, four Pheasants, two Common Buzzards and a Sparrowhawk.

Banstead Woods had two more Canada Geese overhead, two Chiffchaffs, a Pheasant, a Sparrowhawk, a Common Buzzard, two Kestrels and two Bullfinches.

♂ Yellowhammer

David Campbell (photo), Duncan Jennings, Paul Manville and Woodchips

22nd March 2017

The weather was pretty rough in the morning but had calmed considerably by mid-afternoon. The recently scraped Broadfield was relatively bare but a pair of Red-legged Partridges took advantage of the disturbed ground, although only showing distantly. Migrants noted included two Pied Wagtails, four Meadow Pipits and two Chiffchaffs. A Grey Heron flopped through the rain, two Mistle Thrushes were seen around Chipstead Meadow, nine Fieldfares were feeding in Broadfield and three Redwings flew over. A Little Owl was singing in the early evening and Pheasants were rather conspicuous, with seven counted. A 2cy ♀ Sparrowhawk performed at Reads Rest late on.

2cy ♀ Sparrowhawk
♂ and ♀ Linnets
One of the Red-legged Partridges distantly with Fieldfares
Mistle Thrush

David Campbell

OUT NEXT THURSDAY! The Birds of Canons Farm & Banstead Woods 2012-16

This long-awaited review of the birds of CFBW will be arriving at 'HQ' next week, featuring no fewer than 13 pieces of original artwork by three amazing artists, as well as countless colour photographs and a detailed look back over the last five years of local birding. There is a very limited print run, so we will post details of how to get hold of a copy very soon.

21st March 2017

A Peregrine was an unexpected visitor to Stoney Nob. Banstead Woods held singles of Chiffchaff, Kestrel and Common Buzzard.

Duncan Jennings and Ian Magness

19th March 2017

A gathering of some 19 Pied Wagtails was feeding in the Legal & General car park, the largest number recorded for some time. Working machinery in Broadfield attracted around 200 Herring Gulls for a short spell, a Chiffchaff was in Holly Wood, a Lesser Black-backed Gull flew over and 25 Fieldfares were counted. Other sightings in the CF sector included a Pheasant, a Common Buzzard, a Kestrel, a Collared Dove, a Meadow Pipit, seven Linnets and four Yellowhammers.

Some of the 19 Pied Wagtails at Legal & General

Ian Magness and Ian Ward (photo)

17th March 2017

Six Lesser Redpolls were feeding in Perrotts Larches and two Chiffchaffs, a Tawny Owl and two Pheasants were also at BW. Sightings in the CF sector included 10 Meadow Pipits, a Pied Wagtail, a Mistle Thrush, a Little Owl, 16 Redwings, 12 Linnets and a Pheasant.

A Red Admiral and a Small Tortoiseshell were flying by the BW housing estate and another Small Tortoiseshell was at the farm, where Wood Anenomes were in flower.

Common Buzzard at BW
Small Tortoiseshell at BW
Wood Anenomes and Lesser Celadines at Lunch Wood
Paul Goodman, Ian Magness (photo 3), Ian Pratley and Ian Ward (photos 1-2)