16th October

The adult female Peregrine continued her reign of terror at the farm.

Natasha Preston

15th October

Three Stonechats were at Horse Pasture and the adult female Peregrine was still knocking around. A Pied Wagtail flew over and a Pheasant, three Common Buzzards, a Kestrel, six Skylarks, 180 Linnets, 15 Yellowhammers and a Bullfinch were present.

Andy Downing and Natasha Preston

14th October

Eight Meadow Pipits were at Banstead Woods where local birds seen included a Common Buzzard and a Treecreeper.

Paul Goodman

11th October

Notable sightings at Banstead Woods included two Common Buzzards, a Kestrel, three Goldcrests, two Chiffchaffs, five Redwings, two Pied Wagtails, three Meadow Pipits and two Bullfinches.

Duncan Jennings

9th October

A Blackcap and four Chiffchaffs were noted at Banstead Woods, where two Stonechats and 14 Meadow Pipits were around Hither Field and a Pied Wagtail flew over. Also at the Woods were 43 Redwings, three Bullfinches. Canons Farm had three Stonechats still, five Swallows, 20 Redwings, 120+ Linnets and Pied Wagtail. Five Common Buzzards were counted across the recording area.

Singles of Brown Hairstreak and Red Admiral were at Banstead Woods.

Duncan Jennings, Ian Magness and Ian Ward

8th October

An intruiging report concerned a Barn Owl at Stoney Nob. A Greylag was again with 45 Canada Geese at the farm, where four Stonechats remained. Four Swallows seen were getting a little on the late side and three Pied Wagtails, four Meadow Pipits, 100 Linnets, two Little Owls, two Chiffchaffs, 10 Skylarks, three Yellowhammers and two Common Buzzards were seen at the farm. A Willow Warbler was a nice late record at The Scrub.

Kestrel, Canons Farm (Shaun Ferguson)
Stonechat, Canons Farm (Shaun Ferguson)

Common Buzzard, Canons Farm (Shaun Ferguson)
Common Buzzards, Canons Farm (Shaun Ferguson)

adult ♂ Sparrowhawk, Canons Farm (Shaun Ferguson)

Carrion Crows, Canons Farm (Shaun Ferguson)

Andy Downing, Paul Goodman and Ian Magness

7th October

 A Greylag and two Canada/Greylag hybrids were with 46 Canada Geese in the fields at the farm. The adult Peregrine was still kicking about and a Cormorant flew south. Other sightings at Canons included 50 Redwings, four Stonechats, four House Martins, two Chiffchaffs, a Meadow Pipit, 100 Linnets, four Yellowhammers, a Pied Wagtail and a Common Buzzard.

Two Brown Hairstreaks on the wing were at the farm.

Adult Peregrine, Stoney Nob (Duncan Jennings)

Canada Geese, Canons Farm (Duncan Jennings)

Two Canada/Greylag hybrids with Canada Geese, Canons Farm (Duncan Jennings)

Greylag (right), two hybrid Canada/Greylags and Canada Geese, Canons Farm (Duncan Jennings)

Canada Geese, Canons Farm (Duncan Jennings)

Canada Goose, Canons Farm (Duncan Jennings)

 Duncan Jennings

6th October

45 Redwings arrived at Banstead Woods, where seven Meadow Pipits and a Chiffchaff were the only other obvious migrants.

Duncan Jennings

5th October

A Peregrine, two Northern Lapwings and 23 grounded Canada Geese highlighted at the farm, where the first four Redwings of the autumn were also seen along with a fly-over Grey Heron, three Stonechats, five Chiffchaffs, two Skylarks, two Meadow Pipits, 60 Linnets and a Common Gull.

Andy Downing and Graham Harris

4th October

The highlight at Banstead Woods was two Rooks, although migrants there were thin on the ground with just two Chiffchaffs and a Meadow Pipit. A Bullfinch and a Common Buzzard were among the local birds seen there.

A Brimstone and a Speckled Wood represented the butterflies.

Duncan Jennings

3rd October

Stonechats at Canons Farm increased to six. Overhead flew a Grey Heron. In addition, there was a Willow Warbler, four Swallows, six Skylarks, three Meadow Pipits and seven Chiffchaffs there. Local birds seen included two Yellowhammers and three Common Buzzards.

Paul Goodman and Natasha Preston

Thank you to all contributors for your continued and valuable submissions, the new data entry system is very helpful for quickly transferring the information straight into the CFBWBG database. 

Remember, all sightings of any species are of great value and go straight into our files, even if they do not make it onto the blog under the new format (the entries are a compromise between writing time, readability and comprehensiveness, so what gets a mention will vary as you may have noticed). 

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Thanks, and good birding - DKC

2nd October

A male Stonechat was around Harrier Field. Other migrants at the farm included a Blackcap, four Chiffchaffs, 75 Linnets, 10 House Martins and 100 Swallows. A first-winter Common Gull was on the Legal & General sports field.

First-winter Common Gull with Black-headed Gull, Legal & General sports field, Darragh Culley

Stonechat, Harrier Field, Darragh Culley
Darragh Culley and Paul Goodman

30th September

Red Kites occasionally make an appearance in the autumn, but three flying southeast over the farm was particularly noteworthy. In addition, two Hobbies were seen: an adult hawking over The Scrub and a juvenile on the barns at Perrotts Farm. 22 Skylarks were over Broadfield. Other sightings across the recording area included 11 Chiffchaffs, 260 House Martins, 19 Swallows, a Pied Wagtail and 12 Meadow Pipits.

Insects at Banstead Woods included two Brown Hairstreaks, a Common Darter, a Brown Argus and two Small Coppers, while the farm had a Small Tortoiseshell.

Geoff Barter, Paul Goodman, Duncan Jennings and Ian Ward

29th September

Three Stonechats on site included a pair in Hither Field and a female at Reads Bottom. A Grey Heron flew over Hither Field. A Sand Martin flew through Green Belt Field, where there was a Mistle Thrush. Five Chiffchaffs were counted at Banstead Woods and three Yellowhammers were present around Infront George Field. 36 Swallows and 54 House Martins passed through the recording area.

Stonechat, Reads Bottom, Qasim Syed
Duncan Jennings, Ian Magness, Qasim Syed and Ian Ward

28th September

The farm had three Meadow Pipits, four House Martins, four Chiffchaffs and eight Skylarks, plus a Yellowhammer and a Sparrowhawk. A gathering of 500+ Woodpigeons filled the fields. Seven Common Buzzards were counted across the recording area.

Geoff Barter

27th September

A Hobby and a Swallow flew over Banstead Woods.

Duncan Jennings

26th September

The male Stonechat continued its stay in Hither Field. Four House Martins flew over the farm and a Pied Wagtail was seen there.

A Red Admiral was the only butterfly.

Geoff Barter

24th September

The male Stonechat remained in Hither Field, where five Meadow Pipits were feeding. A Grey Heron, six Rooks, 30 House Martins, a Swallow and four Common Buzzards were seen over Banstead Woods. Ruffett Wood had a Blackcap.

Two Southern Hawkers patrolled Piddly Pond. Butterflies at Banstead Woods included a Small Copper and a Small Tortoiseshell.

Paul Goodman and Ian Ward

23rd September

Sightings at the farm included five Meadow Pipits, seven Chiffchaffs, 40 Swallows, a Yellowhammer, three Skylarks, two Little Owls, four Common Buzzards, a Sparrowhawk and a Kestrel.

Paul Goodman, Duncan Jennings and Ian Magness

22nd September

A male Stonechat was found in Hither Field, where there were five Meadow Pipits. Also at Banstead Woods were 20 House Martins, three Chiffchaffs, two Bullfinches, a Hobby and three Common Buzzards.

Butterflies at Banstead Woods included two Commas, a Speckled Wood, two Small Coppers and three Brown Argus.

Duncan Jennings