Sunday, 10 December 2017

Owlbeech Woods

Mike Ayling carried out his regular bird survey on the heathland at Owlbeech which produced the following:

Blackbird 5, Common Buzzard 1, Goldfinch 5, Great Tit 2, Herring Gull 2, Magpie 2, Redwing 1, Song Thrush 1, Blue Tit 2, Carrion Crow 1, Great Spotted Woodpecker 1, Green Woodpecker 1, Jay 2, Nuthatch 1, Robin 3, Woodpigeon 7

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Warnham Local Nature Reserve

Christmas Wreath Making Workshop
Today saw the first of the Friends of Warnham Local Nature Reserve's Christmas Wreath Making Workshops which, once again, were very well received with everyone making wonderfully festive wares for their houses. There are another two sessions  in the Visitor Centre tomorrow so apologies if you cant get into the cafe for a cup of tea or coffee!

Meanwhile on the Reserve there were plenty of birds around. The male Sparrowhawk was again buzzing around Woodpecker Hide which meant most of the birds in there were very skittish. Still a few moths turning up in the trap despite the overnight wind. A summary of today's sightings can be found below:

Green Woodpecker 1, Great Spotted Woodpecker 1, Coal Tit 1, 4 Goldfinch, Black-headed Gull 23, Pochard 1, Herring Gull 150+, Lesser Black-backed Gull 2, Mallard 35, Tufted Duck 5, Cormorant 2, Little Grebe 3, Moorhen 3, Coot 1, Grey Heron 2, Pheasant 5, Great Tit 20+, Long-tailed Tit 3, Woodpigeon 19, Robin 3, Carrion Crow 1, Blue Tit 30+, Dunnock 1, Nuthatch 1, Blackbird 1, Redwing 6

Grey Squirrel 2

Winter Moth - Operophtera brumata
Moth Trap:

Brick 1, Winter Moth 7, December Moth 3

Chennels Brook Castle

Scrub Bashing at Chennels Brook Castle
Horsham Green Gym were once again out and about this time at Chennels Brook Castle in the pouring rain! Ryan led the group ably assisted by Daniel who has been helping us out on Thursday mornings for the past couple months. Above you can see how pleased Daniel is to finally get the fire going after a very damp start to proceedings!

The cutting back of scrub on this site is very important and this winter we have really managed to open up the ancient monument but also uncover some excellent grassland habitat which over time will return to add to the wildflower rich meadows of this site. Well done to everyone who attended despite the horrid mizzle!

Southwater Country Park

Cormorant 2, Mute Swan 5, Moorhen 2, Mallard 20+, Coot 2, Robin 1, Blackbird 1, Magpie 2, Jay 1, Black-headed Gull 10+

Rabbit 2 (Jo Glossop & Andrew Rodgers)

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Warnham Local Nature Reserve

Little Grebe - Warnham LNR
Not much coverage on the Reserve today but the four Little Grebes have been showing well from all of the lakeside hides if you can bare the biting cold winds. A summary of the species seen today can be found below:

Little Grebe 4, Grey Heron 1, Mallard 36, Shoveler 1, Moorhen 1, Coot 1, Cormorant 3, Black-headed Gull 92, Herring Gull 12, Blackbird 11, Song Thrush 1, Goldcrest 1, Great Tit 30+, Blue Tit 40+, Bullfinch 1, Tufted Duck 5, Mute Swan 2 (juvs), Treecreeper 1, Great Spotted Woodpecker 1, Wren 4, Redwing 10+, Long-tailed Tit 12, Nuthatch 1, Robin 3,

Grey Squirrel 6

Monday, 4 December 2017

Warnham Local Nature Reserve

Redwing - Warnham LNR
The Redwing were the main event at Warnham Local Nature Reserve today with up to ten birds stripping the berry bushes by the Visitor Centre. It is amazing to see these birds so close and this has now become an annual event at the Reserve as they slowly getting lower and lower in the tree as they feast on the bounty of berries. There are not many berries left as the Woodpigeons and Blackbirds also seemed to have sussed how nice they are to eat!

Elsewhere on the Reserve patient observers in the Woodpecker Hide might have noticed it was particularly quiet in there at the moment and this is down to the male Sparrowhawk I blogged about last week seems to have taken up residence in there at the moment. Today he managed to catch himself a Great Tit off one of the feeders so I am sure he will be back again tomorrow.

There were plenty of birds around the ringing area this morning mainly mixed in with the large roving Tit flock which seems to be doing circuits of the site at the moment. Of note was this Nuthacth which is not a common bird to catch on the Reserve despite them being seen on a daily basis around the feeders.
Nuthatch - Warnham LNR

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Warnham Local Nature Reserve

Willow Tit Nest Box Project - P. Shergold
Paul and Kevin were putting up the last batch of Willow Tit boxes as our project continues to try and get Willow Tits breeding in Sussex again. Willow Tit was last seen officially seen at Warnham LNR on the 20th September 2015 and currently are in huge decline nationally. We have had nest boxes up around the reserve since the project start in 2010. We have tried a number of different designs all of which are a specific to the needs of Willow Tits and thus far we have only had one attempt at breeding.

On the Reserve there were plenty of bird around and it seems the Redwing have found the berry bush by the centre and they are stripping it at a rate of knots! Make sure you have a look at the bush on the left of the path as you approach the Visitor Centre from the car park.

Mute Swan 1, Tufted Duck 3, Shoveler 2, Black-headed Gull 60+, Herring Gull 40+, Teal 1, Little Grebe 2, Wren 4, Robin 20+, Blue Tit 50+, Great Tit 30+, Coal Tit 5+, Cormorant 4, Blackbird 10+, Moorhen 3, Coot 2, Kingfisher 1, Long-tailed Tit 15+, Sparrowhawk 1, Treecreeper 3, Redwing 2 Magpie 8, Grey Heron 2, Great Spotted Woodpecker 2, Jay 1, Goldcrest 1, Woodpigeon 30+ (Paul Shergold, Kevin Attree, David King & Neil Henry)

Chesworth Farm

Grey Heron - D. Verrall
Goldcrest - D. Verrall
Song Thrush - D. Verrall

Treecreeper - D. Verrall
David Verrall visited the Farm and had an excellent day with the camera photographing lots of lovely species including the images above. Goldcrest and Treecreeper are never easy birds to see on the Farm let alone photograph so these are just reward for the amount of time David spends in the field.

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Chennels Brook Castle

Mike Ayling visited the Castle and carried out a bird survey which produced the following:

Black-headed Gull 4, Blue Tit 3, Dunnock 2, Grey Wagtail 1, Magpie 2, Woodpigeon 37, Blackbird 2, Carrion Crow 4, Great Tit 3, Herring Gull 10, Robin 3, Wren 2

Owlbeech Woods

Eddie Bew carried out his regular survey of the heathland at Owlbeech Woods today which produced the following:

Robin 9, Woodpigeon 126, House Sparrow 2, Great Tit 8, Magpie 6, Blackbird 9, Jay 3, Carrion Crow 2, Nuthatch 4, Green Woodpecker 1, Great Spotted Woodpecker 1, Jackaw 1, Wren 1, Goldfinch 3, Blue Tit 6, Goldcrest 2, Song Thrush 1, Dunnock 2, Bullfinch 2, Long-tailed Tit 2, Redwing 3
Grey Squirrel 4

Friday, 1 December 2017

Chesworth Farm

Chesworth Farm
A beautiful evening on the Farm doing the final preparation for the Christmas Wreath Making event which the Friends of Chesworth Farm are running tomorrow involved coppicing lots of bendy willow whips, collecting seasonal vegetation such as pine cones and Ivy leaves as well as stocking up with logs and kindling to ensure the attendees aren't too chilly whilst making their own wreaths.

After dropping off the supplies to the Volunteer Centre, Sam and I had a quick mooch round the Farm to check the animals and also to inspect a reported blocked stream which was as a consequence was flooding the path. Lots of birds were whizzing around the hedges in preparation for a cold night, trying to find the best roost spot. A summary of the species noted is below:

Blackbird 3, Magpie 12, Chaffinch 1, Blue Tit 1, Herring Gull 40+, Robin 3, Song Thrush 1, Woodpigeon 4, Jackdaw 10+,

Southwater Country Park

Cripplegate Lake: Cormorant 6, Mute Swan 5, Black-headed Gull 60+, Coot 15+, Moorhen 10+, Mallard 25+, Herring Gull 4, Robin 2

Quarry Lake: Mistle Thrush 1

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Warnham Local Nature Reserve

Treecreeper - I. Nicol
A bitterly cold day at Warnham today meant that the feeding station was the place to be for bird activity if you could stick it out in the biting cold notherly wind. Ian Nicol managed to get this lovely photo of a Treecreeper which is often a very hard species to photograph unless near the nest in the breeding season so well done Ian. Not much reported in the sightings diary today but a summary below:

Treecreeper 1, Long-tailed Tit 6, Mallard 36, Little Grebe 2, Black-headed Gull 28, Herring Gull 18, Tufted Duck 9, Sparrowhawk 1, Blue Tit 20+, Great Tit 15+, Mute Swan 2, Greylag Goose 160+, Grey Heron 1, Kingfisher 1, Grey Wagtail 1