Friday, 2 March 2012

The Withey Beds N.R, Croxley Common Moor & Maple Lodge N.R

The Withey Beds Nature Reserve
A mid-morning visit in mild but misty conditions provided the following species of note:-
Common Kestrel (1), Red Kite (1), Ring-necked Parakeet (2), Stock Dove (4), Great-spotted Woodpecker (male), Eurasian Jay (2), Bullfinch (3).
Red Fox (1).
This small marshland nature reserve is now almost devoid of water due to the drought and as a consequence no waterbirds were observed.

                                                       The boardwalk now following a very dry marsh.
Croxley Common Moor
I arrived at the moor late morning when the mist had been replaced with hazy warm sunshine.
A full list of species observed as follows:-  
Little Grebe (1 on the river), Little Egret (1), Mute Swan (pair on river holding territory), Mallard (2 pairs), Common Kestrel (1), Common Moorhen (6), Eurasian Coot (2), Common Snipe (1 flushed from bank of river), Black-headed Gull (31 at rest on roof of nearby housing estate), Lesser Black-backed Gull (3 over briefly), Feral Rock Dove (1 over), Stock Dove (1), Woodpigeon, Common Kingfisher (1), Green Woodpecker (1), Great-spotted Woodpecker (3 including drumming male), Wren, Dunnock, European Robin, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Long-tailed Tit (2 pairs nest building), Blue Tit, Great Tit, Eurasian Jay (2),  Magpie (2 nesting pairs), Carrion Crow, House Sparrow (c10), Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Bullfinch (male), Reed Bunting (4).   
Red Admiral (1). 

                               Little Grebe on the river, shame about the litter, pick it up!    
Maple Lodge Nature Reserve & Lynsters Farm
A late afternoon/early evening visit produced the following species of note:-
Little Grebe (6), Grey Heron (1), Greylag Goose (7 Lynsters Farm), Canada Goose (51 Lynsters Farm plus 12 over briefly), Egyptian Goose (pair Lynsters Farm), Common Teal (16), Mallard (6), Northern Shoveler (5), Tufted Duck (6), Common Pheasant (4 including cock bird at Lynsters Farm), Green Sandpiper (2 from Teal Hide), Common Snipe (1 from Teal Hide), Grey Wagtail (1 from Teal Hide), Redwing (3 at Long Hedge), Goldcrest (singing male),  Eurasian Jay (2), Western Jackdaw (c50 Lynsters Farm), Reed Bunting (pair a phragmites Reed Bed).

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