Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Frensham Common, Surrey

A late morning visit in sunny, mild conditions produced the following species:-
Great Crested Grebe, Mute Swan, Greylag Goose (4), Canada Goose (6), Mallard, Eurasian Hobby (1), Eurasian Coot, Northern Lapwing (1), Common Tern (4), Woodpigeon, Common Cuckoo (pair), Woodlark (4), Tree Pipit (1), Pied Wagtail (1), Wren, Dunnock, European Robin, Common Redstart (pair plus singing male), Common Stonechat (pair), Common Blackbird, Song Thrush, Common Reed Warbler, Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Common Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Common Magpie, Carrion Crow, Common Chaffinch, European Goldfinch, Common Linnet.

My better half and I arrived at the main visitor car park located above Frensham Great Pond and made our way to the little Cafe where we stopped and had a quick cuppa. While there I heard a male Common Redstart singing and several minutes later had managed to locate the bird. It was very active and soon moved on and was pursued by a female that I briefly observed in flight. A male Cuckoo was then heard singing in flight, it's song becoming louder as it neared our location. It was only a matter of minutes before the bird appeared in front of us and was accompanied by a female which I managed to photograph before both birds moved on. We then walked towards the Great Pond where the first of four Woodlark was noted. We then crossed the road and headed up to the ridge and then down towards the Little Pond. It was in this area that I spotted a single Tree Pipit on top of a dead tree while overhead a single Hobby hawked insects. Among the Gorse a pair of Common Stonechat displayed while at the reed bed several Common Reed Warbler sang. We then made our way back along an alternative route and as we neared the road another male Common Redstart presented itself in front of us briefly.

                                                     Common Cuckoo (female).


                                                                   Tree Pipit.

                                                        Common Stonechat (male).

                                                       Two-banded Longhorn Beetle.


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