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Thursday, 31 October 2013

2nd Winter COMMON GULL at Water Gardens, Town Centre

COMMON GULL at Gadebridge Park

TREECREEPER at Margaret Lloyd Park, Grovehill

11 FIELDFARES SW over Margaret Lloyd Park, Grovehill.


11 FIELDFARES SW over Margaret Lloyd Park, Grovehill - First of the Winter despite there being birds within a few miles of Hemel for a couple of weeks.



REED BUNTING W over Margaret Lloyd Park, Grovehill!


REED BUNTING W over Margaret Lloyd Park, Grovehill! - an unusual location for this species, clearly migrating.



Tuesday, 29 October 2013

2 (Pair) GADWALLS at private fishing pool N of wooden bridge, Water End.

3 MEADOW PIPITS at Nettleden Road, Water End.

LITTLE EGRET at Water End - one of Great Gaddesden birds.

LITTLE GREBE on small stream S of Hemel Garden Centre, KINGFISHER & GREY WAGTAIL, at Great Gaddesden.

24+ TEAL at Great Gaddesden

Probable GREEN SANDPIPER at Great Gaddesden - Sandpiper sp. seen flying in vegetation briefly a few times, at flood meadow N of Hemel Harden Centre.

2 SNIPE, C.4 TEAL, 2 LITTLE EGRETS, 4 MEADOW PIPITS, 2 RED KITES & BUZZARD at Great Gaddesden.

3 REDWINGS at Noak Mill Lane, Piccotts End Pools.

2 RED KITES, BUZZARD, SPARROWHAWK, COMMON GULL & STOCK DOVE at Piccotts End Pools.

SISKIN & MEADOW PIPIT over Piccotts End Pools.

2 LITTLE EGRETS, KINGFISHER & 5 CORMORANTS (1 with large Pike lure stuck to bill!) at Piccotts End Pools.


Here is some footage I digi-vid-scoped of the Juvenile 'Sinensis' CORMORANT with the large Pike lure attached to its bill at Piccotts End Pools. Fellow fishermen should act more responsibly with their tackle. How long before this poor bird dies of starvation?





GREEN SANDPIPER at Piccotts End Pools


GREEN SANDPIPER at Piccotts End Pools - it appears that this bird may be sticking around the Piccotts End area, in particular the pools, but I have seen them flying between the pools & the stream at Piccotts End village in the past so both areas worth checking out. I have added some record shots here, including one with geese nearby to give a sense of scale for anyone that may not have seen a Green Sandpiper & isn't aware of the small size of the bird when looking for it...

Record shot of GREEN SANDPIPER in flight at Piccotts End Pools.

Record shot of GREEN SANDPIPER at Piccotts End Pools.


Record shot of GREEN SANDPIPER at Piccotts End Pools - with CANADA GOOSE for scale.





Male PEREGRINE FALCON drifting low over field behind Valley Green, Woodhall Farm!


Male PERGRINE FALCON drifting low over field behind Valley Green, Woodhall Farm, near Holtsmere End Lane - As this will be my first Winter living in Woodhall Farm I had plans to put some effort in to find Peregrines hunting the farmland behind my flat in Valley Green, as on previous visits the surroundings looked promising & I have seen birds only a few miles away East-ish in recent years. Well on my very first visit specifically for this reason, early in the season, this bird showed itself within minutes of me leaving the front door, in fact this was the first bird I noted, & hard not to as it went straight over me looking around for prospective prey!

Male PEREGRINE near Valley Green.




SKYLARK over Valley Green, Woodhall Farm

2 RED KITES & BUZZARD over Valley Green, Woodhall Farm.

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

GREYLAG GOOSE with 3 CANADAS over Corner Hall / Two Waters.

GREYLAG GOOSE at Water Gardens, Town Centre

BUZZARD at N Gadebridge Park

NUTHATCH singing at Gadebridge Park

CHIFFCHAFF singing at Grovehill playing fields

C.3 LINNETS at Grovehill playing fields

A trickle of migratory SKYLARKS at fields N of Woodhall Farm & Grovehill.

HEMEL MEGA: MEDITERRANEAN GULL flying low over hedge at N side of Grovehill playing fields in fog.


MEDITERRANEAN GULL - only 2nd record for Hemel, 1st being only 8 months ago (details > HERE <).