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Friday, 28 February 2014

UNIDENTIFIED large Reptile at Gaywood's Fishery, Kings Langley - comments on ID would be most welcome.






1+ SISKIN, & SKYLARK over, at Kings Langley Fishery.

C.30 TUFTED DUCKS at Kings Langley Fishery

REED BUNTING at canal, & KINGFISHER at Kings Langley Fishery.


REED BUNTING at edge of canal behind Kings Langley Fishery - my First one in this area & the bird was calling at the edge of the rough field behind so worth checking for breeding over the Spring.



2 (Pair) GREAT CRESTED GREBES & LITTLE GREBE at Kings Langley Fishery.


2 GREAT CRESTED GREBES at Kings Langley Fishery (on edge of Nash Mills) - not that common at all locally!



5 POCHARD (4 Drakes) & plenty of TUFTED DUCKS at Kings Langley Fishery.


5 POCHARD at Kings Langley Fishery (on edge of Nash Mills) - this is the most reliable spot for Pochard locally.



8 GADWALL & 30-40 TEAL at Great Gaddesden


8 GADWALL - still good numbers around, probably due to higher water levels of recent.



Sunday, 23 February 2014

LITTLE EGRET at Water End between road bridges.

4 LAPWINGS (2 Pairs), LITTLE EGRET, 2+ GADWALL & C.10 TEAL seen in quick look at Great Gaddesden.

CHIFFCHAFF & LAPWING at Water End.


Wintering CHIFFCHAFF at Water End - calling from back of Water End Fishery (old Kodak Lake).



2 RED KITES, BUZZARD & COMMON GULL at Water End.

Saturday, 22 February 2014

2+ GREY PARTIDGES calling at W Nettleden Road, Water End


2+ GREY PARTIDGES calling at W Nettleden Road, Water End - the population in this area seems to be increasing which is great! Going from a Hemel MEGA to quite reliable at this spot.



2 SNIPE, LITTLE EGRET leaving at 17.15, 11 GADWALL & 30+ TEAL at Great Gaddesden.


2 SNIPE at Great Gaddesden.

11 GADWALL at Great Gaddesden - my highest count here as far as I can remember.



PEREGRINE hunting, RED KITE & 2 BUZZARDS at Great Gaddesden this eve.


PEREGRINE hunting at Great Gaddesden.



Monday, 17 February 2014

Male REEVES' PHEASANT in field margin near water tower at Gaddesden Row today, reported by Alan King.


Male REEVES' PHEASANT in field margin near water tower at Gaddesden Row today, reported by Alan King - only a couple of weeks since a Male GOLDEN PHEASANT was seen at Piccotts End - it seems a number of ornamental birds may have escaped from a private collection locally so look out for other exotics in fields, woods & gardens N of the town.

Details on GOLDEN PHEASANT > HERE <.



Sunday, 16 February 2014

GOLDCREST visiting Ron King's garden feeders


Ron King photographed this GOLDCREST that visits the fat feeder in his garden around twice a week.

GOLDCREST on garden fat feeder - © Ron King




4+ GREY PARTRIDGES around W end of Nettleden Road, Water End.


4+ GREY PARTRIDGES around W end of Nettleden Road, Water End - at dusk 2 flew over road to horse paddock side calling then 2 more singing around T-junction.



GREY PARTRIDGE at Water End.


GREY PARTRIDGE singing opp. horse paddock at W end of Nettleden Road, Water End, at dusk.



2 BROWN HARES chasing around field at Nettleden Road.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

3+ BULLFINCHES at Bovingdon Brickworks


3+ BULLFINCHES at S side of Bovingdon Brickworks, N of Baker's Wood.



Monday, 3 February 2014

GREYLAG GOOSE at Water Gardens, Town Centre

CHIFFCHAFF still wintering opp. Bath Store at Water Gardens, Town Centre.


Wintering CHIFFCHAFF still opp. Bath Store at Water Gardens, Town Centre.