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Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Monday, 29 September 2014
JACK SNIPE & 2 COMMON SNIPE at flood meadow N of Hemel Garden Centre, Great Gaddesden. Jack Snipe flushed with MEADOW PIPIT flock, circled once, then landed out of sight again - earliest date recorded locally.
|JACK SNIPE at Great Gaddesden - composite of record shots in flight.|
2 LITTLE EGRETS
3 GREY HERONS
2 GREY WAGTAILS
C.10 MEADOW PIPITS
Possible WATER RAIL called once
Male STONECHAT through E following hedgerow at horse paddock at W end of Nettleden Road, Water End - different bird to previous (particularly stunning black & orange Male with extensive white collar) & appeared to be just passing through, seen from field across road, flying in from W, bounding along length of hedgrow E until out of sight. Represents a probable 5 individuals seen in this area over the past couple of weeks!
|MEADOW PIPIT at Water End|
Friday, 26 September 2014
2 STONECHATS, 1 Male & 1 Female, at horse paddock at W end of Nettleden Road, Water End.
|Male STONECHAT in drizzle at Water End / Nettleden|
Thursday, 25 September 2014
At least 1 TREE SPARROW in the hedgerow around the layby at the horse paddock at the W end of Nettleden Road. Given away by call then glimpsed flying E along hedge, later 1 seen feeding on ground in paddock out in the open briefly & heard from hedge on & off over next half hour or so. I can't recall even seeing a House Sparrow here so this was a very pleasant surprise - the first record for the Hemel area in a very very long time!
Monday, 22 September 2014
3+ STONECHATS (2+ Male & 1 Female) at horse paddock at W end of Nettleden Road, Water End. Mainly seen around fence-lines at S (top) end of paddock.
Friday, 19 September 2014
Wednesday, 17 September 2014
EDIBLE DORMOUSE (Glis glis) & TAWNY OWL calling at Valley Green, Woodhall Farm - rather late in the year to be hearing Edible Dormice calling but the mild weather may have kept them out longer & this one seemed upset by the presence of the Tawny Owl.