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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Male STONECHAT at flood meadow N of Hemel Garden Centre, Great Gaddesden.

Monday, 29 September 2014

HEMEL MEGA: JACK SNIPE & 2 COMMON SNIPE at flood meadow N of Hemel Garden Centre, Great Gaddesden.


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.

Also seen...

2 LITTLE EGRETS
3 GREY HERONS
2 TEAL
GADWALL
2 GREY WAGTAILS
C.10 MEADOW PIPITS
REED BUNTING
RED KITE
Possible WATER RAIL called once



Male STONECHAT through E following hedgerow at horse paddock at W end of Nettleden Road, Water End.


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!


Also seen...

MEADOW PIPIT at Water End

Friday, 26 September 2014

BEEFSTEAK FUNGUS & the Dellfield Hay Cut at Westbrook Hay, plus a new KINGFISHER at the Bulbourne Moors...

http://boxmoornature.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/week-36-new-kingfisher-menu-of-oak.html

2 STONECHATS (1M, 1F) & 7 GREY PARTRIDGES around Nettleden Road, Water End.


2 STONECHATS, 1 Male & 1 Female, at horse paddock at W end of Nettleden Road, Water End.

7 GREY PARTRIDGES, including 2 small young juveniles, feeding on ploughed field below Highpark Wood in rain.

Male STONECHAT in drizzle at Water End / Nettleden 

ROBIN sheltering from drizzle...


ROBIN sheltering from drizzle at horse paddock at W end of Nettleden Road, Water End.



Thursday, 25 September 2014

C.50 HOUSE MARTINS over Corner Hall, 17.00

RAVEN over Highpark Wood, Water End

Young Male STONECHAT around layby at horse paddock at W end of Nettleden Road, Water End.




HEMEL MEGA: 1+ TREE SPARROW at horse paddock at W end of Nettleden Road, Water End.


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

HEMEL MEGA: 3+ STONECHATS (2+ M, 1 F) at horse paddock at W end of Nettleden Road, Water End.


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.



Wednesday, 17 September 2014

EDIBLE DORMOUSE (Glis glis) & TAWNY OWL calling at Valley Green, Woodhall Farm


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.