THURSDAY 29 MARCH (LGRE DIARY NOTES)
Another glorious day with high pressure firmly established across the country. Afternoon temperatures reached 66 degrees F once more although the light breeze was now coming from a NE direction. Most migrating birds seem to be going straight through........
CHAFFINCH HOUSE, LITTLE CHALFONT (BUCKS)
My first singing male COMMON CHIFFCHAFF of the year
CHENIES BOTTOM (BUCKS)
The LITTLE OWL was in its favoured Pollarded Willow, with Common Buzzards displaying and a party of 3 Linnets over; also a pair of YELLOWHAMMERS coming down for a drink in the Chess
BALDWIN'S WOOD, FLAUNDEN (HERTS)
Finally caught up with the pair of MARSH TITS in the wood, the male in full song; also 8 singing Goldcrests, 3 Green Woodpeckers, 2 Jays and a singing male Mistle Thrush
PITSTONE QUARRY (HERTS)
Most unusual was the presence of 9 Mute Swans, along with a pair of Greylag Geese, pair of Tufted Duck and 2 singing male Common Chiffchaffs.
Nearby along Northfield Road, a flock of 70 Linnets was in the large field just north of Tring Station
COLLEGE LAKE BBOWT (BUCKS)
A single EURASIAN CURLEW was present on the main marsh at College for just over half an hour but then flew high NE (per Joan Thompson)
WILSTONE RESERVOIR, TRING (HERTS)
A dead Badger was besides the road at Cemetery Corner
Very quiet on Wilstone with 34 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Little Egrets, 12 Gadwall, 3 drake Wigeon, 11 Teal, 14 Shoveler, 240 Tufted Duck, 9 Pochard and the pair of OYSTERCATCHERS noted
ROOK SURVEYING IN SOUTH BUCKS
In WEST WYCOMBE PARK (SU 833 936), 33 active nests, whilst at HAZEL GROVE, CLAYHILL (SU 833 909), a further 44. In trees opposite WESTSIDE FRUIT LTD FARM SHOP IN CLAY LANE, CLAYHILL, another 39 active nests. Lastly, 25 more nests just north of the M40 at WHEELER END.
SPADE OAK PIT, LITTLE MARLOW (SOUTH BUCKS)
No sign of the Little Ringed Plovers on site, just a single COMMON REDSHANK.
Also 14 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Egyptian Geese, 12 Gadwall, drake Wigeon, 12 Teal, 8 Shoveler, 2 COMMON SHELDUCK, 42 Tufted Duck, 31 Lapwing, 48 Herring Gulls, 4 singing Common Chiffchaffs and 3 singing male Blackcaps; also Brimstone butterflies on the wing.