19th January 2018

Alastair Gray

West End:- 1 Kingfisher, 7 Gadwall, 15 Teal, 30 Mallard, 2 Lapwing, 10 Chaffinch, 2 Buzzards, 20+ Reed Buntings heading to roost at Whillet’s. 35 Canada Geese,15 Grey Herons in heronry.

19th January 2018

Richard Woods
West End – 10.10 to 10.40
4 Little Grebes, Moorhen, Coot, 14 Herons at the heronry, Great Crested Grebes, Mallards, Cormorants, Black-headed Gulls.
At feeders:- Great, Blue, Coal, Marsh, and Long-tailed Tits, Goldfinches, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Chaffinches and Brambling (on ground).

18th January 2018


Reminder – AGM and Talk
Friday 16th March 2018 at Forest Row Community Centre
Hartfield Road, Forest Row RH18 5DZ
AGM starts at 7:15 pm.
Talk starts at 8 pm – Nick Aplin Chair of the Sussex Fungi Group on fungi including at Weir Wood and Sussex.
Nick is an expert and engaging speaker – see you all there.

17th January 2018

Microphone for our AGM?
Our AGM will be on Friday 16th March 2018 at The Forest Row Community Centre. We would like to borrow a microphone and amplifier/loudspeaker to make the questions and the talk easier to hear. We only need something very simple. Please let us know if you have a system we can borrow. We will pick it up and return it to you. Thank you very much for your help. Please contact:- sightings@weirwood.me.uk.

16th January 2018

Work Party

West End:- 3 Little Grebes, 2 Barn Owls, 10 Snipe and a Bullfinch.
The photo shows mysterious clear jelly blobs – one suggestion is that they are the regurgitated innards of frogs, possibly from a Heron.

Mystery Jelly Blobs 16-01-18

12th January 2018

Bob Johnson
Viewing today from the road looking over the Whillet’s reed-bed between 14:45 & 16:20, I saw the following:-
Reed Bunting – Roost count – 194 went IN & 28 came OUT over the 95 minute period.
Also saw:- 2 Moorhen, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, Green Woodpecker & Stock Dove heard, also c.300 Starling flock flyover.
Herons are starting to come into the Heronry at dusk, at least 6 noted.

11th January 2018

Andrew Smith
Observed between 13.40-14.40; Car Park. Mainly around feeders:- 6 Chaffinch 1 f Brambling with them under feeders. 8 Blue Tit. 2 Great Tit. 1 Coal Tit. 1 Treecreeper. 1 m Great Spotted Woodpecker. 1 Robin. 1 Blackbird. 1 m Pheasant. 1 Goldfinch. On reservoir 4 Cormorant. 3 Great Crested Grebe.15 Black-headed Gulls. 5 Common Gull.

8th January 2018

Alastair Gray

West End:- Male and female Tawny Owl, 4 Bullfinch.
Dam End:- 3 Hawfinch in top of trees by Southern Water,plus large Linnet flock, 1 Little Egret,122 Lapwing flew south, 3 Common Gulls.

6th January 2018

Mark Roberts
6+ Black-headed Gull, 5+ Blue Tit, 2 Carrion Crow, 2+ Coal Tit, Coot, Dunnock, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 50+ Greylag Goose, 7 Long-tailed Tit, 10+ Mallard, Nuthatch, 4 Rook, 2 Blackbird, Brambling, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Common Gull, 6 Cormorant, 5+ Goldfinch, 2 Great Tit, 50+ Jackdaw, 2 Magpie, 2 Marsh Tit, Robin, 7+ Woodpigeon.
A fly tipper has dumped a pile of rubbish in the North Bank car park.

6th January 2018

The Ringers
Ringing in the study area in the morning saw the normal winter species – Blue Tit and Great Tit. Other species of note were Bullfinch (last year female), Chaffinch (full adult female), Goldcrest (last year female) and Marsh Tit (full adult).
A loud Raven flew over the study area and a Buzzard flew off from the ground in the area. A Short-tailed Vole was the only mammal of note. The reservoir levels are the highest they have been for a while.