Lesser Spotted Woodpecker 25-02-18

Whillet’s:- 1f Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Water Rail, 6 Lesser Redpolls, 1 Siskin, 2 Treecreepers, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 1 Goldfinch, 5 Bullfinch, 1 Kestrel, 3 Buzzards, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Long-Tailed Tits.
West End:- 3m 2f Shoveler, 5m 2f Gadwall, 13 Mallard, 1 Coot, 1 Little Grebe, 1f Brambling, 7 Chaffinch, 1 Marsh Tit, 1m Sparrowhawk, 3 Rooks.
Dam End:- 91 Canada Geese, 60 Greylag Geese, 1 Mute Swan, 45 Fieldfare, 2 Common Gull.

West End:- 28 Cormorant (1 active nest),  30 active Grey Heron nests, 2 Canada Geese, 12 Gadwall, 2m+1f Tufted Duck, 5 Mallard, 2 Moorhen, 1 Common Gull.

Note the date:- Fungus Foray Sunday 16th September 2018
This event is for members of The Friends of Weir Wood Society.
Discovery walk led by Nick Aplin, leader of the Sussex Fungi Group, starts at 10am ends about 1pm.
Meet at the car park in Legsheath Lane.

While the road is closed at Whillet’s Bridge we are concentrating on tasks at the Dam End. This week the work party was building new benches in the picnic area. We are still doing our routine jobs at the car park and hide including clearing litter, filling the bird feeders and updating the sightings list. Photo by Mick Myszyn.

Building new benches 20-02-18

West End:- 10 Buzzards, 2 Kestrel, 1 adult Mediterranean Gull flew south, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Marsh Tit, 2 Coal Tit, 2 Snipe, 1 Coot, 2 Teal flew west.
Whillet’s:- 1 Bullfinch, 1 Siskin and a Toad.

Ringing in the study area today saw a mixed bag of woodland / garden birds through out a bright but cold day. Species recorded – Blue Tits, Great Tits, Marsh Tit, Nuthatch, Wren, Treecreeper, Dunnocks, Blackbird and Robins. A number of new Robins were a surprise.  Just under 30 birds.
Other sightings of note in / from the Study area included:- a flock of Lapwing (10 -15), approximately 10 Mandarins,  3 Buzzard, Siskin and Goldcrest. Plenty of Great Tit in song.
A number of small rodent seen in various areas.
Bluebells are starting to break through. Spring is just around the corner!

West End:- Grey Heron – 16 nests are now occupied. 36 Cormorant including 1 pair on a nest. 2 Moorhen, 1 Coot, pair of Gadwall, pair of Mandarin, pair of Great Crested Grebes displaying, 1 Buzzard, 3 Stock Dove, 20 flyover Lapwing, Song Thrush heard.
Feeders:- 2 Marsh Tit, 2 Coal Tit, 1m Siskin in Alder, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Treecreeper plus the usual Blue & Great Tits, Robins, Blackbird and Chaffinches.