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High­lights

The un­doubted high­light for the South East this month, was a male Pine Bunt­ing at Lit­tle Murston NR, Kent. The first for the county was found on 24 Jan­uary and still present into Fe­bru­ary. Mean­while, the mys­te­ri­ous ‘Dun­geness (Kent) stonechat’ was found to be a Stonechat rather than a Ste­j­neger’s Stonechat, after a mix up in DNA sam­ples was re­vealed.

BED­FORD­SHIRE

HIGH­LIGHTS: A Lit­tle Bunt­ing was at Great Bar­ford (from 30th). A Twite flew over Broom GP (1st). Small flocks of Waxwings were at Leighton Buz­zard, Sandy, Bed­ford, Pegs­don Hills and Lu­ton. A Long-eared Owl was at Fl­itwick (28th). A Scaup was at Brog­bor­ough Lake and Rook­ery Pit. White-fronted Geese in­cluded four at Cain­hoe, eight at Blun­ham and six at Broom GP. Robin Chit­ten­den. For the lat­est bird news, please phone 09068 700 245. Calls to 09068 700 245 from a land­line or mo­bile phone cost 65p per minute plus your phone com­pany ac­cess charge. Ser­vice pro­vided by Bird­line East Anglia. For en­quiries please call 0330 333 6946 or 07941 333 970; www.bird­li­neeas­t­an­glia.co.uk

BERK­SHIRE

HIGH­LIGHTS: Great Grey Shrikes were at Wish­moor Bot­tom (6th-14th) and Cow Down (14th-21st). Up to three Waxwings were in Twyford (5th-19th) and five in Brack­nell (28th). Two Siberian Chif­fchaffs were at Sand­hurst STW (25th-29th). DINTON PAS­TURES CP: High­lights were Bit­tern (4th-23rd), Brent Goose (1st-18th), Fer­rug­i­nous Duck (5th-21st), three Wa­ter Rail, and Caspian Gull (1st). MOOR GREEN LAKES: There was a Shel­duck (7th-30th), three Red-crested Pochards (14th-28th), a Wa­ter Rail (10th) and two Firecrests (10th). QUEEN MOTHER RESER­VOIR: There was a Shel­duck (30th), two Pin­tails (20th) and a Mediter­ranean Gull (19th). Th1e1adleecgemp:btehrere were two Pin­tails (3rd-7th), a Scaup (1st-12th), Smew (19th-27th), Wa­ter Rail (3rd-29th), two Jack Snipe (2nd) and Caspian Gull (23rd-24th). OTHER SITES: Six Brent Geese flew over Thatcham (9th). Two Red-crested Pochards were at Bray GP (22nd). A Scaup was at Wrays­bury GP (17th) along with up to eight Smew (5th-30th). A Hen Har­rier was at Cow Down (5th), with a Mer­lin there (17th). A Mediter­ranean Gull was at Lower Farm GP (19th). Jack Snipe were at Green­ham Com­mon (17th) and Swin­ley For­est (29th), with two at Fob­ney Meadow, Read­ing (25th). Firecrests were at Swin­ley Park (4th), Whiteknights Park, Read­ing (5th and 14th), Fin­champ­stead Ridges (7th-28th), Brack­nell (20th) and Twyford (29th). Marek Wal­ford (www.berks­birds.co.uk)

BUCK­ING­HAMSHIRE

HIGH­LIGHTS: Three dif­fer­ent Ice­land Gulls roosted at Calvert (20th-30th). Waxwings were seen at nine lo­ca­tions; the largest flocks were 13 at Ayles­bury (6th), 12 at Mil­ton Keynes (8th) and 30 at Bletch­ley (15th). A male Bearded Tit was at Weston Turville Reser­voir (from 18th). CALVERT LAKES: The site recorded a Bit­tern (8th, 24th & 25th), two Red-crested Pochards (7th), a Mediter­ranean Gull (21st) and at least six Caspian Gulls (to 20th). GAL­LOWS BRIDGE: A Jack Snipe (9th)and a Short-eared Owl (8th) were noted. GAYHURST QUARRY: A Pin­tail (15th) and a Scaup (15th) were seen. LINFORD: A Bit­tern (17th-18th) and a Scaup (15th) were noted. LIT­TLE MAR­LOW GP: The pick was a flock of 21 Bar­na­cle Geese (26th-28th), a Jack Snipe (28th) and a Mediter­ranean Gull (14th). OTHER SITES: Bit­terns were seen at Calde­cotte Lake (27th) and Mar­sworth Reser­voir (2nd & 5th). A Pin­tail was at Gayhurst Quarry (15th). A Scaup was at Willen Lakes (16th-18th). Jack Snipe were seen at Broughton, Ayles­bury (6th) and Stoke Com­mon (17th). A Mediter­ranean Gull was seen at Edg­cott (24th). A Short-eared Owl was at Em­ber­ton (27th). Two Firecrests were at Weston Turville Reser­voir (23rd) and 31 Tree Spar­rows were at Lit­tle Linford Wood (5th). Adam Bas­sett (www.bucks­bird­club.co.uk)

HAMP­SHIRE

BLASHFORD LAKES/AVON VAL­LEY: High­lights in­cluded a Scaup, Fer­rug­i­nous Duck, Red-breasted Mer­ganser, two Cat­tle Egrets at Har­bridge, two Caspian Gulls, a White-fronted Goose, Black-necked Grebe, Bit­tern, two Great White Egrets, a Wa­ter Pipit, six Mediter­ranean Gulls, two Ring-billed Gulls, six Yel­low-legged Gulls, two Bram­blings, sev­eral Siskin, 126 Cor­morants, 271 Gad­wall, 110 Shov­el­ers, 17 Gold­eneyes, 1,000 Com­mon Gulls and 5,900 Lesser Black-backed Gulls. FARLINGTON MARSHES/LANGSTONE HAR­BOUR: There was a Red Kite, Mer­lin, Barn Owl, Marsh Har­rier, Spot­ted Red­shank, four Short-eared Owls and five Bearded Tits. The har­bour held a Scaup, two Long-tailed Ducks, a Great North­ern Diver, Red-necked Grebe, Slavo­nian Grebe, 12 Black-necked Grebes, 54 Avo­cets and 91 Great Crested Grebes. LYMINGTON-MIL­FORD-ON-SEA: There were six Spoon­bills, a Whim­brel, Caspian Gull, Wa­ter Pipit, four Marsh Har­ri­ers, ten Avo­cets, good num­bers of Golden Plovers and Knot and a few Ruff, Spot­ted Red­shanks, Cetti’s War­blers, Dart­ford War­blers and Bearded Tits. A Red-throated Diver, Great North­ern Diver, four Slavo­nian Grebes, a Guille­mot, three Ra­zor­bills and Gan­nets were off­shore. TITCHFIELD HAVEN: High­lights in­cluded a Bit­tern, three Cat­tle Egrets, four Wa­ter Pip­its, a Snow Bunt­ing, Lit­tle Gull, five Marsh Har­ri­ers, a King­fisher, seven Bearded Tits, two Firecrests, 80 Snipe and five Jack Snipe. The sea be­tween Hill Head and Chill­ing pro­duced 59 Bar­na­cle Geese, six Scaup, 60 Eiders, a Long-tailed Duck, 16 Com­mon Scot­ers, a Goosander, Red-throated Diver and Black-necked Grebe. OTHER SITES: A Lit­tle Bunt­ing was at Ports­down Hill. Eight Cat­tle Egrets were at War­bling­ton at the be­gin­ning of the month, with oth­ers at Eling, Har­bridge and Pin­gle­stone Cress Beds. Waxwings were at Over­ton, Test­wood Lakes, Winch­ester and eight at Bas­ingstoke. A Black Brant was at Hayling Is­land. A few Scaup were at Sow­ley Pond, Test­wood Lakes and Mayflower Park-southamp­ton.vel­vet Scot­ers were off Sandy Point-hayling Is­land. A Long-tailed Duck was in Cams Bay. All three divers were seen, in­clud­ing a long-stay­ing Black-throated Diver in Chich­ester Har­bour. A few Slavo­nian and Black-necked Grebes were seen away from their reg­u­lar lo­ca­tions. A Bit­tern was at Test­wood Lakes and a Great White Egret at Grey­well. Hen Har­ri­ers were in the New For­est and in the Al­res­ford area. A Ring-billed Gull was at Test­wood Lakes. A Caspian Gull was at Black Point-hayling Is­land. A Glau­cous Gull was at Black Point. Five Wa­ter Pip­its were at Lower Test Marshes and six at Al­res­ford Cress Beds. Black Red­starts were at Haslar Creek, Hayling Is­land, Portch­ester and South­sea Cas­tle. A Dart­ford War­bler was un­usual at Butser Hill. Two Siberian Chif­fchaffs were at Darby Green. Great Grey Shrikes were in the New For­est. Away from the For­est, Hawfinches were at Lake­side, Parn­holt Wood, Rom­sey, Weston Com­mon, and West Walk. Richard Car­pen­ter

HERT­FORD­SHIRE

HIGH­LIGHTS: There was a small in­flux of Waxwings, with birds seen at Tring Hemel, Hemp­stead, Berkhamp­sted, Garston, Hod­des­don, Pot­ters Bar and 36 at Cheshunt. Hawfinches were at Worm­ley West End (8th)

and Brox­bourne Woods (24th). Three Smew were at Amwell, with a White-fronted Goose there (24th). A Wa­ter Pipit was at Rye Meads. A Smew was seen at Stock­ers Lake. A dark-bel­lied Brent Goose was at Wil­stone Reser­voir (27th). Two Great White Egrets were at Tyt­ten­hanger GP. Robin Chit­ten­den. For the lat­est bird news, please phone 09068 700 245. Calls to 09068 700 245 from a land­line or mo­bile phone cost 65p per minute plus your phone com­pany ac­cess charge. Ser­vice pro­vided by Bird­line East Anglia. For en­quiries please call 0330 333 6946 or 07941 333 970; www.bird­li­neeas­t­an­glia.co.uk

KENT

HIGH­LIGHTS: A Pine Bunt­ing was seen well near Lit­tle Murston, Sit­ting­bourne (24th-28th). Dun­geness RSPB held a Ring-necked Duck through­out, 15 Great White Egrets (2nd), a Slavo­nian Grebe and Smew (3rd), Long-eared Owl (4th), Scaup, Caspian Gull and 53 Bewick’s Swans (8th), and 17 White-fronted Geese (24th). Shell Ness/swale NNR had 170 White­fronts and a Crane (1st-19th), and a Hen Har­rier on sev­eral dates. Cat­tle Egrets were at Hare­plain and Wick­ham­breaux (2nd). An­other was at Stod­marsh (8th-15th), plus three Hen Har­ri­ers. Cranes were at Elm­ley (11th) and Min­ster (25th). A Siberian Chif­fchaff was at Rod­mer­sham (19th-20th), with four Waxwings also seen there. A Richard’s Pipit was at Graveney Marshes (21st). Two Great White Egrets were at Wal­land Marsh (29th) and one at Con­ning­brook Lakes CP for most of the month. Harty Marshes, Shep­pey had a Crane (30th), Short-eared Owl and Hen Har­rier.

SUR­REY

HIGH­LIGHTS: The long-stay­ing Long-tailed Duck re­mained at Fren­sham Lit­tle Pond (to 17th). A Rose-coloured Star­ling was at Hedge­court Lake (5th), pre­sum­ably the same bird pre­vi­ously seen at Croy­don. A Siberian Stonechat was at Bed­ding­ton SF in­ter­mit­tently (6th-17th). Waxwings were re­ported from sev­eral lo­ca­tions in small num­bers, in­clud­ing 17 at Ewell. LON­DON WET­LAND CEN­TRE: Six Bit­terns were counted (20th). Other high­lights were Bearded Tit, Caspian Gull, Firecrest, Jack Snipe, Pin­tail, Wa­ter Pipit and Waxwing. STAINES RESER­VOIRS: Three Smew were at Staines (5th). A Great North­ern Diver was present (2nd). Black-necked Grebe, Brent Goose, Caspian Gull, Kit­ti­wake and Scaup were noted. OTHER SUR­REY WA­TER­WAYS: Bed­ding­ton SF had Caspian, Glau­cous and Ice­land Gulls, five Wa­ter Pip­its and six Jack Snipe. A Red-crested Pochard was on Bur­ton Mill Pond (26th-29th). A Red-breasted Mer­ganser joined 17 Goosanders at East Hors­ley (from 10th). OTHER SITES: Staines Moor had a Golden Plover, two Jack Snipe and two Wa­ter Pip­its (14th) and a Short-eared Owl (4th). Golden Plovers were also at Tice’s Meadow, Farn­ham (2nd). A Mer­lin hunted Star­lings at West Clan­don (10th). Great Grey Shrikes re­mained at Fren­sham Com­mon and Thurs­ley Com­mon, with an­other at Farn­ham Heath (21st) and Ash Ranges (23rd). Peter Bryant

SUS­SEX

EAST SUS­SEX: Three Cat­tle Egrets were around Pid­dinghoe and Tar­ring Neville (1st-5th). The reg­u­lar Great Grey Shrike was seen at Wrens War­ren, Ash­down For­est (4th-14th). A Great White Egret was at Scot­ney GP (14th), with two La­p­land Buntings there (20th-21st). A Serin sang reg­u­larly at Tide Mills (from 16th). A Long-tailed Duck was at West Rise Marsh, East­bourne (3rd-31st). Four Short-eared Owls were on Pevensey Lev­els (5th). Two Vel­vet Scot­ers were off Pett Level (10th-27th). A Glau­cous Gull was recorded at Rye Har­bour (11th). Waxwings were seen in rea­son­able num­bers at Crow­bor­ough, Holling­bury and Lewes. WEST SUS­SEX: The Rose-coloured Star­ling re­mained in a Craw­ley gar­den. Two Siberian Chif­fchaffs were at Cold­waltham STW (4th) with one also there later in the month. A Great White Egret and six Bewick’s Swans were at Arun­del (3rd), with 12 Bewick’s Swans later in the month and a Red-breasted Goose there (13th). The Great Grey Shrike re­mained around Waltham Brooks.

Taiga Bean Goose, Pett Level, East Sus­sex, 3 Jan­uary

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