1st January 2017

A reasonable start to the year, with most of the day's coverage devoted to the farm. Three adult Great Black-backed Gulls, two adult Lesser Black-backed Gulls and a Grey Heron flew over. Lunch Wood was visited by a Lesser Redpoll. A Meadow Pipit was still kicking around and Broadfield held 21 Yellowhammers and seven Rooks while 23 Skylarks were mainly in Infront George. Having become a bit thin on the ground of late, a Collared Dove singing at Legal & General was welcome. A Sparrowhawk, three Common Buzzards, three Common Gulls, a Kestrel, 200 Redwings, 20 Fieldfares, eight Bullfinches, three Greenfinches and 50 Goldfinches were also seen at the farm.

In the Banstead Woods sector, the female Stonechat was back in Hither Field and a ♂ Pheasant was heard.

adult Great Black-backed Gulls
 The year list sits on 49 species.

David Campbell (photo), Paul Goodman, Ian Magness and Phil Wallace