20th March

Weather: NNE to E f1-3, mainly overcast with the odd brighter spell, 6-8°C

The finch flock continues to break up and leave the farm, although an increase in thrush numbers saw to it that observers were kept busy scoping the southern fields. A thorough search of the woods during the morning revealed at least 2 Woodcock.

Canons Farm: 1 GREY HERON , 5 COMMON BUZZARD, 1 KESTREL, 4 COMMON GULL, 10 STOCK DOVE, 15+ SKYLARK, 400+ FIELDFARE (spread across Bunting, Tart's and Bog Fields, plus Legal & General), 120+ REDWING (mostly Bog Field), 1 MISTLE THRUSH, 125+ CHAFFINCH (Quail Field), 50+ LINNET (mostly Bunting Field), 1 YELLOWHAMMER (Watch Point)

Banstead Woods: 6 COMMON BUZZARD (4 over Hither Field, 2 in the Estate), 1 SPARROWHAWK (♀), 3 KESTREL (♀ Holly Lane Meadow Hither Field), 1 PHEASANT ( in Holly Lane Meadow), 2 WOODCOCK (Estate), 1 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, 6 GREEN WOODPECKER, 4 GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER,13 ROSE-RINGED PARAKEET, 6 STOCK DOVE, 1 SKYLARK (Hither Field), 9 NUTHATCH, 5 TREECREEPER, 1 LONG-TAILED TIT, 20+ REDWING, 1 MISTLE THRUSH, 3 JAY, 8 ROOK (Outwood Lane rookery), 6 SISKIN, 4 BULLFINCH,1 YELLOWHAMMER (over Piddly Pond).

Other wildlife: 1 Roe Deer (Sheep Brow), 1 Red Fox (Holly Lane Meadow)

Observers: Steve Gale, Ian Pratley, Ian Ward