28th March

Weather: WSW to SW f6-8, heavy rain in early hours, drier by afternoon with reduction in wind strength. Cool.

Storm Katie roared into Surrey during the early hours, felling trees, fence panels and garden furniture in its wake. What the first Northern Wheatear of the year thought of it all, who knows?

Canons Farm: 1 GREY HERON (flew S 10:00 over Bog Field), 2 KESTREL ( in Quail Field & Stoney Nob), c27 STOCK DOVE, 1 GREEN WOODPECKER, 2 GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, c13 SKYLARK, 2 MEADOW PIPIT (Pipit Meadow and Broadfield), 2 PIED WAGTAIL, 1 NORTHERN WHEATEAR ( Broadfield - Horse Pasture, 74th species for the year),1 FIELDFARE, 3 REDWING, 4 SONG THRUSH, 2 TREECREEPER (Ruffett Wood), 1 NUTHATCH, 3 LONG-TAILED TIT, 1 COAL TIT (Pages Acre), 2 GOLDCREST, 5 GREENFINCH, 100+ LINNET (Quail/Skylark Field), c16 GOLDFINCH (including a charm of 11 in Pheasant Field), 3 SISKIN (2 Pages Acre, 1 Ruffett Wood),  10 YELLOWHAMMER (Infront George Field and Quail Field).

Northern Wheatear, 28/03/16 (Ian Magness)
Observers: Paul Goodman, Ian Magness, Ian Ward