20th January 2017

Seven Northern Lapwings which sailed in low mid-morning and took an interest in the fields at the farm were the clear highlight of another glorious day. Two Siskins over the farm and seven redpolls (three over the farm and four skittish birds between Harholt Plantation and Piddly Pond) added further interest. Three Meadow Pipits were creeping about the turf in Hither Field and another shot up from Horse Pasture. A Little Owl was showing again on the east side of Horse Pasture and two Lesser Black-backed Gulls flew over the farm.

Other sightings included a ♂ Pheasant, a Sparrowhawk, a Common Buzzard, two Common Gulls, an adult ♂ Kestrel, 70 Fieldfares, 30 Redwings, a Mistle Thrush, two Greenfinches and 17 Linnets at the farm, in addition to another adult ♂ Kestrel, two Rooks, three Redwings and two Bullfinches in the Banstead Woods sector.

Northern Lapwings over Bog Field
♂ Bullfinch near Piddly Pond
Lesser Redpoll near Harholt Plantation
Green Woodpecker, Hither Field
Meadow Pipit, Hither Field
Linnets, Round Meadow
Rook over Rambler's Rest

David Campbell (photos) and Darragh Culley