Birds on the ground included 5 Stonechat (3m, 2f), 2 Common Snipe, 1 Goldcrest, 40+ Linnet and small numbers of Skylark and Meadow Pipit. 7 Mute Swan on the Colne is a high site count. c150 Wood Pigeon and 1+ Sparrowhawk were also noted, as well as 1 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Chiffchaff (H) and 1f Pheasant at Stanwell Moor.
|Female Stonechat. Stonechats are pretty scarce passage migrants and|
occasional winter visitors at the moor.
|Male Stonechat. Six birds were reported yesterday.|
It's a real shame that the weedy field in the south-western corner of Stanwell Moor has been cut. This was bringing in a lot of birds and would have been a good food source for the winter. I can't see why this field has been cut at this particular time? If businesses considered wildlife more, for example, by delaying cutting until the end of winter, they could make a big difference at little, if any, expense to the company. Things like this are so frustrating.