19 December 2013

Night-birding at Staines Moor

Spent two hours from dusk night-birding around the Moor, until the heavens opened and lightning started flashing across the sky, when I thought, bugger this I'm off! Highlights were 2+ Woodcock scurrying around the anthills at the north end, 2 Jack Snipe accidentally flushed from one of the iris channels (and another probable that flew up from the Colne) and 15(11 H) Common Snipe.

In the afternoon 7 Little Grebe (my highest site count), 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2(1m, 1f) Stonechat, 122+ Fieldfare at the north end, 1+ Pied Wagtail, 3 Mute Swan, and 10 Linnet coming to roost were noted. On Stanwell Moor c25 Common Teal, 2 Shoveler, 3 Mallard, 1 Kingfisher, c40 Goldfinch and 1 Kestrel were logged.


  1. Hi Lee,

    At one point we were a couple of hundred yards behind you tonight, also looking for Jack Snipe but did not see any at all. What do you mean by the 'iris channels' ?


    1. Hi Stuart, The iris channels are at the north end - each has a wooden bridge that crosses them. If you give me your email address I have a map of the Moor that I can email to you.