20 December 2013

Woodcock at the patch

Another successful night-birding session at Staines Moor this evening. Quieter than last night but then it was quite windy and it started raining at 18:15, but 1 Woodcock showed very well in the north-east corner, and 7(1H) Common Snipe and 5 Mallard dropping into one of the pools were seen.

Highlights from the Moor during the day were 1 Common Chiffchaff along the mainline railway embankment, 1 Red Kite NW, 1 Common Buzzard W mobbed by Carrion Crows, 1 Little Egret, 110+ Fieldfare still at the north end, 5+ Redwing, 2(1m, 1f) Stonechat along the Colne, 1 Egyptian Goose E, 1 Little Grebe, 3 Mute Swan, 6 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6+ Linnet, 2 Skylark S, 7 Meadow Pipit (mainly N), 1 Common Snipe, 1+ Kestrel and 15 Magpie (a high site count). The pools on the Moor are filling up nicely with all this rain.

Woodcock this evening at Staines Moor

Part of the large Fieldfare flock currently present at the north end


  1. Obviously that Devon Woodcock training you had last year played a big part in this!

    1. Without a doubt! I even took a leaf out of your book and had my camera safely packed away in my bag 'n everything! No joke. The bird just sat there while I unpacked the bag, set up the tripod and got the camera sorted!