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All sightings are posted in good faith, but have not necessarily been formally authenticated
 

SEPTEMBER 2020

SEEN

WHERE

1st -  Red kite, 2-3 sparrowhawk,25+ buzzard, kestrel, 13+ swallow, 7 house martin, juvenile whinchat, 4 redstart, 8+ chiffchaff, 2 raven, about 9 spotted flycatcher, juvenile pied flycatcher, 20+ siskin. Also several stonechats, mostly juvenile, Dartford warbler and barn owl. Black Down
6th - Caterpillars of vapourer moth Click for photo and sawfly Click for photo on roses. Also a millipede nearby Click for photo Pathfields Close
7th – Three badgers foraging on lawn Petworth Road garden
7th – 8 -12 raven Black Down
7th/8th - 2 juvenile male goshawk, 2-3 redstart, 2+ spotted flycatcher Black Down
8th - 8+ crossbill, lesser redpoll, grey wagtail, adult male peregrine, blackcap Black Down
9th - Adult hobby Black Down
10th - 4 lesser black-backed gull, 15+ meadow pipit, 35 swallow, 19 stonechat (possibly a site record), whinchat, 7+ Dartford warbler, tree pipit Black Down
10th - Osprey Over Black Down, then over Fernhurst
11th - Male Reeve’s muntjac passing through garden. (Has been heard barking repeatedly in nearby woodland for several days now).   Petworth Road
11th - 20+ Siskin feeding and chattering in conifer trees Furnace Place
11th - 2 tree pipit, 2 hobby mobbing a buzzard, 50 house martin, male peregrine, juvenile/1st winter male ring ouzel, 50+ siskin Black Down
13th – Brimstone moth     Click for photo Furnace Place
13th - Painted lady butterfly on Verbena bonariensis     Click for photo Headley garden
13th - Moth trap captures: sexton beetle with mites visible Click for photo, dusky thorn moth and August thorn moth Click for photo Killinghurst Lane garden
14th - 2 Southern hawker dragonflies  Click for photo Killinghurst Lane garden
14th - Saffon bolete Leccinellum crocipodium  Click for photo Killinghurst Lane garden

AUGUST 2020

SEEN

WHERE

Early in month - Bateleur reported (with jesses!). Perhaps the one recently escaped from UK Bird of Prey Centre. Over Black Down
 2nd – Ferret checking out log store for resident rabbits   Click for photo Furnace Place
4th - Two silver-studded blue butterflies Black Down
4th – Roe deer accompanied by well grown juvenile    Click for photo Petworth Road garden
4th - Honey-buzzard, 6 buzzard, 2 kestrel, 1-2 hobby, swift, 2 juvenile wheatear, 7+ mistle thrush, 1+ spotted flycatcher, pair of raven Black Down
4th – Bataleur sitting on path, then perching in tree   Click for photo Black Down
4th - Holly blue butterfly Braeside Close garden
7th - Sparrowhawk, 10 buzzard, 3 kestrel, 5great spotted woodpecker, 2+ green woodpecker, 12+ swallow, 15+ stonechat, juvenile whinchat, 8+ Dartford warbler, whitethroat, blackcap, 4-5 willow warbler, 3+ chiffchaff, 12+ spotted flycatcher, pair of raven, 4+ linnet, 4+ bullfinch, 2+ crossbill Black Down
9th – Two juvenile buzzards calling noisily from high in Douglas fir    Click for photo Woodland near Petworth Road
9th – Juvenile green woodpecker foraging alone for ants    Click for photo Petworth Road garden
15th – Two juvenile greater horseshoe bats seen roosting in shed    Click for photo Between Midhurst and Petworth
16th - Redstart Witley Farm
17th - 4 swift, 5+ house martin, 4+ mistle thrush, whitethroat, 3 spotted flycatcher, 2 redstart Black Down
17th/18th - Male honey-buzzard (in a protracted tussle with one of two raven at one stage) Black Down
18th - Hobby hunting hirundines Over Weycombe Road
18th - 2 redstart (different birds to those seen yesterday), red kite, juvenile female goshawk,4 tree pipit, 2+ swallow, 5+ crossbill Black Down
18th – Parasitic fly Phasia pusilla    Click for photo Petworth Road garden
23rd – Sawfly Arge pagana laying eggs in rose stem     Click for photo Pathfields Close
24th - Red kite, redstart and wheatear Black Down
24th - Heron aggressively chasing young buzzard which eventually escaped uninjured Furnace Place
26th - Juvenile goshawks - one mobbing a buzzard, the other turning tables on an unwise male sparrowhawk Black Down
26th - 9+ buzzard, 2 kestrel, adult male hobby, 4+ chiffchaff, 2 raven, 10 crossbill Black Down
30th - Blackcap     Chase Lane
30th - Red kite, juvenile male goshawk, sparrowhawk, 14+ buzzard, kestrel, 13 house martin, swallow, juvenile male redstart bathing in puddle, 3+ chiffchaff, 3 raven, 5 crossbill, 5 waders seen in flight - almost certainly golden plover Black Down
31st - Young buzzard narrowly missing catching a baby rabbit on lawn Furnace Place
31st - Female redstart and 2 Dartford warblers Black Down

JULY 2020

SEEN

WHERE

1st - Group of 9 swifts seen high in the sky Over Fernhurst
2nd- Badger and two fox cubs(at separate times) under the bird feeder, when all the nuts fell onto the ground! Glebe Road, Fernhurst garden
4th - Red admiral butterfly Hill Road garden
4th onwards - Two black swan adults and two semi black young adults Click for photo. Other sightings only 1 or two swans - most unusual 4 swan grouping Benbow Pond
5th – Silver washed fritillary, gatekeeper, meadow brown, peacock butterflies Myrtle Farm, Rake
6th – Purple emperor butterfly with damaged wing found indoors  Click for photo  Furnace Place
6th – Clouds of marbled white butterflies Valewood
6th – Lots of jackdaws Haslemere Recreation Ground
11th – Buzzard swooping unsuccessfully after baby rabbit Petworth Road garden
11th – Purple emperor butterfly, in my greenhouse  Click for photo  Hammer Vale
11th – Wood white butterfly, summer brood Chiddingfold Forest
11th – Gatekeeper butterfly Plaistow garden
12th – Silver-washed fritillary, meadow brown, comma, peacock, brimstone and small white butterflies Petworth Road garden
13th – Roesel’s bush cricket. A rare long winged form only seen in S England in hot summers  Click for photo Killinghurst Lane garden patio
13th – Kestrel parents working hard to keep fledglings well fed Furnace Place
13th -   Butterflies: Marbled white, 7 small copper and a purple hairstreak Meadow at Lynchmere
13th – Pair of willow warblers foraging in shrubs  Click for photo Petworth Road garden
18th - Yellow bird's-nest Hypopitys monotropa - a rare saprophytic plant Click for photo Bramshott Common
19th - Wild bee immobilised by a crab spider on everlasting sweet pea  Click for photo Chiddingfold garden
19th - Frog in improvised pond/ birdbath Click for photo  A toad also seen near the water source. Chiddingfold garden
20th - White-letter hairstreak butterfly Click for photo Tower Road, Hindhead garden
20th – Nine greater horseshoe bats emerging from roost Between Midhurst and Petworth
21st - Common blue and purple hairstreak butterfllies in oak canopy Plaistow garden
23rd/24th -  A pair of hobbies hunting high amongst a flock of juvenile swifts Over Haslemere High Street
24th - Solitary clouded yellow butterfly Marchant's Hill
24th - Ring ousel flying up into yew foliage Lurgashall.
24th – Elephant hawk moth caterpillar found crawling along pavement Click for photo    Petworth Road
25th - Two young buzzards practising catching thermals and diving techniques Over Furnace Place
26th - Six spot burnet moth on lavender beside feverfew and herb robert   Click for photo   Chiddingfold garden
26th - Full size greater burdock in flower visited by honeybees Click for photo  Chiddingfold garden
28th – Holly blue butterfly Braeside Close garden
29th – Wood mouse at bird feeder on kitchen window   Click for photo Petworth Road
29th – Dozens of grayling butterflies sunning themselves on the tracks and bridleways Hankley Common
30th - Unusual broad-leaved helleborine variant with purple flowers  Click for photo Bramshott Common
30th - Red-banded sand wasp carrying and burying a paralysed caterpillar  Click for photo    Click for video Bramshott Common

JUNE 2020

SEEN

WHERE

1st - Meadow brown butterflies Grayswood Common
1st - Meadow brown butterflies Meadow next to Killinghurst Lane
2nd - Large skipper butterfly Garden at Plaistow
3rd – Raven pursued by two angry carrion crows From Haste Hill to Swan Barn Farm
3rd – Broad-bordered hawkmoth found dead beneath hedge   Click for photo   
4th - Meadow brown butterfly   Click for photo Killinghurst Lane field
13th - Large red damselfly Click for photo and common blue damselflies mating Click for photo Ebernoe
13th - Common spotted orchid   Click for photo Ebernoe
15th – Silver-washed fritillary, marbled whites, ringlets and white
admiral butterflies
Wood near Plaistow
17th - Marbled white butterfly  Click for photo Ifold garden
18th - Turtle dove heard for 2 weeks previously and then seen by bird feeder  Gardens in Durfold Wood, near Plaistow
19th - Buff-tip moth resting on hose pipe   Click for photo Killinghurst Lane garden
19th -  Marbled white butterfly Garden at Plaistow
19th -  Toad, large Plaistow garden
19th -  Glowworm               Plaistow garden
22nd – Male bullfinch Click for photo, mistle thrush Click for photo  Ifold garden
24th - Clattering of jackdaws Over Hill Road garden
26th - Flock of 20+ long tailed tits Furnace Place garden
26th - Fox Click for photo and badger Click for photo Ifold garden
26th - Six species of bats detected overnight. Common pipistrelle, noctule, serotine, western barbastelle, brown long-eared and an unidentified Myotis species.

Over Petworth Road garden

27th - Comma butterfly freed after being found in living room Furnace Place
28th - Southern hawker dragonfly Aeshna cyanea   Click for photo Hill Road garden
28th - Marbled white, meadow brown and ringlet butterflies Swan Barn Farm
Late in month - Hedgehog Pathfields Close
Late in month - Garden snail found upstairs on a chair   Click for photo Pathfields Close

MAY 2020

SEEN

WHERE

Early in month - Increasing amount of roadkill - foxes, badgers and several deer from very small to medium size. Perhaps as a result of quieter roads and faster traffic A3 between Hindhead and Liphook
1st - Mason bee nest cells found tucked into window frame  Click for photo Petworth Road
2nd - Speckled wood butterfly Pararge aegerig  Click for photo then a speckled yellow day flying moth Pseudopanthera macularia  Click for photo Killinghurst Lane
3rd - Sparrowhawk consuming a sparrow which it caught in our courtyard  Click for photo Church Road. Milford
4th - Young roebuck frolicking Click for photo (photographed by trail camera). Later a badger seen foraging for worms Click for photo Petworth Road garden
4th - Little grebe, 2 mandarin in flight, 3 red kite, 3 sparrowhawk, 22+ buzzard, 1-2 hobby, lesser black-backed gull, herring gull, male cuckoo, 45 swift, 3+ male woodlark, 5 male tree pipit, 10 house martin, 4+ swallow, 2 male stonechat and also a pair, 3 male redstart, 6+ whitethroat, garden warbler, 2 Dartford warbler, crossbills calling Black Down
4th - Osprey descending to roost about midday Valewood
5th – Male and female Reeve’s muntjac browsing in garden Petworth Road
5th – Tree pipit displaying Lynchmere Common
6th - Green-veined white butterfly nectaring on bugle  Click for photo Killinghurst Lane garden
6th - 8 swifts Border Road, Critchmere
6th - First fledged stonechat Black Down
6th - Water vole reported climbing the bank Fernden Lane, Haslemere
7th - 6 wood white butterflies Wood near Plaistow
7th - Cuckoo seen and heard Frensham Common
7th – Female cuckoo heard, at least one male still present Black Down
7th – Beautiful demoiselles both males and females Sandy Lane, Frensham
7th – Several holly blue butterflies Old A3 at Punchbow
8th – 5 woodlark, about 70 common crossbill Black Down
9th – Small copper butterfly on dovesfoot cranesbill Hankley Golf Club bridleway
9th – 4 swallows on wires Farmland near Plaistow
9th – Apparently heavily pregnant roe deer accompanied by large buck Petworth Road garden
9th -  Nightingale still singing Lower Roundhurst Farm
10th - Grey wagtail, very likely feeding young Bunch Lane
10th - 7-8 red kite including a party of 4, 8 swift, pair of raven Gibbet Hill/Inval
10th - Hobby High Button
10th - 10 common crossbill Hindhead Common
10th - 6 to 8 baby newts and a few frog tadpoles In Lion Lane garden pond
12th – 12-inch slow worm Hindhead garden
12th – Pairs of large red damselflies Pyrrhosoma nymphula mating in sunshine   Click for photo Swan Barn Farm
15th - Male peregrine soaring Black Down
15th - Nightjar churring, cuckoo still calling Black Down
15th - Dog rose     Click for photo Boundless Road, south of Thursley, alongside A3
17th - Grounded female serotine bat taken into care Bordon
17th - Male cuckoos calling at three locations Lower North Park Farm, Northpark Copse and Woolbeding Common
17th - Male woodlark singing West of Fernhurst
17th - Family party of 4-5 woodlark Woolbeding Common
18th - Lizard and a pair of swans with 2 cygnets Frensham Little Pond
19th - 9 red kite Black Down
19th - Up to 6 nightjars and 1-2 roding woodcock Black Down
19th - Pair of woodlark and a single male, singing tree pipit, adult Mediterranean gull in flight Trotton Marsh
19th - Tufted duck pair Cook's Pond
19th - 1+ grey wagtail Combe Pond
19th - Male and female beautiful demoiselles Sandy Lane, Frensham Common
20th - Small heath butterfly Field east of Chiddingfold
20th/21st – Much bat activity detected during overnight acoustic survey: common and soprano pipistrelle, noctule, serotine, Natterer, barbastelle and brown long-eared bats Petworth Road garden
21st  – Cluster of 5 greater horseshoe bats in barn roof    Click for photo Between Midhurst and Petworth
21st – Many azure damselflies Click for photo  and a single male broad-bodied chaser   Click for photo Swan Barn Farm
21st – Alder leaf beetle Agelastica alni mating pair. First site record of this formerly rare species   Click for photo Witley Common
21st – Stonechat male feeding small fledgling. Probably the fist breeding record for 35 - 40 years! Milford Common
21st – Duke of Burgundy butterfly   Click for photo Noar Hill
21st – Pair of nightingales singing Noar Hill
22nd - White ermine moth Spilosoma lubricipeda Click for photo    Also a bird box taken over by bees – probably Bombus hypnorum Furnace Place
23rd - Blue tit fledgling contemplating leaving its nest in dormouse box   Click for photo Killinghurst Lane woods
23rd - Bullfinch, one of a pair, visiting our garden   Click for photo Church Road, Milford
24th - Bird's-nest orchids - 14 flower spikes   Click for photo Hammer
25th - Small tortoiseshell butterfly Plaistow garden
25th - Red kite Over Plaistow garden
27th - Common blue butterfly Wood near Plaistow
27th - Nightingale heard and seen Old Lands woods
27th - Common spotted orchids coming into flower alongside the tracks Old Lands woods
27th - Small heath butterfly Dunsfold Ryse
28th - Green hairstreak butterfly on heather Hindhead Golf Course
31st - Meadow brown butterfly Plaistow garden

 APRIL 2020

SEEN

WHERE

2nd -  Flurry of bats on the wing during a mild evening – common pipistrelle, brown long-eared, serotine, noctule and an unidentified Myotis species

Petworth Road garden

3rd - Dark-edged bee-fly Bombilius major   Click for photo

Petworth Road garden

4th - One of several early purple orchids    Click for photo

Killinghurst Lane woodland

4th -  Tortoiseshell butterfly    

Whitmore Vale Woods

5th – 5 spot ladybird land on my bare arm

Lion Lane garden

5th – Peacock butterfly rescued from inside workshop window    Click for photo

Church Rd. Milford

5th – Jumping spider Salticus scenicus on window    Click for photo

Petworth Road

7th - Orange-tip butterfly

Hindhead garden

7th – Blackcap singing. Tawny owl calling and 2 pipistrelle bats in flight

Weycombe Road garden

8th – Sparrowhawk, 7 buzzard, green and greater spotted woodpeckers, 2 swallow, firecrest singing, marsh tit, 5 chaffinch

Weycombe Road garden

8th - Cormorant, grey heron, 3 red kite, sparrowhawk, 26+ buzzard, kestrel, green woodpecker, meadow pipit1-2 swallow, 3+ redwing,15 fieldfare

Between Haslemere and Witley Farm

8th - Flock of around 30 crossbills, some linnets, pair stonechat, red kite, male sparrowhawk

Black Down

8th - 2 mandarin duck in flight. Also linnets.

Valewood

8th & 9th - Stock doves Click for photo and a white dove Click for photo  coming regularly to enjoy our bird food

Church Rd. Milford

9th - Two orange-tip butterflies

Killinghurst Lane

9th - Skylark singing his heart out and flying as high as he could

Killinghurst Lane

9th - 4 buzzard

Haslemere town centre

9th - Up to 5 tree pipit, 3 woodlark, 4 stonechat territories, 4 Dartford warbler territories including two males displaying at each other by holding one wing up beside their head and some song flighting, male blackcap, whitethroat, 5+ willow warbler, 30+ crossbill, many crossbills

Black Down

9th – Orange-tip butterfly

Headley garden

9th - Two holly blue butterflies dancing along our hedge which contains a good amount of holly

Church Rd. Milford

10th – Male dormouse found nesting during roof repairs   Click for photo

Lodsworth

10th - Orange-tip Butterfly

Church Rd. Milford

11th – Jackdaw emerging from tree hole for brief respite from incubation duties to preen in sunshine    Click for photo

Woodland off Petworth Road

11th – Wasp Ancistrocerus sp.    Click for photo

Petworth Road garden

11th – Cuckoo calling

Black Down and Petworth Road

11th – Two cuckoos calling

Weavers Down

11th - Noctule bat flying high above railway line towards Haslemere. Also three pipistrelle bats seen regularly over the past few nights.

Weycombe Road

12th - Cuckoo heard 

Garden at Plaistow

12th - Red kite, sparrowhawk, 10+ buzzard, male cuckoo, woodlark, stonechat, 2 redstart, 2 Dartford warbler, 3 firecrest, marsh tit, raven

Devil's Punch Bowl

12th - Male marsh harrier, woodlark, tree pipit, Dartford warbler

Hindhead Common

12th - Male firecrest

Stoatley Hollow

12th – Slow worm attacked, killed and eaten by magpie

Petworth Road garden

12th – 2 red kite. Also red fox, deer and a grass snake.

Hindhead Golf Course

13th – Grounded pipistrelle bat taken into care

Hydestile

13th - Roebuck still moulting winter coat, but now having shed all velvet from antlers   Click for photo

Petworth Road garden

13th - 2 singing male firecrest

Bunch Lane

13th - Pair of Egyptian geese

Polo pitch west of Witley Farm

13th - Singing male firecrest

Hindhead Common 

14th – Reeve’s muntjac   Click for photo

Petworth Road garden

14th – 1-2 singing male firecrests

Farnham Lane

14th – 1 singing male marsh tit

Gibbet Hill

14th – Raven

Over Inval

15th – Holly blue butterfly

Petworth Road garden

15th – Singing male firecrest

Top of Haste Hill

15th – 3 wood lark, 4 singing male tree pipit, 3 singing male stonechat, 1 briefly singing male redstart, 2 singing male Dartford warbler, 3 singing male whitethroat, raven, flock of crossbills

Black Down

15th – Few-flowered leek    Click for photo

Lynchmere Common

16th - 2 cock goldfinch sharing my bird bath this morning

Lion Lane garden

16th - Red kite, 7+ buzzard

Inval and Hindhead Common

16th - Male tree pipit, male woodlark, male stonechat and a pair,

Hindhead Common

16th - Red kite

Over Weydown Road

16th - Swallow, crossbill

Gibbet Hill

16th - Male firecrest

Farnham Lane

16th - Male firecrest

Stoatley Hollow

16th - Male firecrest

Bunch Lane 

18th – About 30 crossbills flying over

Black Down

18th – Reeve’s muntjac and roe deer cautiously introducing themselves   Click for photo

Petworth Road garden

18th – Kestrel, male tree pipit, 1+ male wood lark, 4 swallow, pair stonechat

Hindhead Common

18th – Firecrest

High Button

18th – 2 firecrest

Stoatley Hollow

19th – 3 red kite, 3 sparrowhawk, 26+ buzzard, pair kestrel, 5 male tree pipit, meadow pipit, 5 singing male woodlark and a pair collecting food, 20+ swallow, redstart, 2 Dartford warbler, 4+ whitethroat, male firecrest, 5 crossbill

Black Down & Sheetlands

19th – Pair of kestrel

Valewood

19th – Swallow

Weycombe Road

19th – Male firecrest, male greenfinch

Top of Haste Hill

19th – Male firecrest

Chase Lane

20th - Green-veined white Click for photo and speckled wood butterflies

Woodland along French Lane leading to Bowlhead Green

21st - Comma butterfly     Click for photo

Swan Barn Farm

21st – Many common pipistrelles and a few serotine bats on the wing overnight

Rake

23rd - Male mandarin, 6 singing woodlark, 4 singing male redstart,

Black Down

23rd - Singing male redstart

Hindhead Common

24th - Singing male redstart   

Devil's Punch Bowl

24th - Speckled wood butterfly   

Garden at Plaistow

24th - Two mandarin duck Click for photo and a mallard with 9 ducklings following closely Click for photo

New Pond, near Silkmill

25th - Wood warbler

East side of Devil's Punch Bowl

25th -  2 female sparrowhawk talon-grappling

Near South Park Farm

25th -  2 swift

Over Weycombe Road

25th -  Nightingale

East of Gospel Green

25th -  Nightingale

South of Gospel Green

25th -  Nightingale

Lower Roundhurst Farm

26th - Cuckoo

Witley Farm

26th - Peregrine mobbed by sparrowhawk

High over Haslemere

26th - Pair of raven

Devil's Punch Bowl

27th - Kestrel mobbing red kite

Swan Barn Farm

27th - Red kite, sparrowhawk, 15+ buzzard, 7 lesser black-backed gull, male cuckoo, 4 singing male woodlark plus 2 individuals, 7 singing male tree pipit, 3 swallow, 2 house martin, 2 singing male redstart, 7+ singing male whitethroat, 2 singing male Dartford warbler, about 60 crossbill

Black Down

27th - Firecrest

East end  of Tennyson’s Lane 

MARCH 2020

SEEN

WHERE

2nd -  5+ crossbill

Near Black Down

3rd - 2+ yellowhammer

Woolbeding Common

3rd - Pair of song thrushes

Headley garden

4th - Pair of bullfinches

Headley garden

4th - Great grey shrike and a Dartford warbler

Frensham Little Pond

6th - Bullfinch: 2 pairs feeding on wild plum tree

Garden at Plaistow

6th - Roe deer skull, found amongst leaf litter   Click for photo

Britty Wood, Hampton Estate near Seale

6th - 2 grey wagtail

Upper Lodge

6th - 5 goosander in flight

Flying N towards Black Down

6th - Sparrowhawk taking down wood pigeon, Then plucked it and ripped it apart.

Polecat Valley

7th - Cow parsley ( rather early ? )    Click for photo

In front of Squires Garden Centre,  Milford

8th - Pair of peregrine falcons in flight

Witley Common

9th - Song thrush   Click for photo

Scotlands Close garden

9th -  Some of the early frogspawn pond has now hatched

Lion Lane garden

9th - Pipistrelle bat feeding this afternoon

Over the pond on Chapel Common

10th – Plume moth Amblyptilia acanthadactyla at rest on back door   Click for photo

Petworth Road

11th - Two new fresh lots of frogspawn have just appeared in pond

Lion Lane garden

12th – Skull of female roe deer found beside track   Click for photo

Furnace Place Estate

13th - Pair of song thrush sunbathing on lawn with wings spread

Furnace Place

13th - Several queen bumblebees (white or buff-tailed) accessing porch via doorway gap to nectar at flowering Hyacynths

Lion Lane

13th - Two Egyptian goose - one bird clearly sitting on eggs/brooding young chicks

Milland pond

13th - Three tufted duck

Cooke's Pond

13th - Two red kite, 4+ woodlark, 3+ fieldfare, 10+ yellowhammer

Trotton Marsh 

13th - Male peregrine

East of Trotton Marsh

14th - Male woodlark singing

Black Down

14th -  Noctule bat flying above tree-top height at 4.30pm

Hammer Vale

15th -  Chiffchaff singing. Also woodcock.

Bramshott Common

15th -  5 newts all laying on top of the weed in darkness

Lion Lane garden pond

15th – Woodpecker drumming

Furnace Place

16th - Primroses and wood anemones out and 2 brimstone butterflies seen

Fir Tree Copse

16th - 17 Natterer's bats found in a single batbox

Fir Tree Copse

16th - 2 red kite

E & W of Fernhurst

16th - 2 stock dove

Weycombe Road garden

16th - 3 chiffchaff, 1-2 crossbill

Verdley Wood

16th - Chiffchaff

Upper Lodge

16th - 1-2 brimstone butterfly

Verdley Wood

16th - Butterflies - 3 brimstone and a peacock

Upper Lodge

17th - Muntjac

Black Down

17th - Red kite

Over Haslemere near Waitrose

17th - Red kite, sparrowhawk, female goshawk, 23 buzzard, 2nd year male peregrine, 2 male and a female stonechat, male Dartford warbler, 2-3 raven, 2 crossbill

Black Down

19th – Roebuck in velvet and beginning to moult dozing on grass

Petworth Road garden

20th - 2 adders basking, one with a seven-spot ladybird moving across it   Click for photo

Thursley Common

21st – Brimstone butterfly on the wing

Petworth Road garden

21st - Grey heron perched on railings    Click for photo

Cutmill Pond

21st - Comma butterfly

Devil's Punch Bowl

22nd - Nuthatch in the green house; escaped soon after   Click for photo

Killinghurst Lane

22nd - Stoat ran right up the middle of the lawn then headed for the shed where I think the rabbits are.

Killinghurst Lane garden

22nd - Pipistrelle bat foraging amongst trees in bright sunshine

Witley

23rd - Roebuck in velvet, again resting in garden sunshine    Click for photo

Petworth Road garden

23rd - Red admiral butterfly

Hindhead garden

23rd - Lesser celandine, wood anemone, first bluebell this year, and early dog violet    Click for photo

Killinghurst Lane

23rd - Brimstone butterfly on the wing

Furnace Place

25th - Long tailed-tit came to visit my greenhouse.  It was catching all the little flies on the glass    Click for photo

Killinghurst Lane

25th - Cock pheasant introducing and apparently mating with up to six females

Grayswood

25th - Great crested newt (female) by torchlight  

Pond in Plaistow garden

26th – Tubic moth Endrosis sarcitrella   Click for photo

Petworth Road

28th - Lesser celandine, wood anemone, lady's smock, forget me not, violets

Chiddingfold garden

28th - Peacock butterfly, holly blue and two male brimstone butterflies; wild and honey bees, bumblebees on primroses

Chiddingfold garden

29th - Pair of grey wagtail feasting on insects on sunny sloping roof

Killinghurst Lane

30th – Carpet beetle Anthrenus verbasci    Click for photo  

Petworth Road

FEBRUARY 2020

SEEN

WHERE

2nd -  Frog spawn has appeared in my pond this morning. Last year first sighting was Feb 11th

Lion Lane garden

3rd - Bees busy in wild plum blossom

Garden at Plaistow

7th – Bank vole foraging in garden rockery   Click for photo

Petworth Road

10th – Red kite mobbed by two carrion crows 

Over Milford Sports Ground

15th – Long-eared bat hibernating in NT bat barn

Chase Lane

15th - Natterer’s bat hibernating in NT bat barn 

Nutcombe

16th - First frogspawn of the year. (It was 1st March in 2019 and 22nd February in 2018)   Click for photo

Hill Road garden pond

17th - Firecrest seen on Cornus stems

Pathfields Close

18th - Bats in hibernation: 4 Natterer's, 2 Daubenton's, 3 small woodland Myotis and 2 long-eared

Midhurst

19th - Green woodpecker calling

Furnace Place

21st - Pair of Egyptian geese - arrived in December and seem very much at home

Village pond in Milland

22nd - Male brimstone butterfly

Chiddingfold garden

23rd - During the sunny spells between showers; a solitary bee on a snowdrop and a queen bumblebee passing through

Furnace Place

23rd - Male brimstone butterfly. Also a queen bumble bee, probably Bombus hypnorum   Click for photo

Whitmore Vale

25th - Roe buck with two does browsing amongst shrubbery

Petworth Road garden

25th - Lesser redpoll

Near High Barn Farm

26th - Tufted duck

Cooke's Pond (Milland)

26th - Little egret - approx.10 in flight

Over Elmer's Marsh

29th - Two pairs of bullfinches on ornamental cherry tree

Furnace Place

JANUARY 2020

SEEN

WHERE

1st - Goosanders, 3 male Click for photo, 2 female, several mallard, 2 grey herons, one perched high up in some alders

Cutmill Pond

3rd - Velvet shank fungi Flammulina veluptipes on oak stump    Click for photo

Frensham Common between the Great and Little Pond

3rd - Extremely rare greater horseshoe bat in hibernation   Click for photo

Between Midhurst and Petworth

5th – Male and female roe deer resting on lawn

Petworth Road garden

8th - Just after 4pm,  two bats on the wing

Furnace Place

8th - Mandarin ducks, 10 plus Click for photo, goosanders 12, grey heron, mallards, & 2 kingfishers

Cuttmill Pond

8th - 57 Canada geese    Click for photo

The Moat, Elstead 

8th - 2 adult lesser black-backed gull, 25+ meadow pipit, 15+ linnet, 2 raven

Black Down

9th - A rather handsome, male sparrowhawk causing panic by arriving at bird feeder, Unsuccessful hunt on this occasion.

Furnace Place

9th -  Small tortoiseshell butterfly, on the wing

Hammer Vale garden

9th -  Crossbill

E of Verdley Wood

10th - Grey wagtail

Lurgashall Mill Pond

10th - Male woodlark singing, male crossbill

E of Verdley Wood

10th - Adult female goshawk

S of Fernhurst

10th - 4 red kite, male peregrine falcon

SE of Fernhurst

11th - House sparrows, many   

Haslemere garden

13th - 8 little egret

Elmer's Marsh

13th - Adult female goshawk, 10+ lesser redpoll, crossbills calling, raven

SW of Fernhurst

13th - 4 raven

W of Black Down

13th - Red kite, 2 raven, 40+ meadow pipit, 2 stonechat

Trotton Marsh

13th - Red kite

E of Milland

13th - Grey wagtail

E side of Milland village

13th/14th - Red kite flying low and calling

Killinghurst Lane

14th – Several Natterer’s bats, Daubenton’s Click for photo, long-eared and small woodland bats in hibernation 

Midhurst

14th – Parasola or Coprinopsis sp. fungus found in underground site  

Midhurst

20th - Faded, moth-eaten red admiral butterfly on drive.Click for photo Recovered after being given sugar water.

Killinghurst Lane

20th – 2 long-eared bats hibernating in NT bat barn

Chase Lane

20th - Natterer’s bat hibernating in NT bat barn 

Nutcombe

20th – Cave spider Meta sp. male and female Click for photo with cocoon of spiderlings Click for photo in NT bat barn

Nutcombe

25th - Grey squirrel feasting on rose hips despite savage thorns. Also bullfinches stripping ornamental cherry buds and 6 long-tailed tits on fat balls.

Furnace Place

25th - Wood mouse glimpsed in kitchen

Furnace Place