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JULY 2019

SEEN

WHERE
2nd - Pyramidal orchids    Click for photo Killinghurst Lane garden
5th - Kestrel perched on pole    Click for photo Killinghurst Lane garden
5th - Soldier beetles mating on wild carrot flower head Click for photo, vipers bugloss Click for photo and lady’s bedstraw Click for photo. Small wild flower meadow on  Puttenham Common
6th – Beautiful demoiselle (female) Calopteryx virgo  Click for photo Petworth Road garden
6th - Grass snake climbing from flower bed into Wasteria but soon abandoning ascent Furnace Place garden
7th – Sparrowhawk perched above bird feeder    Petworth Road garden
7th - At least 15 marbled white butterflies Field between Muddy Lane, Grayswood, and Imbham’s Farm
9th – Silver-washed fritillary   Click for photo Furnace Place garden
10th - An entirely pink grasshopper, possibly a female meadow grasshopper Chorthippus parallelus   Click for photo Bramshott Chase
11th - Bush cricket nymph    Click for photo Chiddingfold garden
12th – Bee-wolf Philanthus triangulum Click for photo and sand wasp Ammophila sabulosa  hunting prey Click for photo Frensham Little Pond
13th - Ringlet butterfly settled on my hand today    Click for photo Killinghurst Lane garden
13th – Comma butterfly basking on a pole, occasionally chasing off other butterflies     Click for photo Chiddingfold garden
16th - Hummingbird hawk moth nectaring on garden flowers   Click for photo Killinghurst Lane
16th – Roe deer sneaking up on dozing fox and chasing it off   Click for photo Petworth Road garden
17th – Juvenile slow worm    Swan Barn Road garden
17th – Drone fly larva out of water, perhaps on its way to pupate   Click for photo Killinghurst Lane garden
17th – Gatekeeper butterflies  Click for photo Hill Road garden
18th – Least carpet moth  Click for photo Milford
19th - Dead white plume moth on carpet  Click for photo  Pathfields Close
20th – Swallow-tailed moth found in bathroom   Click for photo  Hill Road
20th - Two young, rather wet and miserable looking buzzards basking on driveway with wings outstretched to dry off Furnace Place garden
20th - Holly blue butterfly  Click for photo  Chiddingfold garden
21st -  Wood pigeon nesting in tree close to window  Click for photo  Church Road . Milford


JUNE 2019

SEEN

WHERE
Early in month - Common spotted orchids in abundance Almshouse Common meadow
1st - 4 grizzled skipper butterflies Oaken Wood
1st - Nightjar on nest with 2 eggs Thursley Common
1st/2nd - Common and soprano pipistrelles, brown long-eared, barbastelle, serotine, noctule and Daubenton's bats detected in overnight survey Petworth Road garden
2nd - Female broad-bodied chaser Libellula depressa around garden pond Courts Hill Road
3rd - Two ravens Black Down
4th - Male redstart Black Down
5th - Common spotted orchids   Click for photo Chiddingfold garden
5th – Azure damselfly Coenagrion puella Pond in Chase Fields
5th - Fox trotted across garden, around 3.30pm, with a cub in her mouth. Perhaps relocating? Courts Hill Road
6th - Queen tree bumble bee Bombus hypnorum foraging on alkanet Courts Hill Road garden
6th - Newly fledged crow family. Parents and 3 extremely noisy young demanding to be fed all day, Furnace Place
6th - 3 or 4 golden ringed dragonfly swooping  around this week Furnace Place
7th – Pygmy shrew Sorex minutus foraging amongst tools, nuts and bolts on garage bench, quite oblivious to repair work being undertaken only 18" away Petworth Road
8th – Adult slowworm found dead   Click for photo Field between Petworth Road and Swan Barn Farm
9th – Many bumble bees nectaring on Nectaroscordum siculum flowers, including Bombus hypnorum  Click for photo Killinghurst Lane garden  
9th – Group of common spotted orchids  Click for photo Killinghurst Lane garden  
12th - Bee orchid Grounds of Holy Cross Hospital, Shottermill
14th - Grey wagtail parent feeding fledged young Killinghurst Lane garden
14th - 10+ buzzard, 2 raven, male hobby Black Down
14th - Female Dartford warbler performing a distraction display, running along the ground like a mouse and fluttering bowed wings. Male and one or more (presumably) fledged young heard at same time, hence the display. Black Down
15th – Hoverfly Volucella inflata taking refuge in greenhouse   Click for photo Killinghurst Lane
17th – Common terns seen fishing and present on both tern rafts  Click for photo Frensham Little Pond
17th – Mottled bee-fly Thyridanthrax fenestratus Click for photo, black-tailed skimmer Orthretrum cancellatum Click for photo Frensham Little Pond
18th – Bank vole clambering around on Cotoneaster - the first we've seen for a year or so after cat predation Petworth Road garden
21st – Clump of Silene gallica quinquevulnera in flower  Click for photo Haslemere garden
21st – Common blue and meadow brown butterflies    Swan Barn Farm
21st - Green hairstreak butterfly on pyramidal orchid  Click for photo Noar Hill
21st - Broomrape  Click for photo Noar Hill
21st -  Black headed cardinal beetle Pyrochroa coccinea on the raspberries, a mint moth Pyrausta aurata Click for photo, a mating pair of harlequin ladybirds Click for photo, a male flower beetle, a small magpie moth Anania hortulata, small red damselflies around the pond and numerous various bumblebees Haslemere garden
21st -  Numerous smooth newts, tadpoles (both frog and toad) Haslemere garden pond
22nd - Red kite swooping low over fields which had just been cut Killinghurst Lane
22nd - Several common spotted orchids  Click for photo Verge near Furnace Place
22nd - Amazing number of bats skimming freshly mown field for insects after dark Field off Killinghurst Lane
24th - Large influx of painted lady butterflies, perhaps using Black Down as a navigational aid Black Down
24th – Woodcock: 9 sightings during BTO Survey. Also two species of bat on the wing. Wood near Chiddingfold
25th - Grass snake, female sloughed skin  1 metre long Garden at Plaistow
25th - Painted lady butterflies Killinghurst Lane garden
25th -  Wood mouse under felt sheet. Also bat calling at 45kHz. Garden at Plaistow
25th - Golden oriole heard calling Woodland near Reeth
25th -  4 swifts Over Village Hall Fernhurst
25th - About 9 churring male nightjars and a few roding woodcocks Black Down
26th - Red admiral butterfly resting in greenhouse  Click for photo Killinghurst Lane
27th - Red admiral butterfly Chiddingfold garden
28th - Very large swallow-tail moth In Chiddingfold house
29th - At least two marbled white butterflies, one landing on observer's hand  Click for photo. Also many meadow browns, ringlets skippers and small moths. Killinghurst Lane garden
29th - Orange underwing moth grounded  Click for photo Opposite the Museum 
29th - Several passes by rare western barbastelle bat Barbastella barbastellus. Also common and soprano pipistrelles, brown long-eared and noctule bats detected. Swan Barn Farm
30th - Glow worm Killinghurst Lane garden


MAY 2019

SEEN

WHERE
1st - Male goldfinch. First one for more years than I care to remember. Also a third robins' nest this year. Lion Lane
1st - Cuckoo calling Jobsons Lane
1st – Large,pale raptor gliding – possibly an osprey  Over Cutmill Pond
2nd - Nightingale  Swan Barn Farm
3rd - Early purple orchid Click for photo and emerging twayblade Click for photo in woodland Ebernoe
4th - Knopper gall, newly formed on oak twig by wasp    Click for photo Upper Barn Hanger , Hillgrove
5th – Nightingale   Black Down
6th - Female whinchat Weavers Down, Liss Forest
6th - Young adder Between Longmoor Inclosure and Warren Hill
7th – Badger foraging late at night   Click for photo Petworth Road garden
9th - Hobby Black Down
9th - Wood white butterfly - first of spring brood Wood in Chiddingfold Forest
10th - 2 cuckoos, some crossbills, 2 woodlarks on a path. Nightingale still singing Black Down
10th - Up to 3 red kite, 3-4 sparrowhawk, 23+ buzzard, male kestrel, 2+ swift, 15+ house martin, 3 singing male tree pipits, 2 male stonechat + possible fledglings, male redstart heard, 3 garden warbler, 6+ whitethroat, 2 male dartford warbler, 15+ crossbill Black Down
10th - Cuckoo Over Weycombe Road garden
10th - “ Giant” house spider, found amongst bubble wrap in greenhouse   Click for photo Church Rd. Milford
10th - Swifts, at least 6 Critchmere
11th - Male & female cuckoo seen together, curlew, pair of stonechat with fledged young Click for photo Witley Common
11th - Blackthorn mining bee Andrena varians  (nationally scarce) Witley Common
11th - Pignut Conopodium majus Click for photo and yellow archangel Lamium galebdolon  Click for photo Killinghurst Lane woods
11th - Green shield bug Palomena prasina  Click for photo Killinghurst Lane greenhouse
12th - 4 wood white butterflies Wood near Plaistow
13th - Young grass snake basking in sunshine Furnace Place
13th – Female beautiful demoiselle Calopteryx virgo  Click for photo Loxwood canal
13th – Hundreds of tadpoles basking in sunshine  Click for photo Loxwood canal
13th – 3 swifts Fernhurst
13th – Tern dive bombing a cormorant on the tern raft without success Frensham Little Pond
13th – Warm weather bringing out bats. Common and soprano pipistrelles, serotine, noctule and unidentified Myotis species in flight. Petworth Road garden
14th - Pheasant's nest with 5 eggs beneath living room window (later abandoned) Furnace Place
15th – Holly blue butterfly    Click for photo Alice Holt Forest
15th - 2 small copper butterflies    Killinghurst Lane garden
15th - Cormorant, up to 5 red kite, 21+ buzzard, male kestrel, lesser black-backed gull, woodcock heard, tawny owl seen and heard, some nightjar churring and seen briefly, male cuckoo, 20+ swift, 2 woodlark, 3 singing male tree pipits, stonechat males and 2 fledged young, nightingale singing, singing male Dartford warbler, 2 singing male firecrest, 1+ raven, 10+ crossbill and 3 fledged young. Black Down
16th - Blue tit nesting in stove pipe from old greenhouse boiler Click for photo and juvenile song thrushes feeding on fat balls at window Click for photo Chiddingfold garden
16th - Dock bugs Coreus marginatus on dock leaves Click for photo Chiddingfold garden
19th - Puss moth  Click for photo Hammer Vale
20th - Osprey flying over, red kite, 30 buzzard, female hobby, 3 tree pipit, 2 woodlark singing on the ground, male cuckoo, 2+ crossbill, Dartford warbler, 2 stonechat, green woodpecker, male garden warbler, firecrest Black Down
20th - 2 firecrest Bunch Lane
20th - Firecrest Weycombe Road Wood
20th/21st – Rare barbastelle bat in flight Petworth Road garden
21st - Birdsnest orchid   Click for photo  (subsequenty eaten, perhaps by a deer) Witley Common
21st - Nestling blue tits in nest box   Click for photo Witley Common
21st - Large red damselflies mating   Click for photo Loxwood canal
22nd - A flurry and chattering of long tailed tits flitting between the trees Chiddingfold garden
22nd - Starlings in a flock in trees making alarm calls with red kite overhead  Wood near Plaistow
22nd - Cuckoo in fine song early morning Black Down
23rd – About a dozen Alcathoe bats Myotis alcathoe emerging from roof at dusk. Also over 40 common pipistrelles emerging from beneath other roof tiles.   Furnace Place
24th - Pair of grey wagtails Furnace Place
25th – Broad-bordered bee hawkmoth  & aspen beetle Oaken Wood, near Plaistow
25th – Common and soprano pipistrelles, Daubenton’s and noctule bats on the wing  Alice Holt Forest
27th White blackbird with just a little black    Churt Recreation ground
28th – Yellow-necked mouse nibbling buds off Cotoneaster Petworth Road garden
28th – Large jumping spider Marpissa muscosa found inside house   Click for photo Petworth Road
31st - Numerous hairy shield bugs Dolycoris baccarum and several Corizus hyoscyami on redcurrant bushes Courts Hill Road garden
31st - Evidence of a visiting hedgehog (for the first time in 20 years!) Courts Hill Road garden
31st - Juvenile being fed by parent great spotted woodpecker Hill Road garden


APRIL 2019

SEEN

WHERE
Throughout month - Field of primroses Bramshott
1st - 2 orange tip butterflies   Furnace Place
1st - Large number of sand martins (c.30) Frensham Little Pond
1st - Common plume moth Emmelina monodactyla inside kitchen window frame  Chiddingfold
4th - Early purple orchid almost in flower   Click for photo Killinghurst Lane garden
4th - Siskin on bird feeder  Click for photo Killinghurst Lane garden
5th - Mallard with many young (12 or 13 seen)  Click for photo Pond by Hankley Common Golf Course
5th - Egyptian geese and goslings  Click for photo River Wey, Tilford
5th - Lady's smock in flower   Click for photo Banks of River Wey, Tilford
6th - 20+ crossbill, singing blackcap, raven Black Down
6th - 5 brambling, 4 lesser redpoll, female reed bunting, 2 sparrowhawk Witley Common
7th - Singing male Dartford warbler, stonechats, woodlarks, mixed flock of chaffinch, siskin and crossbill with at least 10 brambling. Also 2 swallow, 2 lesser black-backed gull and a herring gull Black Down
8th - Five bramblings Fernhurst garden
8th - 14+ bramblings. Often 5 are seen here, as well as bullfinches, siskins, goldfinches, nuthatches, great spotted woodpeckers, tits. Occasionally wren, goldcrest, and tree creeper. Braeside Close garden
10th -  2 singing male willow warblers, singing male redstart, male reed bunting, lesser redpoll Witley Common
11th -  Swallow Inval
14th - 6 skylarks in a small flock Imbhams Farm fields
14th - Chiffchaff calling Frillinghurst woods
15th – Cuckoo calling    Black Down
15th - Snipe, peacock butterfly and pair of field voles under a piece of corregated tin Killinghurst Lane garden
15th - Orange tip butterfly West of Fernhurst
15th - Garden warbler Elmer's Marsh
16th – Wood mouse on bird feeder   Click for photo Petworth Road garden
18th - Two holly blue butterflies Furnace Place garden
18th - Cuckoo seen and heard Devil's Punchbowl
18th – Barkfly Chilenocaecilius ornatipennis   Click for photo Petworth Road garden
18th - Cormorant, red kite, 21+ buzzard, 3 kestrel, male cuckoo, male woodlark and some others, 2 male tree pipit, 23 swallow, 5 house martin, 2 male and a pair stonechat, 5 male Dartford warblers, male whitethroat, 2 male blackcap, 4+ chiffchaff, 5+ willow warbler, 5+ linnet, 6+ crossbill Black Down
18th - Kestrel and cuckoo Valewood
18th - Blackcap Near lake at Imbhams Farm
18th - Singing male nightingale Witley Common
19th – Nightingale singing from this date onwards Navant Hill Farm, Lurgashall
19th - Feather-footed flower bee Anthophora plumipes seen on lungwort Fernhurst garden
19th - Song thrush feeding    Click for photo Tilford Cricket Green
19th - Singing male garden warbler, singing male tree pipit Witley Common
19th - Nightingale Oaken Wood
20th - Skylarks singing Navant Hill Farm, Lurgashall
20th - Linnets in field Hillgrove Lane Lurgashall
20th - Speckled wood butterfly Click for photo, one of many flying along shady road with banks covered with wild garlic  Click for photo Hawkley
21st – Bee-fly Bombylius major   Click for photo Petworth Road garden
21st – Cuckoo calling Blind Lane, Lurgashall
22nd - A pair of terns on each of the rafts funded by HNHS Frensham Little Pond
22nd - 3 singing male whitethroats Witley Common
23rd - Frog, disturbed after resting amongst potted plants in a crate  Click for photo Church Rd. Milford

23rd - Ground nesting bee nests, dog's mercury, brimstone, speckled wood and holly blue butterflies, common dog violets, borage, newly growing wild in a patch of ground partially cleared of creeping buttercup. At least 20 mounds made by miner bees Click for photo in a dry sheltered border, where dog's mercury grows perennially by the house wall.

Chiddingfold garden
24th - Common dog violets  Click for photo Chiddingfold garden
24th - A second robins' nest built this spring in garden shed after first birds flown Lion Lane
24th - Cuckoo heard Inval
24th to 27th - Nightingale singing in birch and gorse scrub. Only the first or second for this site in the past 15 years at least. Black Down
25th - Nightingales heard Chiddingfold
26th - Raven chased by a crow, at least 2 pairs stonechats, cuckoo, kestrel Black Down
26th - Male cuckoo, 7 singing male garden warblers and a single female Witley Common
26th - Mallard and 7 ducklings pottering about in garden for about an hour  Click for photo Pathfields Close
26th - Male blackcap cared for and released after stunning itself against window Pathfields Close
30th - Turtle dove heard "purring"    Wood near Plaistow
30th - Lesser bloody-nosed beetle Timarcha goettingensis  Click for photo Black Down
30th - Possible hobby (poor view), 2 lapwing, 1+ curlew, 1 cuckoo, 4+ woodlark, 3 skylark, 2 tree pipit, 25+ common whitethroat, 2 garden warbler, 25+ blackcap, 2 Dartford warbler, 20 willow warbler, 5 chiffchaff, 10 stonechat, 20+ male redstarts, 6 crossbill Thursley


MARCH 2019

SEEN

WHERE
Early in month - Up to five singing male woodlarks Black Down
1st – Three pairs of teal   Imbhams Farm pond
1st – 6 goldfinches on niger seeds and a single red kite over nearby fields Furnace Place
2nd - Singing male chiffchaff (earliest site record), 20 siskin Witley Common
4th - Muntjac deer Killinghurst Lane woodland
4th - Little egret Elmer's Marsh
4th - Satellite moth Eupsillia transversa in a sheltered doorway  Click for photo    Chiddingfold
5th - Dartford warbler alighting on a bush just 6 feet from observer. Also a male stonechat and a few crossbills. Black Down
5th - 5 or 6 red kite East of Fernhurst
5th - Firecrest singing Bunch Lane
5th - 30+ buzzards Between Black Down, Bexleyhill Common and Woolbeding
7th – Roe buck with fine new antlers still in velvet  Click for photo Petworth Road garden
8th - Brambling Hill Road garden
9th/10th - Redpolls Hill Road garden
10th – Pair of goosanders  Click for photo Imbhams Farm pond
mid month -  Barn owl observed in broad daylight gliding past over our garden and landing in adjacent tall deciduous woodland Chiddingfold garden
15th – Pair of stock dove   Petworth Road garden
16th – Adult male Dartford warbler singing on gorse Mare Hill Common
17th – Wood lark heard Imbhams Farm towards Grayswood
17th – 4+ red kite, distant views of 2 female goshawk and a male, pair of sparrowhawk displaying, 30+ buzzard, female peregrine falcon, singing male woodlark, 2+ crossbill Black Down
19th – Goldfinches, at least 10 in a charm Lynchmere garden
20th - Cormorant, yellowhammer and skylark Imbhams Farm
20th – Many common toads spawning together in pond  Click for photo Imbhams Farm
20th – Yellow-necked mouse nesting in dormouse box  Click for photo Imbhams Farm
20th – Big flock of 100+ bramblings/chaffinch. Also chiffchaff. Lynchmere
20th – Pair of goldcrest investigating conifer trees, perhaps to nest Furnace Place
20th – Red kite being closely monitored by a pair of buzzards Petworth Road near Ramster
20th – About 100 lesser redpoll (mostly), a few siskin, goldfinch and brambling Lynchmere Common
20th – At least 3  firecrest and a couple of chiffchaff Between Stanley and Lynchmere commons
20th – Chiffchaff Fernhurst
20th – Large numbers of meadow pipits moving northwards West of Fernhurst
21st - Several raptors plus kestrel, and strong NNW movement of dozens of meadow pipits. Also 3 sand martins and a single lapwing. Sussex Border Path N of Shillinglee
21st - 2 bramblings, 1 firecrest, 5 marsh tits, 1 lesser spotted woodpecker, 2 yellowhammers, 12 chiffchaffs and 2 blackcaps Thorncombe Street
22nd - Blue tit attacking its reflection in windows Tanners Lane
22nd - Grey partridge, 10 red-legged partridges, 5 fieldfare and 1 meadow pipit Thorncombe Street
22nd -  Female goldeneye   Click for photo Snowdenham Mill Pond, Bramley
22nd -  Pair of brambling and 4 brimstone butterflies Weycombe Road garden
22nd -  A very healthy looking hedgehog Fernden Heights garden
22nd – Much social calling by brown long-eared bats after dark Petworth Road garden
23rd -  Female ring-necked duck Frensham Great Pond
24th – Wheatear Valewood
24th - Chiffchaff   Hindhead Common
24th – 4 red kite, 2 pairs and 2 individual sparrowhawk, 31+ buzzard, kestrel, adult lesser black-backed gull, male woodlark singing, 4+ chiffchaff, 2 singing male firecrest, lesser redpoll heard West of Fernhurst/Woolbeding Common
24th – Firecrest singing Weycombe Road garden
24th - Peacock butterfly on the wing Central Milford garden
24th - After months of hibernation on a sandstone lintel, comma butterfly took flight today. Also brimstone butterfly nectaring on primroses   Click for photo Chiddingfold garden
24th - First forget-me-not and lady's smock Cardamine pratensis in flower Chiddingfold garden
24th - Great spotted woodpecker on coconut suet feeders Fernden Heights garden
25th - Red legged partridge   Click for photo Fernden Heights garden
25th - 17 singing male chiffchaff, female blackcap, raven, male mandarin duck Click for photo, 3 lesser redpoll, pair of stonechat Witley Common
25th - 4 comma butterfly Witley Common
27th onwards - Wonderful melodious nightingale singing away West end of Stedham (near the pub).
28th -  Common ladybird on vegetation Polecat Valley field
29th - Osprey flying high Woolbeding trig point
30th - Red kite, 1-2 female sparrowhawk, 20+ buzzard (some just passing through), kestrel, 3 lesser black-backed gull, 1-2 woodlark, lots of chiffchaff, singing male Dartford warbler, raven, linnets (many singing), 1-2 lesser redpoll, 2 crossbill Black Down
30th - Singing male firecrests Along Petworth Road and Haste Hill junction
30th - Orange tip butterfly on lady's smock. First of the season in this garden. Chiddingfold garden
31st - 2 holly blue butterflies occasionally settling on laurel leaves Click for photo. Also wood anenome in flower Click for photo Chiddingfold garden
31st - 3 house martins. Surely very early arrivals? Petworth Park


FEBRUARY 2019

SEEN

WHERE
1st – Solitary fieldfare   Headley garden
1st – 2 or 3 male brambling Weycombe Road garden
2nd/3rd - Male and female teal Imbhams Farm pond
3rd - 8 goldfinch, female siskin and marsh tit on feeders. Woodpecker drumming occasionally and loud singing from robin and song thrush Furnace Place
3rd - Two female roe deer browsing in snow suddenly chasing off a fox when it appeared Petworth Road garden
3rd - Adult male peregrine, pair of stonechat + 1 on conifer restocks West of Fernhurst
3rd - Greenfinch and male bullfinch on bird feeder Headley Down garden
4th - 2 male brambling Weycombe Road garden
4th - 8 siskins on the niger seeds - 5 females & 3 males Furnace Place
5th - Barn owl over field Upper Valewood
6th - Snowdrop flowers being visited by 4 or 5 small bee species Plaistow garden
7th –  Yellow primroses in flower, also greater periwinkle Vinca major.   Click for photo    Chiddingfold garden
8th - Woodcock sitting at side of sandy lane Bramshott
9th - 30+ yellowhammers Click for photo, 2 crossbills and 1 ring-necked parakeet Thorncombe Street
10th - Pair of greenfinches, the first ones seen this winter in our mid village garden  Click for photo    Church Rd. Milford
10th - 4 pochard Click for photo, 1 firecrest, 11 gadwall Click for photo, 2 shoveler and 1 teal Bramley Park Lake and Mill Pond
10th -  68 redwings (one Icelandic redwing candidate, subspecies coburni), 92 fieldfare Click for photo and 37 linnets Bonhurst Farm, Birtley Green
11th - Frogspawn appeared overnight after croaking activity the previous evening Lion Lane garden pond
11th - Siskin with niger seed in its beak   Click for photo Church Rd. Milford
11th – Female peregrine in flight SE of Fernhurst
12th - Robin collecting nesting material Headley garden
12th - Little egret Elmer's Marsh
12th - Female brambling Weycombe Road garden
12th - Up to 5 male and 1+ female woodlark, 4+ fieldfare, lesser redpoll, 1+ crossbill, pair yellowhammer, 4+ sparrowhawk, about 15 buzzard, male peregrine low overhead, later a pair high to NW Woolbeding
12th - 2 common gull North of Woolbeding
12th - Raven displaying West of Woolbeding
Up to 3 red kite NW of Woolbeding
12th - Unidentified bumblebee nectaring on snowdrops    Click for photo Chiddingfold garden
13th - Goosanders – 4 male , 3 female, also grey heron, mandarin, mallard and tufted ducks    Click for photo Cuttmill Pond
13th - Witches broom, on a birch tree, likely to be caused by fungus Taphrina betulina    Click for photo Bacon Lane .Frensham
13th - Pair of bullfinch on seed feeder Headley Down garden
14th - Female greater spotted woodpecker on peanuts at the same time as a male was on the fat balls nearby. We presume these two have paired up for spring.  Also male sparrowhawk watching feeders without being able to capture anything. Furnace Place
14th – Extremely rare greater horseshoe bat found in hibernation   Click for photo Between Petworth and Midhurst
14th - Brimstone butterfly Headley
14th - 3 Dartford warbler including 1 song-flighting male Black Down
mid-month - pair of raven and two pairs of red kite reported at regular nest sites HNHS area
15th – Long-eared bat hibernating in NT bat barn Chase Lane
15th – 5 Natterer’s bats hibernating in NT bat barn    Click for photo Nutcombe
16th - Marsh tit, brambling and lesser redpoll Weycombe Road garden
17th - Assortment of bees on the Christmas box Sarcococca and Mahonia. 2 queen bumblebees of differing sizes. Also a red admiral butterfly. Furnace Place
17th - 15+ buzzard, 2 kestrel, 3+ singing male woodlark, 2 stonechat, 2  raven, 1+ brambling, 6+ crossbill Black Down
17th - Pair of woodlark on ground and another pair heard nearby Black Down
17th - Pair of stonechat Top ridge above Cotchet valley, Black Down
17th - Kestrel and 2 buzzards flying low By Chase Lane
17th - 2 peregrines Click for photo, crossbill, skylark, 3 ravens, 2 marsh tits and 5 yellowhammers Thorncombe Street
18th - Small white butterfly in utility room in evening Haslemere
18th - Brambling Weycombe Road garden
18th - A few bramblings mixed in with good size groups of chaffinch Chase Lane and Black Down
18th - 2 chiffchaffs, 3 marsh tits and 1 brambling Winkworth Arboretum
18th -  Brimstone butterflies, several  on three consecutive days Garden in central Haslemere
18th - Brimstone butterflies, several for 4 days and 2 red admirals Garden on Hindhead/Grayshott border
19th – 2 Natterer’s bats, 2 long-eared, a Daubenton’s and a small woodland Myotis bat still apparently in hibernation  Midhurst
19th – Male adder spotted basking in the sun Mare Hill Common, Witley
21st - Red kite hovering quite low for 5 minutes. Seen again 24th. Holdfast Lane
22nd - Tawny owl heard at 4am Headley Down
22nd - Peacock butterfly Hammer Vale garden
22nd - Pair of raven Devil's Punchbowl
22nd - Red kite circling fairly low Above petrol station, Sainsbury's Liphook
22nd - Female red-crested pochard and firecrest Bramley Park Lake
22nd - Female hazel flowers which must be pollinated by male pollen from other hazel trees   Click for photo Loxwood
23rd – Brimstone  butterfly  Chiddingfold garden
23rd – Brimstone  butterfly  Stedham
23rd – Tawny owl calling Dunelm car park, Ludshott Common
24th - Several queen bumblebees nectaring in sunshine   Click for photo Furnace Place
24th - Adult female goshawk Between Hollycombe and Elmers Marsh
24th - Two woodlarks    Click for photo Brookwell
25th - Celandine, mahonia and rosemary in flower Chiddingfold garden
26th - Pair of firecrest, male stonechat, 2 singing male Dartford warblers, crossbill Witley Common
26th - Pompilid wasp Anoplius viaticus  (an early record) Witley Common
27th - 2 comma and 2 peacock butterflies Chiddingfold Forest (Hogwood and
Tugley Wood) 
28th -  Juvenile rock dove accompanying parents Camelsdale patio


JANUARY 2019

SEEN

WHERE
1st - Making the most of the glorious sunshine were about a dozen (hive) bees eagerly exploring the flowers on my Viburnum bush Lion Lane garden
1st - Red admiral Inval
1st - 4+ crossbill Black Down
1st - Roe deer browsing on shrubbery Petworth Road garden
1st - Water rail Click for photo, reed bunting, 3 tufted ducks, 1 mandarin and 10+ siskins. Winkworth Arboretum
1st - 2 red kite Black Down
1st - Golden plover - only my second ever record here I think Black Down
2nd – Wood mouse humanely trapped in house and released outside    Click for photo Petworth Road
2nd – 6+ brambling, 30 linnet, 1+ lesser redpoll, Dartford warbler calling Black Down
2nd – Snipe zig zagging in morning half light  Black Down
3rd - About 6 crossbill Furnace Pond
3rd - 2 red kite   Cook's Pond (Milland)
3rd - Woodcock, six crossbills and several buzzards Black Down
4th - Brambling, 6 yellowhammers, 4 marsh tits and 2 ravens Thorncombe Street
5th - 3 crossbills, brambling and firecrest Thorncombe Street
5th - Up to 16 crossbills Black Down
6th - 3+ marsh tits, 5+ siskins, cormorant, tufted duck, herring gull, 15 mandarin and 7 redwings Winkworth Arboretum
8th - 2 little egret, kestrel Elmer’s Marsh
8th - Red kite and up to 5 sparrowhawk West of Fernhurst
8th - 16+ buzzard From West of Fernhurst to West of Woolbeding
8th - 2 peregrine falcon West of Woolbeding
10th – Polecat traffic victim   Click for photo Midhurst Road between Scotland Lane and Coomers
10th – Redwings on Cotoneaster  Hindhead garden
11th - Greater spotted woodpecker, nuthatch, chaffinch, goldfinch, great tit, blue tit, marsh tit, coal tit, dunnocks, robins and numerous blackbirds at feeders. Male sparrowhawk unable to catch any. Wren and goldcrest frequently spotted in yew hedges. Furnace Place
11th - 55 bird species spotted during New Year’s Bird Race
including rook, starling, black-headed gull, song thrushes, mistle thrush singing, redwings, stock dove, greenfinch, red kites, mandarins, moorhen, coot, Canada goose, peregrine, cormorant, sparrowhawks, buzzards, female goshawk
Between Black Down and Sussex/Hants border
11th - Barn owl, also a tawny owl calling     Fernhurst
11th - Pied and grey wagtails     Fernhurst sewage farm
11th - Dartford warbler, crossbills, bramblings, linnets, meadow pipits, male goshawk     Black Down
11th/12th - Red kite Headley Down
12th - Pair of siskin on bird feeder Garden in Church Rd. Milford
12th - 7 ravens and a kestrel Black Down
13th - White stork (apparently an escapee)   Click for photo Near Frensham Great Pond
14th - A rather bewildered female pheasant wandering around Lion Green
mid-month - Male stonechat Hindhead
18th – A single long-eared bat hibernating in NT bat barn  Chase Lane
18th – Four Natterer’s bats hibernating in NT bat barn, two of them together   Click for photo Nutcombe Valley
18th – Fieldfare enjoying apple on frosty lawn   Click for photo Church Rd. garden, Milford
18th – Red kite Above green between Midhurst Road and Canada Way
19th - 3 pairs of siskin on niger seeds and 2 long-tailed tits back after a long absence Furnace Place
19th - Colony of very large cave spiders, probably Meta menardi    Click for photo Underground site near Rudgwick
20th – Female goshawk, 2 red kite, male sparrowhawk, 6+ buzzard, 3 Dartford warbler including a singing male, 4+ crossbill Black Down
20th – Kestrel, 2 raven (possibly a further two over Black Down) Chase Lane
20th – Pair of jackdaws taking possession of tree hole as a nest Woodland close to Swan Barn Farm
20th – Lesser redpoll Weycombe Road garden
22nd - Hibernating bats - 6 Natterer's, 5 long-eared and a single Daubenton's  Click for photo Midhurst
22nd – Cluster of harlequin ladybirds hibernating on window frame beneath curtain   Click for photo Petworth Road
22nd – Bittern Frensham Little Pond
23rd - Green woodpecker on lawn Furnace Place
24th - Male siskin feeding at niger seed. Also long-tailed, great, blue and marsh tits at feeders with wood pigeon, male pheasant, dunnock and magpie scavenging beneath. Killinghurst Lane garden
26th - 2 male and a female goosander on pond Imbhams Farm
26th - Comma butterfly hibernating on sandstone lintel. Has been there for nearly three months.  Click for photo Chiddingfold
29th - Pair of long-tailed tits. Never seen here before. Hindhead garden
30th - Little egret flying west South of Fernhurst
30th - 10+ lesser redpoll South east of Fernhurst
31st - 5+ crossbill Near Black Down
31st - 2 lesser redpoll Weycombe Road garden


DECEMBER 2018

SEEN

WHERE
1st - Rare cauilflower fungus Sparassis spathulata in poor condition at base of oak tree  Click for photo Chiddingfold churchyard
1st - Nursery web spider Pisaura mirabalis amongst lichens on old tomb   Click for photo Chiddingfold churchyard
2nd - Sparrowhawk swooped in on particularly busy bird feeders Furnace Place
2nd - Great northern diver (around for a few days)   Click for photo Frensham Great Pond
4th - 32 fieldfare flying west, crossbill and, remarkably, a single chiffchaff - only the second ever seen here in December Witley Common
8th - Many white saddle fungi Helvella crispa around garden   Click for photo Furnace Place
11th - Chiffchaff  2  (latest site record) Witley Common
13th - Many birds on feeders, with grey wagtail beneath cleaning up anything dropped. Killinghurst Lane garden
14th - Long-eared bat hibernating in NT bat barn Chase Lane
14th - Wood mouse enjoying a house sparrow’s meal   Click for photo Garden in Church Rd. Milford
15th - Song thrush on feeder    Click for photo Garden in Church Rd. Milford
17th - Male common pipistrelle bat found grounded on driveway (cat victim). Released 18.3.19. Headley Down
18th - Five long-eared bats, two Natterer’s, two small Myotis woodland bats and a single Daubenton’s in hibernation Midhurst
20th - A single redwing Lion Green
20th - Badger feasting on roadkill in darkness beside A286 Grayswood
21st - First long-tailed tit on the bird feeder this season Chiddingfold garden
23rd - Seven-spot ladybird on a Camellia bush   Click for photo Killinghurst Lane garden
24th - Goldfinch on niger seed feeder; seen at same time the first sighting of a siskin this winter    Click for photo Garden in Church Rd. Milford
31st - Brimstone butterfly - female resting on heather Witley Common
31st - Firecrest Witley Common


NOVEMBER 2018

SEEN

WHERE
Early in month - Sparrowhawk on bird feeder   Click for photo Ifold garden
Early in month - Marsh tits feeding on sunflower heads   Click for photo Killinghurst Lane garden
1st - Two firecrests   Hammer Vale garden
2nd - 1+ skylark, 1+ woodlark Black Down
2nd - Large house spider, waiting expectantly outside the house    Click for photo Chiddingfold
3rd - Red kite, female sparrowhawk, about 10 buzzard, 2+ kestrel, female peregrine hunting wood pigeons, 200+ fieldfare, 200+ redwing, about 50 starling, pair of raven + another, 10+ lesser redpoll, 18 crossbill Black Down
4th - 7+ lesser redpoll, 14+ crossbill, hundreds of fieldfares and redwings, many bramblings (they are widely scattered and flighty) and 1500 to 2000 woodpigeons. No wonder there are goshawks and peregrines about, even some of the buzzards are trying their luck too. Black Down
5th - Red kite, goshawk (probably adult male), 4+ buzzard, kestrel, 2 swallow(!), 60+ redwing, 40+ fieldfare, 3 blackbird, mistle thrush, 2 Dartford warbler, raven, 7+ brambling, 30+ lesser redpoll, 7+ linnet, 7+ crossbill Black Down
6th -  Pair of raven flying over Killinghurst Lane garden
12th - Dead female badger. No appearance of injury or poisoning.  Chiddingfold garden
13th - Peregrine - 1 first winter female, and what may have been a second bird (and probably a male), chasing a raven. Also crossbill, 4 sparrowhawk, regular raven pair plus flock of 9 flying south. Black Down
13th - Tawny owl mobbed by jays, blackbirds and chaffinches End of Chase Lane
13th – Two long-eared bats roosting in underground site    Midhurst
14th – Male sparrowhawk Swan Barn Farm
14th – Queen wasp hibernating in dormouse box Imbhams Farm woodland
14th - Male Dartford warbler in full song in the sunshine, plus crossbills and bramblings calling Black Down
15th - Barn owl sitting in a tree at 8 pm Killinghurst Lane
17th -  Male goshawk Black Down
18th - 10+ buzzard,kestrel, female peregrine, about 10 herring gull, up to 1000 wood pigeon, 4+ meadow pipit, fieldfare, 4+ redwing, 2-4 raven, brambling, lesser redpoll, pair bullfinch, 8+ crossbill Black Down
24th - Clouded funnel Clitocybe nebularis fungi    Click for photo Petworth Road garden


OCTOBER 2018

SEEN

WHERE
 Early in month - Harlequin lady bird invasion - 47 counted on one bay window Furnace Place
1st - Male soprano pipistrelle bat found in classroom wastepaper basket  Click for photo   Released 4th October. Easebourne Primary School
3rd - 1-2 red kite, 2 sparrowhawk, 17+ buzzard, kestrel, male peregrine falcon, grey wagtail, pied wagtail, 20+ meadow pipit, 3 woodlark, 4 house martin, 12+ stonechat, immature redstart, 3 blackbird, song thrush/redwing, 4+ Dartford warbler, 5+ chiffchaff, 2-4 raven, about 6 linnet, lesser redpoll, 10+ siskin, 3+ bullfinch, pair of crossbill Black Down
3rd - Harlequin ladybirds trying to enter in order to hibernate Garden at Plaistow
4th - Flock of about 50 siskin settled noisily in a large conifer tree Furnace Place
4th - 3 mistle thrush, 5 redwing and a redstart Black Down
4th - Orange peel fungus   Click for photo Woodland track off High St Green Rd. Chiddingfold 
5th - 7+ red kite, about 20 buzzard, sparrowhawk, 3 kestrel, 5+ meadow pipit, woodlark, skylark, about 50 house martin, 4+ stonechat, 2+ blackbird, song thrush, blackcap, 3+ Dartford warbler, 12+ chiffchaff, 8 raven, linnet, siskin, bullfinch, lesser redpoll, crossbill pair - male singing Black Down
5th - False death cap Amanita citrina Click for photo, many false chanterelles, a cauliflower fungus, brown roll-rim, tawny grisette, and conifer cone fungus Farnham Heath RSPB Nature Reserve
7th - 1-2 female goshawk, 12+ buzzard, male kestrel, female peregrine falcon, house martin, pied wagtail calling, 6+ stonechat, 7+ redwing, 2+ song thrush, 9 fieldfare, 4 ring ouzel, 5+ Dartford warbler, 4+ chiffchaff, 2-4 marsh tit, 6 crossbill, raven calling Black Down
7th - Male common pipistrelle cat victim taken into care Sand Rock
8th - Male merlin - a very good record, probably only 4th or 5th for the site Black Down
8th - 3 herring gull, 10+ meadow pipit, 4+ song thrush, 4+ blackbird, about 30 redwing, 8+ mistle thrush, fieldfare calling, 4 ring ouzel, 2+ chiffchaff, 1-2 raven, 5+ brambling, lots of chaffinch, 2+ lesser redpoll, 3 greenfinch, 13 crossbill Black Down
8th - Grounded male brown long-eared bat taken into care. Released 12.10.18.      Click for photo The Royal School, Farnham Lane
9th - Grounded male brown long-eared bat taken into care. Released 22.10.18. Headley Down
9th - 12 cormorant, 3 sparrowhawk, 15 buzzard, about 20 meadow pipit, skylark calling, 1-2 woodlark, 28 house martin, 2+ song thrush, 3 blackbird, 15+ redwing, 13 fieldfare, 1+ mistle thrush, 3 ring ouzel, 1+ chiffchaff, 4+ Dartford warbler, about 15 jackdaw, 2 pairs raven, 1+ brambling, 11+ crossbill Black Down
9th - Hornet, brimstone butterfly Black Down
10th - Red kite circling Chiddingfold Green
10th - Lesser spotted woodpecker, firecrest, 2 brambling, lesser redpoll Witley Common
10th - Grounded male brown long-eared bat taken into care. Released 23.10.18. Liphook Station forecourt
10th - Small copper butterfly on a very warm day    Click for photo Parish Field, Thursley Common
10th - Common darter dragonfly and a fox moth caterpillar, full grown, on board walk    Click for photo Thursley Common
10th - Stonechats, reed warbler, Dartford warbler, kestrel perched on dead pine, skylark, goldfinches, crows, tits, great & blue & heard green woodpecker, wrens, jackdaws Thursley Common
10th - Several fly agarics, false chanterelles, a brown roll-rim, tawny grisette, and a large bolete thought to be a brown birch bolete   Click for photo Thursley Common
11th – Female brown long-eared bat found trapped in conservatory. Released 16.10.18.   Grayshott
16th – Two magpies unsuccessfully trying to take nuts from squirrel as they were being buried Petworth Road garden
18th - Up to a dozen fly agaric Amanita muscaria.  First seen several years ago, and not another sighting until this year.      Click for photo Killinghurst Lane garden
20th -  Ring ouzel. Also many house sparrows about now. Pathfields Close
21st – Spectacular autumn colours     Click for photo Winkworth Arboretum
23rd - Red kite West End Lane/Killinghurst Lane
23rd - 10-spot ladybird    Click for photo Killinghurst Lane
23rd - Single Daubenton’s and long-eared bats roosting separately in underground site Midhurst
28th - 5 male bullfinches Weycombe Road garden
28th - 10 goldfinches and nuthatch on niger seed feeder. Also ground feeders, including pheasant scavenging scraps below. Red kite overhead. Furnace Place
29th - Goshawk - 1 first winter male hunting woodpigeons, 3 buzzard, kestrel, Dartford warbler calling, 50+ fieldfare, a few redwing, 2+ brambling, lesser redpoll and several crossbill calling Black Down
29th - Grey heron in silver birch Overlooking Chiddingfold fishpond
31st - Male goshawk stooping at pigeons, sparrowhawk,4+ buzzard, kestrel, swift sp., about 10 redwing, about 200 fieldfare, Dartford warbler calling, pair of raven, 10+ brambling, about 15 lesser redpoll, about 20 crossbill Black Down
31st - Flock of starlings circling and then landing on Magnolia to peck at seed spires Fernhurst garden


SEPTEMBER 2018

SEEN

WHERE
5th - Bedraggled speckled wood butterfly killed by spider on bramble bush Swan Barn Farm
10th - Skin and spines of an apparently large hedgehog Chiddingfold garden
10th - Parasol mushrooms beneath large conifer    Click for photo Fintry Trust, Wormley
10th - Small copper butterfly    Fintry Trust, Wormley
10th - Remains of brimstone moth found - the rest presumably eaten by a bat   Click for photo Chiddingfold garden
10th - Square spot rustic moth Inside house   Click for photo Chiddingfold
10th - Small hoverfly, possibly Syrphus sp. and spider, possibly Araniella cucurbita on rose flower   Click for photo Chiddingfold garden
13th - Red kite, 3 sparrowhawk, 26+ buzzard, 3 kestrel inc one juvenile eating a lizard sp., 60+ house martin, 10+ swallow, 7+ stonechat, 30+ perhaps many more meadow pipit, 20+ chiffchaff, 4+ Dartford warbler, 2+ spotted flycatcher, 2+ raven Black Down
14th - 2 firecrests, spotted flycatcher, grey wagtail, 2 crossbills and a hobby Black Down
Mid-month - Badger attacked wasp nest in the ground leaving half the nest behind. Click for photo  Treecreeper on big cedar tree, and red kite flying low over garden. Furnace Place
15th – At least 20 Natterer’s bats clustered together in a bat box. Also two small mating groups of soprano pipistrelles in separate boxes    Fir Tree Copse, Dunsfold
15th - Probable honey buzzard, red kite, juvenile female goshawk, 15+ buzzard, 2+ kestrel, 6+ meadow pipit, tree pipit, 120+ house martin, 12+ swallow, 6+ stonechat, 3+ Dartford warbler, 6+ chiffchaff, blackcap, redstart, 16 raven soaring, 15 linnet, crossbill heard Black Down
16th - Stonechats, Dartford warblers, goldcrests, 200+ house martin, pied wagtail, grey wagtail, immature ring ouzel, 2 raven, male goshawk mobbed by female sparrowhawk Black Down
16th - 100+ house martin, a few swallow and 2 hobby South of Fernhurst
18th - Speckled wood butterfly on conservatory window     Click for photo Church Rd. Milford
20th - Small snout moth    Click for photo Chiddingfold
21st - 200 to 300 house martins and some meadow pipits. Also a wood lark. Black Down
24th - Soprano pipistrelle bats in dusk mating flight around bat boxes. One seen to enter a box. Also common pipistrelles, noctule and Daubenton's bats on the wing. Frensham Little Pond
25th - 2-3 ring ouzels, 13+ buzzard, 2 kestrel, 2+ green woodpecker, 20+meadow pipit, 2-3 woodlark, 60+ swallow, 120+ house martin, about 10 stonechat, 2 redwing, 4+ blackbird, 12+ chiffchaff, 2+ Dartford warbler, 2 raven, 6+ linnet, 30+ siskin Black Down
26th – Three very active male dormice found during box checks Click for photo Also a single yellow-necked mouse. Woodland at Imbhams Farm
26th – Deer fly Lipoptena cervi crawling on box checker's ear  Click for photo Woodland at Imbhams Farm
26th – Male brimstone butterfly and a speckled wood Woodland at Imbhams Farm
26th - Hummingbird hawk moth feeding off phlox Beacon Hill garden
27th -  3 Dartford warbler Witley Common
27th -  Reeve's muntjac Witley Common
27th -  Caddisfly Stenophylax vibex  (from moth trap)  Click for photo
         
Devil's coach horse (beetle) Ocypus olens  Click for photo
Witley Common
27th -  Male brimstone and two speckled wood butterflies Plaistow wood
28th - Hummingbird hawkmoth at 8.20am in drizzle! Hammer Vale garden
28th/29th - Common and soprano pipistrelles, noctule and Daubenton's bats Imbhams Farm bat walks
29th - Red kite flying low and being harrassed by buzzard. Also a female roe deer with two young. Furnace Place
29th - Sparrowhawk, about 20 buzzard, 3 kestrel, 7+ meadow pipit, 5+ swallow, about 70 house martin, 7+ chiffchaff, 2 Dartford warbler, woodlark, wheatear, 8+ stonechat, ring ouzel, 2-4 raven Black Down
29th - Hen harrier - probable male High over Weycombe Road
29th - Small copper and speckled wood butterflies Wood near Plaistow
30th – Ring ouzel, 2 woodlark, 30+ siskin, about 10 meadow pipit, pied wagtail, firecrest, 3/4 chiffchaff, 4 stonechat Black Down
Late in month - 2 grey wagtails hopping along. Also a tawny owl sitting in the road before flying off. Chase Lane


AUGUST 2018

SEEN

WHERE
1st - Marsh harrier 1 juvenile N of Woolbeding Common
2nd – Two woodlark, Dartford warbler 1 male & 1 female/juvenile, 4-6 raven Black Down
2nd – Three swifts Over Weycombe Road
2nd/3rd - Goshawk - juvenile males Black Down
3rd - Red kite perched on a tall conifer tree    Click for photo Headley
3rd - Juvenile peregrine falcon (first of the autumn), swift, 2+ sand martin as part of larger hirundine movement, spotted flycatcher Black Down
3rd - Two kestrels perched on telegraph wire Valewood
4th - 3 swift Black Down
4th - 3 swift Weycombe Road
5th - 6 Mediterranean gull South from Gibbet Hill
6th - 3+ spotted flycatcher Black Down
6th - Several brown long-eared bats emerging from garage roost just after dusk. Also an emergence of flying ants attracting more bats, Killinghurst Lane garden
7th – Family of roe deer – buck, doe and juvenile together Petworth Road garden
7th – Common and soprano pipistrelle bats, plus Daubenton’s, serotine and noctule all detected on survey NT Valewood Park
8th - Wasp spider Argiope bruennichi   Click for photo Bramshott Common
8th - Juvenile marsh harrier (diferent bird to that seen on 1st) N of Woolbeding Common
8th – Large badger foraging at dusk    Click for photo Petworth Road garden
10th – Female brown long-eared bat found grounded and bedraggled after rain  Click for photo   Released 22nd August. Lythe Hill Hotel grounds
11th – Weasel Petworth Road garden
13th - Redstart Black Down
14th - Tree pipit, crossbill, juvenile whinchat (probably only 2nd record in 10 years) Black Down
14th - Bat found struggling in water butt. Dried and warmed before being released at dusk. Windfall Common, Lurgashall
Mid-month - 2 to 3 raven seen regularly Black Down
Mid-month - 3 to 10 mistle thrush Valewood
Mid-month - Flock of 23 mistle thrush, also about 30 house martins Fernhurst village on SW side
15th - Juvenile female goshawk, 2 hobby, swift, spotted flycatcher, 3 redkite Black Down
16th - Redstart Black Down
17th - Juvenile female goshawk, hobby, 2 sand martin, tree pipit, juvenile wheatear, up to 6 Dartford warbler Black Down
20th - Woodcock, 2 kestrel Valewood
20th - 3 spotted flycatcher Black Down
20th - Swift Weycombe Road
20th - Large wasp spider tending her 'nest.'  Hindhead Common
21st - 45 common buzzards seen, including 22 together at one point. Also about 75 house martin, 1+ tree pipit, wheatear Black Down
22nd - 2 whimbrel to SW, probably a first for this site, 1-2 redstart, spotted flycatcher Black Down
23rd - Several rare barbastelle bat calls detected in overnight survey, also many from common and soprano pipistrelles, brown long-eared, serotine, noctule and Daubenton's bats Petworth Road garden
25th - Six bat species detected on NT bat walk: common and soprano pipistrelle, noctule, serotine, Daubenton's and brown long-eared Winkworth Arboretum
25th - Osprey Over Marley Common
25th - 2 red kite, juvenile female goshawk, wheatear, 2 blackcap, 4 crossbill Black Down
26th - Whitethroat, willow warbler Black Down
27th - 3 lesser black-backed gull, juvenile herring gull, tree pipit, white buzzard Black Down
27th - Wheatear Valewood
30th - Clifden nonpareil moth captured accidentally in mist net during bat survey  Click for photo Alice Holt Forest
30th - Rare Bechstein's bat amongst several more common species captured during survey    Click for photo Alice Holt Forest
31st - Family of four barn owls Imbhams Farm
31st - Rare barbastelle bat detected during HNHS bat walk. Also 5 other more common species. Imbhams Farm
Late in month - Small nos of chiffchaffs, swallows, willow warblers, whitethroats, marsh tits and blackcaps.  Regular ravens (usually the pair) and often 4+ Dartford warblers Black Down


JULY 2018

SEEN

WHERE
2nd – Female common pipistrelle bat taken into care with serious cat inflicted injuries Liphook
4th -  Flock of about 30 swifts around for more than 2 hours Over the Old Post Office, Milland
5th - Dartford warbler Witley Common
5th - About 10 swifts screaming Over Chiddingfold Church
5th - Bat flying around the downstairs of the house at about 7.30pm, so windows and doors opened to allow escape Furnace Place
6th - Large silver washed fritillary flitting around Chiddingfold garden
6th - Female common pipistrelle bat taken into care with serious cat inflicted injuries. Released 25th July. Borden
7th - Several small bats skimming lawn for insects just after midnight Furnace Place
8th – Green woodpecker and juvenile searching for ant nests    Click for photo Petworth Road garden
8th – Roe deer accompanied by two youngsters. Also two foxes feigning sleep to successfully catch young rabbits. Petworth Road garden
8th - Pygmy shrew Sorex minutus found dead    Click for photo Chiddingfold garden
8th - White admiral butterfly Fernden Heights garden
8th - A handful of rosemary beetles Chrysolina americana on rosemary bushes   Click for photo Furnace Place
10th/11th - A pair of kites flying very low but not calling. Also pair of very noisy sparrowhawks, probably parent and young, and about three buzzards daily. Killinghurst Lane garden
12th – Holly blue butterfly    Click for photo Killinghurst Lane garden
12th - Buzzard flying low over garden being closely chased by an agitated and noisy kestrel Furnace Place
13th/14th - Turtle dove purring on television aerial Fernhurst
14th - Red kite flying low over garden Furnace Place
14th - Wood white butterfly second brood have appeared Chiddingfold Forest
15th – Eight bat species detected on NT bat walk: common and soprano pips, noctule, serotine (just one), Daubenton's, whiskered, one brown long-eared and a single barbastelle. Winkworth Arboretum
16th – Wood mouse on bird feeder Petworth Road garden
16th - Lilac-breasted roller (South African resident, almost certainly an escaped bird from a private collection) Frensham Little Pond
18th - Little owl; early evening sitting on gate Near The Refectory car park, Milford
19th - Mint moth Pyrausta aurata on flowers in herb bed    Click for photo Petworth Road garden
21st – Magpie caught and ate juvenile chaffinch beneath bird feeder Petworth Road garden
22nd – Two purple hairstreak butterflies released from surface of swimming pool. Also a leaf hopper spotted   Click for photo Killinghurst Lane garden
26th - Turtle dove Woolbeding Common
27th - Large deer walked down our side of house path past our living room windows and down our back garden Farnham Lane
27th - 25+ house martins as part of larger hirundine migration Black Down
28th – Female stag beetle Petworth Road garden
28th – 17 soprano pipistrelles in various bat boxes funded by HNHS. Also signs of bat  occupancy in six of the new bird boxes.
18 bird boxes contained nesting material and several others signs of bird occupancy.
Two bat boxes with active hornets nests and three with solitary bee/wasp nests. A single tree bumblebee nest in a bat box.
Frensham Little Pond
29th – Male pipistrelle bat cat victim taken into care. (Released 6th August) Midhurst
29th – Large badger crossing grass after rain - perhaps hoping to find earthworms Petworth Road garden
31st - Large dragonfly catching butterfly on the wing. Also a migrant hawker dragonfly laying eggs at water's edge. Frensham Little Pond
31st - Grass snake swimming across small bay by cafe   Click for photo Frensham Little Pond
31st - Family of great crested grebes: three 'humbug' babies on parent's back whilst other parent brought back small fish for them. Also moorhen catching large dragonfly Frensham Little Pond


JUNE 2018

SEEN

WHERE
Early in month - 5 slow-worms and 2 grass snakes in a compost bin. One snake sloughing a skin measuring 39 inches. Inval
Lesser spotted woodpecker. Also marsh tit pair with 2+ fledged young (thought to have left the nest today, and this is the first breeding record here since 1979!) Witley Common
1st - Figwort sawfly Tenthredo scrophulariae     Click for photo Witley Common
1st - Seen or heard, a song thrush, blackcaps, goldfinch, redstart, yellowhammer, skylark,  willow and garden warblers, wren, bullfinch, whitethroat, blue and great tits, goldcrest , chaffinch, sparrowhawk, buzzard,  and  one nightingale singing very  loudly Holmens Grove Forestry Commission
1st - Sawfly Abia sp. on bracken leaf  Click for photo Holmens Grove
1st - Magpies baiting a resting fox    Click for photo Petworth Road garden
2nd - 2 roding woodcock, 4 male nightjars churring, male & female cuckoos calling Witley Common
2nd – Sand martin South of Black Down
2nd – Golden-ringed dragonfly Black Down
3rd - Lizard running over leaves and up and down a tree trunk Polecat Valley
4th - Pair of ravens flying over   Killinghurst Lane garden
4th - Pair of cuckoos, female with large dark, hairy caterpillar Black Down
4th – Brown long-eared bat found grounded in bell tower  Charterhouse School
5th - Poplar hawk moth found indoors    Click for photo Haslemere
5th - Party of 6 ravens - presumably parents and 4 fledged young Black Down
6th - Pair of elephant hawkmoths Deilephila elpenor at moth trap  Click for photo Hammer Vale
6th - Flying stag beetle pursued by inquisitive pipistrelle bat Milford
7th - Roe deer with two young    Click for photo Petworth Road garden
7th - Speckled wood butterflies on recent sunny days Chiddingfold garden
7th - Common spotted orchids    Click for photo Chiddingfold garden
7th - Young great tit being fed by parent at bird feeder Chiddingfold garden
8th - Turtle dove purring Fernhurst
8th - Queen wasp flew into bathroom Fernhurst
8th - Treehopper Centrotus cornutus    Click for photo Witley Common
8th – Common and soprano pipistrelles, serotine, noctule, brown long-eared and Daubenton’s bats Petworth Road garden
10th - Small magpie moth Eurrhypara hortulata   Click for photo Killinghurst Lane
11th - Meadow brown butterfly (earlier than usual) Witley Common
13th - Silver-studded blue butterflies - c.90 males (total from two colonies)    Click for photo Witley Common
13th - Male common pipistrelle bat with fingers of one wing stuck together taken into care. Hill Brow, Liss
13th - Echolocation and social calls of rare barbastelle bats detected in overnight survey. Subsequently detected most nights in month. Petworth Road garden
14th - Between 8 and 10 churring male nightjars heard during survey. The best total at this site for a very long time. Black Down
mid-month - pair of wood warblers making two failed nesting attempts (last nested here in 1996) Witley Common
mid-month - Eight baby common pipistrelles taken into care after straying from roost Kingsley farm house
15th - Female greater spotted woodpecker feeding male chick, 2 demanding newly fledged and slightly clumsy goldfinch chicks with parent, 4 plump fluffy coal tit chicks being fed by thin, dishevelled, and exhausted looking parent Furnace Place
15th - Female roe deer with twin fawns Furnace Place
15th - Nightingale pair with fledged young Witley Common
15th - Dune chafer Anomala dubia   Click for photo  Witley Common
15th - Adder   Click for photo Witley Common
15th - 2 red kites, 5+ crossbills, 2 singing woodlarks, 3 distant ravens, one male Dartford warbler, and intruigingly, a single hawfinch in flight Black Down
15th - Golden-ringed dragonfly Black Down
15th – Common and soprano pipistrelles, brown long-eared and Daubenton’s bat calls detected Plaistow village and surrounding woodland
16th - Female stag beetle found on drive Headley
16th - Turtle dove seen in garden Fernhurst
17th - Great spotted woodpecker on garden feeder along with great tit fledglings which it chases off   Click for photo  Chiddingfold garden
17th - Female giant dark horsefly Tabanus sudeticus  Click for photo  Thursley Common
19th – Several baby pipistrelle bats found stranded in farmhouse - taken into care Kingsley
20th - Lime hawk moth resting on tarmac road - removed to safety of verge.  Click for photo  Chase Lane
20th - Lots of buzzard, 2 kestrel, red kite, 2 sparrowhawk, hobby, 4 woodlark, 1+ crossbill, spotted flycatcher Black Down
20th - Male stag beetle Headley garden
21st - Swarm of bees on outside of house after a couple of days of visits by 'scouting parties'. Subsequently moved on.  Click for photo  Furnace Place
22nd - Swallow-tail moth Ourapteryx sambucaria at window   Click for photo Chiddingfold
23rd – Badger foraging after dark Petworth Road garden
24th – Partly eaten dormouse found in nest box with wood mouse  Click for photo   Imbhams Farm woodland
24th – White-legged damselfly Platycnemis pennipes on path in centre of wheat field.Click for photo
Large cluster of pond skater nymphs on surface of stream.
Click for photo
Imbhams Farm

25th - Purple emperor Click for photo , purple hairstreak, small skipper butterflies (firsts for year)

Witley Common
25th - Mole found dead     Click for photo Witley Common
25th – Female common lizard found in sink    Click for photo Rushmoor, Farnham
28thRed Kite wheeling low over the garden Furnace Place
29th - Purple hairstreak butterfly in long grass    Inval
29th - Six jackdaws persistently landing on a nearby bare branch, swooping and competing with other birds and a squirrel visiting the fat balls on the bird feeder. There seem to be more jackdaws in evidence this year around the village and certainly in this garden, as indeed is the number of fledgling great tits, blue tits, sparrows and woodpeckers at the feeder. Chiddingfold
30th - Pair of grey wagtails on lawn Furnace Place
30th - Female common pipistrelle bat taken into care with serious cat inflicted injuries Petworth
30th - Purple emperor butterfly Shulbrede Priory
late June -  Nuthatch successfully rescued from two cats    Click for photo Garden at Bramshott