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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


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 seeds 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


MAY 2018

SEEN

WHERE
Early in month - Swifts seem to be settling in Weycombe Road
Early in month - Two nightingales singing South east of Hillgrove
1st - Male blackcap at the bird feeders Furnace Place
3rd - Hobby, redkite, 4 sparrowhawk, 20+ buzzard, 1-2 male cuckoo, 2+ green woodpecker, woodlark + 4 singing, 2 singing male tree pipits, 8+ swallow, pair stonechat, 4 singing male whitethroat, about 20 common crossbill Boarden Door Bottom Valley, Black Down
4th - Holly blue butterfly Headley garden
4th - Redstart, kestrel, curlew flying over, juvenile stonechat, cuckoo and chiffchaff heard, lots of goldfinches, 2 greylag geese, several tufted ducks of both sexes Thursley Common
6th - Red kite, about 20 buzzard, kestrel- possibly two pairs, hobby, lapwing, 7 swift, 6+ swallow, 4 woodlark males singing, 3 singing male tree pipits, 5+ singing whitethroat, 2+ singing male garden warblers, singing male Dartford warbler Black Down
6th - Curlew, cuckoo calling, hobby doing solo aerobatics, 4 wood lark inc pair with male in full song flight, 2 skylark, tree pipit, 20 whitethroat, 12 Dartford warbler (6 seen, one in display flight), 2 blackcap, probable garden warbler, 10 stonechat, 20+ redstart, 15 linnet Thursley Common
7th - Cuckoo  - a remarkable 4-5 calling males and a female Various sites between Haslemere and the west side of Woolbeding
7th – Pair of hobby SW of Woolbeding Common
7th - Pair of hobby West of Fernhurst
7th - Nightjar - one churring male and another male calling in flight, 1 -2 woodcock calling in flight Black Down
7th and 8th - Cuckoo calling Black Down
8th – 2 red kite, male sparrowhawk carrying prey, hobby perched in pine, kestrel with prey Black Down
8th – 2 singing firecrest males   Inval
8th – Sparrowhawk in flight, blackcap singing, cuckoo calling   Petworth Road
8th - Several common pipistrelles and a single noctule bat on wing Petworth Road garden
10th - Several common pipistrelles and a few serotine bats on wing Petworth Road garden
mid-month - Amazing amount of yellow archangel in woods.  There has always been the odd few, but this year there are loads. Killinghurst Lane garden
14th - Pair of hobby Black Down
15th -  4 male redstarts singing, Dartford warblers with nesting material, hobbies, whitethroat and stonechat Thursley
16th - Hedgehog Pathfields Close
17th - Cuckoo Pathfields Close
18th - Red campion in flower   Click for photo Serpents Trail, Bexleyhill
20th –Swifts flying high and swallows Pathfields Close
25th – Quail flushed from the ground - must have come down in the rain on Thursday night, and really should have been in an arable field on chalk not on a heath on greensand.  A very odd record indeed and surely a first for this site. Black Down
25th – 2 churring nightjars and roding woodcock before dawn, singing redstart, woodlarks,  a single Dartford warbler, firecrests. Black Down
25th – Singing reed warbler Cook's Pond
25th – Brown long-eared bat skimming swimming pool to drink in late afternoon, then resting briefly on roof tiles   Click for photo Killinghurst Lane
25th – 12 Alcathoe bats and a large colony of common pipistrelles emerging at dusk. Also a few soprano pipistrelles flying over. Buildings at Furnace Place
26th - Emerging pyramidal orchids Click for photo and many common twayblades Click for photo Noar Hill
28th - Male stag beetle lurking in plastic flower pot on top of a warm compost heap   Click for photo Church Rd. garden.  Milford
30th - Pair of spotted flycatcher, nightjar churring in daylight Witley Common
31st – Queen hornet investigating open bedroom window Petworth Road
31st – Juvenile bullfinch at bird feeder Petworth Road garden
Late in month - 3 pairs of swifts once again utilising nests at my parents’ house Peperham Road


APRIL 2018

SEEN

WHERE
Early in month - Skylarks and yellowhammer Farm near Milland
5th - Singing male blackcap, 8 singing male chiffchaffs, pair firecrest, 7 lesser redpoll, 6 buzzard Witley Common
5th - Broken-barred carpet moth Electrophaes corylata attracted to light at front door  Click for photo Chiddingfold
7th - Cormorant drying wings on Society’s tern raft Click for photo Also great crested grebes, grey heron, tufted ducks, coot, moorhens, mute swan,  blue and long-tailed tits, a coal tit flying into its nest in between the base of the twin forks of a large pine,chaffinches, dunnock, tree creepers, goldcrest,  goldfinches, Dartford warbler, skylark,  robins, crows, magpie, wood pigeons, buzzard, and heard wrens, wood lark, chiffchaff, Canada geese Frensham Little Pond and surrounds
7th - Chiffchaff and willow warbler calling Marley Common
8th – Roebuck resting on grass whilst pregnant hind remained hidden in undergrowth  Click for photo Petworth Road garden
10th - First swallow heard Farm near Milland
10th - 2 Egyptian goose, 2 mandarin duck Witley Common
10th - Pair of redpoll in breeding plumage Headley garden
14th – Cuckoo calling Farm near Milland
14th – 2 Small tortoiseshells Headley allotments
14th – American skunk-cabbage Lysichiton americanus    Click for photo Hewshott
14th – Woodcock, male redstart singing, male willow warbler singing Witley Common
14th – Slow-worm   Click for photo Witley Common
16th – Male lesser spotted woodpecker drumming, woodcock, 2 lesser redpoll Witley Common
16th – Ashy mining bee Andrena cineraria  at nesting burrow   Click for photo Witley Common
16th - Orange tip butterfly flying across road by Rodborough school
17th - Pupa of very rare betony case-bearer moth Cleophora wockeela    Click for photo Oaken Wood Reserve
18th - Cuckoo Witley Common
18th - 4 red kite, 30+ buzzard, some in small groups, 3 sparrowhawk, kestrel, tawny owl calling at midday, 2+ green woodpecker, male cuckoo, 2 woodlark, 2 tree pipit, 4+ swallow, stanechat pair and male, male wheatear, 1-2 raven, 4+ chiffchaff, 5+ willow warbler, blackcap, probable  garden warbler heard, 4+ linnet, 3+ siskin, 1-2 lesser redpoll, bullfinch heard, 5-6 common crossbill Black Down
18th - Brimstone, peacock butterflies, green tiger beetles out Black Down
18th - Small orange tip butterfly on the wing. Also a large fine fox (male?) Chiddingfold garden
18th - Blue tit at the bird feeder with abnormal plumage on its head (citrine yellow - possibly flavism (which is reportable). Chiddingfold garden
19th – Comma butterfly Petworth Road garden
19th – Nightingale Witley Common
20th – 2+ cuckoo calling and a nightingale   Roundwyke Copse, Plaistow
20th - Singing male Dartford warbler, 3 stonechat territories Black Down
20th - Adult or near adult female goshawk High over Temple of the Winds, Black Down
20th - Male orange tip butterfly Headley garden
20th – Several common pipistrelle and a noctule bat on the wing Petworth Road garden
21st - Bumble bee queens everywhere in our garden checking out possible nest sites. Furnace Place
21st - Wood warbler (rare vistor to this site), 3 garden warbler, whitethroat Witley Common
21st - Rather sickly female meally redpoll on bird feeders Haslemere garden
21st/22nd - Sound and sight of cuckoo Devil’s Bunch Bowl
22nd - A couple of male orange tip butterflies in the garden today Furnace Place
22nd - Crow predating young song thrushes in nest Furnace Place
23rd – Orange tip butterfly Milford garden
23rd - Peregrine 1 (adult?) male High over Black Down
24th - Red kite - multiple sightings but may have all related to one bird, 7 sparrowhawk, 16+ buzzard, kestrel, 2 lesser black-backed gull, herring gull, up to 5 swift, 3 singing male woodlark, singing male tree pipit (but at least three territories now), 7+ swallow, singing male redstart, 1-2 raven, about 20 common crossbill Black Down
24th - Firecrest 1 singing male Weycombe Road Wood
25th - Red kite being mobbed by single crow over the garden Furnace Place
27th - Large patch of early purple orchids in woods  Click for photo Killinghurst Lane garden
30th - Male brown long-eared bat found roosting in exposed position. (Released 8th May)  Click for photo Fernhurst

 


MARCH 2018

SEEN

WHERE
1st - Coal tit eating the seed heads of Rudbeckia Killinghurst Lane garden
2nd – Bank vole foraging beneath shrubs in snow Petworth Road garden
2nd – Approximately 15 fieldfares eating last of berries. (Quite often see redwings but not fieldfares). Hindhead garden
2nd – Fieldfare, one of two,  attracted by apples put out in snowy garden  Click for photo Church Road, Milford
2nd – Starlings, small flock of 10 Plaistow garden
3rd – Hawfinch on bird feeder (sunflower hearts) Fernhurst garden
3rd – Fox foraging in snow  Click for photo Petworth Road garden
4th - Seven lapwings Upper Vann Lane
5th - Two red kite mobbing a buzzard, Two male yellowhammer (the first seen here since 19th August) Witley Common
6th - Pair of jackdaws displaying to one another whilst inspecting potential nest hole in oak tree  Click for photo Petworth Road garden
11th – At least six pairs of jackdaws noisily disputing nest hole in oak tree Petworth Road garden
13th - Singing chiffchaff, 25 lesser redpoll, 2 woodcock flushed together, red kite, Reeve's muntjac Witley Common
14th - Blackcap in beech hedge near bird feeder Chiddingfold garden
14th - Pintail, male Click for photo and female, on the Moat, chiffchaff, buzzard,  red kite Click for photo circling over a mallard, long-tailed tit, robin, blackbird, mistle thrush, 4 Canada geese, 2 greylag geese, crow, stonechat - male, Dartford warbler, jackdaws, goldcrest, magpie, goldfinch and heard coal tit, great spotted woodpecker, skylark, several wrens Thursley Common
14th - Lizard warming itself on boardwalk   Click for photo Thursley Common
mid-month - Bird feeders busy with the unusual sight of 6 robins gathered in one space waiting for the more messy eaters to drop food from the seeds and fat balls.  Needless to say it is not a harmonious spot, with constant fights breaking out between the 6 of them. 3 nuthatches as bad, chasing each other around the peanuts. As for the resident blackbird  couple they are positively vicious towards the smaller birds. Furnace Place
mid-month - large numbers of lethargic or dead bumble bees on lawn, similarly, many dead smooth and palmate newts in garden pond. Perhaps due to severe weather fluctuations this month Killinghurst Lane garden
15th - Brimstone butterfly in the sunshine near loganberry bushes Chiddingfold garden
16th - 3 chiffchaff singing, about 25 lesser redpoll still present along with about 10 siskin Witley Common
16th - Bombus pratorum (the early bumblebee) Witley Common
20th - 2 male siskins on niger seeds Furnace Place
20th - Goldcrest Headley garden
20th - Male brown long-eared bat found grounded and underweight, with injured wing   Click for photo West Lavington
21st - Male lesser spotted woodpecker, 30 redwing Witley Common
21st - Brimstone butterfly, male Plaistow garden
22nd - At last - 1 male and 1 female siskin on  niger seeds this morning Furnace Place
23rd - Peregrine falcon, singing firecrest Witley Common
26th - Dormouse, adult male Private land at Haslemere
26th - Brimstone butterfly, male Haslemere woodland
26th - Red admiral butterfly Killinghurst Lane
26th - Small tortoiseshell butterfly basking in the sun high up in hazel clump Click for photo. Also  3 brimstones seen in garden. Church Road. Milford
27th - 40 siskin, pair Dartford warbler, pair woodlark Witley Common
28th -  Brimstone butterfly dancing along the hedge line Petworth Road
28th -  Sparrowhawk narrowly missing wood pigeon Furnace Place
29th – Heavily pregnant roe deer relaxing in pouring rain   Click for photo Petworth Road garden
late in month - Nuthatch, robin, blue tits, coal tits and great tits frequently at bird feeder. Dunnock in beech hedge under feeder. Male and female blackbirds ground feeding. Goldfinch on greengage tree. Brimstone butterfly flying high around trees on a sunny day. Chiddingfold garden


FEBRUARY 2018

SEEN

WHERE
1st - Male goldcrest on fatball feeding undisturbed by me on path only two metres away Church Rd. Milford
2nd –  Greenfinch on seed feeder   Click for photo Church Rd. Milford
3rd - Green or turquoise elf cup fungus Chlorociboria aeruginascens. Cup rarely seen but leaves a green or blue stain on the wood. Used in Tonbridge ware marquetry    Click for photo Woods near Frensham Great Pond
4th - Red kite, 3 sparrowhawk, 24+ buzzard, kestrel, 2 peregrine, 6+ herring gull, male Dartford warbler, several small redwing flocks, 1-2+ raven, greenfinch, several bullfinch,woodcock, crossbill heard Black Down
6th - Pair of red kites in field being mobbed by several crows Killinghurst Lane
8th - First bumblebee of 2018 working her way across a bed of hellebores Furnace Place
9th -  Redpolls, siskins, brambling and marsh tits on feeders Inval
14th – Pair of roe deer keeping very close company, the male now having well formed fresh antlers in velvet Petworth Road garden
14th/15th - two male siskins visiting niger seeds  Furnace Place
15th - 8 Natterer's bats Click for photo, 6 long-eared, 2 Daubenton's and a single unidentified bat in hibernation Midhurst
15th - 5 wrens revealed by bird box camera huddled together, scratching, preening, then settling down to sleep overnight  Click for video (courtesy M. Tomsett) Killinghurst Lane garden
16th - Large common frog  (yellowish) Plaistow garden
17th – Red admiral butterfly settled on my car as I reversed into my driveway Lion Lane
18th – Hawfinch Swan Barn Farm
18th – 2 singing male woodlarks and a presumed female, one Dartford warbler heard calling, 1+ crossbill heard, 2 linnets, 2 green woodpeckers and a buzzard.  To the east of the ridge - 12+ buzzards, 2 red kites, 1 raven, 1 sparrowhawk, 17 lapwings flying S Black Down
19th - Two Natterer’s bats hibernating in NT bat barn Chase Lane
19th - Three Natterer’s bats hibernating in NT bat barn   Click for photo. Also, 2 wood mice huddled in a small bat box amongst a cache of acorns. Nutcombe Valley
19th/20th - Frog spawn appearing overnight in garden pond Lion Lane
20th - Toads migrating to mating pond North of Bignor
21st -  Two red kites circling Over Waitrose car park
24th - For several days now have had a tree creeper feeding under the bird feeders and sometimes actually on the peanut feeder. Killinghurst Lane garden
25th - Pied wagtail-always the last bird to feed before dusk. Other regular visitors, 6 goldfinch, a redpoll, 4+ siskins, 6+ blackbirds, around 8 chaffinches, great & blue tits, several sparrows , 3 starlings, wren, pair dunnock, nuthatch Click for photo, 3 jackdaws, wood pigeon, collared doves, song thrush, and occasionally great spotted woodpecker, magpie and long tailed tits Centre village garden, Milford
28th - Brown long-eared bat found grounded in sub-zero temperatures. Released after rehabilitation 14th March.   Click for photo Lion Lane garden


JANUARY 2018

SEEN

WHERE
2nd – Roebuck with half grown horns in velvet and a dog fox. Both at rest on lawn, though eyeing one another warily Petworth Road garden
4th -  Approx 24 little egrets in field Elmers Marsh
4th -  Egrets Bentley
10th - Red admiral out and about Furnace Place
10th - Red admiral  Chiddingfold Forest
10th - 13 goosanders Click for photo  6 mandarin duck, and 2 grey herons,2 mute swans, coots and several mallard Cutmill Pond, Puttenham Common
10th - Two pipistrelle bats hunting for at least 30 mins at 4.30 pm. Accompanied by at least one much bigger and faster flying bat, perhaps a brown long eared, Pine View Close garden
12th - 15 redwings just sitting in a tree deciding their next move, 6 long tailed tits on the peanuts, female greater spotted woodpecker on peanuts, goldcrest on rose bushes Furnace Place
12th - Grounded male whiskered bat taken into care   Click for photo Graffham Infants School playground
16th - Red kite dragging pheasant roadkill away from traffic Near Elsted Marsh
16th - 8 Natterer's bats, four long-eared and a single small Myotis species in hibernation Midhurst
19th - Siskins on sunflower and nigella seed feeders   Click for photo Church Rd. Milford
22nd – Two Daubenton’s bats and a single long-eared bat hibernating in NT bat barn Chase Lane
22nd – Natterer’s bat hibernating in NT bat barn Nutcombe Valley
27th -  More greenfinches than I have seen for many years and 5 bullfinches. To my amazement 2 hawfinches put in an appearance, one a magnificent male Click for photo, the other less distinctly marked and possibly young. Both have been seen occasionally since then, but not together. Grayswood
28th -  Bullfinch pair Headley Down
29th -  Grounded female common pipistrelle taken into care. Released 3rd April Liphook
30th -  Great spotted woodpecker on peanuts with female woodpecker on branch above - spring must be here! Also six goldfinches on niger seeds. Furnace Place
31st - Herald moth Scoliopteryx libatrix in conservatory   Click for photo Church Rd. Milford


DECEMBER 2017

SEEN

WHERE
Early in month - Goldfinch on the loganberry branches, long tail tits on bird feeder, spotted woodpecker and blue tits pecking on dying, peeling branches of a greengage tree Chiddingfold garden
Early in month - Common crossbill sitting in a low fir tree about six feet from our dining room window Courts Hill Road garden
1st – 2 male goosander, kingfisher, grey heron , young mute swan, 6 tufted duck, many mallard, 5 mandarin, 10+ shoveller, coots, moorhen, several Canada & greylag geese, black headed gulls, goldcrest, party of redwings, long tailed & blue tits, and wrens heard. The Tarn , Cutmill & Long Ponds and Puttenham Common
2nd - About 75 fieldfare, heading SW Witley Common
9th - A very fine, large (dog?) fox with good coat and thick brush on lawn in broad daylight Chiddingfold garden
10th -  Siskin, on feeder joining a charm of at least 8 goldfinches regularly visiting several times a day Church Rd. Milford
13th -  5 long-eared and 5 Natterer's bats in hibernation Midhurst
16th - 2 sparrowhawk, 10+ buzzard, 2 kestrel, 6 herring gull, 3 green woodpecker, song thrush, 8+ redwing, pair stonechat, male Dartford warbler, 4-5 raven, about 6 bullfinch, 1+ linnet heard, 1+ lesser redpoll heard, crossbill sp. heard Black Down
17th - At least 6 long tailed tits on the bird feeder this morning Killinghurst Lane garden
17th - Two great spotted woodpeckers disputing access to a bird feeder Petworth Road garden
17th - Long-eared bat circling over floodlit lawn (external temperature 8ΊC) Petworth Road garden
18th - Three long-eared bats hibernating in NT bat barn Chase Lane
18th - One Natterer's bat and one long-eared bat hibernating in NT bat barn Nutcombe Valley
21st - Hawfinch, 4 or 5 brambling with good numbers of goldfinch a few siskin and 4 greenfinch (becoming increasingly scarce). Fernhurst garden
21st - 9 little egrets in field Elmers Marsh
22nd -  Hawfinch (female) perched 20ft up Norwegian maple Fernhurst garden
24th - Lesser redpoll, new visitor amongst charm of goldfinches Click for photo
Also seen regularly in December :8+ blackbirds, blue, great, & coal tits, dunnock, robin, 3 jackdaws, 3 starlings, wood & feral pigeons, collared doves, single magpie, male & female bullfinch, chaffinches 6+ sparrows, thrush.  More occasionally long tailed tits, siskin, wagtail, wren, greenfinch and Canada geese overhead.
Centre village garden. Milford
28th - Blackcap visiting garden feeders Fernhurst
30th - Great spotted woodpecker  Centre village garden. Milford
31st - 2 redpolls on niger seed feeder Hindhead garden


NOVEMBER 2017

SEEN

WHERE
1st – 3 firecrest Witley Common
2nd - Goldfinch perched on bird feeder hanging on hazel in garden in centre of village   Click for photo Church Road ,Milford
2nd - Firecrest seen at 1 metre range Fernhurst garden
3rd - Little egret, perched high up in birch trees   Click for photo Waggoners Wells
4th – 2 kestrel, 2 herring gull, 2+ green woodpecker, 5+ meadow pipit, 2 blackbird, 40+ redwing, 2 Dartford warblers heard, 5+ siskin, about 10 lesser redpoll, about 50 linnet, 7+ common crossbill Black Down
4th - Huge flock of about 100 meadow pipits Black Down
4th – Torpid sub-adult male brown long-eared bat taken into care   Click for photo  (Released 9th Nov) On external wall of Amesbury School
6th - Muntjac. Also a mole 'fortress' found under dead bracken Witley Common
7th - Red kite Crooksbury Common
7th - Little egret disturbed, presumably after foraging in the small stream Rear of the former Crown & Cushion pub by Fosters Bridge
9th – Pair of house sparrows gathering nesting materials Lion Lane garden
14th - Female pipistrelle bat with serious cat injuries taken into care Liphook
17th - Starling on seed feeder  Click for photo Church Road ,Milford
21st - The first brambling seen here this winter Haslemere garden
23rd - Southern hawker dragonfly flying around swimming pool Killinghurst Lane garden
23rd - Pair of roe deer, the male lacking one horn Petworth Road garden
23rd - A magpie caught a coal tit that had just flow away from a bird feeder, in mid air, dropped to the ground, plucked and ate it on the lawn, then flew off leaving a small pile of feathers. Church Road, Milford
24th - Tree creeper Killinghurst Lane garden
28th - Brown long-eared bat found hanging from office corridor ceiling  Click for photo (Released 20th Dec) Fernhurst


OCTOBER 2017

SEEN

WHERE
Throughout month - Polytrichum commune moss and much sphagnum     Witley Common
5th – Young whiskered bat Myotis mystacinus found grounded with broken wing Killinghurst Lane garden
7th - 2 buzzard, 3-4 kestrel, green woodpecker calling, 7+ meadow pipit, pied wagtail calling, stonechat, redwing, 2 mistle thrush, blackbird, 2 juvenile ring ouzels, goldfinch, 17+ linnet, about 20 lesser redpoll, 3 bullfinch Black Down
8th - Sparrowhawk, about 12 buzzard, kestrel, 2-3 green woodpecker, 2+ great spotted woodpecker, pied wagtail, 5 swallow, woodlark, 20+ meadow pipit, 6+ stonechat. 3+ redwing, 10 mistle thrush, ring ouzel, 2+ chiffchaff, 2+ Dartford warbler, linnet heard, 100+ lesser redpoll, 6+ bullfinch Black Down
8th - 2+ red admiral butterflies, hornet, hawker dragonfly species Black Down
11th - Hare’s foot inkcap Coprinopsis lagopus growing in woodchip amongst reeds   Click for photo Frensham Great Pond
11th - 10+ shoveler duck in eclipse plumage, cormorant, mandarin (male & female ), mallard, tufted duck, grey heron, great crested grebes, pair mute swans with 5 cygnets Cutmill
12th - Frosty funnel fungi Clitocybe phyllophila   Click for photo By Wey & Arun Canal, near Loxwood
12th – A few dragonflies still on the wing, three red admiral butterflies and a single small white, several hornets patrolling water’s edge By Wey & Arun Canal, near Loxwood
12th – Red kite and buzzard circling one another warily Over Loxwood
14th - Grey heron, goshawk (1st winter), 2 sparrowhawk, 2 buzzard calling, 2 kestrel, 2+ green woodpecker, 20+ meadow pipit, woodlark calling, 6+ stonechat, 2+ blackbird, mistle thrush, 20+ redwing, 2 1st winter ring ouzel + 1 female, raven, 5+ Dartford warbler, about 200 lesser redpoll, 6 siskin, 9+ linnet, 6+ bulfinch, 4 hawfinch Black Down
14th - Female minotaur beetle Typhaeus typhoeus Click for photo, fox moth caterpillar, pale tussock moth caterpillar Click for photo Black Down
15th - Cormorant, adult goshawk, 8+ buzzard, 2 kestrel, 1st winter herring gull, woodcock, 25+ meadow pipit, about 135 redwing, 2 blackbird, 16 mistle thrush, 2+ ring ouzel, 10 stonechat, 2+ chiffchaff, 4+ Dartford warbler, brambling, 20 linnet, about 100 lesser redpoll, hawfinch calling Black Down
17th – Hornet queen at rest in recently installed bat box (Box No 31)  Click for photo Frensham Little Pond
17th – 3 common pipistrelles now in residence in recently installed bat box (Box No 30) Frensham Little Pond
22nd - 2 cormorant, 8+ buzzard, 3 kestrel, 11 herring gull, green woodpecker calling, 6+ meadow pipit, 4+ stonechat, 1-2 blackbird, 4+ redwing, mistle thrush, 2 1st winter ring ouzel, Dartford warbler, raven, about 20 linnet, 5+ siskin, 8+ lesser redpoll, 3 hawfinch Black Down
27th –  Pair of Dartford warblers Frensham Common, near Devil's Jumps
27th – About 20 noctule bats roosting singly or in pairs in bat boxes Click for photo. Also, a single pipistrelle bat in a separate box Thursley National Nature Reserve
28th - Southward migration: c. 700 woodpigeon, 30 redwing, 15 fieldfare. Also 3 firecrest seen. Witley Common
30th -  The most perfect specimen of  a slowworm, basking in the sun Chiddingfold  Church Yard
31st – Hornet nest  Click for photo and (separately) tits nest with 2 eggs Click for photo found during bat box checks Frensham Little Pond


SEPTEMBER 2017

SEEN

WHERE
Throughout month - 1 to 2 deer grazing around garden and peering in through patio doors. Pinebank, Hindhead
1st - Goshawk - 1 juvenile female over the ridge ca.1130 with two buzzards, left to east; but also a distant male up high further east mobbed by a kestrel or hobby.
Also 2 sparrowhawk, 8+ buzzard, 1-2 kestrel, 3 hobby together heading south, steady southward trickle of swallows and house martins, at least 7 wheatear (easily the most of these I've ever seen here on one day), 2+ stonechat, 2+ Dartford warbler, 4_ willow warbler, 4+ chiffchaff, 3+ spotted flycatcher, 3+ redstart, raven, 6+ linnet
Black Down
4th -  Found on the grass in garden; elephant hawk moth caterpillar Deilephila elpenor   Click for photo Killinghurst Lane
4th - Male common pipistrelle bat (cat victim) taken into care. (Released 18.9.17) Grayshott
6th – Female scorpion fly attempting to fly off with dried mealworm   Click for photo Killinghurst Lane greenhouse
6th – Clifden nonpareil moth atttracted by house lights   Click for photo Tennysons Lane
9th - 5 sparrowhawk, 18 buzzard, 2 kestrel, 4 hobby, juvenile female peregrine, 2+ woodpecker, 9+ swallow, meadow pipit, tree pipit, 6+ stonechat, wheatear, 3 mistle thrush, 25+ chiffchaff, 3+ Dartford warbler, 2 spotted flycatcher, 2 raven, 6+ linnet, 2+ bullfinch Black Down
9th - Speckled wood butterfly Chiddingfold garden
9th - Red admiral butterfly Grayswood
9th - Hobby Witley Common
10th - Cormorant, 2 sparrowhawk, 6 buzzard, kestrel, 1+ green woodpecker, 7+ meadow pipit, 2 tree pipit, 1-2 grey wagtail, 2 swallow, 13+ stonechat, female immature redstart, ring ouzel 1st winter male, 35+ chiffchaff, willow warbler, 3+ Dartford warbler, 4+ spotted flycatcher, 6+ siskin, raven Black Down
14th – Several soprano pipistrelle and a single Daubenton’s bat feeding over water Shottermill Ponds
16th – Pectoral sandpiper Calidris melanotos (American vagrant visitor)   Click for photo Thursley
16th – Cormorant, 2 red kite, osprey (perhaps looking at fish ponds to west), 3 sparrowhawk, 12+ buzzard, kestrel, hobby, 10+ lessr black-backed gull, 2+ green woodpecker, 10+ meadow pipit, about 15 swallow, 11+ house martin, wheatear, 3+ stonechat, about 10 chiffchaff, 5 Dartford warbler, 2 spotted flycatcher, raven, 2+ linnet, 2+ bullfinch Black Down
17th - Pond skater  Gerris sp.   Click for photo Cutmill Tarn
22nd - Red kite, 4+ sparrowhawk, 20+ buzzard, 2 kestrel, female peregrine, 1+ green woodpecker, grey wagtail, 10+ meadow pipit, 2+ swallow, 30+ house martin, 60+ hirundine spp.- mostly house martins, 12 stonechat, 1-2 song thrush, 4+ blackbird, 20+ chiffchaff, 6 Dartford warbler, 2 raven, 5+ linnet, 5 goldfinch, 3+ bullfinch Black Down
22nd - 3+ red admiral butterflies Black Down
23rd - Similar species and numbers of birds as on 22nd plus hobby, male peregrine, 3 mistle thrush, redstart. Tawny owl heard. Black Down
23rd - Brown long-eared bats seen emerging from garage after droppings found on car roof Killinghurst Lane
24th – Frog found sheltering beneath door  Click for photo Furnace Place
24th – Grey wagtail Haslemere garden
24th – Sparrowhawk, 10+ buzzard, 2 kestrel, hobby, 2+ green woodpecker, lesser spotted woodpecker, 10+ meadow pipit, 430+ house martin, 20+ swallow, woodlark, 6+ stonechat, 3 blackbird, 16+ chiffchaff, 3 willow warbler, 4+ Dartford warbler, 2 raven, 12+ linnet, 2+ bullfinch Black Down
25th – Male common pipistrelle bat cat victim taken into care. (Released 4.10.17) Grayshott
26th – Several mating groups of soprano pipistrelles found in bat boxes Frensham Little Pond
26th – Large ichneumon Rhyssa persuasoria seen laying eggs into hidden sawfly larvae   Click for photo Frensham Little Pond
27th – Lesser redpoll (first this autumn) Witley Common
27th – Clifden nonpareil moth in moth trap  Click for photo Witley Common
29th – Several common and soprano pipistrelles, a single noctule pass and one Daubenton’s bat hunting over pond Imbhams Farm
30th - Sparrowhawk, 12 buzzard, 1-2 kestrel, juv female peregrine, 2+ green woodpecker, about 20 meadow pipit, 15+ swallow, about 16 house martin, sand martin, 1-2 singing male woodlark, pied wagtail, 9+ stonechat, 2 male redstart, redwing, blackbird, 6+ chiffchaff, 4+ Dartford warbler, 2 raven, 1+ siskin, 4+ lesser redpoll, about 6 linnet, 5+ bullfinch Black Down
30th - Red admiral butterfly, hornet Black Down


AUGUST 2017

SEEN

WHERE
5th -  Large raft spider  Click for photo Witley Common
5th - Little owls, parent and one of two young on fence posts  Click for photo Portsmouth Rd. Milford adjacent to the Refectory car park
6th - Lots of bat activity shortly after dusk - mostly common pipistrelles, with a few serotine and  brown long-eared passes. Also a single Myotis pass, sounding very like a rare Bechstein's bat Petworth Road garden
8th & 15th – Calls of rare barbastelle bats recorded   Petworth Road garden
11th – Badger looking for worms on wet grass Petworth Road garden
12th – Horntail sawfly Urocerus gigas found in greenhouse   Click for photo Killinghurst Lane
13th -  3 sparrowhawk, about 13 buzzard, kestrel, green woodpecker, wheatear, 3-5 spotted flycatcher, 4+ Dartford warbler, 2 raven, assorted willow warblers and chiffchaffs, small numbers of swallows and house martins beginning to move south/south east.
Amazing humming from all the bees on the heather!
Black Down
13th -  Silver-washed fritillary butterfly, female, valezina form Frillinghurst Wood
13th -  Lesser skullcap  Scutellaria minor Frillinghurst Wood
16th - Elephant hawkmoth caterpillar hiding up in willow herb   Click for photo   Haslemere garden
18th – Deadly nightshade Atropa belladonna in berry  Click for photo Heyshott Down
18th – Male soprano pipistrelle with three females in bat box. Single bats found in three other boxes.
Later,
Frensham Little Pond
18th – Female brown long-eared bat cat victim taken into care. (Released 29th)  Click for photo Witley
19th – Roebuck resting in sunshine  Click for photo Petworth Road garden
20th – Two bat boxes found with clusters of female and juvenile Natterer’s bats (17+ and 15 animals respectively). Click for photo   Single male soprano pipistrelle bats found in two other boxes Wood near Dunsfold
20th – Several sexton beetles of at least two species found on dead juvenile long-eared bats in bat box. One identified as Nicrophorus humator Click for photo
Also large numbers of copper underwing and Svensson's copper underwing moths in deserted bat boxes.
Wood near Dunsfold
20th – Fine group of parasol mushrooms Macrolepiota procera  Click for photo Wood near Dunsfold
21st - Old lady moth Mormo maura found in house Braeside Close
22nd - Hoverfly Volucella zonaria  (3rd record for this year)  Click for photo Witley Common
23rd - Noctule and serotine bat calls detected shortly after dusk Petworth Road garden
24th – Redstart, chiffchaff adult with recently fledged young (a very late breeding record) Witley Common
24th – Hornet nest in rotten pine tree Click for photo Witley Common
25th – Daubenton's bat taken into care after being found exhausted on external wall  Click for photo Oakhanger
26th - Privet hawkmoth caterpillar Sphinx ligustri  Click for photo Hammer Vale
28th - Soprano and common pipistrelles, serotine and Daubenton’s bats feeding around woodland and over River Wey Herons Way, Tilford


JULY 2017

SEEN

WHERE
1st - Red soldier beetles (Rhagonycha falva) on Erynigium flowers  Click for photo Killinghurst Lane Garden
2nd - Female kestrel perched in tree  Click for photo Petworth Road garden
3rd – Hummingbird hawk moth hovering at flowers Furnace Place
4th – Purple emperor butterfly fluttering at head height Temple of the Winds
4th - Female silver-washed fritillary butterfly Headley garden
7th – Many butterflies seen including -  white admiral , silver-washed fritillary Click for photo, small skipper, speckled wood, ringlet Click for photo, large and small whites,  brimstone,  gatekeeper Click for photo, red admiral, comma, meadow brown, and also large red damselfly  Click for photo Holmens Grove
7th – Reed warbler singing in hawthorn scrub Witley Common
7th & 8th – Male 'dark giant horsefly' Tabanus sudeticus - rarely seen in Surrey - found in swimming pool  Click for photo Killinghurst Lane Garden
11th - Rosemary beetle (Chrysolina americana) on lavender  Click for photo Hammer Vale
12th - 400-500 swifts flying over Haslemere garden
12th - Common toad basking in the sun above garden water tank  Click for photo Chiddingfold garden
13th - Hobby Witley Common
13th - Gatekeeper butterfly on strawberry patch Chiddingfold garden
15th – Broad-leaved helleborine  Click for photo Holmens Grove
16th - Small copper butterfly Headley Allotment
19th – About a dozen large Boletus mushrooms appearing suddenly beneath beech tree  Click for photo Petworth Road garden
22nd - Little owl perched on post in paddock Portsmouth Rd. Milford adjacent to the Refectory car park
23rd - Female pheasant in garden with one very young chick Killinghurst Lane garden
24th - Female  blackcap in apple tree eating an apple Killinghurst Lane garden
24th -  Copper underwing moth found trapped in house  Click for photo Petworth Road
26th -  Black arches moth on outside wall  Click for photo Furnace Place
26th -  Broad-leaved helleborines in flower Click for photo Oaken Wood, Chiddingfold Forest


JUNE 2017

SEEN

WHERE
Early in month – Red-footed falcon   Frensham Common
1st - Meadow brown and large skipper butterflies Wood near Plaistow
2nd -  Lesser spotted woodpecker Witley Common
2nd -  Painted lady butterfly Witley Common
3rd – Common spotted orchids flowering - in the same spot for the last 30 odd years!  Click for photo Chiddingfold garden
3rd – Snout moth Hypena proboscidalis found indoors  Click for photo Chiddingfold
3rd –  Early pair of mating silver-studded blue butterflies  Click for photo Witley Common
6th – Very early magpie moth Abraxus grossulariata trapped inside garage window   Click for photo   Petworth Road
9th -  Black-tailed skimmer dragonfly (1st of year) Witley Common
11th - Goshawk - stunning views of an adult male flushing and hunting woodpigeons. Also red kite, sparrowhawk, 18+ buzzard, grey wagtail, 2 mm tree pipit, pair woodlark + 2 mm + 1-2 individuals (though no definitively fledged young seen), pair stone chat + 2 mm, Dartford warbler 1 + heard (suggesting fledged young), crossbill Black Down
11th - Golden-ringed dragonfly Black Down
11th - Hobby and raven. Also group of jackdaw, rook, carrion crow and magpie mobbing someting unseen in an alder canopy, presumably a large predator Haslemere garden
11th - About 60 silver-studded blue butterflies (all males) Witley Common
13th - 5+ nightjar (4 churring males) 2 roding woodcock Witley Common
13th - 2 female glowworms Lampyris noctiluca  Click for photo Witley Common
14th – Several nightjars churring and tawny owls calling Black Down
14th – 5 crossbill Witley Common
Mid-month - At least one red kite seen almost every day Chiddingfold just to the North and East of the cricket green
15th – Roe deer with youngster  Click for photo Petworth Road garden
15th – Lots of common pipistrelle activity, plus a few unidentified Myotis bat passes Sparrwood Hanger woodland, Plaistow
17th – 7 dormice found during licensed checking of HNHS boxes  Click for photo Imbhams Farm
17th – Common spotted orchids Click for photo, pyramidal orchids Click for photo, and broomrape Click for photo Noar Hill. Selborne
17th – Cinnabar moth on ragwort   Click for photo Noar Hill. Selborne
17th - Plume moth  Click for photo Killingurst Lane
18th - Very early purple emperor butterfly seen in garden, then flew indoors  Click for photo Plaistow
18th – Badger passing through garden Petworth Road
18th – Silver-washed fritillary (2 males)  and ringlet butterflies (firsts for year) Witley Common
19th – Week old baby pipistrelle bat found on bedroom floor   Click for photo Hammer
20th – Muntjac   Click for photo Petworth Road garden
20th – Purple emperor butterfly    Click for photo Witley Common
20th – Fresh purple hairstreak butterfly Roundwick Copse, Plaistow
20th –  Purple hairstreak butterfly Hindhead garden
23rd – Purple emperor butterfly trapped in house   Click for photo Furnace Place
23rd – Tormentil mining bee Andrena tarsata (rare in Surrey) Witley Common
25th - Red kite flying low over garden  Hindhead
26th – Hoverfly Volucella zonaria  (first for Witley Common)   Click for photo Witley Common
29th – Badger passing through garden Petworth Road

 

MAY 2017

SEEN

WHERE
First few weeks - Bumble bees nesting in a former blue tits’ nest box   Click for photo Burnt Hill Road, Bourne Valley
1st - Pair of mistle thrushes have managed to fledge a single offspring despite constant battles with a pair of magpies who also have young, but not out of the nest yet Killinghurst Lane garden
1st - 3+ buzzard, hobby, 6 firecrest Inval, Gibbet Hill and Hindhead Common
1st - 2-3 tree pipit, male redstart, Dartford warbler 1 m + food + f heard - so nest with young close by Hindhead Common
1st - Willow warbler, small flock of 6 crossbill Black Down
2nd -  Singing male lesser whitethroat (first record since 1999!)
Also male cuckoo singing
Witley Common
5th – Cuckoo calling Hedgehog Lane
6th – Cuckoo calling Foot of Haste Hill
7th - Brimstone moth sleeping by doorbell  Click for photo Furnace Place
8th - Turtle dove seen and heard Holdfast Lane
9th – Speckled wood butterfly on a creeping buttercup Chiddingfold garden
10th - Reed bunting, goldfinches, grey heron, 4+ whitethroats, house martin, swallow, crows, jay, mallard, robin, 3 Dartford warblers, 4 stonechats, 3 tree pipit, willow warbler Click for photo, redstart, great tit, Canada geese, tufted ducks, blackbird, linnet, 3 hobbies including 2 displaying/competing, cuckoo, goldcrest, green woodpecker. skylark, wren, kestrel, sparrowhawk, 6+ buzzard, woodlark Thursley Common
10th - Bog cotton Eriophorum angustifolium   Click for photo Thursley Common
10th - Sand lizard Witley Common
10th - Green hairstreak & small heath butterflies (firsts for year) Witley Common
11th - Small tortoiseshell butterfly on a loganberry leaf in the sun Chiddingfold garden
13th - Raven Witley Common
13th - Good views of some of a flock of 18 crossbills Thursley
14th - Nightingale Black Down
14th - Grizzled skipper butterfly Witley Common
15th - A field full of speedwell and buttercups   Click for photo Killinghurst Lane
15th - Wasp beetle Clytus arietis found in sitting room   Click for photo Chiddingfold
16th - Star of  Bethlehem flowers opening in sunshine for a week or so   Click for photo Chiddingfold garden
16th - Vixen suckling three cubs simultaneously at dusk Petworth Road garden
16th - A single hobby Parkland above Woolbeding Lake
19th - Green carpet moth Click for photo and least carpet moth Click for photo Chiddingfold
20th - Allium flowers full of sleepy bumble bees this evening, counted about two dozen.  Experienced foragers stay out at night if they have found a good nectar source, they use up precious energy flying back to the nest. Click for photo Killinghurst Lane garden
21st - A single lapwing in flight Above Furnace Place garden
22nd - Five playful fox cubs joined by both parents  Click for photo Petworth Road garden
22nd - 3 woodcock and plenty of nightjar churring but only saw two in the air Black Down
Red admiral butterfly Chiddingfold garden
24th -  Holly blue butterfly Headley garden
25th – Poplar hawk moth resting indoors  Click for photo Milford
26th - Adder Black Down, above Cotchet Farm valley
26th - 2 red kite, about 15 buzzard, male hobby, 2 woodcock, tawny owl m&f, 5 churring male nightjar+ 3 (1 definite female), 3 male tree pipit, pair woodlark, 2 male restart, male Dartford warbler, Black Down
26th - Male firecrest Haste Hill
28th -  Nightjar churring between 7am and 9am!
Also 3 garden warbler, 3/4 whitethroat, 3 willow warbler, 4+ chiffchaff, 2 male woodlark, 2 tree pipit, redstart, cuckoo, 10+ crossbill incl. youngsters, about 8 siskin, 10+ linnet, 3 male & 2 female stonechat, swallow, 2 buzzard, 4 great black backed gull to south
Black Down
28th - 2 raven, red kite, 3 sparrowhawk, repergrine, 2 hobby, skylark, firecrest, turtle dove Fernhurst
28th - 5+ red kite, about 20 buzzard, 2 sparrowhawk, kestrel, cuckoo, 3 grey wagtail, garden warbler, lots of whitethroat, 5+ firecrest, 2+ bullfinch, 3+ yellowhammer Between White's Lane and the west side of Woolbeding
28th – 2+ hobbies chasing dragonflies over Pudmore Ponds, 4 Drtford warbler, inc 1 in display flight west side, 3 tree pipit, cuckoo, 8 stonechat, 8 redstart Thursley
28th – Roe buck relaxing in quiet corner of garden then browsing ferns  Click for photo Petworth Road
30th - Very dark grass snake, approximately 2.5 ft in length Garden near Midhurst
31st - Rare Brandt's bat found during woodland survey Wood near Dunsfold


APRIL 2017

SEEN

WHERE
Early in month - Black adder Black Down
Early in month - Red-legged partridges having an almighty fight on Killinghurst Lane. Chased off after car had to be stopped to avoid squashing them. Killinghurst Lane
Early in month - Purple toothwort Lathraea clandestina - an uncommon non-native leafless plant that parasitizes roots of willows.  Click for photo (taken 17th April) Hammer Vale
2nd – Orange tip butterfly Chiddingfold garden
2nd – Tree pipit Witley Common
2nd – Speckled wood and holly blue butterflies Witley Common
2nd – Three adders Witley Common
2nd – 2 Swallows Garden near Plaistow
2nd – Grass snake (very small) under felt cover Plaistow garden
3rd - House martin Near Plaistow
3rd and 4th - Swallows returning, seen and heard. Also skylarks. Farm near Milland
5th – Raven Witley Common
6th – Three badgers foraging together on grass in the dark Petworth Road garden
7th – Mistle thrush, willow warblers, blue & great tits, robins, chiffchaffs, wren, jackdaws. dunnock, chaffinches, crows, green woodpecker, woodlarks, Dartford warblers (4), long tailed tit, jay, stonechats, buzzard, redstarts, and heard great spotted woodpecker, redpolls, goldfinches, nuthatch and curlew. Thursley Common
7th – Speckled wood butterflies. Thursley Common
8th - 5 red kite, 5+ sparrowhawk, about 20 buzzard, 1+ male kestrel, 2+ green woodpecker, 5 tree pipit territories, 5 woodlark territories, swallow, male stonechat, male wheatear, 1+ blackcap, willow warbler, several chiffchaff, 2 male Dartford warblers, 6+ linnet, 2 greenfinch Black Down
8th - Firecrest and blackcap Haslemere garden
9th - Swallow. Also yellowhammer. Over Lower Farm, Black Down
9th - Skylark Black Down
10th – Cuckoo seen and heard Thursley Common
11th - Female orange tip butterfly resting on bubble wrap by greenhouse window  Click for photo Church Road, Milford
11th - One swallow flying north Over Enton Allotments, Witley
11th - Two raven Witley Common
12th - Cuckoo Near Plaistow
12th - Cuckoo heard calling and seen in flight. 5 lapwings, sparrow hawk, tree creeper, stonechat Click for photo, Dartford warblers, redstart ( m ), many chiffchaffs, reed bunting, blackcap, willow warblers and curlew heard Thursley Common
13th - Cuckoo moving south to north, and later calling near the reservoir area Black Down
13th -  5 nightingales singing (one seen) and cuckoo calling Chiddingfold Forest 
13th -  Pair of bullfinch eating buds on copper beech. Cuckoo calling. Furnace Place
13th -  Stunning display of bluebells Imbhams Farm
13th -  Skylark displaying and calling, then plummeting to earth as a buzzard flew past. Two Canada geese on pond. Also heron, two coots and a moorhen.
Later a squabble involving three goldcrests.
Imbhams Farm
15th -  Female lesser spotted woodpecker, male nightingale singing Witley Common
15th -  5+ red kite, 4 sparrowhawk, about 40 buzzard, 2 kestrel, cuckoo, 4 wood lark - 2 singing, 3 singing tree pipit, 10+ swallow, 2 stonechat, 4 firecrest, 1-2 raven18+ crossbill including at least 1 juvenile. male brambling, 6 linnet, plenty of chiffchaff and willow warblers, skylark singing, Dartford warbler Black Down
15th -  Cuckoo, swallow, yellowhammer Valewood
16th -  2 red kite, 4 sparrowhawk, 25+ buzzard, kestrel pair displaying, cuckoo, woodlark, lots of swallow, 4 house martin, 7 singing male firecrest, 2 singing males and a pair of yellowhammer, 2 skylark, 2 mandarin, 4 mallard, grey wagtail, 2 crossbill, about 5 blackcap, about 8 chiffchaff, willow warbler Between Fernhurst and Woolbeding
16th -  Kestrel Valewood
17th -  Male and female goldcrests photographed through a window in which they were displaying in response to their own reflections!  Click for photo Hammer Vale
18th -  Singing male garden warbler, raven Witley Common
20th - St Mark's Fly Bibio marci   (1st of year)  Click for photo Witley Common
20th - Two male redstart singing Witley Common
22nd - Singing male yellowhammer, about 10 buzzard, sparrowhawk, perched male cuckoo, 2 singing male woodlark, at least 5 tree pipit, singing Dartford warbler, singing male whitethroat, wheatear, singing male redstart, 2 singing male stonechat, raven, about 20 common crossbill Black Down
23rd - Pair of hobbies soaring at the south end, plus another towards the north. Also garden warbler and yellowhammer singing to the west Black Down
23rd - 1 singing male whitethroat Witley Common
23rd - Wood white butterfly Tugley Wood
25th - Male bullfinch eating dandelion clock Hindhead garden
26th - Nightingale singing  Click for photo Chiddingfold Forest
26th -  Early purple orchid (Orchis mascula) Click for photo, Midland hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata) Click for photo, yellow pimpernel (Lysmachia nemorum) Click for photo Tugley Wood
27th -   3 singing male nightingales Witley Common
27th - Oak apple gall (approx. 4 cms. diameter ). Caused by gall wasp (Biorhiza pallida) laying eggs in oak leaf bud.Click for photo Wey- Arun canal footpath
29th - Redstarts, tree pippit, willow warblers, Dartford warbler, reed buntings (3), curlew, coal tit, great tit, wren, goldfinch, swallow, Canada and greylag geese and more! Heard cuckoo, woodlark, woodcock and chiff chaff! Thursley Common
29th – Female ring ouzel, 5 crossbill, tawny owl (in broad daylight on the heath), 7 singing male garden warblers, 4 singing male whitethroat Witley Common
2 red kite, 2 sparrowhawk, 25+ buzzard, hobby, female peregrine, wood lark pair + 1-2  - both probably feeding young; + 1 singing male, 5 tree pipit, male stonechat, 2 garden warbler, raven, 15+ common crossbill, male yellowhammer Black Down
29th – Firecrest Haste Hill
29th – Firecrest Pine View Lane
29th – Firecrest Haslemere
29th – Four tiny fox cubs playing together in darkness with their mother  Click for photo Petworth Road garden
30th – Red kite, 2 sparrowhawk, 12+ buzzard, tree pipit, garden warbler, 1+ whitethroat, 5-6 firecrest Between Fernhurst and Woolbeding
30th – Kestrel Fernhurst car park
30th – 3 yellowhammer E of Lower North Park Farm
30th – Cuckoo heard Hedgehog Lane
Late in month - Blue tit badly affected by avian pox  Click for photo Garden near Plaistow


MARCH 2017

SEEN

WHERE
Early in month - Great crested newt found dead on path Click for photo Reeth, near Fernden Lane
Early in month - Pair of crossbills drinking from tree hole  Click for photo Black Down
Early in month - Palmate and smooth newts of both sexes returned to two different sites as well as overwintered efts seen. Frogspawn have now hatched so tadpoles abound. Farm near Milland
4th - A pair of kestrels Over Black Down
5th - Blue tit stunned after flying into window. Flew off apparently unharmed. Click for photo Killinghurst Lane garden
6th - Pair of hawfiches - possibly more, but seen only fleetingly Bottom of Devil's Punchbowl
6th - Muntjac Between Lickfold and Lodsworth Common
7th - Lesser spotted woodpecker (1 male) Witley Common
7th - Male and female roe deer resting together on grass  Petworth Road garden
7th - Red admiral butterfly nectaring on Mahonia Petworth Road garden
8th – Brimstone and peacock butterflies Chiddingfold
8th – Long-tailed tits Chiddingfold
8th – Red kite Over Frith Wood outside Northchapel
9th – Peacock butterfly   Plaistow garden
9th - Numerous  brimstone butterflies Devil’s Punchbowl
9th – Brimstone butterfly    Haslemere garden
9th - First butterflies of the season today including this comma   Click for photo Bramshott Chase
9th - Large badger foraging at night Petworth Road garden
11th - 3 male chiffchaff, 3 firecrest (present all winter), crossbill (present since 2/1, singing 7th March), raven, woodcock, pair of stonechat (present since 21/2), pair of Dartford warbler, pair of woodlark Witley Common
11th - Red admiral, brimstone and comma butterflies Witley Common
11th - Pipistrelle bat on the wing Petworth Road garden
13th -  Comma butterfly landed on my arm this morning and almost in my tea!    Chiddingfold garden
14th - 5 buzzards  and 1 red kite soaring above the garden together in a sort of group. Killinghurst Lane garden
19th - A male and female siskin on the niger seeds together Furnace Place garden
20th - Stoat on woodland edge and a skylark singing high over a field Killinghurst Lane
21st - Lesser spotted woodpecker - male drumming. Also heard on 25th, 27th. Witley Common
25th - Sparrowhawk eating a red-legged partridge Killinghurst Lane garden
25th - One male and seven female pheasants on the lawn. Also two lapwings flying over the garden calling. Furnace Place garden
25th - 14 singing male chiffchaffs Witley Common
26th - Male and female greater spotted woodpeckers on the peanuts - together Furnace Place garden
26th - Chiffchaff calling Bramshott
27th – Woodcock. Also singing male blackcap (earliest record for Witley: previous earliest 29-3-14) Witley Common
27th – Small tortoiseshell butterfly Witley Common
27th – Holly blue butterfly  Very bright blue. Flying high around very tall laurel and holly. Chiddingfold garden
27th - Lesser spotted woodpecker calling and drumming on a dead oak branch stub Witley Common
29th - Chiffchaff Headley Down Nature Reserve
29th - Dead vixen, possibly pregnant Field off Chase Lane
29th - Holly blue butterfly Garden near Plaistow
30th -  Willow warbler 1 singing male, 40 lesser redpoll Witley Common
30th -  Male and female bullfinch on feeder    Click for photo Garden in Church Road, Milford


FEBRUARY 2017

SEEN

WHERE
1st – Red kite Over Church Road, Fernhurst
3rd - Flock of siskins, redwings, bullfinches male & female, blue tit, long tailed tits, robins, wren, buzzard, red kite, grey heron, cormorant, tufted  & mallard ducks, two Egyptian geese,great crested grebes, Two female goosanders. Puttenham Common, Tarn and Long Ponds
3rd - Yellow brain fungus Tremella mesenterica Click for photo, witches butter fungus Exidia glandulosa Click for photo,and jelly ear fungus Auricularia judae Click for photo Puttenham Common
3rd - One male & five female goosanders Click for photo, Two pochard, several  mandarin, tufted & mallard ducks Cutmill Pond
5th - 123 noctule bats in hibernation – a new record! Also a single long-eared bat Thursley NNR
7th - Buzzard circling above gardens Critchmere Vale, Haslemere
Early in month - 2 kestrels Valewood
8th - Male and female bullfinch checking for buds on an ornamental cherry tree Furnace Place garden
8th - Goldcrests, Dartford warbler, goldfinches, meadow pipits, song thrush, blackbird, chaffinch, crows, blue tit, magpie, coal tits, long tailed tits, reed bunting ( m. & f. ) , dunnock, jackdaws, mallards and a  tufted duck. Heard – robin, wren, woodlarks. Also seen a  pair roe deer ( m. & f. ) Thursley Common
11th - Carrion crow sliding along on its tummy in the snow, perhaps trying to groom off parasites Petworth Road garden
11th - Red kite flying quite low over fields Near Fisherstreet crossroads, south of Chiddingfold
12th - Brambling, a few crossbills and a couple of stonechats Cotchet Valley, Black down
13th - Two very smart male goosanders (also reported on 11th) Imbhams Farm pond
13th - One or two red kites South of Fernhurst
14th - Three long-eared and three Natterer's bats Click for photo in hibernation Midhurst hibernaculum
17th - Male and female teal Pond at Imbhams Farm
17th - Red admiral butterfly Plaistow garden
18th - Raven over fields (had a no.of missing wing feathers)   Off Chase Lane
18th - 5 teal, male goosander, 1-2 red kite, 5+ sparrowhawk, 20+ buzzard, kestrel, grey wagtail, wood lark pair in stubble field, raven, female yellowhammer, skylark, tawny owl heard Imbhams Farm
18th -  13+ buzzard, 3 male stonechat, pair Dartford warbler, 4-5 crossbill, 1-2 singing wood lark, Black Down
20th – Hibernating dormouse found during hedge laying work    Click for photo Collards Lane
20th – Badly injured common pipistrelle bat brought in by cat - taken into care Hindhead
21st – One long-eared and one Myotis sp. bat hibernating in NT bat barn Chase Lane
25th – Red kite apparently squabbling with vociferous guineafowl. Flew off - both unharmed. Killinghurst Lane garden
Late February - Badgers carrying young from sett  Click for video Imbhams Farm
28th – First lovely plump bumble bee queen of 2017 on Hellebores Furnace Place garden


JANUARY 2017

SEEN

WHERE
Mid Dec to mid Jan - Fieldfares and redwings on cotoneaster Hindhead garden
January - Two separate visits by blackcap    Whitehill garden
January - 2 goldcrests in hedge Conford, Liphook
2nd - Little egret Stream near Imbhams Farm
2nd - Pair of Dartford warbler, 2 firecrest (present since 28/9/16), crossbill Witley Common
6th - Several coal tits, Dartford warbler, reed bunting, mistle thrush, goldcrest, blue tits, wren, redwings goldfinches,carrion crow Hankley Common
6th - Lichen (Cladonia impexa Click for photo
Oak moss lichen (Evernia prunastri )
  Click for photo
Hankley Common
6th - Hibernating bats: 6 Natterer's, 2 Daubenton's and one unidentified Busbridge
7th - Tree creeper, insect hunting on Douglas fir Killinghurst Lane garden
7th - Woodcock Witley Common
11th - 3 firecrest, 55 lesser redpoll Witley Common
11th - 2 little egrets   Click for photo Radford Park, Liphook
12th - Blackcap feeding at bird table Bourne valley, Farnham
13th - Fox and vixen foraging in snow in between a few desultory attempts at mating  Click for photo Petworth Road garden
14th - Flock of 6 goldfinch regularly feeding on sunflower seeds Garden in Church Road, Milford
14th - 6 to 8 raven, up to 20 crossbill Black Down
Mid-month - Several redpoll gathering daily Swan Barn Farm
16th - Male brambling Haslemere garden
16th - Small numbers of brambling Black Down
17th - 2 long-eared bats, 2 Natterer's, 2 Daubenton's and a single small Myotis bat Midhurst hibernaculum
17th - 2 adult great black-backed gulls in flight SW of Woolbeding Common
17th - Brown long-eared bat found on outside wall in sub-zero temperatures   Click for photo  (Released 27th March) Winkworth Arboretum
18th - Goosander Imbhams Farm pond
18th - One or two peregrine falcons SE of Fernhurst
18th - Little egret in flight South of Fernhurst
18th & 19th - Red kite SE of Fernhurst
19th - Dartford warbler. Also raven heard. Boarden Door, Black Down
19th - Woodlark singing over stubble field SE of Fernhurst
19th - Fieldfare in frosty garden   Click for photo Church Rd. Milford
24th – Long-eared, small Myotis, and a single unidentified bat hibernating in NT bat barn Chase Lane
24th – 2 Natterer’s bats hibernating in NT bat barn Nutcombe Valley
24th – Little egret sitting in tree looking down into pool Critchmere Lane
24th – 3 brown hairstreak butterfly eggs on blackthorn Haslemere
26th – Mistle thrush, the first seen here for some years Petworth Road garden
26th – Lapwing in field. The first seen here for a few years Prestwick Manor Farm, Chiddingfold
28th – Siskin and goldfinch on niger seeds Furnace Place garden
28th – Rabbit, fox and badger Click for photo Furnace Place garden
30th – Thrush singing loudly (temp 8 degrees C)      Plaistow garden