|Danger at Mill Pond|
There were at least 50 Teal, 15 Shoveler, 44 Tufted Ducks and 20+ Mandarins, as well as the party of 6 Greylag Geese that have been around recently, seen at Mill Pond on Monday and Winkworth on Friday. Bizarrely, two signs warning people of the resident Mute Swans 'aggressive' behaviour had been erected - in all my years of coming down here, I've never known them to be particularly confrontational.
I'd hoped to stumble across a Woodcock here, and add it to my year list, but there was no joy. So, typically, on the drive back, as my eyes were down looking at my phone, Matt called "Woodock!". We got out for a quick search but couldn't relocate the bird - keep alert at all times on the patch!
Witley Common Great Grey Shrike today (MF)
Earlier in the day we'd popped to Unstead Sewage Farm, where there was little of note, though a singing Chiffchaff (1 of at least 3 on the site) was exceptionally early.
Today (24th) it seems two Great Grey Shrikes were in the area, with records from both Witley Common (MF, picture attached) and Thursley Common (SM) in the afternoon. At Shalford Water Meadows 2 Little Egrets flew over, and a female Stonechat was present (MP).