Tuesday, 21 February 2017

The Old Vicarage Works

 Toby removing a hanger from a Willow
 Removal of an Ash growing on the brook bank and unfortunately too close to the house and small bridge so had to be felled
 Several log piles were created around the site
 Excess material and arising were incinerated 

 The Old Vicarage recording areas 
The Old Vicarage in Summer

Spent today doing some tree work at the Old Vicarage. We felled an Ash, lifted the trees along the drive, removed some hangers and cleared a lot of brush piles and created some log piles.

Hopefully will return soon to open up the wild area and vegetable patch area by removing some conifer stumps and excess vegetation. Bryan and James are up for doing some landscaping which will be exciting- a stunning space with loads of potential for improvements and also creating some nice habitats.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

More Viridor Bullshit

Early Spring at Thursley

Stonechat and Dartford Warblers

Went with Dave Lambert to Thursley to have a listen to the Woodlarks, Dartford Warblers, Crossbills, Siskins, Stonechats and Skylarks warming up for Spring.

Here's a couple of sound recordings by Dave.

Red Crossbill
Dartford Warbler

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Glauc again

A few bits on the farmlands today; the juvenile Glaucous Gull again, 4 Jack Snipe, 20 Snipe, 9 Shelduck and 4 Greylag Geese.

A bit of excitement with the Beddington Farmlands Ringing Group over last couple of days:

Wednesday, 15 February 2017


Tufted Duck x Pochard hybrid

The hybrid was on the Northern Lake again today and also the Black Swan. What with the Ross's Goose and Barnacle Goose I had at Otmoor on Monday it's been a week of whacky wildfowl.

Also had the juvenile Glaucous Gull from the obs window this morning. 

Monday, 13 February 2017

Otmoor Visit

 Golden Plovers and Lapwings 
Red Kite and Lapwings

Spent the morning at Otmoor. Impressive numbers of winter birds including 3000+ Lapwing, 3000+ Golden Plover, 1 Hen Harrier, 2 Marsh Harrier and a Barnacle Goose and a Ross's Goose amongst the Canada and Greylags. 

Saturday, 11 February 2017

AZORES PELAGIC 2017- Booking Now

A few places are still available on the Azores Pelagic 2017.

Monteiro's Petrel and Swinhoe's Petrel have been recorded on all of the six trips since 2012.

Option 1: Saturday 26th August to Saturday 2nd September including Azores Bullfinch £1540
Option 2: Sunday 27th August to Friday 1st September (Pelgaic Only)  £879

For more information email me at littleoakgroup@btinternet.com.

Monteiro's Petrel- the main target species of the trip. We visit at a time where the cool season breeding 'Grant's Petrel' can also be encountered. (Gareth Knass) 
Swinhoe's Petrel- recorded on all of the last six trips
Wilson's Petrel- recorded on all 8 trips since 2010 with upto 15 birds (Richard Bonser) 
Barolo's Shearwater- recorded in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015
Great Shearwaters. Up to 300 Great Shearwaters on some trips. Cory's Shearwater is an abundant resident. 
The Azores Pelagics have thrown up a few surprises including this Zino's Petrel in 2012. (Harro Muller) 
This South Polar Skua was recorded in 2014 (Richard Bonser) 
 Sooty Tern breed on Praia islet in some years and have been recorded in 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Azores Bullfinch- this endemic species is possible to see in the extended version of the tour 
Cetaceans are frequently encountered including rare sightings such as breaching Sowerby's Beaked Whales (Richard Bonser) 
Spotted Dolphins (Vincent Legrand) 
Sperm Whales- a frequently encountered resident species 
Loggerhead Turtle- recorded on most trips
Blue Shark and Pilot Fish are frequently encountered 


2014 team

Read More about it: (Birdwatch Article 2014)  

TRIP REPORT 2016 by Josh Jones 

For more information or to book a place please email me:  littleoakgroup@btinternet.com