Recent Sightings

Date Bird Qty Location Notes
02 Jan Magpie 26 St John’s, Basingstoke Canal


30 Apr Juvenile great grey shrike 1 Whitmore common SU984534
02 May test species

test only

02 May WOODLARK 2 adults/parents foraging and feeding their 3 young Brook/Sandhills, Surrey area. see comments

Sirs having been asked if I would be interested in visiting this small Estate, without asking the owners permission to do so I would prefer not to give its exact location. Photos/Images taken*, unfortunately the video clips, I find have got deleted.
I am not sure if this is of any interest to you or for it to be recorded.
Paul Renmant, The White House, The Common, Dunsfold, Surrey. GU8 4LA.

*can forwarded some if needed.

03 May Whinchat 1 Tices meadow

This is my mobile email address Penny

05 May Garden Warbler 1 Burpham

Heard singing from house at 08.15hrs but not seen due foliage. Sort of new “home” tick for me being heard only and probably in neighbours garden.

06 May Cuckoo 1 TQ0356649754

Male Cuckoo heard & seen. Been in this area for at least a week.

07 May Whinchat 2 Thursley Common SU912420

Two birds together on the patch of common nearest Red House Farm. Lest anyone think I may be confusing with Stonechat I can submit a photo albeit a not very good one!

08 May Black Tern 8 Frensham Great Pond (SU845402)

present early evening

08 May Black Tern 2 Staines Resevoir

22 had been seen at about 14.00hrs just before I arrived.

08 May Common Sandpiper 1 Staines Resevoir

at 15.30hrs. west end of south basin near pipes on bank near tower.

08 May Dunlin 9 Staines Resevoir

A group of 8 on north shore of south basin and a lone bird on east shore of north basin. 14.30 to 15.30hrs.

09 May Tree Pipit 1 Thursley Common
09 May Redstart 1 Thursley Common

other members of the RSPB Guildford group saw more.

09 May Woodlark 3 Thursley common
09 May Curlew 1 Thursley Common
09 May Dartford Warbler 6 Thursley Common

Probably many more. they seemed to be everywhere.

09 May Willow Warbler 2 Thursley Common

Heard only

09 May Nightingale 1 Thursley Common

Heard only. North of Shrike Hill from shrubs at edge of pine copse. First I have heard on Thursley Common.

09 May Garden Warbler 1 Thursley Common

Heard only. East of Shrike Hill.

09 May blue tit 2 my garden!

test sent at 16:09

09 May Swift (Apus apus) 2 over Eden Grove Road, Byfleet. OS ref.: TQ 0660

Swifts arriving at established breeding site, here since 2015 at least.

10 May Swift (Apus apus) about 10 birds Above (very high) Eden Grove Road, Byfleet; TQ 0660

12 noon, probably many more, just visible and identifiable, no binoculars. Established colony, since 2015 at least.
More boxes going up this week, hopefully not too late!?

11 May Nightingale 1 Behind The Greenings, Deanoak Lane, Leigh (TQ239453)

Male in full song at 11.00 am in bushes by bridge on footpath behind ‘The Greenings’.

13 May Spotted Flycatcher 2 Rspb Farnham heath

In car park on sunny side of trees at 17.45hrs

13 May Whooper Swan 2 Sutton Place on the Wey Nav TQ020557

We took photos as proof.

13 May Firecrest 1 Holmwood Common TQ1817546056

Singing male

15 May Woodcock 1 Winterfold Heath

Also heard Cuckoo, Nightjar and Tawny Owl. thanks Robin for directions to Reynards Hill car park on the heath.

17 May Common Sandpiper 2 Broadwater Lake SU983452
18 May Reed warbler 2 Tices Meadow
18 May Common Cuckoo 1 SU982589: Goldsworth Park, North Meadow Habitat

In oak tree, not seen, but heard making calls approx. 9.30am

19 May Nightingale 1 Redhill Common TQ272497

One bird singing from thick bramble, gorse & broom scrub just south of the view point at 14.50hrs.

23 May Firecrest 1 Holmwood Common TQ1817546056

Seen bathing in a pond (TQ1817546056) and then preening in nearby holly. Singing male recorded from same location on 13th May.

06 Jun Mediterranean Gull 2 Redhill Common TQ272 497

Two calling adults drifted high to the SE.

08 Jun Sand Martin 20-30 Buckland SP, TQ225505

Several pairs were certainly breeding in one bank near the small swimming area of the main lake. Hard to tell exactly how many nests were occupied but probably at least 10.

18 Jun Nightjar Up to 5 heard, at least 3 seen. Having only covered a small sector from 1930 -2200 hrs, I felt the site probably holds more. Ockham Common (south west sector TQ 085585 – TQ 086586)

This was my first visit here, and I was pleasantly surprised by the density of the birds in just one sector of the site. Conditions were heavily overcast, cool, still with lots of bug activity.

29 Jun Mediterranean Gull 10 Frensham Common (SU853409)

10 adults flew east at 06:40 hrs

29 Jun Kestrel 5 SU951483

Breeding pair of kestrels raised three chicks on the wall of our chalk quarry. All three fledged on 29 June. Two could fly straight from the nest but the third needed a little help in taking off – eventually they all flew off with their parents.

01 Jul Hobby 1 TQ16465

Hobby circling and following 4 swifts drifting east 9.15 am

01 Jul Red Crested Pochard 4 Richmond Park, Upper Pen Pond TQ200730

One drake seemed to be in eclipse already.

08 Jul Little owl 2 Morden park

Active and vocal. Photographed in tree perched. Young owl also present

11 Jul Purple Emporer 1 Broadwater Lake SU983452


26 Jul Whinchat 1 juvenile Water Colurs Mound, Holmethorpe SP. TQ292515

I briefly on top of The Mound behind Water Colour 1 Lagoon. Also a Hobby hawking.

31 Jul Green sandpiper 2 Holmethorpe SP TQ292515

2 present at Spyne’s Mere this afternoon

01 Aug Redshank 1 Spyne’s Mere, Holmethorpe SP, TQ306523

A single adult bird on the sand bar.

02 Aug Peregrine Falcon 1 Woking town centre

One seen from multi-storey car park circling and landing on office block at approx. 11.55 am

02 Aug Hobby 2 Ottershaw

Two seen flying over Murray Road towards St. Peter’s Way.

07 Aug Green Sandpiper 6 Spyne’s Mere, Holmethorpe S.P.TQ306523

There were 4 Green Sandpiper at Spyne’s Mere and 2 at the Railway Pools. 1 Common Sandpiper at Spyne’s Mere and a flock of 30 Greenfinch on Mercer’s Farm.

13 Aug Turnstone 1 Staines Reservoir

Also common terns still feeding at least one young, ten plus swifts passing through with a single sand martin, one or two common sandpipers and two little grebes. Single hobby over.

14 Aug White Stork
14 Aug White Stork one Ottershaw TQ0163

Left leg blue tag GB20
Radio tracker on back
On roof from app 1815

14 Aug White Stork 1 TQ0163

Not sure if this is a rarity or not but spotted (and photographed) a white stork on the roof of an assisted living building in Ottershaw.

19 Aug Redstart 1 TQ013549

Male in Spl at Triggs Lock this evening at 18.45hrs. On fence post towards farm buildings.

20 Aug Whinchat 1 Papercourt Marshes

Beyond pylon line towards the farm buildings in small sapling. Stonechat also using this sapling from time to time. 7 Stonechats at one time along fence line to the west of the meadow.

20 Aug Whimbrel 1 Staines Reservoir

Feeding along causeway.

25 Aug Honey Buzzard 1 TQ2959 – Coulsdon/Chipstead

16.35pm. Heading south-west from Coulsdon –> Chipstead in general direction of Dorking. Fabulous views but sadly no photo.

26 Aug Great White Egret One Pond / Lake Molesey Heath

On the larger of the two ponds / lakes on Molesey Heath – the one nearest to the Molesey Road. Also seen one Little Egret.
Enjoyed a three way spat along with a Grey Heron.

27 Aug Whinchat 6 Washponds Lane, Chelsham

On fence line next to sheep field

01 Sep Osprey 1 Frensham Great Pond (SU845402)

One flew west at 0658 hrs.

01 Sep Peregrine Falcon 1 Hogsmill NR

Female flew W

01 Sep Pied Flycatcher One Crooksbury

Maybe more and Spotted Flycatchers. Got photo

01 Sep Pied Flycatcher One Crooksbury

Maybe more and Spotted Flycatchers. Got photo

07 Sep Ring-necked Parakeet 2 Puttenham Golf Club (SU945479)

Two ringnecks heading west over the 2nd fairway.

08 Sep Green Sandpiper 7 Spyne’s Mere, Holmethorpe SP TQ306523

Six together at Spyne’s Mere and one on the Railway pools.

14 Sep Green Sandpiper 1 TQ291666 Beddington Farmlands
20 Sep Red kite 1 Reigate

Flew over garden at 1315.

20 Sep little egret 10 fetcham mill pond TQ158562
21 Sep Black Tern 4 Frensham Great Pond (SU845402)

Present to 07.35 hrs only.

23 Sep little egret 18 fetcham mill pond TQ158562
24 Sep Marsh Harrier 1 Over Surrey Research Park, Guildford. SU968501

Seen during my lunch bread, soaring perhaps 300m up. Appeared to be a female.

26 Sep Kingfisher 1 TQ0260
28 Sep Stork 1 Blakes Lane Farm, East Chandon

10.30 am in a field by the A246 opposite Hatchlands Park, being mobbed by some crows.

02 Oct spotted flycatcher 1 Frensham great pond SU845402

by car park

05 Oct Ring-necked Parakeet 2 Puttenham Golf Club (SU945479)

Heading west over the 2nd tee. Could be the same pair I reported a few weeks back.

15 Oct Yellow-browed Warbler 1 Queen Mary Reservoir

Trapped and ringed

19 Oct House Martin 12 TQ2155 Walton on the hill

Feeding around tree tops before flew south

19 Oct Red Kite 1 Puttenham Golf Club (SU945479)

Flew into the tree by the 11th green where there’s been a nest for the past few years.

21 Oct Redwing ~40 SU949479 (Monkshatch)

About 40 Redwings heading west towards Puttenham Golf club.

01 Nov Peregrine falcon 1 Weybridge church steeple

Flew to church steeple, stayed for a few minutes and flew off.

03 Nov Raven 2 Ranmore common TQ138505
08 Nov Short eared owl One TQ1056 (I think – see below)

I was driving from Effingham Junction towards the A3 on Old Lane this morning 8 November at about 10.20am (in fact on my way to meet friends to birdwatch at Papercourt!). I had passed through the Effingham wooded area but it was before the Ockham woodland. A short eared owl flew across the road from east to west. The weather was dry and clear and I had a good view. It was definitely not a barn owl (too dark) or tawny (too pale) and had a distinctive owl face. I had a clear view of it, and it looked very large. Having looked at various websites I am sure it was a Short eared owl. I am not sure about the Grid reference but have put TQ1056 as your link gives that for Effingham Junction which was the nearest housing. Belinda Knight.

20 Nov Red kite 1 TQ142545
29 Nov Hen Harrier 1 Shackleford

3pm hunting Lone Barn fields

02 Dec Hen Harrier 1 Shackleford SU937460

Still present this morning. Sighted at 10.50 am just north of Chalk Lane, Visible intermittently in the are for about an hour.

05 Dec Raven 1 TQ118494

Single raven flying and croaking over Abinger Roughs

11 Dec Common Redstart female 1 Caterham station

I assume late leaver / on passage

16 Dec Raven 1 Ottershaw

Heard, but not seen, calling in flight over Ottershaw Village somewhere over Hare Hill Open Space heading roughly SE

20 Dec Goosander 5 m Pennymead Pond, East Horsley

at 3 pm.

21 Dec Great Grey Shrike 1 Frensham Common

GGS on Common between King’s Ridge and A287 at 08:35 hrs – then dove for cover as a heavy shower scudded over. Grid Ref approx. SU851408.

22 Dec Great Grey Sheike 1 Frensham Common

Still present this morning. At north end of east slope of KIng’s Ridge (approx/ SU854414) at 0955 hours.

24 Dec Red Kite 1 Puttenham Golf Club (SU945479)

Single bird constantly circling around the tree where a nest has been used over the past 4-5 years. (Large pine between the 11th and 14th fairways).

25 Dec Woodcock 1 TQ177597
26 Dec Ring-necked Parakeet 1 Puttenham Golf Club (SU945479)

Single bird flying high westward over the 7th fairway.

27 Dec Goosander 3 male River Mole, Leatherhead, TQ164561, below the Mansion House, accessed via the town-centre side of Leatherhead Bridge.

The (resident) Little Egret was with them.

28 Dec Treecreeper 1 TQ177597
29 Dec Grey Wagtail 1 River Mole, Leatherhead, below the picnic area off Young Street.
01 Jan Marsh Tit 1 SU892573

This looks like a single that has been around since first spotted in the garden on 26 August 2019. I am a ringer so will try to catch it to see if there is more than one. None were recorded in this area for the Surrey Bird Atlas 2008-12.

03 Jan Great Northern Diver 2 Island Barn Res (via Molsey Heath)
04 Jan Pintail 1 Frensham Great Pond

Drake present on pond early morning only.

04 Jan hawfinch 1 dick focks TQ097505
04 Jan marsh tit 2 dick focks TQ097505
07 Jan hawfinch 7+ dick focks common

possibly up to 15 birds

07 Jan raven 1 dick focks common
07 Jan Red kite 2 TQ063580
07 Jan Red Kite 2 SU936477

Circling over PGC Club House

08 Jan Barnacle Geese 40? Esher, Grove Drive

Barnacle Geese still in the area.
This morning in field off Ember Recreational Ground southside of River Ember behind houses, top end of Grove Drive.
Sharing field with two massive highland cattle.

08 Jan Goosander 11 Cutt Mill Ponds

Also several Mandarin Duck, with the drakes displaying.

12 Jan Peregrine 2 Over multistorey car park at Peacocks centre Woking

The Woking peregrine pair performed a food pass directly over the top floor of the Peacocks Centre multi-storey car park today

15 Jan Goosander 8 Cutt Mill Ponds

Also at least one, probably two, kingfisher

15 Jan Barn owl 2 Papercourt Water Meadows

Paths very muddy. Also, one male stonechat seen

16 Jan Tufted Duck Pair Leatherhead, River Mole, just below Town Bridge

River currently flooding, metre above normal. Ducks diving for about 15 seconds @ intervals.

17 Jan Goosander (drake) 1 Painshill Park Cobham on lake TQ 095600
18 Jan Kingfisher 2 Frensham little pond

East side

18 Jan Goosander 4 TQ098535

4 drake Goosander at Pennymead Lake

21 Jan Mandarin Duck 2 ( Pair ) Cut Mill Pond
21 Jan Great Crested Grebe 6 The Tarn

After initial sighting they paired up. One was well into summer plumage

21 Jan Goosander 9 ( 3m, 6f ) The Tarn
21 Jan Kingfisher1 1 The Tarn

Flew across The Tarn close to road

21 Jan Cormorant 1 The Tarn
21 Jan Tufted Duck ( f ) 1 The Tarn
21 Jan Mute Swan 3 The Tarn
21 Jan Grey Heron 1 The Tarn
21 Jan Nuthatch 2/3 The Tarn
21 Jan Kingfisher 1 Warren Pond

Flew across pond close to track separating W/Pond from The Tarn.

24 Jan Tufted Duck 2 males and a separate male R> Mole @L’hd

2 males between Bookham & Dorking line R’ Bridges. Single male up-stream of Town B. River now in normal winter flow, unlike sighting on 16 Jan.

31 Jan peregrine 1 bookham common
31 Jan Goosander 6 female 2 male Cutmill Ponds
04 Feb Peregrine 1 Guildford

Woodbridge Road by cricket ground heading towards town centre at 10.30

08 Feb Yellow-legged gull 1 From Three Corner Field hide Beddington
12 Feb Green Sandpiper 1 Bank of River Ember, East Molesey – TQ147674

Viewed from opposite bank of River Ember on land owned SPA Meadow Association

15 Feb Great Grey Shrike 1 Frensham Common

Present at SW corner of Vampire Flats (SU858408) at 0900hrs; earlier had been on east slope of KIng’s Ridge.

01 Mar Blackcap 1 TQ142545


01 Mar Peregrine falcon 1 TQ177597