Welcome to my blog. If you live in Surrey and birding is your obsession (to get out of bed at some ridiculously early time of the morning, no matter what the weather, to go and look at birds isn't normal behaviour, believe me) and you're still a bit of a novice (like me) then, hopefully, this blog is for you.

Saturday 5 June 2010


After the drama of Wednesday night I travelled to Bagmoor, Thursley and Hankley Commons on a very warm and sunny morning on Friday. I thought I'd take a look at Bagmoor Common in the hope of finding Marsh and Willow Tit, and maybe even Lesser Spotted Woodpecker - but still no joy.

However, I did see another Cuckoo fly by, plus a Tree Pipit and a Buzzard close up. I then went on to Thursley Common to see if I could find a Dartford Warbler, but I didn't find anything. The last shot was at Hankley Common. I parked in the same place as before, and went on a long walk but still no sign of a Dartford Warbler. Plenty of Woodlark, Tree Pipit and Meadow Pipit, as well as Whitethroat. I then decided to try a different part of the Common, which meant a short drive heading toward Frensham Ponds.

Another walk on to the Common started off with a Buzzard circling overhead, when I then heard the distinctive, scratchy call of a Dartford Warbler. I got a good view of the male bird before he disappeared into the deep heather. It was good to find one - my fourth of the year.

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