Monday 6 February 2017

Motspur Park, Canons Farm/Banstead Woods and Belmont, 6th February 2017

A report of a Cattle Egret in the horse paddocks at Motspur Park late yesterday afternoon led to me joining Kevin G and Shaun F there at the crack of dawn this morning. Alas, there was no Cattle Egret to be seen and we later learned that it had been a mis-identified Little Egret after all. The couple of hours that I spent on site weren't without interest, though, with an adult ♂ Peregrine on the pylons being the highlight.

adult ♂ Peregrine at Motspur Park
Later, Geoff B and I ambled around Canons Farm, seeing/hearing three Little Owls and seeing that around 40 Skylarks were still around. We popped into Banstead Woods for a short while but all was quiet there. Arriving back at home, a Stock Dove was perched in the big tree in the garden, a real mega here, and a female Great Spotted Woodpecker afforded excellent views as it drummed.

Stock Dove at Belmont