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Monday, 5 February 2018

Canons Farm, Banstead Woods, Headley Heath and Juniper Bottom/Top

With more meetings this week, I'm spending a little time back in Surrey. I walked with Geoff B through Canons Farm and around the southern part of Banstead Woods. It was the latter site that made the day, us finding two Hawfinches around the yews and larches at Fames Rough, distracted by a pair of Ravens as they flew by. A female Stonechat was in Hither Field and a Grey Heron was heard cawking as it flew over. At the farm, two Red Kites entertained us as we packed up, a Little Owl was on view on the side of Horse Pasture and flocks included 20 Skylarks and 80 Linnets. A Great Black-backed Gull flew over.

Jamie McK and I parked at Headley Heath in the afternoon and walked to the Juniper Bottom/Juniper Top area. A pleasant walk, standout moments were the flushing of a 2cy female Sparrowhawk from its Woodpigeon kill at the heath, and a calling Marsh Tit at Juniper Top. A Meadow Pipit was also on the heath.

Raven at Banstead Woods
Red Kite at Canons Farm