Another varied few days. Developments at the patch include the opening
of the new Banstead Woods 'nature reserve', although quite what this
means remains something of an enigma. A couple of patch visits have
revealed little newsworthy in ornithological terms, while I continue to
somehow avoid the plethora of interesting butterflies on offer. An
evening ringing session at Beddington with just one net produced catches
of juvenile Chiffchaff and Whitethroat, along with two re-trap Reed Warblers. Surrey Ed gave we a tour of his patch, with highlights including Spotted Flycatcher, Firecrest, many Mandarins and a movement of Swifts, with a female Shoveler being of local/seasonal significance. A trip to the Sussex downs missed the main target of Honey-buzzard but the site offered up two each of Goshawk, Crossbill, Firecrest, Raven and Tree Pipit, along with an adult Mediterranean Gull, a Hobby, and a Marsh Tit of particular note.