© Steve Marshall / Wild Future

Wildlife sightings at Stocker's Lake

April 2015

25th - 2 Garden Warbler + 2 Red-Crested Pochard (pair)

19th - Cuckoo (male), Whitethroat, 2 Sedge Warbler

16th - 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Sedge Warbler

12th - 2 Oystercatcher, 10 Blackcap (8 male and 2 female), Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff

11th - 4 Hobby at Stocker's Farm

8th - 2 Kingfisher, 3 Goldeneye (1 male + 2 females), 2 Red-crested Pochard, 12 Little Egret (8 occupied nests in heronry), 3 Blackcap, 7 Chiffchaff

6th - Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Oystercatcher, 3 Red Crested Pochard (males)

2nd - 2 Oystercatcher, 4 Goldeneye (1 male, 3 females), Black Swan, 2 Egyptian Goose

March 2015

28th - Goldeneye (female)

27th - Osprey (seen overhead around midday)

26th - Kingfisher (from Kingfisher hide), 2 Red Crested Pochard, Chiffchaff

22nd - Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Oystercatcher, 3 Red Crested Pochard, 7 Goldeneye (2 male)

20th - 4 Chiffchaff + Oystercatcher

17th - 2 Kingfisher (pair) + 2 Goldeneye (pair); also at Stocker's Lock - 2 Grey Wagtail (pair) and at Stocker's Farm - 3 Common Snipe

13th - Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (male, drumming and foraging on island at causeway end of lake)

12th -  Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (in oak tree on island opposite causeway); also Chiffchaff (singing) and on Stocker's Farm : 3 Common Snipe

10th - Kingfisher, 2 Egyptian Goose, 7 Little Egret

8th -  Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (male, drumming in oak tree on island opposite causeway), Kingfisher, 8 Goldeneye (3 male + 5 female) 

6th -  Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (calling and showing well at Boating Club end of causeway), 3 Kingfisher, Chiffchaff, 18 Goldeneye (6 male + 12 female) 

1st - 13 Goldeneye (5 male + 8 female) and on Stocker's Farm : 2 Stonechat (pair), Common Snipe, 3 Egyptian Goose

February 2015

25th - Kingfisher + 7 Goldeneye (3 male + 4 female)

23rd - 4 Goldeneye (2 male + 2 female);

20th - 12 Goldeneye (4 male + 8 female) and on Stocker's Farm : 2 Common Snipe + Stonechat (female)

18th - 2 Egyptian Goose, 13 Goldeneye (4 male + 9 female)  and on Stocker's Farm : 2 Little Owl + Stonechat (female)

14th - 19 Goldeneye (6 male + 13 female); 5 Red-crested Pochard (3 male + 2 female)

10th to 14th inclusive - Smew (male)

6th - 10 Goldeneye (2 male + 8 female); Water Rail and on Stocker's Farm - Stonechat (male)

2nd - 11 Goldeneye (3 male + 8 female); 7 Red-crested Pochard (5 male + 2 female) and on Stocker's Farm - Common Snipe (on flooded field)

January 2015

24th - Peregrine on Stocker's Farm

23rd - Yellow Legged Gull, 15 Goldeneye (3 male + 12 female), 2 Red-Crested Pochard

19th - Water Rail, 17 Goldeneye (4 male + 13 female), 7 Egyptian Goose 

16th - Smew (male), 15 Goldeneye (4 male + 11 female), 14 Red-Crested Pochard (11 male + 3 female)

13th - Smew (male), 15 Goldeneye (6 male + 9 female), 11 Red-Crested Pochard (9 male + 2 female), 58 Wigeon

12th - Smew (male) + 14 Goldeneye (4 male + 10 female)

11th - 2 Smew (males) Water Rail (on River Colne on North side of lake) + 10 Red-Crested Pochard (8 male + 2 female)

7th - Water Rail (on River Colne), 18 Goldeneye (6 male + 12 female), Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Egyptian Goose, Red Crested Pochard (male) + on Stocker's Farm : Little Owl

December 2014

27th - 15 Goldeneye (2 males + 13 females) , Great Black-backed Gull 

22nd - 16 Goldeneye (5 males + 11 females) , 2 Red Crested Pochard (both males) + on Stocker's Farm - Stonechat

16th - on Stocker's Farm : Little Owl, Grey Wagtail, 2 Egyptian Gese 

13th - 10 Goldeneye (3 males + 7 females), 7 Red Crested Pochard  (4 males + 3 females) plus on Stocker's Farm : Common Snipe, Little Owl, Grey Wagtail, 2 Stonechat (pair) 

12th - Goosander (male), 7 Goldeneye (4 males + 3 females) + on Stocker's Farm, 2 Stonechat

9th - 6 Goldeneye (3 males + 3 females) + 3 Siskin. Also on Stocker's Farm : Little Owl + 2 Stonechat

8th - 7 Goldeneye (2 males + 5 females), Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail

3rd - Chiffchaff, 2 Red-crested Pochard, 35 Wigeon