Birds of Hogsmill River and Ewell Court Lake


Heron
Heron. Click on image to enlarge
Image courtesy of Clive Gilbert ©2008

Over 70 species* have been sighted between Ewell Village and Ewell Court Lake. Just follow the river and explore the shrub and woodland. In winter the paths can be muddy. You will be unlucky if you do not see the kingfisher or grey wagtail. In 2005, 2006 and 2007 a water rail was also seen and in 2005 three little egrets were seen along the course of the river.

Coot
Coot. Click on image to enlarge
Image courtesy of Clive Gilbert ©2008

On Ewell Court Lake you will find herons, mallard, coot, moorhen, tufted duck, Canada geese and a variety of introduced species. A regular visitor is the cormorant. A rare ring-necked duck was seen on one occasion, and was seen also on Bourne Hall Lake. In April 2008 a little grebe was spotted. The trees surrounding the lake hold green woodpecker, great spotted woodpecker and nuthatch. If you look carefully you will find the tiny goldcrest or if you are really fortunate a firecrest.

Good numbers of whitethroat, chiffchaff and blackcap can be seen in summer. Although in 2007 the whitethroats had a bad year. Ring-neck parakeets can be heard and seen all year round. Sparrowhawk and kestrel breed in the area. In winter there are fieldfare and redwing. You can hear the chak-chak of the fieldfare as they fly over.

Mallard
Mallard. Click on image to enlarge
Image courtesy of Clive Gilbert ©2008

If you feel more energetic you can follow the Hogsmill all the way to Kingston, about 7.4 miles. Attached is a list of birds seen in the area. Park in Manor Drive (OS Map 187 TQ 213 638) and take alley through to the lake.

For details of the RSPB local group visit www.rspb.org.uk/groups/epsom

TuftedDuck
TuftedDuck. Click on image to enlarge
Image courtesy of Clive Gilbert ©2008

Text courtesy of John and Angela Gibson ©2008


*Bird species Comments
Black Headed Gull  
Blackbird  
Blackcap  
Blue Tit  
Bullfinch  
Canada Geese  
Chaffinch  
Chiffchaff  
Collared Dove  
Common Gull  
Coote  
Cormorant  
Crow  
Dabchick (Little grebe)  
Dunnock  
Feral Pigeon  
Fieldfare  
Firecrest  
Gadwall  
Goldcrest  
Goldfinch  
Great Tit  
Greater Spotted Woodpecker  
Green Woodpecker  
Greenfinch  
Grey Wagtail  
Greylag  
Heron  
House Martin  
Jackdaw  
Jay  
Kestrel  
Kingfisher  
Lesser Black Backed Gull  
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker  
Linnets  
Little Egret  
Long Tailed Tit  
Magpie  
Mallard  
Mandarin  
Mistle Thrush  
Moorhen  
Muscovy (introduced)  
Nuthatch  
Pied Wagtail  
Redwing  
Ring Necked Duck  
Ring Neck Parakeet  
Robin  
Ruddy Duck  
Siskin  
Snipe Feb 2007 and 2008 Seen by dog walker
Song Thrush  
HouseSparrow  
Sparrow Hawk  
Starling  
Stock Dove  
Swallow  
Swan Mute  
Swift  
Tawny Owl Seen by Ranger
Tree Creeper  
Tufted  
Turtle Dove  
Water Rail  
Whitethroat  
Wigeon  
Willow Warbler  
Wood Pigeon  
Wren  
Total 71


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