Tuesday, 22 July 2014


Sunny, 28º, light NE.

Another warm sunny day, fewer butterflies, more birds and harvesting is well underway with several cereal crop fields cut!

A couple of hours spent around the hill today proved more than worthwhile with some indication that migrants may be on the move and the first Spotted Flycatchers for the year.

No songs heard today.

Up to 3 Common Redstart on the hill. There was the from previous days present along the western edge with 2 more calling further along the hill in the Hawthorns. One was another but I didn’t see the other.

A pair of House Sparrow briefly on the hill before flying off south, 6+ Yellow Wagtails present (probably 2 family groups), a Greenfinch, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Kestrel, 3 Red Kite and 2 Buzzard.

20+ Lesser Blackback Gull mixed in with a 500+ corvid flock (mainly Rook and c10% Jackdaw) in the pig fields across the A417.

To the north of the hill there was up to 5 Spotted Flycatcher feeding in the trees by a horse paddock (adults and young) also a Willow Warbler and a Lesser Whitethroat nearby.

A Hobby seen mobbing a Red Kite quite aggressively and the Kite eventually moved off, Corn Bunting, Linnet, Yellowhammer, Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Common Whitethroat all noted.

Fewer numbers of butterflies: Large White, Small White, 1 Brimstone, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Gatekeeper, Small Tortoiseshell, Small Skipper (far fewer), 1 Large Skipper, 1 Holly Blue, 2 Comma, 5  Peacock and 2 Red Admiral.

Singles of Brown Hawker and Blue Emperor dragonflies.

 Spotted Flycatcher

 Yellow Wagtail

Aliens have Landed

RB has photographed a Ring-necked Parakeet in his garden today................less than 100 metres from our garden and last seen headed this way.

Must have followed Loren from Surrey!

Ring-necked Parakeet (courtesy RB)

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Sunday 20th

Sunny, 26º, light SW. Still warm & muggy.

Redstart still present on Lollingdon Hill today (per AD).

Both & Sparrowhawk seen overhead from the garden.

Common Darter in the garden and a Hedgehog present regularly of late after dark.

                                            Common Darter

Friday, 18 July 2014


A warm sunny day, 28º, breezy southerly.

Another warm sunny day after a thunder storm last night with some heavy rain.
A walk out to the hill again today and as expected the walk out was rather quiet.
A Coal Tit and a Goldcrest in the millennium wood. 

The hill was a little more active with the Redstart still present for its 3rd day; a single Swallow flew along the south face of the hill and continued on south and 2 Kestrel hunting insects on the hill to be joined by 2 more later, a couple of Buzzard and 3 Red Kite also in the area.

The Redstart would disappear further up the hill for 30 minutes or so but could still be heard calling and would appear back down where it could be seen occasionally (also seen by TW yesterday).

A Yellow Wagtail also briefly and the usual other species present.

A Brown Hawker and Blue Emperor dragonfly patrolling the pond nearby and another Brown Hawker on the hill.

2 small Hawker dragonflies in the garden this morning may have been Migrant Hawkers, also a Red Admiral and Gatekeeper in the garden.

Again 10 species of butterfly on and around the hill.



Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Another Redstart

Cloudy, warm 24º, humid, light SW.

A warm muggy walk out to Lollingdon. Not much on the way out, Lapwing still present with at least 1 adult and 1 young bird seen.

A few Corn Bunting and Yellowhammer still in song and the odd snatch of song from Blackcap, Common Whitethroat and Chiffchaff heard.

The star of the show was another Redstart on the hill, first heard calling and tracked down eventually perched on a fence post for most of the time but also feeding and preening. A Willow Warbler feeding in the same hedge.

2 Kestrel, a Buzzard and 3 Red Kite present on the hill, several young Yellowhammer noted, 10+ Linnet, 2 Yellow Wagtail and a Mistle Thrush. Another Mistle Thrush feeding on the playing fields.

5 Lesser Blackback Gull flew SW and 8 Black-headed Gull flew NW.

A Grasshopper Warbler reported at Lollingdon today (per AK).

Not so many butterflies today with the cloudy conditions but still fair numbers present with 10 species noted.

 Initial view
 Then came into view but still distant