Saturday, 25 October 2014

The hill

Sunny spells, 14º, breezy SW.

Quite warm in the sunshine and generally a lot cooler than of late.

A singing Corn Bunting on Lollingdon hill today, the first one back there for a couple of months. They do not usually stay for long at this time of year.

A Raven flew overhead and another heard calling nearby, 2 Jay, 3 Pied Wagtail, a Grey Wagtail, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Chiffchaff, a Goldcrest, 3 Yellowhammer, 50+ Linnet, 60+ Meadow Pipit, 20 Skylark, a Green Woodpecker and 2 Great-spotted Woodpecker.

The pig fields in the distance had upwards of 300 gulls present and appeared mostly Lesser Blackback Gulls with a few Black-headed Gulls, a lot of Rooks, 20+ Jackdaw and a flock of c40 Starling.

2 Roe Deer and 2 Muntjac Deer seen in the area this week.

Butterflies; 6 Red Admiral.

Dragonflies; 5 Common Darter.



R.I.P. Jack Bruce

Not wildlife related but my tribute to the best Bass player that ever was who died today aged 71.


Friday, 24 October 2014

Late Butterfly and first Fieldfare of the autumn

A few sunny spells, light showers, 15º, light SW.

A quiet time on the hill this afternoon but the first 2 Fieldfare of the autumn noted flying west.

Singles of Grey Heron, Jay, Grey Wagtail and Goldcrest were the only other species of note.

2 Red Admiral on the hill.


At least one Raven Lollingdon Hill this morning (BW) and a White Wagtail with cattle along Church road (RB).


Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Merlin

Overcast, light rain, 12º, light W.

A relatively quiet few hours on the hill today, highlight of a Merlin that flew through heading west and a Sparrowhawk with prey (Meadow Pipit).

Other species noted were; singles of Chiffchaff and Goldcrest, 3 Great-spotted Woodpecker, a Green Woodpecker, 2 Grey Wagtail, a Grey Heron, 2 Kingfisher, 50+ Linnet, several Skylark and Meadow Pipit, a Tawny Owl heard, a single Mistle Thrush, 5 Song Thrush and c20 Blackbird.


A single Red Admiral noted.

One of the Grey Wagtails

Monday, 20 October 2014

Not happening..............yet

Showery, fresh SW, 12º.

A wet and breezy visit to the hill today with very little of note and after last week rather disappointing. Will it happen?


2 Sparrowhawk, a Chiffchaff and a Grey Wagtail were the only species of note today.

 Finches in the garden (Loren)
Moorhen arriving (Loren)

Friday, 17 October 2014

Knock on wood

Cloudy, 17º, light SW.

Redwing still around the Lollingdon area a flock of 32 feeding on Hawthorns and another flock of around 20 flew over towards Aston Tirrold. Certainly a few more Blackbirds around and a few more Song Thrush evident also a Mistle Thrush noted.

2 Chiffchaff still present, 3 Great-spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2+ Jay, Grey Heron, Kingfisher and Grey Wagtail all seen and a flock of c100 Linnet on the hill.

                              Great-spotted Woodpecker

Carrion Crow hassling a Buzzard 

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Swallows

Sunny spells, showers, 16º, breezy S to SSW.

2 Swallows on the wires on Cross Road in the village this morning (MP).

A Treecreeper in the garden around midday.

Other garden visitors today; Mallard, Stock Dove, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Moorhen, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Chaffinch.
In the meadow: Magpie, Carrion Crow,  Blackbird, Song Thrush.
Overhead; Rook, Jackdaw, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Blackback Gull, Red Kite, Redwing, Starling, Pied Wagtail.

Swallow (archive pic)

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

What a difference a day makes

Overcast, 16º, rain, light SSE.

Another walk out to Lollingdon today in milder conditions and as soon as I got to the hill..................you guessed it....................rain.

Only around 20 Redwing in the area today as yesterdays flock had moved on.


3 Chiffchaff and a couple of Goldcrest noted but little else seen.

Redwing in the rain....again

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Redwings

Overcast, rain, 12º, light SW.

Up to 400 Redwing today out at Lollingdon, also numbers of Blackbird and Song Thrush present. A Raven still present in the area. (per TW).

Acting on Tony’s phone call I took a rather damp walk out to Lollingdon.

A good flock of thrushes still present in the area and appeared to be slowly moving west.

c400 Redwing, 50’ish Blackbird and 20+ Song Thrush both Redwing and Song Thrush calling as they were moving through the hedgerow feeding on Hawthorn berries.

Upwards of 200 Meadow Pipit around, 40+ Pied Wagtail and a few Skylark.

2 Raven, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Grey Wagtail, c200 Linnet, c100 Chaffinch, 2 Great-spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker and 3+ Jay noted, also 36 Lapwing flew north.

A surprise of a Short-eared Owl drifted high overhead moving west.

A Southern Hawker dragonfly seen hunting in the rain.

2 Hedgehog frequenting the garden after dark along with at least 2 Tawny Owl recently.

 Redwings in the rain

Monday, 13 October 2014

Yucky, but the first Redwing of the autumn

A dull, wet and overcast day, almost constant light to heavy rain with varying wind, 14º, light to fresh SW.

A brief and wet visit to the hill late afternoon, subsequently the camera did not come out to play very much.

2 Wheatear present, a Raven overhead and a Jay on the north side.

A hedgerow to the north had a lot of activity with counts of 14 Blackbird, 9 Song Thrush and 2 Redwing, may have been more but my bins kept steaming up and I was getting quite wet, also at least 2 more Jay here.

The local tit flock was also out in this area and as usual dominated by 20+ Long-tailed Tit; there were also several Blue and Great Tit, at least 3 Goldcrest, 4 Chiffchaff, Great-spotted Woodpecker and a Treecreeper, (2 other Chiffchaff nearby).

2 Jay near the garden this morning and a Goldcrest and a Chiffchaff in the garden over the weekend.

A rather snatched shot of the Raven flying over.

Friday, 10 October 2014

Autumnal

Still breezy but sunnier, 16º, SSW.

A brief visit and still relatively quiet on the hill with a few summer visitors still moving through and anticipating the arrival of winter visitors soon, a very autumnal feel.

1 Wheatear present on the south side and the usual Red Kites and Buzzards around and 8 House Martin and 2 Swallow flew over.

A single Goldcrest and 3 Chiffchaff on the north side and a Jay nearby.

Up to 6 Pied Wagtail and the Grey Wagtail still present.

c100 Golden Plover on Cholsey hill late afternoon, not there when returned an hour+ later (first of the autumn).

Dragonflies; 3 Common Darter.

Butterflies; 4 Red Admiral, 2 Speckled Wood, 1 Large White and 1 Small White.



Thursday, 9 October 2014

Tits, Tails and Rainbows

Sunny spells with heavy showers, 15º, and a fresh SSW easing late afternoon.

A few hefty rain showers passed through this afternoon so had to take shelter on a couple of occasions.

The more sheltered north side produced a Goldcrest and up to 6 Chiffchaff with a Tit flock. The Tit flock consisted of around 30 birds and were mainly Long-tailed Tit.

3 Wheatear present today but little else on the south side except for the odd Buzzard and Red Kite and the usual Kestrel.

8 Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 8 Yellowhammer, a Great-spotted Woodpecker, 2 Song Thrush and a Jay also in the vicinity.


Dragonflies; 1 Common Darter and no butterflies.






Tuesday, 7 October 2014

North-South divide.

Sunny spells, 14º, a few distant rain showers, breezy WSW and much cooler.

Very quiet on the southern exposed part of the hill  as the wind was quite fresh and blowing across the face!

The sheltered north side was more productive with 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great-spotted Woodpecker, 2 Jay, 2 Kingfisher, 10 Yellowhammer, 1 Grey Wagtail and 1 Little Owl.

Dragonflies; 1 Common Darter.

Butterflies; 1 Small White, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Red Admiral.



Sunday, 5 October 2014

Cooler

A few sunny spells, cooler, 15º, light SSE.

A quiet time on the hill with no much noted. The only migrant on the hill today was the Clouded Yellow butterfly, appeared to be the same one as was present on Friday and again too flighty.

2 Raven flew over the hill towards the downs and there were a few Skylark and Meadow Pipit moving around and a Sparrowhawk also flew south on to the downs.

3 Chiffchaff, 3+ Jay, a Grey Heron, a Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail and 2 Song Thrush were all of note.

A lot of gulls following the plough in a distant field.

Dragonflies; several Common Darter.

Butterflies; several Small White, 1 Large White, 2 Peacock, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 5 Red Admiral and a Clouded Yellow.

 Sparrowhawk

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Late Cuckoo

Overcast, 15º, rain, breezy W.


Juv Cuckoo this morning seen initially by a paddock then flew towards the millennium wood. (per TW).