Friday, 12 February 2016

Lollingdon & Garden

Cloudy, 6°, light E.

Lollingdon visited today and 2 Raven seen flying south over the hill was the most notable.

Quite a few Thrushes around scattered in the fields between Lollingdon and Cholsey village, 250+ Fieldfare, 120+ Redwing, 20+ Blackbird, 12 Song Thrush and 5 Mistle Thrush.

Also several small flocks of Siskin overhead, around 30 birds in total.

Both male and female Blackcap feeding in the garden today with the male being somewhat belligerent and chasing the female off on several occasions.

The female has a standard ring on her right leg.

Thursday, 11 February 2016

The Lees

Sunny skies, 5°, light SSE.

A walk out to the farm land by the Lees today.

Relatively quiet, a Peregrine seen resting up on one of the pylons and around 20 Skylark and a small flock of Lesser Blackback Gull out on the partial floods in the fields.

A small flock of finches at the Lees of several Goldfinch, Siskin and at least one Lesser Redpoll and a Chiffchaff with a Tit flock.

Several Buzzard and Red Kite around and a flock of c30 Fieldfare and a couple of Redwing in trees by the railway bridge.

A Kingfisher seen flying along one of the brooks out by the Lees (per Phil & Mary).

A Hedgehog feeding in the garden last night.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Cholsey Marsh

Sunny at first then clouding over with a breezy WSW wind, 6°.

120+ Corn Bunting in the roost this evening and a handful of Meadow Pipit.

Little else of note other than a few Redwing and Fieldfare, plus a Chiffchaff, 2 Water Rail and a Sparrowhawk.

Monday, 8 February 2016

New one for the garden

Few sunny spells interspersed by heavy rain showers, 7°, strong WSW gusting to 60 mph.

Not a good day to be out with very wet and windy weather as storm Imogen sweeps through.

Staying in however did pay off with a Merlin shooting through the garden late afternoon, made the Moorhens duck!

The Merlin was a new one for the garden and the second new this year with a Barn Owl last month.

A Sparrowhawk also went through the garden early afternoon but did not catch anything.

Blackcap, Nuthatch, Long-tailed Tit and Great-spotted Woodpecker in the garden today as well.

A Merlin also out at Lollingdon recently (per RW).

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

More Owls

Sunny spells, 6°, light to mod WNW.

A visit to Lollingdon hill today, 20+ Redwing and a few Fieldfare on the hill, 6 Yellowhammer and a couple of Buzzard.

A nice Barn Owl appeared late afternoon and was hunting for a time before being chased off by a couple of Crows. Quite probably a different bird to the one yesterday around Manor Farm.

A Short-eared Owl this evening flew across Church road and continued north (per RB).

And...........2 Tawny Owl in the meadow this evening.

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Barn Owl

Sunny spells with the odd rain shower, 8°, breezy WSW.

Barn Owl seen between the Bunk line and Manor Farm this afternoon (per RB).

Corn Bunting numbers back up at the roost this evening with c140 in, c30 Meadow Pipit and 8 Starling also.

Rather quiet otherwise, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Water Rail and 9 Reed Bunting was all of note and a couple of Red Kite performing over the river.
Barn Owl courtesy Richard Broughton.

Monday, 1 February 2016

Another Blackcap

A female Blackcap turned up in the garden today in addition to the male that's been present since the 19th Jan.

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Garden Birdwatch

Overcast, rain showers, 11°, breezy SW.

Species recorded during an hour this morning.

2 Mallard, 2 Moorhen, 6 Wood Pigeon, 2 Stock Dove, 2 Collared Dove, 1 Great-spotted Woodpecker, 2 Dunnock, 3 Robin, 1 Song Thrush, 5 Blackbird, 1 Blackcap, 2 Wren, 4 Great Tit, 5 Blue Tit, 1 Coal Tit, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Carrion Crow, 8 Chaffinch, 5 Goldfinch & 3 Greenfinch.

In addition through the day a Sparrowhawk flew through, a Green Woodpecker flew over and a Buzzard & 2 Red Kite around the meadow.

Mid-afternoon a small flock of 5 Long-tailed Tit arrived in the garden with 2 Nuthatch and the Wood Pigeon and Chaffinch count increased 10 & 14 respectively.

Friday, 29 January 2016

Long-tailed Tits

Another busy bird day in the garden today with several Long-tailed Tit paying a visit amongst others.

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Jupiter rising

Jupiter is visible in the night sky at the moment just above the moon as it rises in the night sky. It is currently approximately 700 million kilometres from Earth.

The camera I used does not illustrate Jupiter very well but with a 20x telescope you can pick out the 4 Galilean moons (Io, Europa, Ganymead & Callisto).

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Cholsey Marsh

Cloudy with frequent rain showers, 10°, breezy W.

A marked difference in numbers at the roost this evening with only 50 or so Corn Bunting coming in, a drop of over 100 on last week.

Two factors different here were the temperature being a fair bit milder today and the much windier conditions.

How these conditions have an effect I can only speculate?

30’ish Meadow Pipit and 8 Starling also in the roost.

A Cetti’s Warbler noted on the marsh, 2 Water Rail, 4 Siskin and 3 Lesser Redpoll also present.

2 Common Snipe flew over, a Sparrowhawk went through and c100 Golden Plover seen distantly over towards the village.

First Daffodil of the year in flower in the garden and a Treecreeper visiting again.

Monday, 25 January 2016

A quiet marsh

Cloudy, 11°, fresh SW.

A visit to a rather quiet Cholsey Marsh this afternoon.

5 Siskin and at least 1 Lesser Redpoll noted, 30+ Fieldfare and a handful of Redwing.

2 Common Snipe noted by Bob Wyatt who was also present.

c200 Golden Plover flew south overhead and a few Cormorant over but very little else.

Nuthatch and Blackcap still visiting the garden and a Hedgehog feeding in the garden tonight.

Thursday, 21 January 2016

A busy garden

Misty, 3°, light SE.

Quite a busy garden today with the following:

A Red Kite calling from the tree tops in the garden, a Buzzard in the meadow, 2 Moorhen, Black-headed and Lesser Blackback Gulls overhead, up to 10 Wood Pigeon, 2 Stock Dove, 2 Collared Dove, a Great-spotted Woodpecker, 2 Dunnock, 3 Robin, a Song Thrush, Redwing in the meadow, a Mistle Thrush in song, Fieldfare overhead, up to 8 Blackbird, a Blackcap, 2 Wren,several Blue and Great Tit, a Coal Tit, several Long-tailed Tit, 2 Nuthatch, a Treecreeper, 2 Magpie, Jackdaw and Rook in the meadow, 2 Carrion Crow, 8 Chaffinch, several Greenfinch and Goldfinch.

A few pics of some visitors.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Cholsey Marsh at dusk

Sunshine, 3°, another heavy frost (-5 overnight), light SE.

Approximately 160 Corn Bunting (highest count this winter) in the roost at the marsh this evening, also c50 Meadow Pipit, 5 Starling, a handful of Reed Bunting and a single Yellowhammer.

5 Common Snipe and at least 2 Water Rail on the marsh, 1 Chiffchaff and 2 Goldcrest with a tit flock and 6 Siskin in the riverside Alders and at least 2 Bullfinch in the Blackthorn.

A few Redwing and Fieldfare present and 5 Song Thrush noted.

32 Golden Plover flew overhead and 5 Cormorant flew downstream, a Kingfisher flew upstream and a Mute Swan, a Little Grebe, a Great-crested Grebe and 4 Teal on the river.

A Song Thrush in the garden this morning and the Blackcap also present and the 2 Nuthatch still visiting.

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Cold & quiet

Sunny with a heavy frost, 1°, light S.

A walk out to the Lees this afternoon, 20’ish Skylark, 30+ Linnet, 1 Common Snipe, 5 Teal flushed from a stream and a Peregrine resting up on one of the pylons and little else of note.

4 Siskin Caps Lane and up to 10 Lesser Redpoll in the EastEnders garden (per Tony Rayner).

Cholsey Marsh:

Cetti's Warbler, c20 Siskin, 5 Lesser Redpoll (per Brian Wyatt).