Sunday, 20 April 2014

Rainy days and Holidays

Rain, 12º, light to moderate ESE.

The Easter holidays and typical weather!

A visit to the hill this afternoon in rather wet conditions, however, at least 2 Wheatear sat on the hill and not very active given the weather conditions.

A couple of Corn Bunting and Skylark in song believe it or not in the rain! 

2 Yellowhammer, a Common Whitethroat and a Willow Warbler in the hedgerow to the west and another Common Whitethroat at the bottom of the north side and 4 Swallow overhead.

As the rain got heavier we decided to head back home and around 90 minutes.
 Whitethroat doing it's best to avoid the camera!

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Possible Common Crane

A message from The EastEnder.

“At 4 this afternoon I saw 2 birds together circling high above here. One was a Buzzard, but the much large bird can only have been a Common Crane

A few minutes later a Sand Martin flew past. On Sunday we had a Sedge Warbler here for the day.

Some of the East End Farm Swallows are back now. It's all happening.

Record numbers of Grass Snakes & Slow-worms, which may be featured on Radio Oxford on Monday.”

A Redstart still (or another) on Lollingdon hill today along with 3 Wheatear and a couple of Common Whitethroat. (per TW).

Friday, 18 April 2014

Garden Blackbirds

Sunny spells, 12º, light SE.

The young Blackbirds in the garden today, both adults still feeding them but they appear to be getting more independent.

Wildlife presenter Chris Packham to film the indiscriminate shooting of migrating birds on Malta

Wildlife presenter Chris Packham to film the indiscriminate shooting of migrating birds on Malta

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Keep 'em Coming!

Cloudy, 14º, light W.

An overcast day today and feeling a little cooler and still birds arriving.

A couple of hours on the hill today found another Redstart this time a female. We had just pulled up to park in our usual spot when I heard a Redstart calling but as soon as I got out of the car the bird flew over my head and flew a fair distance down a hedgerow but I managed to see enough to confirm a Redstart.

The south face had 8 Wheatear and females outnumbered males today 4 to 1, also 2 Blackbird, 2 Mistle Thrush and a Meadow Pipit.

The north side and meadows were active with my first Common Whitethroat of the year, a singing Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, both Green and Great-spotted Woodpeckers, Grey Heron, 2 Canada Geese, 5 Mallard, 2 Kestrel, 10 Linnet, up to 8 Yellowhammer and 4 Corn Bunting.

A flock of 16 Corn Bunting flew north over the hill which was a surprising record for this time of year!

4 Swallow also flew north over the hill, later we had up to 6 Swallow, 2 House Martin and at least 1 Sand Martin (another first for the year) in the air near Cholsey SF.

A singing Willow Warbler in the garden this morning for a short time before moving off across Church road, also a Chiffchaff and Blackcap and a pair of Goldcrest in a conifer nearby and 2 recently fledged Blackbird in the garden.

 (courtesy Loren)

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

April Garden

Sunny, 16º, light NE.

Still a bit of a chill to the wind other than that a warm day spent gardening. A little frustrating not getting out but there is always tomorrow.

A Blackcap and a Chiffchaff singing in the garden and the first fledgling of the year, a Blackbird in the garden being fed by both parents.

The Rookery next to the garden has young very close to fledging.

Robin, Dunnock, Wren, Blue Tit, Great Tit present in the garden and visits by a couple of Goldfinch, Greenfinch and House Sparrow, also 6 Chaffinch, 4 Wood Pigeon, 2 Stock Dove, 2 Collared Dove, 2 Carrion Crow, 2 Mallard, a Moorhen and a Great-spotted Woodpecker.

Coal Tit and Goldcrest both heard singing nearby and a Mistle Thrush and a Song Thrush in the meadow, several Swallow overhead, a Kestrel flew over as did a Grey Heron, a couple of Red Kite through the day and a Sparrowhawk through the garden......twice.

Tawny Owls present and very vocal this evening.

Brimstone, Peacock and Orange Tip in garden.