Monday, 28 July 2014

Same again!



Sunny at first then cloudy, 24º, light NE.

Initially a sunny afternoon then turning cloudy with negligible rain, it keeps missing us here.

3 Common Redstart still present on the hill along with 8+ Chiffchaff around the south face of the hill.

A flock 25 Corn Bunting moving around between one of the fields and the hedgerow and a couple of Yellow Wagtail on the wires, a few Swallow and Swift passing overhead and a handful of Lesser Blackback Gull in the area.

A Willow Warbler and several more Chiffchaff in the grounds of the Manor house around the pond, also Grey Heron and Green Woodpecker noted.

A nearby field where slurry is being sprayed attracted a flock of c30 Rook and 17 Red Kite.

Dragonflies; Brown Hawker, Blue Emperor, Common Darter, Azure Damselfly.

Butterflies; 1 Large White, Small White, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, 1 Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Common Blue, Small Tort

Sparrowhawk mobbing one of the Crows in the garden this evening and the young Sparrowhawks still present nearby.

 Common Redstart
 Some of the Red Kites

 Small Skipper
 Small White

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Cool Redstarts



Cloudy, 23º, breezy SW.

A slightly fresher, cooler day and a late visit to the hill.

One particular corner of the hill was sheltered and was very active with 3 Common Redstart (1♂, 1 juv & 1f/juv), 2 Common Whitethroat, 6 Chiffchaff, and 1 Willow Warbler all feeding in a 20 metre stretch of hedgerow.

Also noted were several Yellow Wagtail, 23 Linnet, 3 Yellowhammer, 2 Corn Bunting, 14 Swallow flew SW and 5 Swift flew south, 2 Kestrel, 2 Red Kite and 1 Buzzard, also 48 Lesser Blackback Gull with the corvid flock in the pig fields.

Dragonflies; 1 Southern Hawker, 2 Brown Hawker, 1 Blue Emperor & several Common Darter.

Butterflies; Small White, Large White, Peacock, 1 Marbled White, 2 Ringlet, Meadow Brown, 2 Holly Blue, Gatekeeper, 2 Red Admiral, Small Skipper, 1 Large Skipper and 2 Speckled Wood.
 Redstart
 Redstart
 Redstart
 Redstart
 Common Whitethroat
 Harvestman sp ? (Loren)
 ? (Loren)

Spot the difference

 Didcot Power Station

The 3 southern most cooling towers were demolished with 180kg of explosives at 05:01 this morning. Apparently loads of folk stayed up to watch the event in the early hours but we settled on watching the video after the event!

One photo taken several months ago and one taken today from almost the same spot (Loren).

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Warm & Sunny



Sunny, 28º, light NW.

Plenty of raptors in the air today over the hill, 20+ Red Kite, 9 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 3 Hobby, 1 Sparrowhawk, several Swallow and Swift feeding overhead also. I guess they are feeding on insects disturbed by the harvesting.

A single Lesser Blackback Gull flew NW.

A single Redstart still on the hill halfway along in the Hawthorns and several Chiffchaff feeding along the south face as well.

Several Yellow Wagtail in the vicinity, 1 Spotted Flycatcher still around, 2 young and 1 adult Bullfinch on the north side of the hill was unexpected.

Butterflies: Small Tort, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Brimstone, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Small Skipper Large Skipper, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Marbled White, Peacock and Red Admiral.

Dragonflies: Brown Hawker, Southern Hawker, Blue Emperor and Common Darter.


Common Darter and Migrant Hawker in the garden.
 Common Darter
 Common Blue

Friday, 25 July 2014

Bath time



Sunny, 28º, little wind.

Another day spent in the garden, a couple of Chiffchaff around and a Green Woodpecker nearby and one of the adult Moorhens visiting.

The young Sparrowhawks still present and being fed regularly by the parents (mainly the ).

One of the Carrion Crows sitting on the garden fence this evening waiting for us to go in so as it could bathe.

2 Brown Hawker, a Common Darter and a Blue Emperor dragonfly all visitors to the garden today along with Large White, Small White, Brimstone, Peacock, Small Tort, Meadow Brown and Gatekeeper butterflies.