Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Cholsey & Churn

Cloudy, light rain (heavier later), 14º, breezy from the SW.

A visit to the hill again today located 3 Wheatear (2 & 1), a single Kestrel, 2 Buzzard and a Red Kite around the south face, 4 Swallows flew over and a single Yellow Wagtail.

Approximately 20 Linnet in the vicinity today, the usual Corn Buntings and Yellowhammer, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 4 Common Whitethroat and 2 Willow Warbler.

A visit to Churn after found 2 Shelduck initially then flew off, up to 8 Lapwing, 4+ Yellow Wagtail and several Corn Bunting and Common Whitethroat and a couple of Curlew heard in the distance (30 Sand Martin flew through yesterday (per TW).

And a scarce garden bird turned up today in the form of a Starling that spent a couple of minutes foraging in the garden before flying off, have seen a few flying over the garden recently so am assuming they are breeding nearby.

 Yellow Wagtail
 Corn Bunting
 Shelduck leaving
 Yellow Wagtail
 Skylark descending
 Starling in garden
 Buff-tail (courtesy Loren)
 Cowslips (courtesy Loren)

Monday, 21 April 2014

A wet one.

Thunderstorms, 15º, light variable.

We arrived on the hill this afternoon just prior to a thunderstorm moving overhead so we sat in the car for around 30 minutes until it passed.

A relatively quiet hill today, 2 Wheatear still present, 12 Swallow flew through, 5 Corn Bunting in song, a couple of Yellowhammer and Skylark, 3 Common Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, a Great-spotted Woodpecker, a Grey Heron, and a Mistle Thrush.

A Red Kite and 2 Buzzard also flew over. 

Around an hour later another thunderstorm came through so we decided to make tracks and get home before the rain became too heavy.

 Hoverfly (Syrphus ribesli) (Courtesy Loren)

Brown-lipped Snail (courtesy Loren)

 After the Storm (courtesy Loren)

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, also a Yellow Wagtail near the large dung heap.

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.