Thursday, 22 March 2012

Cholsey 22nd March

Sunny, hazy, 16ยบ, light to fresh E.

Farmland species dominated today, with Linnets, Chaffinches, Reed Buntings and Yellowhammers in most hedgerows and plenty of Skylarks in the area, approximately 20 Stock Doves seen in total and a Little Owl seen. 2 Kingfishers along the brook near the Lees.
4 Chiffchaffs heard singing.

Still around 30 Meadow Pipits on Lollingdon Hill and 6 Corn Buntings, no sign of Wheatears but could still be present.
Several Red Kites, Buzzards and singles of Sparrowhawk (m) and Kestrel.

Very few gulls recently, 7 Black-headed Gulls flew over the church, a single sickly looking Lesser Blackback in the centre of a large field and a Herring Gull flew east over the Lees.
Very few Fieldfares (apparently a lot on the downs) seen and no Redwings and around 8 Song Thrush seen/heard.

Several Peacock butterflies and a lot of Frog spawn noted. Water levels quite low in all areas.

Another visit to Lollingdon Hill this evening produced a single Wheatear, also run into Tony W and Roger’s dog on the hill and started discussing what could turn up this year, as you do!

20+ Yellowhammer at the western end and 10+ Corn Bunting.
                                    Little Owl

                                   Reed Bunting

                                          Yellowhammer

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