Thursday, 5 April 2012

Lollingdon

Overcast, 7ยบ, light to fresh NE, what a difference to last week!

Decided to take a walk out to Lollingdon today, 2 to 3 Bullfinches at the Bullshole along with 2 singing Chiffchaff either side of the railway.
The usual species out on the farmland, Yellowhammer, Linnet etc, and at least 5 Chiffchaff heard singing in total.

There are now 5 Wheatears on Lollingdon Hill along with c20 Meadow Pipits and the 2 Pied Wagtails.
A Raven heard calling and seen just disappearing over the hill heading towards the Lees.

Also 4 Chaffinch and 5 Goldfinch feeding there, a steady flow of Rooks and Jackdaws back and forwards to the downs. A single Lesser Blackback Gull flew over, circled a few times to gain height and flew off east.
5 singing Corn Bunting around the hill now and 10 Stock Doves feeding in a nearby field.
On the other side of the hill, there were 2 small flocks of Fieldfares totalling c50 birds, also at least 2 Redwing with them.

3 Geese flew high east over the western end of the village but were too high to get an id! Looked quite long winged so may have been Canada’s.
8 Mistle Thrush seen, 2 Song Thrush and a fair number of Blackbirds seen. A Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, several Buzzards and Red Kites also.

Lollingdon is a small hamlet of roughly 6 houses within the parish of Cholsey for those that are not familiar with the area.

                                   Its cold here!

                                    Yet another Wheatear

                                  The Railway Donkeys

                                   Sparrowhawk

                                   Sparrowhawk and Red Kite

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