Tuesday, 21 January 2020

Resident & Visitor

Foggy at first then bright, 5°, light W.

A couple of shots from the garden today.

One of our resident Robins is always on the lookout for food that might just be dislodged (with a bit of help) from one of the feeders.

And a resourceful visiting Jackdaw on the fat ball feeder.

The Barn Owl seen on Cholsey hill yesterday, Per Richard Broughton.

Monday, 20 January 2020

Winter doldrums

Sunshine, 5°, light NW.

A frosty start and still rather quiet out there.

The usual flocks of Fieldfare out at Lollingdon and a few Redwing. A single flyover Raven and a Corn Bunting on the hill.

Lots of Gulls seen distantly around the pig fields and between Lollingdon and Aston, maybe 1000+ birds.

A small flock of Black-headed Gull and a single Herring Gull on the flooded area near Church road.

Mammals: Brown Hare and Roe Deer.

Sunday, 19 January 2020

Week End stuff

Sunny, 3°, light SW.

A few pics on a bright but cold week end.

3 Teal over Cholsey (courtesy Alan Dawson)
 A Red Kite with another Chicken. I guess someone is feeding them as Kites cannot kill prey this large and rarely take live prey. (courtesy Alan Dawson)
The Sparrowhawk with prey (a Goldfinch). taken at a very acute angle thru a window, hence the poor quality shot.

Friday, 17 January 2020

Hard going

Cloudy with a few sunny spells and showers, 7°, fresh WSW.

It’s been hard work birding this week, wind, rain and very muddy underfoot with some of the areas very waterlogged.

Fortunately the garden has been very active with regular Nuthatch, Coal Tit, Treecreeper and Sparrowhawk amongst others.

Today I managed to come across a 2 Yellowhammer on Lollingdon hill, the first ones for a couple of months.

Apart from loads of Fieldfare and a few Redwing there was very little else around.

Mammals: Roe Deer.

Thursday, 16 January 2020

Kestrel & Heron

Bright at first then rain, 10°, light to breezy SW.

A couple from Alan today.

Monday, 13 January 2020

Wet n' windy

Wet n’ windy, 9°, breezy S.

Fairly quiet along the Bunk line area today and not surprising given the weather conditions.

About 1km into the walk I noticed all the Corvids, Pigeons and Thrushes etc. all up in the air and scattering. On scanning the horizon it was down to a Peregrine flying over heading south.

A female Sparrowhawk hunting the hedgerow along Green lane and a Kestrel nearby.

Good numbers of Fieldfare and Starling in the area but very few Redwing.

The usual Black-headed Gull (c50) on the flooded areas and 2 Herring Gull present.

Sunday, 12 January 2020

Little Wittenham Whoopers

2 Whooper Swan seen and photographed today by Alan at Little Wittenham, found by Brain Wyatt. Spooked by a quad biker and dog and flew off towards Long Wittenham with a couple of Mute Swan.

Friday, 10 January 2020


Sunny intervals, 7°, light W.

Very quiet and still out there today, the odd Mistle and Song Thrush singing but little going on.

Alan found a Stonechat out to the north west of the village. And a Buzzard feeding on what appears to be a dead chicken.

2 Mistle Thrush on the playing fields.

A scattering of Fieldfare and Redwing but no large flocks noted.

Around 1000 Gulls settled near the pig fields but too distant for ID.

Mammals: Roe Deer, and a couple of Pipistrelle seen flying to the south of the village earlier this week! Per HM.

Butterflies: a Brimstone seen yesterday in the village. Per Geoff Wyatt. Only the 10th January and 2 butterfly species seen!

Thursday, 9 January 2020

Cholsey Hill & Garden

Sunny intervals, rain later, 10°, light to breezy SW.

A large flock of waders (400+ seen flying over Cholsey Hill towards the floods out at Moreton. Appeared to be mainly Golden Plover and Lapwing and some smaller waders with them.

The male Sparrowhawk visited the garden again but had no luck and eventually settled in a corner of the garden for around 20 minutes before flying off.

Tuesday, 7 January 2020

A quiet start to the year

Cloudy with a few sunny spells, 8°, breezy SSW.

Bunk line/Green lane.

A lot of Starling today with the majority seen flying direct south east in small flocks totalling around 400 birds. Another flock of around 100 birds mixed with Fieldfare and Redwing feeding in nearby fields.

2 Raven being hassled by a Red Kite.

c250 Black-headed Gull and a single Herring Gull feeding around CSW and a Chiffchaff in a hedgerow nearby.

3 Little Egret with a Grey Heron reported on floods by the Thames between Wallingford and Cholsey. Per Victoria Barlow.

Mammals: Brown Hare.

Wren in the garden

Monday, 6 January 2020

Thrushes & Gulls

Overcast and a chilly wind, 8°, breezy SSW.

A Little Owl heard calling out at Lollingdon and a single flyover Raven seen.

Lots of Thrushes still around the area with several hundred Fieldfare, c100 Redwing and a few Mistle Thrush.

1000+ Gulls in the area with most around the pig fields or loafing on flooded areas. One of the floods was close enough to get reasonable views with 60+ Lesser Blackback, 2 Great Blackback and a single Herring Gull present.

Another close flood had 8 Lesser Blackback Gull and 24 Lapwing on.

Mammals: Roe Deer.

Friday, 3 January 2020

Cholsey: 3rd Jan

Sunny, 8°, light NW.

Still rather quiet out there. 200+ Thrushes and 80+ Starling on Lollingdon hill, thrushes were mainly Fieldfare with a few Redwing and 2 Mistle Thrush.

A few Meadow Pipit and Skylark moving around and a couple of Kestrel present.

3 Shoveler flew over the Wallingford road this afternoon. Per Richard Broughton.

40 Golden Plover and a Barn Owl, Cholsey Hill. Per Alan Dawson.

Mammals: Brown Hare and Roe Deer.

A few photos today. Alan's are the Lapwing, Golden Plover and Barn Owl.

Wednesday, 1 January 2020

New Years Day

Sunny at first then cloudy, 7°, light S.

The first bird of the year today was, inventively a Robin, heard singing at 02:30 this morning closely followed by a couple of Tawny Owl calling near Church road.

A walk out to Lollingdon and back produced 40+ more species.

7 Lapwing, a Grey Heron, plenty of Thrushes etc.

Alan saw 70+ Golden Plover on Cholsey Hill.

The surprisingly first butterfly of the year was a Red Admiral on Lollingdon Hill this morning.

Mammals included Roe & Muntjac Deer and Brown Hare.

Golden Plover (courtesy Alan Dawson)

 Roe Deer
 Pied Wagtail (courtesy Alan Dawson)
Grey Wagtail (courtesy Alan Dawson)

Tuesday, 31 December 2019

Cholsey Wildlife 2019

Wildlife recorded in Cholsey Parish 2019. 

115 Bird species:

An average year with a few surprises. The first Great Egret seen by Richard Broughton flying south over Church road on 8th August was an expected addition to the Cholsey list. The next surprise was a White-tailed Eagle seen flying over Cholsey Church on the 15th September and the subsequently over the Millennium field football pitch and seen by many who were watching a match at the time. A few days later 15 White Stork were seen flying north over the River Thames by Gerry Sexton.

The 2 latter species were all from release schemes in the south of England and represent wandering birds.

15 Mammal species:

Another average showing. Surely there must be a few more Mammal species around Cholsey?

4 Reptile & Amphibian Species:

Cholsey seems poor for the above with only 6 species recorded. Both Common Newt and Slow Worm info added!

17 Dragonfly Species:

A good year for Dragonflies but nothing unexpected.

30 Butterfly Species:

Slightly up on last year in species but some species, in particular Small Tortoiseshell down in numbers. Whereas Painted Lady was seen in good numbers and ranked as one of the invasion years for this migrant Butterfly.

2 other were noted, Marsh Fritillary and Small Pearl Bordered Fritillary but these are assumed to be either escapes or deliberate release by a local breeder.

Moth Species:

No figures on the number of Moth species. However some new additions to the Cholsey list all thanks to Tony Rayner.

Other Insects:

No figures for Insect species this year but a few local rarities noted. Black Oil Beetle, Rousel’s Bush Cricket and Hornet Robber Fly.

Non-native species:

A Black Swan graced the Thames for a short time and the Harris Hawk was seen on 2 occasions this year and the first record of the invasive Signal Crayfish seen.

A big thank you to all the observers and photographers who passed on their sightings. In particular Alan Dawson who has supplied many good photos and records. Tony Williams, Tony Rayner, Richard Broughton, Gerry Sexton and many others. Thanks.

Below is a list of species noted in 2019 and I hope we can continue on your support and information in 2020.

Wildlife species recorded in Cholsey as at 31st December 2019.

If anyone can add to this annual list, please let me know at cholseywildlife@gmail.com or cholseywildlife@hotmail.co.uk


1. Mute Swan

2. Greylag Goose

3. Canada Goose

4. Shelduck

5. Mallard

6. Shovelor

7. Tufted Duck

8. Wigeon

9. Teal

10. Red-legged Partridge

11. Grey Partridge

12. Pheasant

13. Little Grebe

14. Great-crested Grebe

15. Cormorant

16. Little Egret

17. White Stork

18. Grey Heron

19. Great White Egret

20. White-tailed Eagle

21. Red Kite

22. Buzzard

23. Sparrowhawk

24. Kestrel

25. Hobby

26. Peregrine Falcon

27. Merlin

28. Water Rail

29. Moorhen

30. Coot

31. Oystercatcher

32. Ringed Plover

33. Golden Plover

34. Lapwing

35. Dunlin

36. Curlew

37. Whimbrel

38. Common Snipe

39. Ruff

40. Black-headed Gull

41. Common Gull

42. Great Blackback Gull

43. Lesser Blackback Gull

44. Yellow-legged Gull

45. Herring Gull

46. Common Tern

47. Wood Pigeon

48. Stock Dove

49. Collared Dove

50. Cuckoo

51. Barn Owl

52. Tawny Owl

53. Little Owl

54. Swift

55. Kingfisher

56. Green Woodpecker

57. Great-spotted Woodpecker

58. Skylark

59. Swallow

60. Sand Martin

61. House Martin

62. Meadow Pipit

63. Pied Wagtail

64. Grey Wagtail

65. Yellow Wagtail

66. Dunnock

67. Robin

68. Stonechat

69. Whinchat

70. Common Redstart

71. Wheatear

72. Song Thrush

73. Redwing

74. Mistle Thrush

75. Fieldfare

76. Blackbird

77. Ring Ouzel

78. Cetti’s Warbler

79. Grasshopper Warbler

80. Blackcap

81. Garden Warbler

82. Common Whitethroat

83. Lesser Whitethroat

84. Sedge Warbler

85. Reed Warbler

86. Willow Warbler

87. Chiffchaff

88. Goldcrest

89. Firecrest

90. Spotted Flycatcher

91. Wren

92. Great Tit

93. Blue Tit

94. Coal Tit

95. Long-tailed Tit

96. Nuthatch

97. Treecreeper

98. Magpie

99. Jay

100. Jackdaw

101. Rook

102. Carrion Crow

103. Raven

104. Starling

105. House Sparrow

106. Chaffinch

107. Brambling

108. Linnet

109. Goldfinch

110. Greenfinch

111. Siskin

112. Bullfinch

113. Reed Bunting

114. Yellowhammer

115. Corn Bunting


1. Hedgehog

2. Mole

3. Short-tailed Vole

4. Wood Mouse

5. Pygmy Shrew

6. Common Shrew

7. Grey Squirrel

8. Rabbit

9. Brown Hare

10. Stoat

11. Weasel

12. Otter

13. Red Fox

14. Roe Deer

15. Muntjac Deer

Reptiles & Amphibians:

1. Common Frog

2. Common Toad

3. Common Lizard

4. Grass Snake


1. Banded Demoiselle

2. White-legged Damselfly

3. Large Red Damselfly

4. Red-eyed Damselfly

5. Azure Damselfly

6. Common Blue Damselfly

7. Blue-tailed Damselfly

8. Brown Hawker

9. Common Clubtail

10. Hairy Dragonfly

11. Southern Hawker

12. Migrant Hawker

13. Emperor

14. Four-spot Chaser

15. Broad-bodied Chaser

16. Black-tailed Skimmer

17. Common Darter


1. Dingy Skipper

2. Large Skipper

3. Small Skipper

4. Essex Skipper

5. Clouded Yellow

6. Brimstone

7. Small White

8. Large White

9. Green-veined White

10. Orange Tip

11. Green Hairstreak

12. Common Blue

13. Brown Argus

14. Holly Blue

15. Small Blue

16. Small Copper

17. Painted Lady

18. Red Admiral

19. Small Tortoiseshell

20. Peacock

21. Comma

22. Silver-washed Fritillary

23. Marsh Fritillary (probable release)

24. Small Pearl Bordered Fritillary (probable release)

25. Speckled Wood

26. Marbled White

27. Gatekeeper

28. Ringlet

29. Meadow Brown

30. Small Heath

Notable Moths: 

1. Lime Hawk Moth

2. Cinnabar Moth

3. Scarlet Tiger

4. Lichen Tree Beauty

5. Jersey Tiger

6. Clifden Nonpareil

Insects of note:

1. Black Oil Beetle

2. Dark-edged Bee-fly

3. Dotted Bee-fly

4. Cockchafer

5. Stag Beetle

6. Red & Black Froghopper

7. Swollen-thighed Beetle

8. Rousel’s Bush Cricket

9. Hornet Mimic Hoverfly

10. Hummingbird Hawkmoth

11. Hornet Robber Fly

Non-native species: 

1. Black Swan

2. Harris Hawk

3. Signal Crayfish

 Painted Lady
 Rousel's Bush Cricket
 Roe Deer
 Southern Hawker
Jersey Tiger

Happy 2020 from Cholsey Wildlife.

Monday, 30 December 2019


Sunny, 10°, light SSW.

A productive walk out to Lollingdon and back today. A Merlin (male) flew east towards Moulsford scattering a Thrush flock in the process.

c200 Fieldfare and several Redwing, a couple of Mistle Thrush and 50 odd Starling present on Lollingdon Hill and a few mobile flocks elsewhere.

23 Pied Wagtail and several Meadow Pipit feeding in a field on the lower slopes of the hill.

A small flock of approx. c20 Golden Plover seen flying out towards Aston Tirrold along with a couple of Lapwing.

2 Goldcrest feeding with a Tit flock on the north side of the hill.

A Raven seen and heard flying towards Cholsey Hill and a Little Egret seen to drop down into Cholsey brook near Little Lollingdon.

And 2+ Brambling with a small Chaffinch flock associating with Fieldfare. Would have likely missed them if I had not heard one call!

A flock of around 20 Long-tailed Tit roaming the church area and Nuthatch, Treecreeper and Coal Tit among the garden visitors today.