Tuesday 21 May 2024

Monday 20 May 2024

LBR

Sunny, 20°, light NE.

Lollingdon, Bunk & River areas covered.

We have a strong suspicion that we have 2 Lapwing (4 pairs) breeding areas in Cholsey at the moment, so fingers crossed that we can confirm it over the next few weeks. Providing dog walkers don’t let their dogs run amok over the fields!

L&B: 8 Common Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Blackcap, 7 Chiffchaff, 10+ Swallow, 20+ House Martin, 4-6 Sand Martin, a Sparrowhawk, 3 Reed Bunting, 8 Yellowhammer and 2 Corn Bunting.

R: 2 Cuckoo, not calling much but quite active. As for the rest, a bit samey.

Mammals: Brown Hare.

Dragonflies: Beautiful Demoiselle, Banded Demoiselle, Red-eyed Damselfly, Broad-bodied Chaser,

Butterflies: Dingy Skipper, Brimstone, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Common Blue, Holly Blue, Peacock, Speckled Wood and Small Heath.

PC & AD.

Common Whitethroat
Broad-bodied Chaser

Sunday 19 May 2024

A Cuckoo at last!

Sunshine, 20°, light NE.

At last. Alan has finally confirmed (2) Cuckoo in Cholsey! Had several reports of Cuckoo heard along the river but no specifics, so could have been up to a kilometre or more away.

Cetti’s Warbler, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Reed Bunting, Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Chiffchaff, Swallow, Swift, House Martin, Common Whitethroat and a Raven over.

Dragonflies: Banded Demoiselle, Beautiful Demoiselle, Large Red Damselfly, Azure Damselfly, Four Spotted Chaser, Hairy Dragonfly and Broad-bodied Chaser.

Butterflies: Brimstone, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange Tip, Painted Lady, Peacock & Small Heath.

AD.

Friday 17 May 2024

A little quiet

Mainly sunny, 18°, light SSE.

A brief visit to Lollingdon and Bunk areas today and proved somewhat quiet:

Lesser Whitethroat, Common Whitethroat, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Corn Bunting, Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting, Yellow Wagtail, Lapwing, Swallow, House Martin and Swift.

A Barn Owl earlier in week. Per Andy King.

Mammals: Brown Hare & Red Fox.

Dragonflies: Beautiful Demoiselle, Banded Demoiselle & Large Red Damselfly.

Butterflies: Brimstone, Large White, Orange Tip, Peacock & Speckled Wood.

AD, AK, PC & TW.

Barn Owl courtesy Andy King
Hairy Dragonfly courtesy Alan
Mother Shipton courtesy Alan
Speckled Wood
Common Whitethroat doing its best to avoid the camera

Wednesday 15 May 2024

Bunk & River

Sunny spells, 18°, light SSE.

Bunk line relatively quiet today apart from SSEN contractors chopping tops from trees and bushes under some power cables: Poor timing!

Lesser Whitethroat, Common Whitethroat, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Reed Bunting, Yellowhammer, Swift, Swallow, House Martin and Sparrowhawk.

No change at the river re birds: Raven over, Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Common Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Cetti’s Warbler, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Goldcrest, Swift, Swallow, House Martin, Black-headed Gull, Sparrowhawk, Grey Wagtail and Kingfisher.

Dragonflies: Beautiful Demoiselle, Banded Demoiselle, Azure Damselfly, Blue-tailed Damselfly, Large Red Damselfly, Hairy Dragonfly, Broad-bodied Chaser and Four-spot Chaser. A possible Downy Emerald seen but not re-located to confirm ID.

Butterflies: Brimstone, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange Tip, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Painted Lady, Peacock and Small Heath.

AD & PC.

Hairy Dragonfly courtesy Alan
Great-spotted Woodpecker
A couple of Swallow resting up
Painted Lady courtesy Alan
Common Blue courtesy Alan

Monday 13 May 2024

Cholsey

Cloudy with the odd sunny spell, 17°, breezy SSE.

Lollingdon, Long Ditch, Reedy Ditch, Bunk and River areas:

Cetti’s Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, Common Whitethroat, Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Chiffchaff, Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting, a good number of Swift, Swallow and House Martin and at least 6 Sand Martin and 2 Black-headed Gull.

Andy King did the Aston Loop:

Flooded Field – 4 Lapwing, 2 Yellow Wagtail. 4 Skylark, Common Whitethroat – no singing sedge warbler.

Along the way – Linnet, Song Thrush, Skylark, Yellowhammer, Common Whitethroat, Blackcap, Dunnock, Jackdaw.

Long Ditch – Reed Bunting, Yellow Wagtail, 8 Lapwing on the stubble field, Skylark.

Reedy Ditch – Reed Warbler (5), Sedge Warbler (1 or 2); Great-spotted Woodpecker, Common Whitethroat, Reed Bunting.

Track back from Aston – Common Whitethroat, Song Thrush.

Everywhere Wrens – based on one every 100 yards there must have been at least 50. And of course the usual Blackbird, Robin, Blue Tit, Great Tit. Magpie, etc.

Thanks to Andy for his detailed account.

A Cuckoo has been heard along the river a couple of times this year but no specific information as to whether it was within the parish boundary!

Mammals: Muntjac Deer.

Amphibians: Smooth Newt. (Per BN). 

Not good weather for dragons or butterflies, however: 

Dragonflies: Banded Demoiselle, Beautiful Demoiselle, Azure Damselfly, Blue-tailed Damselfly, Large Red Damselfly, Four-spot Chaser and from Sunday: Hairy Dragonfly and Broad-bodied Chaser.

Butterflies: Brimstone, Small White, Orange Tip, Holly Blue (yesterday) and Peacock.

Other Insects: Ashy Mining Bee and Mint Moth (yesterday per LC).

Contributors: AD, AK, BN, LC & PC.

Four-spot Chaser courtesy Alan
Broad-bodied Chaser courtesy Alan
Reed Bunting courtesy Andy
Yellow Wagtail courtesy Andy
Blue-tailed Damselfly courtesy Alan
Wren's nest courtesy Bill Nicholls
Smooth Newt with insect prey courtesy Bill Nicholls
Muntjac Deer in garden
Magpie
Rook. as the garden is close to the Rookery up to 16 Rook are frequent and decimating the feeders.

Friday 10 May 2024

A warm one

Sunny, 22°, light SSE.

Lollingdon and Bunk area: 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 8 Common Whitethroat, 5 Blackcap, a Willow Warbler, several Chiffchaff, a Sedge Warbler, Yellow Wagtail, Corn Bunting, Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting, Swallow, Swift, House Martin, Lapwing, 2 Herring Gull, 2 Black-headed Gull and 2 Lesser Blackback Gull.

River: Birds & Insects, no change. Per Alan.

Mammals: Brown Hare.

Dragonflies: Beautiful Demoiselle, appear to be more numerous now than Banded.

Butterflies: Brimstone, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange Tip, Holly Blue, Peacock & Speckled Wood.

AD, AK & PC.

Lapwing courtesy Andy King ↕

Azure Damselfly courtesy Alan
Green Hairstreak courtesy Alan
Common Whitethroat courtesy Andy King
Yellowhammer courtesy Andy King

Wednesday 8 May 2024

Fox & Hare

Sunny, 19°, light SSE.

A good day for  a stroll, most of our summer visitors are in now but still missing a few. 

Lollingdon and Bunk areas: 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 8 Common Whitethroat, 9 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap, a Sedge Warbler, 2 Corn Bunting, 1 Reed Bunting, 3 Yellowhammer, a Grey Heron, a Raven, 4 Black-headed Gull, 15 Swallow, 11 Swift, 2 House Martin and a Yellow Wagtail, etc.

River: Swallow, Swift, Sparrowhawk, Black-headed GullLesser Whitethroat, Common Whitethroat, Reed Bunting, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Blackcap, Garden WarblerChiffchaff and Cetti’s Warbler.

Mammals: Red Fox and Brown Hare.

Reptiles: Grass Snake.  

Dragonflies: Beautiful Demoiselle, Banded Demoiselle, Azure Damselfly, Large Red Damselfly and Four-spotted Chaser.

Butterflies: Brimstone, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange Tip, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Speckled Wood and Small Heath.

AD & PC.

Red Fox
A down of Hares

Tuesday 7 May 2024

A couple of Dragons

Sunny, 18°, light NNE.

A couple of Dragonflies found by Alan. Common Clubtail and Four-spot Chaser.


Sunday 5 May 2024

Out & About

Mainly cloudy with rain later, 15°, light SSE.

Lollingdon: Common Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat and Blackcap. Per Andy King.

Mammals: Brown Hare and Roe Deer. Per Andy King.

Dragonflies: Four-spot Chaser. Per Alan.

Photos courtesy Andy King and Alan Dawson

Brown Hare courtesy Andy King
Four-spot Chaser courtesy Alan
Roe Deer courtesy Andy King
Common Carpet courtesy Andy King

Saturday 4 May 2024

Insects on the rise

Mainly sunny, 17°, light SE.

River: no apparent change bird wise but 2 new Dragonflies and a Butterfly for the year.

Dragonflies: Banded Demoiselle, Beautiful Demoiselle, Azure Damselfly and Large Red Damselfly.

Butterflies: Brimstone, Orange Tip, Green Hairstreak and Peacock.

AD.

photos courtesy Alan  




Friday 3 May 2024

A wet one

Rain until 14:00, then just cloudy, 10°, breezy S.

Bunk area: a reasonable passage of Hirundines this afternoon. With c80 House Martin, 40+ Swallow, a handful of Sand Martin plus c20 Swift.

5 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 4 Common Whitethroat, 5 Yellowhammer, 2 Reed Bunting, a Yellow Wagtail, a Gadwall and 7 Lesser Blackback Gull, etc.

AD & PC.

Common Whitethroat
Blackcap courtesy Alan
Reed Bunting

Wednesday 1 May 2024

May Day

Sunny at first then clouding up, 17°, light NE.

Lollingdon, Bunk, River and Long Ditch areas covered today.

Back to birding in Cholsey after a 10-day stint at Portland. A coldish time but viz-mig was good with 96 species.

Firstly a Barn Owl heard at 22:15 last night over Ilges Lane. Per Geoff Wyatt.

Other areas: Oystercatcher, Little Ringed Plover, 2 Common Sandpiper, Little Egret, 2 Herring Gull, 2 Raven, Lapwing, Tree Pipit (flew over garden), Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Cetti’s Warbler, 8+ Common Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, 3+ Yellow Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Corn Bunting, Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting, 2 Swift, several Swallow and House Martin and a single Sand Martin.

Mammals: Brown Hare.

Dragonflies: Azure Damselfly.

Butterflies: Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange Tip, Holly Blue, Peacock and Comma.

Contributors: AD, AK, GW, LC & PC.
  
Yellow Wagtail courtesy Andy King
Little Egret courtesy Alan
Azure Damselfly courtesy Alan
Buff-tailed Bumblebee courtesy Loren

Monday 29 April 2024

Bunk & Lollingdon.

Sunny spells, 13°, breezy S.

Lollingdon: Wheatear, Swallow.

Bunk: Little Egret on flood opposite school, Common Whitethroat, Blackcap and Gadwall.

Mammals: Brown Hare.

Dragonflies: Azure Damselfly.

Butterflies: Green-veined White.

Sightings and photos courtesy Alan.