Wednesday, 25 November 2020

Egrets still present

 Overcast with early light rain, 10°, light NW. 

Alan had the best of it today with 3 Little Egret, 2 Stonechat and a Little Owl out at Lollingdon and another Stonechat at Cholsey meadows.

I made it out a little late along the Bunk line and it was pretty quiet. A lot of Redwing (100+) and c50 Fieldfare and 3 Herring Gull frequenting the area near CSW but little else.

A late Red Admiral butterfly noted by Tony Rayner yesterday.

All pics courtesy Alan.

Coal Tit at Bow

Monday, 23 November 2020


Light cloud with a few sunny spells, 9°, light SSW.

3 Little Egret still out in the Lollingdon area and a Little Owl heard calling.

Several flocks of Fieldfare, Redwing and Starling roaming the hedgerows and fields, several Song Thrush and a single Mistle Thrush.

A Mistle Thrush and a couple of Goldcrest at the church.

50+ Finches feeding amongst a cover crop but only Goldfinch, Greenfinch and Chaffinch noted.

Alan along the river today with Bullfinch and Coal Tit at Bow Bridge.

Mammals: Roe Deer.

Sunday, 22 November 2020

Bunk line & Lollingdon

Early mist followed by sunshine, 10°, light W.

Pretty quiet along the Bunk line/Green lane area today.

Lower numbers of Fieldfare and Redwing seen/heard and a Sparrowhawk attempted a strike at some Redwing but flew off empty handed.

A Grey Wagtail, a Chiffchaff and 4 Herring Gull were of note along with c50 Black-headed Gull and a Kestrel plus all the usual suspects.

3 Little Egret still present in the Lollingdon area and a couple of Little Owl. Per Alan.

A Barn Owl heard in Whitehead meadow @ 19:15.

Friday, 20 November 2020

All quietish!

Almost constant light rain, 9°, light SSW.

Apart from good numbers of Fieldfare and Redwing a rather quiet time along the Bunk line/Green lane area today.

c100 Black-headed Gull, a single Herring Gull, a Green Woodpecker and a Chiffchaff was all of note.

Alan had a similar situation along the river with Nuthatch, Goldcrest and Siskin.

Mammals: Roe Deer.

Thursday, 19 November 2020

Garden visitors

Sunny, 8°, light NW.

A few images of garden visitors today. 

As well as Jackdaw and Magpie in the garden there were Carrion Crow, Rook and Jay in the meadow and a Raven flew over mid-afternoon. 6 Corvids in one day!

Wednesday, 18 November 2020

Getting Colder

Mainly cloudy with sunny spells and a rain shower, 14°, light SW.

Not a lot to report along the river today.

However a report of a Great Grey Shrike at Bow Bridge yesterday by another observer prompted a search all along the river (and yesterday by Alan) but no further sign was found of the bird unfortunately. This is a rare bird for Cholsey with only 4 records in the last 50 years the last being Cholsey Marsh in 2013.

Other species noted: 11 Cormorant, 3 Kingfisher, 2+ Nuthatch, a Little Grebe, several Egyptian Geese, plenty of Fieldfare and Redwing, 3-4 Jay, a Chiffchaff and a Grey Heron.

Later in the day out at Lollingdon Alan found 3 Little Egret.

Little Grebe courtesy Alan
A couple of Moths from Tony Rayner's catch last night. A December Moth and a Scarce Umber.

Little Egret

Monday, 16 November 2020

Not a lot going on!

A few sunny spells, 11°, light SW.

Appeared rather quiet today along the Bunk line/Green lane area. Good numbers of Fieldfare and Redwing though feeding on berries.

Approx. 200 Black-headed Gull spread around the fields and a couple of Lesser Blackback Gull and a single Herring Gull.

2 Bullfinch, several Yellowhammer and a single Chiffchaff along green lane.

3 Mistle Thrush in song at this end of the village.

Mammals: Roe Deer.

Black-headed Gull

Saturday, 14 November 2020

A Wet One

Light to moderate rain, 13°, light to breezy SSW.

A thoroughly wet day and a couple of pics of visitors to the garden.

Male Sparrowhawk & Male Great-spotted Woodpecker

Friday, 13 November 2020


Sunny spells, 11°, light SW.

Another new species for the year found by Alan today in the form of a Goosander on the river.

Also several Siskin in the Alders and a Little Grebe on the river.

Unable to get out this week as I’m trying to shake of a nasty cold!

Goosander courtesy Alan
Kingfisher courtesy Alan
Roe Deer courtesy Alan

Wednesday, 11 November 2020

Tuesday, 10 November 2020

A brighter day

Light cloud with a few sunny periods, 13°, light SSW.

Alan along the river again today and managed to see a Wigeon drop in on the river briefly before flying off again. The first record of this species in Cholsey this year.

Also a Little Grebe, Grey Wagtail and a flyover Raven.

Unable to get out today so just made do with what was around the garden.

A male Sparrowhawk swept thru on a couple of occasions but did not manage to take anything and a brief visit of a Jackdaw and a Mistle Thrush singing at the top of a tree in the garden.

Have not seen a Nuthatch in the garden since early spring so not sure what has become of them?

Butterflies: 2 male Brimstone. Per Alan.

Monday, 9 November 2020

Late Insects

Tony Rayner recorded a late Brimstone butterfly today and 9 species of moth in his trap, including 3 Feathered Thorn. 1 pictured below.

courtesy Tony Rayner

Grey Day

Overcast with a few light rain showers, 15°, light SE.

A rather drab day weather wise and a somewhat quiet day birdwise.

Not much change along the Bunk line area today, maybe more Fieldfare and Starling around.

Cettis’s Warbler, Grey Heron and several Siskin along Cholsey Marsh but again much the same as previous days. Per Alan.

Grey Heron in Brook Meadow
Grey Wagtail - Garden
Grey Heron - Cholsey Marsh courtesy Alan.

Sunday, 8 November 2020


Overcast and a bit murky, 13°, very light SSE.

A little more activity along the Bunk line/Green lane area today with c400 Thrushes around. A good mix of both Fieldfare and Redwing and around 200 Starling in several flocks.

An increase in Pied Wagtail noted plus c20 Yellowhammer, 2 Reed Bunting and a Chiffchaff also seen.

20+ Siskin, Cholsey Marsh.Per Alan.

Pied Wagtail ↕

Saturday, 7 November 2020

A nice day but rather quiet

A sunny day, 15°, light E.

An unseasonably mild day!

A relatively quiet time along the Bunk line/Green lane area today.

Good numbers of Redwing and a couple of small flocks of Fieldfare feeding on the Hawthorns.

c50 Meadow Pipit, a few Yellowhammer, Green and Great-spotted Woodpecker and a Grey Heron and 2 Herring Gull and approx. 100 Black-headed Gull around CSW.

Mammals: Up to 4 Pipistrelle (presumably Common) along Bunk line this evening. Per Alan.

Meadow Pipit ↕

Little Owl courtesy Alan Dawson