Tuesday, 20 March 2018


Light cloud with sunny intervals, 3°, light NNE.

Chatting on the phone this afternoon with Tony Rayner when a Stoat ran thru the garden. I managed to grab the camera and get a few shots as it was running off. Tony was laughing most of the time as I was trying to juggle the phone and camera. Nice to see one in the garden.

A Weasel seen near Ferry Lane a few days ago. Per HG.

Earlier today I went down to Cholsey Marsh to check the cattle and they were clean out of hay! They obviously recognise me now and were mooing a lot in anticipation of food, but I had nothing to give them.

Fortunately a little later a BBOWT team turned up with 20+ bales of hay and were greeted with excited mooing, we offloaded the hay and one of the team broke open 3 bales for them which they tucked in to. I left them later as they continued munching on their hay.

Very little on the marsh today, the odd Reed Bunting singing, 3 Cormorant roosting nearby, a couple of Greylag Geese flew upriver and a brief sighting of the Harris Hawk.

Monday, 19 March 2018

Winters End?

Sunny spells, 0° but getting milder, cold wind from ENE.

Snow starting to disappear as the day progressed but a chilly wind still.

c25 Lapwing and several Lesser Blackback Gull and Black-headed Gull on the flooded field out at Lollingdon.

Good numbers of “Winter Thrush” around especially in the paddocks, mainly Fieldfare (c300) and around 50 Redwing plus several Song Thrush and Starling and 3 Mistle Thrush.

2 Bullfinch on the hill but that was about it, a few Red Kite and 2 Buzzard soaring overhead and a Sparrowhawk flew thru.

A Fieldfare, Song Thrush and 2 Mistle Thrush in the garden early on.

Mammals: 20+ Roe Deer in several groups and 2 Brown Hare.

Sunday, 18 March 2018

And the snow came!

Overcast with snow showers dying out, 0°, breezy NE.

Snow settled overnight but only a couple of centimetres hopefully will be gone sometime tomorrow.

As is the case in these weather conditions, the garden got busy.

12+ House Sparrow, a single Fieldfare, Mistle Thrush and Song Thrush and Nuthatch along with the regulars that still include 4 Robins.

A female Sparrowhawk zipped thru the garden early afternoon.

Song Thrush
 Mistle Thrush
Fieldfare (again 😃)

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Winter........a slight return.

Overcast with light snow showers, 0°, light to breezy NE.

A slight return to winter this weekend but hopefully will be short lived!

The garden quite busy mainly with Finches today, a Nuthatch again plus the regulars.

Up to a dozen Rook coming in the garden (they must be hungry) only to be chased off by the Crows.

Female Brambling still present in a garden near Waterloo Close. Per MA.

Friday, 16 March 2018


Cloudy with a few sunny spells and a few light rain showers, 11°, light SSE.

After not seeing Nuthatch in the garden for a time one has now visited for the second day running. It would take a sunflower seed from the feeders, fly to the nearest tree, wedge it in and proceed to break it up in to smaller pieces.

A female Blackbird collecting nesting material this week and disappearing in to the Holly hedge.

A Barn Owl hunting Cholsey Hill this evening. Per, Sian Chandler.

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Thrushes on the move

Sunshine and showers, 12°, light SSE.

A walk out to the Lees and then Lollingdon, still very muddy underfoot after last night’s rain but quite mild.

3 male Reed Bunting out along the dyke by the Lees and lots of Skylark (30+) and a good number of distant Gulls.

20+ Redwing on the playing field along with 2 Mistle Thrush and a Goldcrest and Coal Tit at the Bullshole.

Good numbers of Starling seen today with 500+ in several flocks flying through and lots of Fieldfare and Redwing moving (1K+).

3 Yellowhammer around the hill.

Mammals: Brown Hare & Roe Deer.

Several Bumble Bees noted this week, probably Buff-tailed.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Quiet times

Sunny at first then clouding up, 10°, breezy SE.

A very quiet time out there today, c50 Lapwing on the flooded field and 2 Teal still present and 4 Grey Partridge but that was it!

Nothing else of note today.

Having not seen a Nuthatch in the garden since January one actually turned up today and two have been seen in gardens along Station Road.

Mammals: Roe Deer.

Butterflies: a Brimstone in a West End garden last week.

 Male & Female Stock Doves visiting the garden regularly

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

A quiet marsh

Overcast, 8°, light W.

A visit to Cholsey Marsh this morning, initially to check on and feed the Dexters and then have a look around the Marsh.

Rather quiet except for 6 or 7 Reed Bunting in song. A pair of Mute Swan on the river, a few Canada Geese and Greylag Geese and a Cormorant flew over.

Monday, 12 March 2018

A wet one!

Almost constant light to moderate rain, 10°, light NW.

A bit of a mixed bag today and rather wet and muddy out to Lollingdon.

A flooded field had c100 Black-headed Gull, c20 Lesser Blackback Gull, c50 Lapwing, 14 Teal and 4 Mallard present.

3 more Teal and 2 Mallard on Amwell Spring.

A Little Owl nearby being mobbed by Blackbirds and Chaffinches and a Stonechat on the north side of the hill briefly before being chased off by a Robin and not re-found.

A Redshank flew over heading north.

Good numbers of Winter Thrushes (Fieldfare & Redwing) around and seemed to be concentrated in tree tops today with a lot of chattering going on. Usually a precursor to migration.

A few species in full or partial song today, notably Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush, Yellowhammer and Treecreeper and a couple of Blackcap in the village recently in full song.

Mammals: Several Roe Deer.

Reptiles: 20 Slow Worm at a garden site.

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Black on Black

Overcast with some light rain showers, 13°, light SE.

Although we live right next to a Rookery they are rarely seen in the garden. Today we had 12 in the garden with 1 on the feeders. They were here for around 2 minutes before the Crows charged in and chased them off. The Rooks made a few more forays in to the garden but were chased off by at least 1 Crow each time.

A Treecreeper in the garden early morning and a Sparrowhawk zipped thru yesterday.

Seven photos of the Rooks in the garden (the last 3 Rooks courtesy Loren) and the eighth photo of one of the Crows.

The Crow