Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Down on the Marsh

Sunny spells with a mild breeze, 20°, breezy SW.

The cattle are doing fine, looking healthy and feeding well. Water supply good and salt licks out.

A Common Tern and a Black-headed Gull along the river and a few Swift, Swallow and a couple of House Martin feeding over the reserve.

Warblers are less vocal now but still a few brief snatches of song heard. Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Common Whitethroat and Blackcap. A Garden Warbler seen along with a Lesser Whitethroat.

Sparrowhawk, Jay, Bullfinch, Reed Bunting and a largish flock of Long-tailed Tit, comprising 20+ birds.

Dragonflies: Banded Demoiselle, unidentified Damselfly and several Emperor Dragonfly.

Butterflies: Large Skipper, Large White, Small White, Comma, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Meadow Brown and Ringlet.

 Marbled White (above & below, courtesy Alan Dawson)

 Large Skipper
Comma
Reed Bunting

Monday, 18 June 2018

Lollingdon & Garden Doves

Sunny and breezy, 21°, breezy SW.

8 singing Yellowhammer between the village and Lollingdon plus 2 Reed Bunting and 3-4 Corn Bunting around the hill.

A female Peregrine Falcon seen soaring high over Lollingdon and drifted off east.

A Lesser Whitethroat seen, a Sparrowhawk and a Kestrel.

A singing Willow Warbler seen in Crowmarsh yesterday whilst out for a walk with my daughter Sian.

Mammals: Brown Hare.

Reptiles: 2 Common Lizard.

Dragonflies: Banded Demoiselle, Azure Damselfly, Emperor and a Black-tailed Skimmer.

Butterflies: Large White, Common Blue, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood and an abundance of Meadow Brown.

Moths: a Silver Y & a Cinnabar Moth.

Collared Dove
The original range of the Collared Dove at the end of the 19th century was in Asia from Turkey to China and south through India, not until the 20th century did it start to spread west into Europe. Appearing in SE Europe in the early 1900’s reaching Germany in 1945 and the UK in 1953. It is now a common bird throughout the UK.


 Stock Dove (male above & female below)

Friday, 15 June 2018

Settled times

Sunny spells, 19°, light WSW.

Another quiet walk out to Lollingdon and back today, with all the expected birds seen.

A female Sparrowhawk flew over carrying a prey item and a Grey Heron out along the ditches.

Nuthatch still visiting the garden feeders.

Reptiles: a couple of Common Lizard.

Dragonflies: Banded Demoiselle, Azure Damselfly and Emperor Dragonfly.

Butterflies: Large White, Small White, Common Blue, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood and plenty of Meadow Brown.

Red Admiral
Nuthatch 
 Meadow Brown
Mistle Thrush
Jackdaw eyeing the bird feeders

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Marsh & Garden

Cloudy with a few sunny spells, 16°, breezy NNE.

A short visit to the marsh today, the Dexters all looking okay and feeding well.

Usual stuff on the marsh this morning, the Cetti’s Warbler still singing along with a few Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Common Whitethroat and a Garden Warbler and 2 Bullfinch seen.

A Long-tailed Tit family moving through the trees on the marsh, probably around 8-10 birds and at least 6 Reed Bunting still in song and a couple of Yellowhammer.

Apart from a couple of Black-headed Gull along the river there was little else on or flying along the Thames.

The Wren family still in the garden today with the adults actively feeding their young.

Dragonflies: Banded Demoiselle.

Butterflies: Speckled Wood and Meadow Brown.

Reed Bunting
 Young Wren being fed by parent (sorry for the fuzzy images)



Monday, 11 June 2018

Not a lot going on!

Sunny, 23°, light ENE.

Not a lot to shout about today. A Grey Heron and a Jay out at Lollingdon and now 2 singing Reed Bunting around the hill along with the Corn Buntings and Yellowhammers.

A Kestrel around the playing fields but little else.

A Wren family in the garden with an adult feeding around 3 young, probably more.

A Cuckoo heard yesterday down at Cholsey Marsh. Per MA.

An adult Tawny Owl with a fledgling near Church road at the weekend and a Goldcrest fledglings by the bridge. Per RB.

Reptiles: a few Common Lizard.

Dragonflies: Banded Demoiselle, Azure Damselfly and Emperor Dragonfly.

Butterflies: just a few species noted again. Large White, Small White, Common Blue, Speckled Wood and Meadow Brown.

Emperor Dragonfly taken at Lollingdon last year.

Saturday, 9 June 2018

Buffy

Clouding up with a few rain showers, 18°, light NE.

A new pair of Ducks visiting the garden today along with the other 16. Most of them are certainly not pure Mallard and are quite a mix'n'match.

The new female is a pale looking duck whom we have named "Buffy" and we will hopefully see how this pair progresses over the summer.



Photos courtesy Loren

Friday, 8 June 2018

Haymaking

Light cloud, 19°, light NE.

A lot of hay harvesting out at Lollingdon today and subsequently around 20 Red Kite, 3 Buzzard and several Carrion Crow around the fields scavenging anything that got caught by the cutters or caught over open ground moving out of the way.

A Lesser Whitethroat still singing close to the village and a Yellow Wagtail nearby.

The usual Buntings on the hill including the singing Reed Bunting and a couple of Jay noted.

A Kestrel in the garden this morning.

Mammals: Brown Hare.

Reptiles: several Common Lizard.

Dragonflies: Banded Demoiselle, Azure Damselfly and Emperor Dragonfly.

Butterflies: few on the wing today, Large White, Small White, Common Blue, Speckled Wood and Meadow Brown.

Yellowhammer
Common Lizard

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Whitethroats rule!

Sunny and breezy, 20°, breezy NE.

A pair of Yellow Wagtail and a Lesser Whitethroat on the way out to Lollingdon today.

A singing Reed Bunting on the hill today along with the resident Yellowhammers and Corn Buntings and a Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard and several Red Kite.

2 Little Owl causing consternation among the local Blackbirds and a Barn Owl feather found (per TW) and a Barn Owl seen last week (per DM).

At least 6 pair of Common Whitethroat on the hill this year and 4 pair of Blackcap. Common Whitethroat appear to be the most widespread and common warbler in Cholsey.

Mammals: Brown Hare.

Reptiles: a few Common Lizard basking in the sunshine.

Dragonflies: several Banded Demoiselle along the brook and Azure Damselfly and Emperor Dragonfly out at Lollingdon.

Butterflies: Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Common Blue, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood and Meadow Brown. A few of our day flying moths, the Cinnabar also seen.

 Common Whitethroat
 Meadow Brown
Banded Demoiselle
 Barn Owl feather
Cinnabar Moth (courtesy Sian Chandler)

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Time on the Marsh

Cloudy and breezy, 12°, fresh NNE.

A morning walk around the Marsh with the weather a lot cooler than of late.

A few warblers still in song, Sedge Warbler, Common Whitethroat, Blackcap and Chiffchaff along with a very vocal Song Thrush and several Reed Bunting and Yellowhammer.

Around a dozen Swift, 6 Swallow and a single House Martin feeding over the Marsh.

A Kingfisher and a Grey Heron flew upstream and a couple of Black-headed Gull over.

A couple of Mistle Thrush around the cattle field.

Another visit this evening just added Reed Warbler and Cormorant to the list of species seen and a few more House Martin.

Dragonflies: Banded Demoiselle.

 Song Thrush
Mistle Thrush

Loren's Insects

Cloudy and breezy, 12°, fresh NNE.

A morning walk around the Marsh with the weather a lot cooler than of late.

I managed to drag Loren out with me today just to get her out the house for a time.

She managed to photograph some of the few insects that were around in the cool conditions.

We have not got around to identifying them all yet!










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Monday, 4 June 2018

Quiet day

Cloudy with a hazy mist, 19°, breezy NNE.

A quiet time out at Lollingdon today, good numbers of Yellowhammer, Skylark and Common Whitethroat still singing and several Corn Bunting around the Hill.

Several Chiffchaff and Blackcap in song as well and a Kestrel, Sparrowhawk and Little Owl also noted.

Mammals: Brown Hare and Roe Deer.

Reptiles: just the 1 Common Lizard today.

Butterflies: the only one seen today was a lone Meadow Brown. Yesterday 2 Large Skipper (per TR).

 Corn Bunting
Little Owl

Friday, 1 June 2018

Starlings

A few sunny intervals, 20°, light SSW.

Woken this morning at about 06:30 with squawking Starling young. Looked out the window and there were c30 Starling in the garden with several on the feeders. Approx. 10 adults and the rest were youngsters.

The Nuthatch in the garden at the same time.

 Young Starling



 Adult Starling
  Nuthatch

Sat outside Bean & Brew on St Mary’s Street Wallingford this afternoon and a Banded Demoiselle flew past heading towards town. Second time I have seen one there in recent week, the Thames is approx. 600m away along a busy road.

Thursday, 31 May 2018

May bows out with a wet one

Mainly cloudy with a few sunny spells, 22°, light W.

Warm and humid conditions, arrived back earlier than usual but the anticipated thunderstorm did not arrive and passed to the south-west. I could hear Thor in the distance though. It did not start raining here until c17:00.  😕

A Raven and a Peregrine Falcon seen on the way out to Lollingdon this morning and a Curlew heard then seen flying towards Cholsey Hill.

The Little Owl present in its usual spot and a Sparrowhawk flew through.

A Kestrel by the playing field and a couple of Mistle Thrush present.

Nuthatch, Coal Tit and Great-spotted Woodpecker in the garden again and a couple of Tawny Owl last night.

A couple of House Martin feeding over the garden again but they are not nesting here. All 3 nest sites on this part of Church road are deserted. 

Mammals: Brown Hare and Roe Deer.

Reptiles: several Common Lizard.

Dragonflies: Azure Damselfly and Emperor Dragonfly.

Butterflies: Large White, Small White, Orange Tip, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell and Speckled Wood.

Fish: Brown Trout.

Azure Damselfly
 Speckled Wood
Brown Trout
 A couple of photos courtesy Alan Dawson, Banded Demoiselle & Holly Blue from yesterday.