A rather uneventful walk out to Lollingdon and back today.
An increase in the number of Winter Thrushes around with 100+ Fieldfare and around 20 Redwing and a few Mistle Thrush. Also at least 4 Bullfinch around the hill and the Linnet/Chaffinch flock reaching around 100 birds.
Some late insects noted today with a Brimstone butterfly seen (PC&TW) and a pair of Common Darter in tandem mode.
Several observers reporting sightings of a Little Egret around Cholsey recently.
The male Sparrowhawk spent several minutes atop the bird feeders in the pouring rain this afternoon and constantly looking around. As if he is working out his future attack strategies. What's the best direction to approach from, what speed and height etc. Fascinating to watch.
The garden has been busy over the last few days with Blue, Great, Long-tailed and Coal Tit, Nuthatch and Treecreeper and the odd Finch.
A walk along the Bunk line did not produce much today. Good numbers of Fieldfare, Redwing and Starling in very mobile flocks, approx. 20 Mistle Thrush and a distant small flock of 8 waders that flew south. Too distant to identify but may have been Godwits of some description.
Alan saw a Peregrine out towards Aston.
Apart from some Roe Deer nothing else to report.
One of the increased number of Robin around today.
Fieldfare arrived in their hundreds today, I saw close on 500 between the village and Lollingdon and Alan had 500+ along the Bunk line/Green lane/Cholsey hill area. Also good numbers of Redwing with several hundred around the same places. Fieldfares also noted by RB along the Wallingford road.
20+ Mistle Thrush out at Lollingdon and Song Thrush and Blackbird in with the Thrush flocks moving over.
A Sparrowhawk took one of the Thrushes along Green Lane and put a large flock into panic mode.
A couple of Bullfinch and 3 Chiffchaff around the Bullshole and a singing Corn Bunting on the hill..