A lot of Thrushes and Starling out at Lollingdon today quite probably around 800 birds. The majority being Fieldfare, a flock of c250 Starling, a lot of Redwing and several Song Thrush and Blackbird mixed in. The Thrushes are steadily stripping the Hawthorns of berries.
A few Fieldfare on the hill along with 2 Corn Bunting and a few Yellowhammer and Reed Bunting.
Several more Yellowhammer and Reed Bunting in nearby fields along with a flock of 40+ Pied Wagtail and Meadow Pipit and a Treecreeper working an Oak tree nearby.
The Black-headed Gull from yesterday with a damaged wing still out there.
2 Peregrine Falcon seen today. 1 flew south over the hill towards the downs and then another encountered north of the hill in a field.
On the walk out I noticed an injured Black-headed Gull in one of the fields (damaged wing). On the way back I scanned the field and noticed the same gull present and on the other side of the track I saw what I initially thought was another gull sitting in some water. Once I got my binoculars on it I realised it was a Peregrine bathing.
Fortunately I was in some cover about 100m away so I decided to stay where I was. As the gull was only about 30m from the Peregrine I thought the gull was possibly prey once the Peregrine finished bathing.
However, after around 10 minutes the Peregrine flew off initially towards me then veered off and settled on the top of a pylon around 500m away to preen.
The gull was safe for the time being.
As the pylon was on my route back I kept an eye on the Peregrine but it was partially hidden and it flew off east before I got close enough.
Very much the same out at Lollingdon otherwise, still lots of Fieldfare and Redwing around and the usual flocks of other passerines out in the fields.
Another Common Darter noted again today and closer to the village than the one yesterday.
A Richard’s Pipit found on the downs today just outside the Cholsey Parish boundary by Roger Wyatt. Only about 1 mile (as the Crow flies) from Lollingdon Hill (where a spring bird was found in 2017 that stayed for all of 15 minutes). This is the first twitchable one since the one in 2002, also found by Roger on the downs. This species is an Oxfordshire county rarity (4th or 5th county record?).
As for Lollingdon it was a reasonably quiet time out there today. The 2 Stonechat still present on the hill but very mobile.
A Raven disturbed whilst bathing in a trough and flew off rather quickly around the hill and appeared again flying south east.
4 Lapwing seen flying north, a single Goldcrest and Reed Bunting also on the hill. Little else noted.
A Merlin seen on Cholsey Hill yesterday. Per Brian Wyatt.