An early movement of birds over Lollingdon hill this morning that fizzled out around 10:00 as the wind started to strengthen.
c120 Redwing, 3 Fieldfare, 2 Mistle Thrush, 70+ Starling, 60+ Chaffinch, at least 1 Brambling and 2 Redpoll.
30+ Skylark and several Meadow Pipit and Pied Wagtail over the hill were more likely a local movement.
The more sheltered side of the hill had 1 Chiffchaff and 3 Goldcrest with a Tit flock.
3 Kestrel and a Sparrowhawk in the area.
c100 Lapwing on Cholsey hill this afternoon with both Lesser Blackback Gull and Black-headed Gull.
“Pretty sure I had 3 Wheatear on Cholsey hill on Saturday - but I was driving and they were flying across the road together, so didn't get more than silhouettes. Redwing piling in since Saturday night (4 in garden on Sunday), and at least 4 Coal Tit in the flock that's going round the gardens”. (RB).
Dragonflies: 2 Common Darter.
Butterflies: 2 Large White and 3 Red Admiral.
Some interesting weather today with the sky appearing various hues of dark grey to almost an orange. The sun poking through at times and looking very red. Apparently this is due to dust from the Sahara region and smoke and particulates from the Iberian wildfires being whipped up in the atmosphere by Ophelia?
The following photos were of the only things that stated still for any length of time 😄.
A busy time of the hill today, 2 Stonechat and a Wheatear, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Goldcrest, 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Bullfinch and a good flock of birds in the fields below the hill.
I started to count and was partially through counting and identifying when a Sparrowhawk flew through and scattered the flock. However these are approx. counts. 58 Skylark, 80+ Meadow Pipit, 2 Reed Bunting, 3 Yellowhammer, 1 Corn Bunting, 3 Pied Wagtail and c100 Linnet.
Nearby a few more Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Grey Heron, another Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, a mixed flock of Lesser Blackback Gull and Black-headed Gull and 3 Swallow flew south.
Went out to the car at 19:10 and a skein of around 70 Geese flew over calling noisily. Mainly Canada Geese with a few Greylag and at least 1 Egyptian Goose!
2 Tawny Owl have been regular around the garden for the last couple of weeks and very vocal.
Mammals: 2 Hedgehog active in the garden after dark.
Reptiles: a couple of Common Lizard basking in the sun.
Dragonflies: 5 Common Darter.
Butterflies: 3 Large White, 1 Small White, 5 Red Admiral, 1 Comma and 1 Speckled Wood.