Wednesday, 20 October 2021

Wet 'n' Windy

Wet ’n’ windy, 16°, breezy SW.

Lollingdon Hill very quiet today with a brisk south westerly blowing across it. Several Jay on the sheltered side and a single Chiffchaff.

A single Redwing seen out in the cattle field and 2 Stonechat nearby. A Little Egret flew towards Little Lollingdon then seen again distantly along the brook.

Usual Meadow Pipit, Skylark, Yellowhammer and Pied Wagtail present feeding in the fields.

Alan covered the Marsh/River and Bunk with Kingfisher, Stonechat and the usual Meadow Pipit and Skylark.

Dragonflies: 3 Common Darter.

Stonechat ↕

Little Egret
Long-tailed Tit

Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Another Merlin turns up

Early sunny spells then overcast, 20°, breezy SSW.

A mild but very breezy day.

Alan along the Bunk a.m. and myself p.m.

Alan scooped the bird of the day with a Merlin initially sat on a post then flew low and fast over the field by the gravel pit. The second one this autumn after one on the 14th.

Also 4 Raven over, a Kingfisher, a few Redwing, Little Owl, Jay, Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail and Skylark.

Later Alan along Westfield road with another Raven, a Peregrine and more Meadow Pipit and Skylark.

Dragonflies: Common Darter.

Butterflies: singles of Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock and 2 Red Admiral.

Raven courtesy Alan
Shaggy Inkcap
If you look close, there is a swarm of possibly thousands of insects close to the tree top. looked a bit like smoke from a distance.

Monday, 18 October 2021

Jays & Stonechats

Overcast with a few light rain showers, 16°, light S.

Lollingdon, 2 Stonechat still present on the hill and approx. 20 Mistle Thrush but mobile and 30+ Redwing.

A single Chiffchaff, several Jay, 30’ish Skylark and several Meadow Pipit.

A Little Owl nearby and 2 more Stonechat and a Tawny Owl at Little Lollingdon.

Alan along Cholsey Marsh/River this morning. Mistle Thrush, Redwing, Stonechat and 2 Raven over and several more Jay.

Bunk line this afternoon. Redwing and Stonechat.

A Jay in the garden late afternoon. Both Jay and Stonechat have been very frequent in the area this month.

Mammals: a Stoat hunting a Rabbit and a couple of distant Roe Deer.


Friday, 15 October 2021


Mainly cloudy, 14°, light NE.

After yesterday’s busy time today was in stark contrast with very little going on!

Both out along the Bunk, no more than 20 Redwing logged plus 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Stonechat and 4 Raven performing an aerial display in the distance.

A Reed Bunting, several Yellowhammer and Meadow Pipit and a few Pied Wagtail.

Alan waiting by the fish & chip van and saw a Sparrowhawk go over plus 4 Mistle Thrush.

Butterflies: Red Admiral.

Stonechat, Chiffchaff & a Robin.

Thursday, 14 October 2021

Busy Day

Mainly cloudy with a little sunshine, 16°, light WSW.

A busy day out there today with me out at Lollingdon and Alan along the Bunk.

The highlight of the day for me was a female Merlin. Alerted by the panicky calls of a couple of Jay, she skimmed over a hedge in the cattle field and flew low across the field, skimmed the next hedge, scattering Wood Pigeon, Stock Dove and Thrushes before disappearing to the west of the hill.

Almost 4 hours spent on and around the hill with, up to 6 Stonechat present, 4 Raven over, several small flocks of Starling, 2 Chiffchaff, 12 Mistle Thrush, 2 Song Thrush dropped in, a Kestrel, 40+ Redwing, a singing Corn Bunting, 4 Jay (they are everywhere at the moment) and a Tawny Owl calling. The fields below the hill had 40+ Pied Wagtail, 60’ish Meadow Pipit and 30+ Skylark. 6 Red Kite feeding on carrion and 2 more Raven, 5 Carrion Crow and 6 Magpie present.

On the way back, more Redwing and Song Thrush, a Sparrowhawk and 20+ Yellowhammer.

Alan’s time along the Bunk produced Redwing, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Jay, 2 Stonechat, Sparrowhawk, Peregrine, Little Owl, a flock of 14 Magpie (Don’t think the rhyme goes that high) and Goldcrest.

Mammals: Brown Hare.

Dragonflies: Common Darter.

Butterflies: Large White, Red Admiral and Comma.

Stonechats ↕

Redwing courtesy Alan

Wednesday, 13 October 2021

Redwings arrive

Cloudy at first then sunny spells, 15°, light W.

Redwing arrived in some numbers today along with numbers of Song Thrush. Messages were coming in from around the county of their arrival and Cholsey was no exception with several hundred seen toady.

Both Alan and I out along the Bunk line: a couple of Chiffchaff and Blackcap along Green lane and 2 Stonechat along the Bunk.

Meadow Pipit, Skylark and Pied Wagtail have all increased in numbers.

Plus all the usuals.  

Dragonflies: Common Darter.

Butterflies: Red Admiral and Comma.

Stonechats ↕

Common Darter courtesy Alan
Buzzard courtesy Alan
Kestrel courtesy Alan

Monday, 11 October 2021

Relatively Quiet

Cloudy at first then sunny, 15°, light NNW.

Lollingdon relatively quiet today, 4 Stonechat around the hill, a flock of 18 Mistle Thrush flew west and 3 Raven over.

Nearby a Little Owl calling, 5-6 Chiffchaff in the vicinity, 2 Jay plus 20+ Skylark overhead and several Meadow Pipit.

Alan out later in the day along the River/Bunk line:  Chiffchaff, Reed Bunting, Meadow Pipit, Stonechat, Raven, 2 Jay

Mammals: Stoat & Brown Hare.

Dragonflies: 20+ Common Darter.

Butterflies: a single Peacock and Red Admiral.

Hawthorn Shieldbug
Buzzard courtesy Alan

Friday, 8 October 2021


An overcast dull day, 17°, light SE.

Both along the Bunk line today, up to 7 Raven with 3 hanging around for a time then flew off to the south west, then around an hour later 4 flew in from the north and continued on.

Just 7 Swallow and 2 House Martin passed thru over a 4 hour period.

Several Blackcap and Chiffchaff still present along Green lane.

A Little Owl that we both heard then seen by Alan a little later, also several Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail and Yellowhammer, Green Woodpecker, Sparrowhawk and a Kestrel and 10 Canada Geese flew towards the gravel pit.

Apart from a few Bees no insects today!

Ravens and almost every ones favourite. A Robin.

Thursday, 7 October 2021


Mainly overcast with minimal sunny spells. 19°, light SSW.

Some worrying observations today with Alan finding a dead Fox and Tony W finding a dead Buzzard and Badger all under suspicious circumstances with the latter 2 being suspected of being shot! Keep your eyes peeled for any suspicious activity please.

Not a lot going on out at Lollingdon today. A Little Owl present, several Chiffchaff and good numbers of Meadow Pipit and Skylark. Tony W had 4 Mistle Thrush earlier and a possible Ring Ouzel.

Alan along the Bunk line: Stonechat, several Meadow Pipit, Linnet and Skylark, Reed Bunting, Blackcap and Chiffchaff.

And along the river later in the day: 14 Mistle Thrush, Chiffchaff, more Jay and a Kingfisher.

A Kingfisher flew from Cholsey Brook in the Brook meadow and disappeared across Church road.  

Mammals: Weasel, Stoat, Brown Hare & Roe Deer.

Dragonflies: Migrant HawkerCommon Darter.

Butterflies: Large White, Red Admiral & Speckled Wood.

All photos courtesy Alan

2 Weasels at play? ↕

An excellent capture by Alan just outside the parish boundary
Red Fox deceased

Tuesday, 5 October 2021

Bunk Line

Cloudy with a few showers, 14°, breezy W.

Both along the Bunk line this morning coming in from opposite ends on another blustery day.

A reasonable passage of Hirundines with c50 Swallow and 30+ House Martin passing thru.

A single Blackcap and several Chiffchaff present plus several Meadow Pipit, 2 Grey Wagtail, several Pied Wagtail, a Grey Heron, c20 Yellowhammer, 2 Jay and a Sparrowhawk.

Alan had a walk along the river later in the day: several Swallow and House Martin, Kingfisher, Reed Bunting, Jay and a Raven.

Mammals: kept getting glimpses of a Stoat hunting and eventually saw it running off carrying prey. Appeared to be a Vole!

Butterflies: a single Red Admiral.

Stoat with prey
Great-spotted Woodpecker courtesy Alan
Chiffchaff ↕

Shaggy Inkcap ↕

Honey Fungus

Monday, 4 October 2021


A few sunny spells, 15°, breezy SSW.

4 Stonechat out at Lollingdon today, 1 on the north side of the hill, 1 in the cattle fields and 2 more to the NE of the cattle field.

A single Wheatear on the hill and 24 Swallow and 14 House Martin battling south against the stiff breeze.

Several Chiffchaff still present, several Meadow Pipit, 2 Jay, a Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel and the usual Yellowhammer present.

Per Alan: Another Stonechat present at Cholsey Meadows. River/Marsh: Chiffchaff, Reed Bunting, Sparrowhawk and 4+ Jay.

Bunk line: Meadow Pipit, Chiffchaff, and Skylark.

Dragonflies: Migrant Hawker, Southern Hawker & Common Darter.

Butterflies: Large White, Red Admiral, Peacock & Speckled Wood.

Buzzard courtesy Alan
Speckled Wood