Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Cholsey Marsh

2 Water Rail
1 Cetti’s Warbler
1 Chiffchaff. ( Per Alan Dawson)

Common Buzzard, Cholsey Marsh (courtesy Alan)


Sunny at first the clouding up, 8°, light W.

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.

A couple of Roe Deer also seen.

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Cholsey Marsh

Photos today from Alan Dawson.

Egyptian Geese, a lot around at the moment.
A Cormorant drying out.

Monday, 11 November 2019

Late Dragonfly

Sunshine with variable cloud, 8°, breezy W.

Not a lot out there today, very few Winter Thrushes around, a handful of Fieldfare and 2 Redwing.

The highlight was a male Merlin that zipped overhead and disappeared south over Lollingdon Hill.

A female Sparrowhawk seen hunting and a flock of 25 Stock Dove.

A rather Late Common Darter seen sunning itself near the Bullshole.

Saturday, 9 November 2019


Overcast, 6°, light E.

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.
Everything saw him coming again so no luck today.

Thursday, 7 November 2019

Alans wanderings

A sunny day, 9°, light SSW.

A series of photos from Alans wanderings today.

Long-tailed Tit
Mistle Thrush
 Treecreeper ↕

Water Rail on Cholsey Marsh, only seen briefly but quite vocal.

Friday, 1 November 2019


Sparrowhawk in the garden yesterday.

He started hunting the garden back in early September and had some success but just lately no luck.

Thursday, 31 October 2019


Cloudy, 11°, breezy ESE.

A Raven seen by Alan flying over Cholsey Church whilst photographing Jackdaws.

And a Nuthatch amongst several species on the feeders in the garden.

A male Blackcap and a Goldcrest in the Church yard on Tuesday, Per Alan,

A Ringed Plover heard calling over Church road @ 19:55 yesterday.


Monday, 28 October 2019

Not a lot

Overcast, 9°, light NE.

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.

Sunday, 27 October 2019

Garden stuff

A sunny day at last, 10°, light NW.

At last a sunny day but currently of limited mobility due to a pulled calf muscle making it painful walking. So having to rest up until it improves 😞 !!!!!

Observations from the garden today with a brief visit of a male Sparrowhawk, but did not catch anything.

And visits from a Great-spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Coal Tit, several Greenfinch, Goldfinch and Chaffinch, Blue Tit, Great Tit and Long-tailed Tit.

The usual Wren and 2 Robin present.

Thursday, 24 October 2019

Before the rain

Light to moderate rain, 12°, light SW.

Alan was out before the rain started today and had a total of 5 Stonechat (Bunk line/Cholsey Hill/4 Arches) plus a Cetti’s Warbler Cholsey Marsh.

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Less Thrushes today

Cloudy with the odd sunny spell, 13°, light ESE.

Quieter out at Lollingdon today, far fewer Thrushes around only c200 seen in several mixed flocks of Fieldfare and Redwing.

An increase in the number of Chaffinch, Linnet, Pied Wagtail and Meadow Pipit noted.

15 Mistle Thrush, a Sparrowhawk and Green Woodpecker.

Mammals: Brown Hare & Roe Deer.

Butterflies: 2 Red Admiral.

Green Woodpecker
Roe Deer (ad female with 2 young)
Brown Hare (saw me coming)

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Monday, 21 October 2019

Merveille du Jour

A couple of Moths caught by Tony Rayner last night. Photographed and released.

Merveille du Jour

Fieldfares arrive in force

Cloudy, 12°, breezy N.

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..

Fieldfare ↕ (courtesy Alan)

More Fieldfare