Friday, 4 March 2011

Thames, Cholsey, 4th March.

Sunny, 3º, Light NE.
4 Arches to Winterbrook.
2 Mute swans on the river near the marsh and the usual flock of Canada Geese numbering around 80.
Not much on the river as some boat crews were out. However, 6 Great-crested Grebe and 2 Little Grebe seen.
6 Cormorant, several Red Kite, 1 Buzzard and a Kestrel.
Moorhen and Coot in good numbers and another surprise of a Redshank flushed from a marshy field by a dog walker, it then flew off upstream.
Just the odd Black-headed Gull along the river and a Kingfisher near the marsh.
Several Green and Great-spotted Woodpeckers heard and 1 Skylark singing.
A Grey Wagtail heard singing at a traditional breeding site.
2 Stock Doves in a usual spot and 5 Song Thrush and 2 Mistle Thrush in song and around 50 of each Redwing and Fieldfare seen.
5 Treecreepers heard in song and 2 Jays heard near Bow Bridge.
Bullfinch also heard singing and several others seen, Chaffinch and Goldfinch still regular and a couple of Greenfinch.
Reed Bunting in song in 8 different sites along the river.
Blackcap in garden again, also a Song Thrush.

Lesser Redpoll recently at a garden feeder and Brimstone butterfly seen. (per Tony Rayner)

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