10:00 – 15:30
Followed the railway to Winterbrook, then along the Thames to the 4 Arches, back to Bow Bridge and along Caps Lane to the village.
60+ Hirundines feeding over Cholsey sewage farm, mainly House Martins with around 10 Swallows and a Pied Wagtail and Yellow Wagtail nearby.
At least one, possibly 3 pairs of Lapwing breeding. Probably the only ones breeding in the parish these days.
2 pairs of Grey Partridge and 3 Red-legged Partridge. Most Linnets seemed to have paired up but a flock of around 15 seen and 1 Willow Warbler singing near Wallingford Bypass.
Whitethroat, Skylark, Yellowhammer and Reed Bunting regular.
3 Sparrowhawks in the air at one time, 1♀ and 2♂. The ♀ was one of the biggest Sparrowhawks I have seen (No, it wasn’t a Gos).
A steady trickle of Swallows moving up river along with 1 House Martin and 2 Sand Martins.
1 Grasshopper Warbler reeling on Cholsey Marsh briefly along with the usual although rather subdued in the early afternoon.
2 Lesser Whitethroats and 1 Garden Warbler heard singing between Bow Bridge and the Marsh.
A Kestrel hunting over the Marsh and a Grey Heron nearby.
65 species seen/heard today.
Only a Fox seen.
Another Large Red Damselfly seen and a Banded Demoiselle. 2 Common Clubtails and a single Broad-bodied Chaser.
Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, both Large and Small Whites, Holly Blue, Comma, Peacock, Speckled Wood, Orange Tip, 1 Green-veined White and 2 Small Copper.
Lollingdon Hill this evening produced 1 Wheatear, 1 Green Woodpecker + Corn Buntings, Linnets, Skylarks etc.