Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Cholsey, 17th May.

Overcast, 16º, fresh SW.

A rather quieter day than recently. Spring migration is all but over now as our summer visitors settle down to breed. Now’s the time for wandering rarities to turn up! Yeah, dream on!
The lack of spring rain contributed to the lack of wader species being seen as the usual areas that flood by the Thames are very dry.

Plenty of species noted carrying food confirming breeding locally.

2 pairs of Blue Tit breeding at Marymead both with young in the nest.

Good numbers of Swift, Swallow and House Martin feeding over Cholsey Hill also 2 Hobby seen nearby.

Nearly every field of Oil seed rape has a singing Reed Bunting in.
5 pairs of Yellow Wagtail from Lollingdon Hill to Cholsey Hill.

6 singing Corn Bunting, 3 Lollingdon and 2 Cholsey Hill and 1 in between.

1 Roe Deer seen (actually only its ears above the crop it was in).

Not many Butterflies seen, Orange tip, Speckled Wood, Green-veined White and Small White.

             One of the two pairs of Blue Tits breeding at Marymead

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