Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Cholsey Marsh, 14th June

Sunny, 21º, light SSE.

Mute Swan with 5 cygnets on the river and a Great-crested Grebe with 2 young.
An adult Black-headed Gull flew downstream followed 5 minutes later by a Cormorant.

Cuckoo seen downstream of the marsh and a Grey Heron flew over.
Plenty of Red Kites around, also several Buzzards. A Kestrel flew over pursued by several Swallows and House Martins and a Sparrowhawk flew through.

A Grasshopper Warbler heard briefly and a Lesser Whitethroat seen carrying food at the northern end of the marsh.
A single Garden Warbler, several Sedge and Reed Warblers seen and heard also Whitethroat, Blackcap and Chiffchaff.

6 to 8 Reed Buntings still singing and a couple of Bullfinches heard.

The Harris Hawk has been seen at 19:30 this evening over Cholsey marsh, so its still around.

47 species.

Several Banded Demoiselles seen and a couple of unidentified dragonflies. Small Whites, Meadow Browns, Speckled Wood, a couple of Large Skippers, a single Red Admiral.

A pair of Spotted Flycatchers are breeding in a garden in the village.

One of the two House Martins nests at Marymead has gone!!! On checking it looks as if part of the nest collapsed. The other is still in business thankfully.

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