Thursday, 30 June 2011

Lollingdon

Sunny spells, 18º, light NW.

Getting quiet now bird wise.

A Sparrowhawk seen over the playing field in Cholsey and a Grey Heron seen feeding in the spring at Lollingdon.

Lollingdon Hill was reasonably quiet except for the hundred or so sheep that are grazing there.

3 Corn Buntings singing, several Yellowhammer, a Yellow Wagtail and 2 Mistle Thrush there, a Kestrel hunting over the north side of the hill.

A Tit flock comprising mainly Long-tailed Tits also had 2 juvenile Chiffchaffs with it. Both Green and Great-spotted Woodpeckers seen and several (8) Stock Doves.

NO Willow Warblers seen or heard recently, suggests they have all passed through to breed elsewhere. Only place not checked so far is on Cholsey Downs. Maybe the odd pair may be breeding there?

The past few days have been good for butterflies with Marbled White, Gatekeeper, Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell, Small White, Red Admiral, Ringlet, Meadow Brown all seen today.

Only Dragonfly today was a Blue (Southern) Hawker seen in a garden in West End.

A complete lack of Damselflies in the Cholsey area recently, this is also borne out by another observer!

A Kestrel in the meadow this morning feeding on insects.

                                   Ringlet

                                   Gatekeeper

                                   Marbled White

                                   Meadow Brown

                                    Corn Bunting

                                   Long-tailed Tit

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