Thursday, 7 July 2011

Marymead Garden

Sunny spells, 18º, light S, a few light rain showers.

A Treecreeper seen this morning moving along the line of trees in the garden in typical fashion, landing close to the base of one tree then working its way up, then moving on to the base of the next one etc.

Other visitors today were the usual Goldfinches (4+), Greenfinches (6+) and Chaffinches (6+), several Wood Pigeon, 2 Collared Dove, Wren, Robin, Dunnock, Blue and Great Tits, Blackcap (singing), Blackbirds, a single Song Thrush and a Great-spotted Woodpecker.

Strange how the local House Sparrows and Starlings visit feeders at the front of Marymead but do not visit my feeder in the garden at the rear. Maybe not enough visibility due to the trees in the back garden? That does not explain the presence of other species feeding though.

The usual House Martins (c8), Swallows (4+) and several Swifts feeding overhead on and off through the day.

Up to 3 Hedgehogs in the garden most nights.

The 2 Carrion Crows that are in the area visited now and again throughout the day and spent most of the time in the meadow. They do not appear to have bred this year yet?
Every evening they spend around an hour in the meadow in very close proximity to each other. Maybe a bonding experience?

An adult Black-headed Gull flew through the meadow this morning and the odd Red Kite and Buzzard overhead. 2 Mistle Thrush and up to 10 Blackbirds in the meadow and a Moorhen feeding in the meadow close to the brook.

Goldcrests, Coal Tit and Long-tailed Tits heard.
                     Great-spotted Woodpecker and Goldfinch


                          The pair of Carrion Crows in the meadow this evening.

1 comment:

  1. Firstly, a very nice blog. Im impressed!

    Im visiting Cholsey this Friday for the day armed with my Camera's. Im travelling via train, with the intention of getting some photos of the Kites. However, time is short, and ive devised a rout that tkes me from the station to the church, then across to the sewage/filter works, then to and along the River, and then back to the station.

    Be great if you can pinpoint me to some interesting areas for Butterflies and Dragonflies, and of any other interesting wildlife along that route.

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    All the best