Thursday, 21 July 2011

Meadow and Garden.

Cloudy, 19º, light NE. Fairly heavy rain later.

Crop harvesting has started this week on Cholsey Hill, the combine chugging away until rain stopped play.

Following the brook from Marymead through the Brook meadow crossing the bridge in to the playing field to Jubilee Wood then on to the Bullshole. Did not go too far as rain was threatening.
A Sparrowhawk seen being mobbed by Swallows and House Martins. 2 species heard still singing today were Chiffchaff and Yellowhammer and a Buzzard calling nearby.

At least 2 Tawny Owls calling from the meadow last night, the usual “hoo hoo” call and a responding “Ke-vick”.

2 Great-spotted Woodpeckers in the garden today, an adult female and a juvenile and a Green Woodpecker heard in the meadow.

In addition, a Song Thrush family of 2 adults and at least 2 young being fed in the garden, is this a second brood or another family?

At around 7 this evening I heard several Blackbirds creating in the garden, on looking out the window I saw a male Sparrowhawk with a juvenile Blackbird. The Sparrowhawk was on top of its prey; wings spread and there were 2 other Blackbirds nearby and looked as if they were attempting to attack the Sparrowhawk. I rushed to get the camera but by the time I got back, it had gone. I kept hearing alarm calls and assumed the Sparrowhawk had taken its prey somewhere nearby and out of sight to consume. Around 30 minutes later I saw the Sparrowhawk fly from the trees hotly pursued by 2 Blackbirds.

4 to 5 Mallards in garden recently in the evenings and another Hobby flyover yesterday.

A Hornet seen recently in the garden.

Just learning the bass line of the Stereophonics “maybe tomorrow” and a few other tracks. My girlfriend is a singer and has a friend who plays guitar. All we need now is a drummer! I see a few jamming sessions happening!

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