Thursday, 14 July 2011

A quiet week!

Sunny spells this week, minimal rain, temp average 20º.

Have not been out in Cholsey for a few days for various reasons, however have been birding in other areas but that’s for another blog!

The garden recently has two Wrens vying with each other; I think there may be two territories overlapping. Their song and aggressive behaviour towards each other may suggest this.

Also 2 Song Thrush present, probably for the Blackberries that are starting to fruit at the moment and there appears to be a cache of snails in the garden somewhere as there is rather a lot of broken shells in a particular spot.
2 Juvenile Robins in garden.

The usual other visitors still include Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Blackbird, Blue and Great Tit, Blackcap, Great-spotted Woodpecker, Wood Pigeon (incl a few juveniles) and Collared Dove, also the usual Swifts, Swallows and House Martins overhead. A new species for the garden this week was a Hobby that drifted over being pursued by a few Swifts. I would not have noticed this but I heard a few alarm calls from the Swallows and Martins, which prompted me to look around for a predator and then saw the Hobby.

A few Pipistrelle hunting in the meadow on and off overnight recently.

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