Friday, 22 July 2011

Raptors +

Sunny spells, 20º, light NW.

Lollingdon and the Lees.
A day of raptors today, 3 Kestrels and a Peregrine Falcon near Lollingdon Hill, then a field of recently cut oil seed rape had 21 Red Kites and 3 Buzzards in or over it, in addition Sparrowhawk and Hobby seen.
Yellowhammers still singing, had around 7, also a few Reed Buntings and 2 Corn Buntings.

Several (8) Whitethroats seen (a few carrying food) and 2 Chiffchaffs but other warblers not very conspicuous at the moment although a Blackcap singing in the meadow early this morning.
Several Sedge and 1 Reed Warbler seen along the course of an overgrown stream.
A Yellow Wagtail seen feeding fledged young.

Approximately 15 Stock Doves noted out near Lollingdon and a few Skylarks.
A single Black-headed Gull on the playing field with a few Wood Pigeon.

Both Green and Great-spotted Woodpeckers seen and heard.
Only dragonfly seen today was a Brown Hawker.

Butterflies, Large and Small White, Common Blue, Ringlet, Gatekeeper, Brimstone, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown.
Great-spotted Woodpecker in garden, that make 3 separate individuals visiting.

Although muddy underfoot some streams and ditches are low or dried up.
                            13 Red Kites, another 8 were on the deck

                                          Sedge Warbler

                                          Large White

                                          Common Blue

                                           Peacock
                                           Yellow Wagtail

                                          Dunnock

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