Walked to Wallingford along the Thames path yesterday (15th), Cholsey marsh was quiet, the odd Sedge Warbler, Whitethroat and Blackcap heard, 2 Sand Martin flew down river and a Kingfisher heard. The Mute Swans near the marsh are down to 2 cygnets, which means 2 have gone missing whereas the ones near Wallingford still have 4 cygnets!
Another Kingfisher seen near the Oxford University boathouse in Wallingford and a Pied Wagtail feeding along the bank.
3 different Black-headed Gulls along the river, these should become more frequently seen now as some have left their breeding sites and are feeding along the river.
3 Kestrels hunting in various spots and approx 6 Great-crested Grebe on the river including 2 juvenile birds.
4 Green Woodpeckers seen/heard and 2 largish (c30 to 40 birds) Tit flocks seen, predominantly Long-tailed.
There has been some Wader movement in the county recently (Black-tailed Godwits in particular) and with the 2 Sand Martins moving downriver probably heralds the beginnings of return migration. There has also been a trickle of Sand Martins and Swifts flying out to sea at Portland, Dorset.
Today has been quite wet with light to heavy rain this morning. We need it! Brightened up later.
A couple of Mallards have turned up in the garden, an adult female and 2 juveniles, no sign of the adult male(s) as yet.