Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Ravens, Raptors and Migrants.

Sunny, 18º, light SW.

Stayed on Lollingdon Hill for around 4 hours today, nice and sunny and the wind has dropped, also a few decent species seen.

A Meadow Pipit heard shortly after arriving, and then a small flock of 8 went over making 9 in total. This species is passing thru at the moment, some will stay but most will head for the coast or further south to the continent.

A deep croaking call drew me to look for a Raven, which promptly appeared over the hill from the north, it spiralled quite high before tumbling down to almost ground level and then flew off towards Lollingdon. Around an hour later 2 appeared and flew off towards the Downs.

2 Kestrels on separate occasions flew over the hill and a Hobby drifted east, a Peregrine flew SW and appeared to have most of her tail feathers missing.

5 Red Kite and 2 Buzzards around the hill area.

8 Corn Bunting flew thru and headed for Cholsey Downs and a handful of Yellowhammer on the hedgerow to the west. The hedgerow on the east side had a Willow Warbler and 2 Chiffchaff there.

18 Goldfinch and a single Pied Wagtail flew SE over the hill.

On the hill were 2 Wheatear and a Whinchat.
                                  One of todays Wheatear

                                   Red Kite


                                   Wheatear (below) and Whinchat

                           Little Stint @ Farmoor over the week end.

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