Friday, 13 January 2012

Cholsey, Friday 13th

Sunny, 0º to 5º, good frost, negative wind.

Back to winter today with a heavy ground frost last night..

Gone less than a mile and already counted 5 Song Thrush and there appears to be more Blackbirds around, whether these are recent arrivals or just more visible I’m not sure but over 40 seen in all, much more than usual. Also 9 Mistle Thrush seen in several different locations. Quite a few Redwing and Fieldfare around but not mixing a lot. Only a few Redwing with the Fieldfare flocks and no Fieldfare with the groups of Redwing seen. Most Fieldfare seen in open country and most Redwing seen in more wooded locations.

20+ Pied Wagtails on Lollingdon Hill and 8 Meadow Pipit, 2 Corn Bunting singing nearby and a flock of 56 Starling feeding on the southern slope of the hill.

A Sparrowhawk flew over, 2 Kestrel around and the usual Red Kites and Buzzards seen.

The Stonechat still present nearby, must be wintering in the area as its been around since mid November last year.

A Common Snipe flushed inadvertently from a ditch and a few Bullfinch around.

5 Grey Partridge seen, 8 Stock Dove, c12 Skylark, several Reed Bunting and Yellowhammer and a few more Linnet around.

40 species seen.

6 Roe Deer seen in total.

Hedgehog in garden tonight in -1º temp

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