Thursday, 12 January 2012

Winter or Spring

Sunny, 12º, light WNW, still very mild.

Weather still very mild, Snowdrops are in flower which is to be expected but also daffodils. Also Bumble Bees and Butterflies seen on the wing recently, in particular Red Admirals. Averaging 5 or 6º warmer than this time last year.

Lollingdon Hill.

25 Pied Wagtail, 3 Meadow Pipit and a lone Starling feeding with the 30+ Sheep on the hill.

3 Corn Bunting nearby and 1 in song. 200+ Fieldfare and a handful of Redwing overhead, flying towards the downs.

Cholsey Marsh.

Approximately 100 Corn Bunting at the roost this evening, also 5 Reed Bunting and 2 Yellowhammer in vicinity. Quite a few Fieldfare around and a few more Redwing. A Cormorant flew downstream.

Apart from 3 singing Song Thrush and a Great-spotted Woodpecker calling not much else heard.

Just of interest, 9 Fallow Deer seen on the downs above Letcombe earlier in week, (3 bucks, 5 does and a juvenile).

Hedgehog(s) still active in garden, probably reflecting the mild weather we are still having.
                                   Some of the Pied Wagtails

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