Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Local stuff & 1066

Overcast, 9º, no wind.

Lollingdon Hill.

2 Pied Wagtail and a Meadow Pipit on the hill and a Sparrowhawk and Red Kite over.

Cholsey marsh.

3 Reed Bunting singing, also Treecreeper, Great-spotted and Green Woodpeckers heard and a Kingfisher seen.

A couple of Roe Deer seen.


30+ Teal, 8 Wigeon, 6 Shovelor a couple of Mallard and 1 Gadwall. 2 Redshank, 6 Lapwing and 10 Common Snipe.


Begining to quiten down now, lower numbers of most species feeding, the 2 Mallards still visiting every day. Have not seen the Blackcaps this week so far!

Treecreeper (2), Goldcrest and Great-spotted and Green Woodpeckers heard frequently, a small family of Long-tailed Tits passed through and a Kingfisher heard again along the brook.

11th March

Thanks to RB.

Completed Dunnock nest (no eggs yet) on Church Rd today, and the male Sparrowhawk was displaying over the school territory - it later took a Starling out of a small flock of c.8 near the school.

Up to 11 Runner Ducks on the brook, although one was also dead further down, possible killed by the dominant male (its father!) that has been beating up the other males recently.

3 Brimstones, 1 Peacock and 2 Small Tortoiseshell today.

(I had quite a lot of Brimstone, Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell butterflies over the week end and good numbers of 7-spot Ladybirds in Wantage).

Tawny Owls quite vocal in th garden tonight!
                     Church road Rookery (above and below)

                        Common Buzzard over the meadow.

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