Thursday, 15 March 2012


Sunny, hazy, 10º, no wind.

Working in the garden for the past 2 days 34 species seen and/or heard.

A Kingfisher still present along the brook, heard call several times, and a continuous noise coming from the Rookery, possibly eggs laid by now.

The 2 Mallards were waiting on the apex of the roof hoping I would go in but they plucked up enough courage to come down whilst I was still busy.

2 Blackcaps still around (1m, 1f) and taking sultanas, Greenfinch (c6), Goldfinch (c4) and Chaffinch (c8) feeding regularly in the garden.

A Song Thrush often feeding in the garden and in song, nearby 2 Mistle Thrush in the meadow and very few Fieldfare and Redwing around.

A pair of Blue Tits checking out a nest box and 2 pairs of Great Tit regular, in addition a pair of Long-tailed Tits sticking to the trees and not coming to the feeders.

Treecreeper heard singing again and both Great-spotted and Green Woodpeckers heard. Also, Coal Tit heard singing and Goldcrest seen and heard.

A Sparrowhawk seen several times a day over the meadow along with at least 2 Red Kite and a Buzzard.

A Hedgehog present for the last two evenings, a Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly today and quite a few 7–spot Ladybirds and Buff-tailed Bumble Bees.

Lollingdon Hill still rather quiet, anticipating returning Wheatears but nothing yet. Just a couple of Meadow Pipits present and 2 Corn Buntings singing nearby.

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