Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Wheatears again

Sunny spells, 13º, light W.

Lollingdon Hill.

Around 60 Fieldfare, 5 Redwing and 20 Starlings on the hill, a single Pied Wagtail and several Meadow Pipits over and 10 Corn Buntings with 3 singing.

A different picture there this evening on a second visit, 2 Wheatear, 50+ Meadow Pipit feeding there, 42 Corn Bunting present on the western edge of the hill, with some dust bathing in an adjacent field along with several Skylark.
In addition 3 Robin, 2 Buzzard, 2 Yellowhammer and 2 Long-tailed Tit.

Cholsey Marsh.
4 Chiffchaffs (3 singing) and a few Reed Bunting in song, also 2 Buzzards displaying overhead.

1066 (Drayton).
12 Shovelor, 16 Wigeon, 50+ Teal, 2 Gadwall, 2 Redshank, 25 Lapwing, 3 Common Snipe and 2 Redshank.

There appears to be a movement of Meadow Pipits today as I heard them at all 3 sites passing over, also TW reported a movement of Common Gulls on the downs today.
A male and female Blackcap still coming to the feeders in the garden today.

Both Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell butterflies seen today.
                                   Lapwings @ 1066
                                 Northern Shoveler @ 1066

                              Canada Goose on the Thames

                                   Collared Dove in garden.

                                Blue Tit investigating a nest box

                                          and inside


                                   Meadow Pipit

                                  Skylarks dustbathing

                                  Common Buzzard


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