Sunny spells, 10º, the odd rain/hail shower, light WNW.
A 6 hour walk today, Lollingdon, the Lees, Bunk line, Thames.
5 Mute Swans on the Thames near the 4 Arches along with 20+ Canada Geese, and a couple of Greylag types.
The only ducks were Mallard and 4 Tufted! Heavy traffic on the Thames.
A pair of Grey Partridge (very few seen this year) Lollingdon and several pairs of Red-legged Partridge around.
Up to 5 pairs of Great-crested Grebe along the river and a single Little Grebe seen, also a single Cormorant in the usual tree by Bow Bridge.
Grey Heron flew downriver and good numbers of Buzzard and Red Kite, also a pair of Kestrel and a male Sparrowhawk.
Several (6) Lapwing seen and probably breeding.
4 Black-headed Gulls flying upriver were the only gulls seen.
Around 8 breeding pairs of Stock Dove noted with several more feeding in fields near Lollingdon.
A pair of Kingfisher near the marsh and both Green and Great-spotted Woodpeckers seen/heard in all areas.
Skylarks common on the farmland and less frequent near the river.
3 Swallow seen, 1 over Lollingdon hill, 1 over the marsh and one close to the village preening on the telephone cables overhead.
30+ Meadow Pipit on Lollingdon hill and several more in other locations, 50+ in total. 2 Pied Wagtail on the hill still and a Grey Wagtail near the 4 Arches.
6 Wheatear on Lollingdon Hill now (5m + 1f), around a dozen Song Thrush seen/heard and about the same of Mistle Thrush.
Chiffchaff is the commonest migrant so far with 20+ heard, Blackcap less so with 14 singing and just behind 13 Willow Warbler. The Cetti’s Warbler still present and moved along closer to the main area of the marsh. A single Sedge Warbler singing by the Reedy ditch near the Lees.
Treecreeper heard singing on the marsh and 3 Jays flew over.
2 pairs of Bullfinch near Jubilee wood/Bullshole area and 2 more pairs near the marsh, plenty of Linnet around and good numbers of Goldfinch and Greenfinch.
Reed Buntings singing in most Oil seed rape fields and 5 to 6 on the marsh, Yellowhammers frequent and 8 singing Corn Bunting (5 around Lollingdon hill).
4 Roe Deer seen near Lollingdon and a Muntjac near Winterbrook.
Orange Tip, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone and Speckled Wood butterflies all seen.
A couple of Common Toads seen at the marsh.