Friday, 20 April 2012

Birds and Orchids

Sunny, heavy showers, 12º, light to blustery in the showers SSW.

Cholsey Marsh.

Only new species in was a Reed Warbler heard singing along with approximately 5 Sedge Warbler, a Willow Warbler heard singing downstream towards the 4 Arches.
Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Song Thrush, Bullfinch, Treecreeper, Great-spotted Woodpecker, Reed Bunting, Kingfisher and 3 species of Tit also heard.

Lollingdon Hill.

3 Wheatear present, 2 Pied Wagtail and a single Meadow Pipit present.

Another trip to the hill this afternoon produced 5 Wheatear, sometimes not easy to count fully as the Wheatears sometimes disappear into the Rabbit dugouts, presumably for shelter? Hence, the 5 this afternoon and only 3 seen early morning, or have they arrived since this morning?

5 Linnet feeding on the hill and a Swallow flew south, 4-5 Corn Bunting singing in the area and a Yellowhammer also.

A private site in Cholsey has a good colony of Green-winged Orchids, of which I was able to take a few pics.
                                          Green-winged Orchid

                                          Green-winged Orchid

                                  The obligatory Wheatear

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