Thursday, 26 April 2012

White Storks!

Sunny spells, heavy showers, 13º, fresh SSW.

A walk out on the farmland today, dodging the rain showers!
Chiffchaff was the commonest warbler today, along with Blackcap. Still very few Whitethroats around, only one heard today. 2 Sedge Warblers along the “reedy ditch” near the Lees.
Linnet, Yellowhammer and Corn Bunting well represented today and Chaffinch in just about every hedgerow, Greenfinch and Goldfinch also regular. Several Reed Buntings present in fields of oil seed rape.
A male Ring Ouzel seen between Cholsey and Aston Tirrold in the horse paddocks and 5 Wheatear on Lollingdon Hill and a single Meadow Pipit seen, also the usual 2 Pied Wagtails feeding with the sheep.
Quite a few Buzzards in the air today, several Red Kite and singles of Sparrowhawk and Kestrel.
3 Yellow Wagtail seen, Lollingdon, the Lees and Manor farm.
A small flock of Hirundines over Cholsey SF had around 6 House Martin, 2 Sand Martin and a few Swallows, 8 other Swallows seen in various locations.

Tawny Owls heard in garden tonight! Hedgehogs also active in garden.

Also several Roe Deer seen today, Peacock and Brimstone butterflies.

A text from Ian Lewington at around 16:30 to say there were 6 White Storks on Cholsey hill (found by Tony Rayner), adrenalin rush! Quickly phoned Tony Williams and got there in 2 minutes! As I arrived, there was a couple sat watching them from a car and at that point they started to fly. Tony Williams then arrived and a few of us watched them fly over the hill towards Brightwell and disappeared from view. Then had a call to say they were being seen flying over North Moreton, then Didcot, last seen near to Sutton Courtney over the A34. No more news since!

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This represents the first record of this species in Cholsey!
                                        White Storks

               White Stork (photo courtesy Ian Lewington) 

                                  Ring Ouzel

                                         Ring Ouzel

                             ’ve guessed it!

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