Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Cholsey, 22nd May

Sunny, 24º, light NW. About time!

A walk this afternoon along the river at Cholsey marsh produced most of the usual birds, a Lesser Whitethroat seen near Bow Bridge, a Kingfisher, a Hobby and 3 Willow Warblers were of note. Willow Warbler may be breeding on the marsh this year as normally they just pass through on migration. They have bred before but not for the past few years. There are currently two singing on the marsh and one on the opposite bank and have been present since the last week of April. Fingers crossed.

Lollingdon Hill produced a flyover Yellow Wagtail, a Hobby and the usual Corn Buntings etc.

A Song Thrush seen feeding a fledged young in the garden and several House Sparrows dust bathing in some gravel out the front.

A Spotted Flycatcher seen briefly in the meadow, I hope it is the returning pair to repeat last year’s successful breeding.

Comma, Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell, Small White, Orange Tip, Speckled Wood butterflies all seen today and the first dragons of the year with several Banded Demoiselles along the river.
                                   Willow Warbler
                            Corn Bunting (above and below)


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