Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Cholsey, 9th May

Rain on and off all day, 15º, light S.

An early morning visit to the marsh for a couple of hours, quite noticeable how much water there is on the marsh now after getting quite dry over the winter.

A Grasshopper Warbler singing when I arrived, 2 Willow Warblers singing on the marsh as well.

2 Reed Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 9 Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 8 Blackcap, 3 Garden Warbler and around 30 Sedge Warbler along the whole length of the marsh from the 4 Arches to the northern edge of the reserve.

Grey Heron feeding along the riverbank.

A look at 1066 today had around 150 Hirundines present feeding in the light rain, mainly Swallows but c20 House Martin and 6 Sand Martin. Also, present 1 Redshank, 4 pair of Tufted Duck and a few Mallards.

Lollingdon Hill still had a rather wet and forlorn looking Wheatear present; a few Swallow flew north and 3 Corn Bunting singing nearby.

A surprise of a smart summer plumaged male Siskin on the feeders in the garden today.

                                  Siskin and Robin

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