Wednesday, 13 June 2012

A sunny day at last!

Sunny spells, 17º, light SE.

An early afternoon visit to Cholsey Marsh, Cuckoo seen and heard ranging widely from over the river at Little Stoke and eventually seen over the marsh.

Sedge Warblers far the most vocal and numerous on the marsh, also at least 2 Reed Warblers, Blackcaps, 1 Garden Warbler, several Whitethroats, Chiffchaffs, and 2 Willow Warblers still on the marsh and 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 1 close to the marsh and another near Bow Bridge.

Young of both Coot and Great-crested Grebe seen on the river, the river is flowing reasonably fast and is higher than usual for this time of year, hardly surprising given the rain we have had recently.

Both Green and Great-spotted Woodpeckers heard and several Bullfinches in the Blackthorn, Swallows and Swifts feeding over the marsh.

A walk out to Lollingdon hill saw the usual farmland species and a couple of Roe Deer encountered.

Song Thrush, Stock Dove, Great-spotted Woodpecker feeding in the garden along with the usual and 4 Grey Squirrels also in the garden today and a Sparrowhawk soaring overhead.

A Jackdaw briefly in the garden before being chased out by a Carrion Crow!

The Moorhen on the brook has at least 1 chick.

Many Banded Demoiselles, 2 Broad-bodied Chasers, 2 Club-tailed Dragonflies and a Common Blue Damselfly.

Peacock, Small White, Small TortBrown Argus and Speckled Wood Butterflies.
                                   Sedge Warbler
                                   Orange Tip
                                   Brown Argus
                                         Roe Deer

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