Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Turtle Dove

Sunny spells, 20º, light SE.

A 4 hour walk out to the Lees and around to Lollingdon, an unexpected surprise was a Turtle Dove that flew south over Lollingdon Hill. The first I have seen in the parish for several years!

So far, we have identified 5 probable breeding pairs of Yellow Wagtail in Cholsey quite widely spread out. Let us hope they are successful, one female seen carrying nesting material today.

Blackcaps, Whitethroats, Chiffchaffs, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat in the area, 9 Sedge, and 2 Reed Warblers along the “reedy ditch”!

Quite a few Reed Buntings mainly in Oil seed rape fields and Linnets, Yellowhammers and Skylarks frequent and 6 singing Corn Buntings.

A Family of 5 Stoats seen.

3 Blue Emperor dragonflies seen hawking a flooded edge of a crop along with 1 Large Red Damsel and 6 Azure Damsels.

Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Large Skipper, Meadow Brown, Small and Large White, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, 1 Green-veined White and a Small Copper.

A family of newly fledged Wrens in the garden today at least 3 young and 2 adults!
                                   Stoat (above and below)

                                  Azure Damsel
                                         Dryads Saddle

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