Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Sunshine at last..............not rain.

Sunny spells, 24º, light to fresh W.

A visit to Churn pulled no surprises, Yellowhammer, Corn Bunting, Linnet, Whitethroat and other farmland species, 16 Swallows feeding around the old railway bridge including several juveniles.

1066 was very quiet, a Little Egret seen on the floods near Sutton Courtney.

Lollingdon hill was far from quiet, approximately 60 Sheep on hill making hell of a racket! Needless to say not a lot else there except for Red Kites and a couple of Buzzards overhead.

One of the Moorhens visited the garden today (this morning and evening) and was feeding with the Woodpigeons, Collared Doves and Stock Doves.

A Sparrowhawk overhead brought to my attention by the alarm calls of the Swallows and House Martins over the garden and meadow and not the usual mix in the garden this evening of Moorhen, Carrion Crow, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Stock Dove and Grey Squirrel, lack of smaller birds in the garden this week with a Wren being the most frequent.

Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral and lots of Ringlets and Meadow Browns.
                Moorhen and Stock Dove in garden.
                                  Young Swallow


  1. What's the latest development Re: Squirrel-gate?

  2. Still battling with the little bugger, this critter can jump and with the bird feeder I have the baffle will only go up just under a metre and he can clear it.
    So I bought another feeder and he cannot clear the baffle on that and the other feeder I’ve put some plastic pipe on the stem for about half a metre and he cant grip it.
    So far so good, actually enjoying this game of wits!