Thursday, 19 July 2012

Weather improving, just a little rain!

Cloudy, a few sunny spells, 20º, early showers, light to fresh W.

5 Magpies seen just past the Bullshole and a couple of Jackdaws in a tree nearby.

Quite a few (12) Yellowhammers still singing, also a few Reed Bunting, Corn Bunting and Linnets.

Again, several Kestrels seen, 7 in all on the other side of the village this time, also a Sparrowhawk dived into a hedgerow and came out the other side being chased by a male Blackbird. More than the usual number of (20+) Red Kites probably attracted to some areas of hay cutting and several Buzzards.

A few Mistle Thrush and Song Thrush noted, also a few Tit flocks evident.

The “Reedy Ditch” still has Sedge and Reed Warblers present and the odd Blackcap, Whitethroat and Chiffchaff heard in song in other areas.

A lot of activity around Manor Farm with Swallows and House Martins feeding over the fields close to the farm and 20+ House Sparrows around the farm buildings.

Quite a few Stock Doves seen today around 20 in all, and a tailless Green Woodpecker in Cholsey Churchyard.

Moorhen and Stock Doves feeding in garden this evening and a couple of Hedgehogs later and at least 2 Tawny Owls in the trees in the garden last night.

2 Common Darters seen looking very fresh and a few Red Admiral, Marbled White, Large and Small White, Small Tortoiseshell, Ringlets, Meadow Brown and a lot more Gatekeepers.
                                   Six-spot Burnet Moth

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