Migrants on the move, one field in Lollingdon today had 5 Spotted Flycatchers, a Redstart, a Willow Warbler and 2 Chiffchaff, with another Spotted Flycatcher on the wooded north side of Lollingdon hill and a Garden Warbler in the hedgerow to the west.9 Greenfinch together in the hedgerow where the flycatchers were, the hill had 3 Kestrels still hunting there and a small flock of 9 Long-tailed Tits and 2 Blue Tits and a Willow Warbler. Yellowhammer, Corn Bunting and Linnets also in the vicinity.
Still a large number of Gulls and Corvids at the pig farm but too distant for any id’s, however Lesser Blackback Gulls regular overhead all flying towards the downs.Bumped in to a group of local ramblers who were blissfully unaware of a buck Roe Deer that was watching them from approximately 20m in a field, as they passed it ran off and crossed the track in front of me.
3 Sparrowhawks seen near the Lees, a female and 2 juveniles and the same back home in the meadow, late afternoon whilst working in the garden the female came in with prey prompting calls from the 2 young there.The “reedy ditch” had 1 Sedge Warbler present and a couple of Whitethroats and Blackcaps seen.
Several more Kestrels seen, also a Hobby, several Buzzards and Red Kites.
A few Swallows and House Martins overhead most of the time and still good numbers of the aforementioned around Manor farm along with quite a few House Sparrows and around 8 Collared Doves.Bumped in to my neighbour Richard
( http://stuffthatricharddid.blogspot.co.uk/ ) who was feeding the “runner ducks” in his garden and he had some Swifts pass over this morning and has been getting a Kingfisher along the brook on the other side of Church road on a regular basis.Quite a few Chiffchaffs noted, several Green and Great-spotted Woodpeckers seen/heard.
Several butterfly species, Brimstone, Peacock, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Large and Small Whites, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Marbled White, Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Holly Blues.
Several Brown Hawkers, 2 Southern Hawkers and a possible Migrant Hawker, also 20+ Common Darters.