Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Lollingdon again!

Sunny spells, 24º, light SE.

4 to 5 hours spent out at Lollingdon today on the hill and the fields to the north. Spotted Flycatchers still present, at least 6 (a family group, did they breed nearby?) in the field and 1 on the wooded north side of the hill.

The hill had 4 Kestrel, 10 Buzzard and 4 Red Kite, either perched in the bushes, on the deck or in the air above, needless to say there were few small birds on that particular patch! Only a Yellow Wagtail flew over and 2+ Bullfinch in the hedgerow to the west.

The flycatchers were back in the field in the area of a couple of Oak trees, I spent quite a time sat there watching them and joined by TW in the afternoon, and as well as the flycatchers there were 3+ Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Great-spotted Woodpecker, a Treecreeper, several Chaffinch, Goldfinch, 4 Greenfinch and several Stock Doves.

(TW also had a Redstart in Lollingdon in early August).

9 Mistle Thrush flew over and settled in the next field and a Hobby was catching dragonflies nearby.

A Kingfisher seen flying over the railway at the Bullshole and followed the brook upstream and a male Sparrowhawk further on towards Lollingdon.

Also noted were Lesser Blackback Gull, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Green Woodpecker, Skylark, Swallow, House Martin, Pied Wagtail, Dunnock, Robin, Song Thrush, Blackbird, Wren, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, Starling, House Sparrow, Linnet, Yellowhammer and Corn Bunting.

A Grey Heron flew over the meadow “calling”, after dark and Pipistrelles active in garden again tonight.

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