Two Wheatear and a Whinchat Lollingdon Hill, the Wheatear were in a field to the west of the hill and the Whinchat was further down around ½K from the hill. A Hobby having an ariel dogfight with a Kestrel kept me entertained for around five minutes until they both flew off in different directions, also a Blackcap and Great-spotted Woodpecker on the north side. Yellowhammer and Corn Bunting also present and a couple of Willow Warbler in a hedgerow with a Tit flock. Two Chiffchaff noted near the Manor house.Cholsey Marsh was quiet, eight Chiffchaff and five Reed Bunting on the marsh and a Kingfisher flew upstream and a Cormorant on the river. Another Cormorant near Bow Bridge. Two Tit flocks on the marsh and a couple of Goldcrest with one flock.
A few Swallow and House Martin on the move at both sites.Blue Emperor, Migrant Hawker, Brown Hawker, Common Darter and Banded Demoiselle noted on the Dragonfly front and Red Admiral, Comma, Peacock, Large White, Speckled Wood, Small Tortoiseshell for the Butterflies.
A pair of Barn Owl bred in Cholsey this year but unfortunately, two young were found dead in the nest probably down to the wet spring we had!A pair of House Martin at Marymead managed to fledge at least two young successfully this year, they have now left for their long journey south.
Two Cetti’s Warbler were present on Cholsey Marsh this summer and may have bred, last seen/heard in early Aug but no young seen so cannot confirm breeding.This week has seen an increase in Finches in the garden, today twelve Goldfinch, eight Chaffinch and six Greenfinch.