Thursday, 20 September 2012

Cholsey, 20th Sep

Sunny spells, 18º, light to fresh W.

Lollingdon hill had three Wheatears today, not on the grassy slope but in nearby ploughed fields (no sign of the Redstart), several Meadow Pipit around and a single Chiffchaff. Also five Mistle Thrush, a Great-spotted Woodpecker and twenty plus Chaffinch on the north side.
Cholsey Marsh had at least two Chiffchaff present, a Pied Wagtail overflew and a Willow Warbler near the Four Arches, at least one Siskin flew over and several flocks of Hirundines flew down river, mainly Swallow and House Martin but two Sand Martin noted also.

1066, very quiet, several Teal, a Little Grebe and Chiffchaff.
A family of Common Lizard seen basking in the sunshine around midday and several butterflies on the wing, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell, Small White, Speckled Wood and Comma and three dragonfly species, Common Darter, Migrant Hawker and Banded Demoiselle.

A Moorhen back feeding in the garden today and Hedgehogs after dark.

Also see
Common Lizards, at least six seen and one has lost its tail.

Distant views of Wheatear including one in an Elderberry bush.

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