Thursday, 27 September 2012

Cholsey, 27th Sep

Sunny spells, 16º, light W.

No rain forecast so decided to take a walk to Lollingdon, skirting Aston Tirrold and back through the Lees.
Fourteen Chiffchaff noted including one in the garden but no other warblers, a Kingfisher by the brook near the Bullshole, around a dozen Yellowhammer and seven Reed Bunting seen.

The Wheatear still on the hill but little else, a flock of sixty plus Meadow Pipit near the Lees and around eighty noted altogether.
A Whinchat by the long ditch near the Lees but was flushed by a walker and flew off towards Aston, two Goldcrest also seen near the ditch.

Great-spotted Woodpecker and Green Woodpecker seen (one of the former in the garden) and a Coal Tit in the Churchyard and a least two Common Gull flew towards Cholsey Hill.
Both Migrant Hawker and Common Darter seen with the latter very numerous and seen egg laying in a flooded field.

Approximately one hundred Red Admiral seen today, every piece of Ivy had at least several present, also a single Painted Lady, several Small White, four Speckled Wood, a Comma and a Small Tortoiseshell.
No visible hirundine passage noted today.

Also a couple of Common Frog seen.


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