No rain forecast so a walk to Lollingdon hill looked on the cards, not much on the way, a few Yellowhammer en route and a three Goldcrest and a single Chiffchaff in Jubilee wood.Spent a few hours on the hill and it proved worthwhile, three Jay stopped briefly before heading towards the downs, also nine Mistle Thrush, two Siskin and three Pied Wagtail over.
The more wooded north side of the hill held, a Reed Bunting, a Corn Bunting, five Chiffchaff, a ♂ Blackcap, a Goldcrest, three Song Thrush, fourteen BlackbirdUsually only a couple of Robin and Blackbird so I guess birds are moving through.
(Incidentally, they were all ♂’s), seven Robin, a Great-spotted Woodpecker and a small tit flock of around ten birds.
There were twenty-four Starling feeding briefly on the southern side and Yellowhammer, Meadow Pipit and Skylark regular, a few Buzzard and Red Kite and the usual Gulls and Corvids in the area.Several Small White, Small Tortoiseshell and Red Admiral butterflies and twenty plus Common Darter dragonflies seen, however these soon disappeared as the afternoon got cooler.
I dropped in briefly on the hill yesterday during the rain, only a single Chiffchaff and a party of six Swallow flew over.A large finch flock near East Hendred numbering several hundred birds, as I was driving I did not ID the birds but would assume most were Linnet?
Also another two Jay seen in Wantage at the weekend.At least three different Hedgehog in the garden recently.