Thursday, 11 October 2012


Rain, 14º, light E.

A rather dull and soggy day, Lollingdon hill was quiet on the south side, two flocks of Hirundines passed over the hill, the first was exclusively House Martin but the second had at least six Swallow with them, both flocks comprised roughly twenty birds, also a Chiffchaff working its way down the hedgerow to the south.
As I approached the north side, fourteen Redwing flew off, also there were five Song Thrush and eight Blackbird feeding on Hawthorn berries and two Mistle Thrush present, there was also a single Jay briefly, the Blackcap still there feeding on Elderberry and three Chiffchaff present.

A Corn Bunting heard in song and three Pied Wagtail in nearby fields along with eight Yellowhammer and several Meadow Pipit, also several Starling (c20) around.
Cholsey Marsh had five Chiffchaff present and a Reed Warbler in bank side vegetation. A flock of approximately thirty House Martin were feeding over the marsh and slowly drifting down river in the drizzly weather, two Siskin flew over and a Treecreeper heard.

Three Jay were in the trees on the opposite bank of the Thames and a Kingfisher flew downstream, also a Green Woodpecker heard.
Two Red Admiral seen on the wing.

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