Thursday, 22 November 2012


Few sunny spells, 13º, fresh to strong SSW gusting up to 35 knots, weather deteriorating as the evening progresses.

A walk out to the Lees to see if the Stonechats were still present but no sign of them this week. Not much in the air in the strong winds, a few Meadow Pipit, Yellowhammer and Skylark but little else until a huge flock of birds appeared over Cholsey hill.
Well over one thousand birds seen in the distance over Cholsey hill, a mixed flock of Gulls and Plovers that had been put up for some reason from the flooded area at South Moreton.

After a short time, the flock broke up into sub flocks of approximately two to three hundred of each Golden Plover and Lapwing and the rest being Black-headed and Lesser Blackback Gull, if there was any other species with them I could not tell, as they were distant.

A flock of approx fifty Linnet on Cholsey hill.
A Tit flock in the millennium wood, fourteen Long-tailed, five Great and six Blue Tit and two Goldcrest, two Bullfinch also. Quite a few Fieldfare and Redwing around and widespread and quite a lot of Blackbird (c50) in various hedgerows along my route.

Great-spotted Woodpecker in the garden again.

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