Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Migrants arriving

Sunny spells, 16º, fresh SW.

Cholsey marsh proved a worthwhile visit today with a fair few migrants arriving, Twenty plus Chiffchaff, eight Willow Warbler, five Sedge Warbler, a single Reed Warbler, two Blackcap, two Whitethroat, a Redstart, a Grasshopper Warbler, Cetti’s Warbler, Common Sandpiper, five Sand Martin and around a dozen Swallow.
Other species were a singing Goldcrest, two Grey Wagtail, two Jay, a Grey Heron, Kingfisher, five Siskin, two Bullfinch, Meadow Pipit, Song Thrush, Water Rail, Reed Bunting, Starling and Green and Great-spotted Woodpecker, Great Crested Grebe, 58 species in total.

Lollingdon hill was very quiet as the wind was buffeting the south face and even the sheep were laying down backs to the wind. Several Stock Dove and Song Thrush in the fields below to the north and three plus Corn Bunting and Yellowhammer around and a couple of Swallow.
A Great-spotted Woodpecker in the garden and a Blackcap visiting and also in song in the hedgerow in the meadow and a Chiffchaff singing.

Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell butterflies seen.


Great Crested Grebe

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