Sunday, 14 April 2013

Wheatears & Blackcaps

Sunny, 15º, light to fresh S, getting warmer.

Four Wheatear (3 and a ) on Lollingdon hill and two Swallow flew over, a couple of Meadow Pipit. A Kestrel, a pair of Great-spotted Woodpecker on the wooded side and the fields below held close on two hundred Fieldfare, five Redwing, four Mistle Thrush and a handful of Starling. Eight Stock Dove in the ploughed field to the north.
Four Blackcap (3 and a ♀, all unringed) in the garden today and feeding on both sultanas and apple, the males feeding quite voraciously on the apples. Now, are these winterers or summer visitors?

Four species of butterfly seen today, Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock and Comma.
Four Mallards (3 and a ♀, seems to be an excess of avian males at the moment) turned up in the garden this evening and a neighbour had put some seed out for them, two that are obviously a pair fed and the male was very aggressive to the other two males and successfully defended her food and her honour.

Another Swallow flew over the meadow this evening.

First Hedgehog of the year seen in the garden tonight.

No comments:

Post a Comment