Friday, 19 April 2013

Wheatears & a Redstart

Cloudy, a few sunny spells, 12º, light to moderate NW.

Cholsey marsh still very wet and still draining in to the Thames and still a few Common Snipe there, they have not bred there for a few years so wait and see if any are drumming soon. A few more Sedge Warbler in with eight heard singing, three Whitethroat, four Blackcap, seven Willow Warbler, ten plus Chiffchaff and six Linnet and a pair of Bullfinch there.
Three Lesser Blackback Gull flew west, a Sparrowhawk over and a Kingfisher along the river.

Lollingdon hill hosted eight Wheatear (5 & 3) and a cracking Redstart, unfortunately the Redstart stuck to the hawthorns along the top fence line so was always fairly distant.
Also two Wheatear on Cholsey hill.

First Small White butterfly of the year seen today along with more Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell.
The Eastender is still getting several Lesser Redpoll visiting his garden along with several Blackcap being of note. Also an impressive count of one hundred and fifteen Slow Worm and a few Grass Snake, pretty good considering the weather this year.

The Blackcap still visiting the garden along with a regular Song Thrush, Stock Dove, Moorhen and a pair of Mallard. The Mallard are quite amusing as they tap on my neighbours back door to let them know that they are there waiting to be fed and after they sit and chill out in the garden for a while!
 Both keeping and eye on a Buzzard passing over

5 of the Wheatear


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