Thursday, 16 May 2013

1st Cuckoo of the year!

Sunny spells, 14º, negligible wind.

A visit to Cholsey marsh early morning saw the mist over the river and a slight frost at 04:15, then a sunny morning with cloud moving in later and a couple of rain showers later in the day.
The marsh is still very wet, not been like that for a few years and the growth seems to be several weeks behind.

Two Tawny Owl calling to each other in the trees at Little Stoke on the opposite bank just prior to dawn.
My first Cuckoo of the year heard and it moved on fairly swiftly over the marsh and towards the village, a good number of Sedge Warbler singing along with two Reed Warbler, several Chiffchaff, Garden Warbler, Blackcap and Whitethroat, two Lesser Whitethroat further upstream and a single Willow Warbler on the other side of the river, also three Song Thrush in song on the marsh.

Later in the day a walk out to Lollingdon and the farm land out to the west of the village, Whitethroat was the common warbler with fourteen noted in song, a few Chiffchaff and Blackcap and two Garden Warbler also heard in song. A Hobby seen out at Lollingdon and a flock of thirty plus Swift over the hill and three Lesser Blackback Gull flew east.
Other species noted were six Sedge Warbler and a Reed Warbler along the “reedy” stream and six Reed Bunting along the dyke and a few singing in fields of Oil seed Rape. Two pairs of Yellow Wagtail noted in usual breeding areas and several Yellowhammer, Corn Bunting and Linnet in usual locations, Song Thrush and Mistle Thrush also seen.

Finch numbers down in the garden with four Chaffinch, and two of each Greenfinch and Goldfinch, several Blackbird and a Song Thrush (Blackbird and Song Thrush both seen collecting food) still visiting along with a Moorhen, two Stock Dove and up to six Mallard.
Goldcrest, Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Mistle Thrushin the meadow and a few Swallow overhead and very few House Martin (one nest site being visited).

Reed Bunting
 Corn Bunting

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