Wednesday, 1 May 2013

May Day

Sunny, 14º, light winds, still a bite in the wind but warmer.

Gardening done for this week so a few hours spent around Lollingdon and the hill today, no Wheatear but a couple of goodies in the shape of two Whinchat (1 not sure on the other, too sunny) on the hill that disappeared as quickly as they appeared to arrive! (There have been several on the downs near the hill recently).
The hill also had three Whitethroat and a Pied Wagtail present but not a lot else.

A Lesser Whitethroat singing in the meadow to the north of the hill along with a Whitethroat, two Blackcap, a Chiffchaff and several Stock Dove cooing away.
Good butterfly numbers today with Brimstone, Small White, Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell.

TW had a Holly Blue yesterday near the 4 Arches railway bridge, also the Harris Hawk seen again along with several Reed Warbler and Garden Warbler.
Also another report of a good passage of Swallow and House Martin along the Thames.

The Mallards visiting the garden frequently, feeding and resting up, also Moorhen, Stock Doves and a Song Thrush frequent and a Blackcap and Chiffchaff in the meadow.


Mallards feeding in the garden then resting up




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