A walk out west today to the local farmland and Lollingdon, some of the fields were being cut for hay and were being quartered by up to ten Red Kite and several Buzzard. The Buzzards were always at a higher altitude than the Kites and one was seen hovering on several occasions.Skylark, Whitethroat, Linnet, Reed Bunting, Yellowhammer and Corn Bunting in fair numbers and several Reed and Sedge Warbler along the “reedy” stream.
Two Grey Heron in a stretch of one of the streams that runs through the area and several Stock Dove noted.Two pairs of Grey Partridge seen and two pairs of Yellow Wagtail in the area, Goldcrest heard singing in the millennium wood and Cholsey churchyard and both Green and Great-spotted Woodpecker heard.
A couple of small Swift flocks feeding over the farm land and Swallow and House Martin frequent between Manor farm and Marymead.A Lesser Whitethroat in song in a hedgerow in Lollingdon, Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Garden Warbler seen.
First Damselfly of the year seen today, a Small Red Damselfly in Lollingdon and good numbers of butterfly, Large and Small White, Green-veined White (1), Brimstone, Peacock, Orange Tip, Holly Blue and Speckled Wood.At least two Hedgehog and several Pipistrelle frequenting the garden at dusk and after dark.
Lollingdon hill has been quiet over the last few days with only the local breeding species present so spring migration has probably ceased, however with birds still appearing on the south coast (i.e. Portland had over one thousand Spotted Flycatchers and fifty Wheatear on Saturday) there may still be birds moving through!
Yellowhammer in song