Monday, 19 August 2013

Another Redstart

Sunny, 24º, breezy W.

A few visits to Lollingdon hill recently has proved rather quiet with just the odd Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler moving through, today was different with the addition of a Redstart present along a hedgerow to the south.
A Buzzard, 2 Red Kite and 3 Kestrel present on the hill but little else. The farmland between the village and the hill was relatively quiet, a few Chiffchaff around and the odd Yellowhammer and Linnet, a Yellow Wagtail flew over West End.

Several hundred Lesser Blackback Gulls and a handful of Black-headed Gulls in the area and up to 500 corvids (Rooks & Jackdaws) also.

A Peregrine Falcon seen on Cholsey hill yesterday.
Both Green and Great-spotted Woodpecker in the garden lately and the Sparrowhawks still visiting!

A few butterflies seen today, mainly Large and Small White, also Speckled Wood, Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma and Red Admiral, a Clouded Yellow seen yesterday in the allotments near West End.
A Migrant Hawker found a little stunned by the road at Marymead and released in a safe place.

A single Swift seen over Cholsey Marsh (per MA)
Thanks to Loren Chaplin for most of todays pics.

 Bracket Fungus
 Red Admiral
 Migrant Hawker

 A few action shots

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