Friday, 9 August 2013

Autumn movement begining

Sunny spells, 24º, light S.

A few hours on Lollingdon hill yesterday and most of the Rooks and Jackdaws must have been there also with a flock of up to 500 present feeding on a recently ploughed field on the top of the hill.
At least 3 Willow Warbler present in one of the hedgerows but very little movement noted, the odd Swift passing over but most have already left their breeding areas. A few Swallow feeding overhead, a Kestrel hunting on the hill and several Buzzard and Red Kite over the hill and a single Lesser Blackback Gull over.

A couple of Common Tern seen along the river near Bow Bridge earlier in the week and an increase in Black-headed Gull movement along the river and also over the village.
The garden still busy with the addition of a Willow Warbler present in the week and a Hedgehog visiting regularly and several Tawny Owls also regular including a young bird that frequents the garden.

Holly Blue and Common Blue butterflies around and a few Red Admirals also present now, also Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, Large and Small White, Comma etc.


 Rooks and Jackdaws
Faint image of a young Tawny Owl perched on a garden feeder

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