Monday, 30 September 2013

Where there’s muck there’s birds.

Overcast, 18º, light ESE.

Lollingdon hill was quite busy today...........some “muck” had been spread on a field on the south side of the hill last week and it has now been ploughed in. Subsequently there were a lot of birds present on said field feeding on the insects that the “muck” had attracted.
At least 6 Wheatear (at last) present along with 50+ Pied Wagtail, 40+ Meadow Pipit and a very mobile flock of 30+ Linnet. Other species present were 2 Kestrel, a Buzzard, 2 Red Kite and a Great-spotted Woodpecker flew over. 20+ Chaffinch and a couple of Yellowhammer on the north side.

A walk in to Wallingford and back along the Bunk line last Friday (27th), produced a Jay flying over the community hospital and several more en route, 4 Chiffchaff including 1 in song, 3 Green Woodpecker between the SF and the Church, a Great-spotted Woodpecker and 2 House Martin feeding over Cholsey SF.
Cholsey cemetery (26th) hosted 3 Green Woodpeckers and coming out of the churchyard last week, saw approx 10 small Bats circling the Horse Chestnuts. (Per Ben Hobbs).

Several Pipistrelle feeding in Marymead garden recently.

Chiffchaff (courtesy RB)

Pied Wagtail

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