Monday, 16 December 2013

Soggy Day

A soggy day, 13º, frequent rain showers, light SW, breezy in showers.

The hill was relatively quiet again only 5 Red Kite and a few Fieldfare and Redwing around on the first pass. The meadows to the north were a bit livelier with around 100 Fieldfare and Redwing, 8 Blackbird and 2 Song Thrush. In addition a Chiffchaff with a small Tit flock but just as I was trying to get a photo the rain hit so had to take shelter under a tree and subsequently lost track of the flock.

As the rain had eased I went back to the hill and found the Stonechat still present along the fence line and a Buzzard flew overhead.

The pig fields in the distant had its usual compliment of Gulls and only around 50 Lapwing present.

Between 3-400 Starling seen at dusk from the Orchard centre car park wheeling over Old Didcot presumably to a nearby roost, an impressive sight and interrupted by a Sparrowhawk that flew through the flock 3 times but made no contact.

A Treecreeper and a Great-spotted Woodpecker regular in the garden recently and up to 6 Mallard visiting early morning.


 Great-spotted Woodpecker
 Jelly Ear Fungus on Elder

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