Sunday, 9 March 2014

Flutterers, Flappers and Gliders

Sunny, 16º, light S.

A beautiful sunny day with a mild breeze saw plenty of butterflies and bees on the wing both in the garden and on Lollingdon hill. A single Comma, several Peacock and double figures of Brimstone and Small Tortoiseshell in total.

Birdwise there were plenty of Buzzards in the air today, scanning from Lollingdon hill saw 11 Buzzard in the air with 3 over the hill itself, also 5 Red Kite, a Kestrel and a Sparrowhawk. Quite a few Rook and Jackdaw flying back and forth over the hill and an almost constant chorus of Skylarks.

The anticipation of summer migrants arriving on the hill was a little presumptuous as the first Wheatear only arrived on Portland this morning, hopefully they will be arriving soon.

Still a few winterers around with Redwing (6) and Fieldfare (20+) seen and still quite a few Lesser Blackback Gulls still on the floods.

A Great-spotted Woodpecker noted on the north side of the hill.

Blackcap still visiting the garden and feeding on the apples.

Small Tortoiseshells

Robin (Loren)

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