Monday, 31 March 2014

Saharan dust

Cloudy, 16º, light rain showers, light SE.

Today we have had a dust fall (noticed on the car) from the Sahara desert due to southerly winds from the last few days, a distance of approx 2000 miles.

This month has seen so much different weather, Sunshine, Fog, Frozen rain, Hail, Snow, Heavy rain, Light rain, Thunder storms, Winds from all directions, Light winds, Strong winds, Temperatures ranging from -6º to 20º, let us hope April improves!

Another visit to Lollingdon hill (sucker for punishment) and no Wheatears again, the hill was quite busy with a lot of farming work going on, a busy time for farmers. 3 Meadow Pipit, a few Skylark singing and the usual Red Kites and Buzzards present.

The north side was quiet also but the fields and hedgerows further out were somewhat busier with 2 Lapwing, the thrush flock of c250 birds still present (Fieldfare & Redwing), a couple of Song Thrush in the same field and 2  Pied Wagtail in a horse paddock nearby, a singing Blackcap and Chiffchaff along the track heading to Aston Tirrold.

Several Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell butterflies seen today and also yesterday along with many Brimstone.

A singing Treecreeper in the garden again, also a Great-spotted Woodpecker, 2 Long-tailed Tit and the Blackcap and another singing Blackcap and Chiffchaff in the meadow as well.

 Peacock butterfly (underwing)

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