Sunny, 18º, light WNW
A very pleasant day and a late afternoon walk around Lollingdon hill.
At one point we were taking some photos of a Grey Heron when I could hear some squeaky calls coming from somewhere nearby but could not initially figure out where they were coming from. It then dawned on me that they were coming from a drain on the side of the track that we were standing by and the calls were being made by 2 or more Common Toads. I assume that they had wintered in the drainage system. Peering in to the drain you could make out at least 2 Toads but we could not get a photo, assuming also that they were quite at home in the dark hole we left them to it.
|The hole with the Toads in!|
Birdwise it was rather quiet but a few breeders were arriving back on the hill in the form of 4 singing Corn Bunting and 3 singing Yellowhammer, a Goldcrest on the north side, 10 Redwing flew from the trees nearby and at least 10 Fieldfare overhead.
There was a Buzzard soaring over the garden today and the 2 resident Red Kites were being hassled by the Rooks from the Rookery if they got too close, a ♀ Sparrowhawk flew over and a singing Coal Tit in the garden.
A lot of Small Tortoiseshell and Brimstone butterflies seen today.
A couple seen walking on the top of the hill were challenged today. The woman told us she had a camera and that she worked for Aston Tirrold council, implying that they were on council business. She said that she assumed that there was open access to the hill. I would think working for the council one would be familiar with access rights and the fact they probably scaled a barbed wire fence or locked closed gate to gain access would suggest they knew that it was not open access! We have passed on details to the farmer.