Thursday, 5 June 2014

Out West

Sunny, few clouds, 20º, light to mod SW.

A warm, sunny but breezy day and a walk out west of the village. Lollingdon hill was settled with no change from the previous 2 visits.

A pair of Lapwing have successfully bred in the vicinity with at least 2 young seen, let’s hope they survive. I did not stop to take photos as the adults were a little agitated so I moved on. There have been 2 other pairs of Lapwing in the parish but not sure of how they are doing yet and another pair present in nearby Brightwell area.

The “long ditch” out by the Lees had 2 pairs of Reed Bunting present and some very young Moorhens swimming around, also 2 singing Sedge Warbler and the “Reedy ditch” had at least 7 singing Sedge Warbler and 6 singing Reed Warbler (3 up on last year).

7 Yellow Wagtail present in the area with at least one in song.

20+ Swallow, 8 House Martin and 20+ Swift feeding over Cholsey hill.

A few butterflies around today with a Red Admiral (my first of the year), several Brimstone, Small White, Small Tortoiseshell and Speckled Wood and a single Peacock

A Broad-bodied Chaser dragonfly patrolling the spring out at Lollingdon.

 Sedge Warbler in song
 Yellow Wagtail in song
 Red Admiral (quite a worn individual, maybe a long distance migrant)
 Brown Hares
 Tiger Orchid (hybrid)
 Swallow over the barley fields

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