Monday, 22 September 2014

Elusive birds and posing insects

Sunny, thin high cloud, 20º, light NW.

A walk in to Wallingford after lunch alongside the Bunk line.

40+ House Martin over Cholsey SF then drifted off south and 6 Swallow feeding over the fields north of Manor farm.

20+ Meadow Pipit and a Chiffchaff were the only other birds of note.

Later on Lollingdon Hill; 1 Redstart, 4 Chiffchaff, 6 Meadow Pipit, 1 Yellow Wagtail and a Grey Wagtail.

Green Woodpecker, Great-spotted Woodpecker, Grey Heron, 8 Yellowhammer, 4 Red Kite, 1 Buzzard and a Kestrel.

(Per Tony Williams; A Raven flying over the hill on several occasions recently.
20+ Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler and 1 Blackcap along the Thames between Ferry road and the 4 Arches also an interesting sighting of at least 12 Jay flying high south!)

Dragonflies; 2 Southern Hawker and several Common Darter.

Butterflies; several Small White and Speckled Wood, 2 Green-veined White, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 4 Peacock, 2 Red Admiral, 1 Comma.

A Coal Tit in the garden on a few occasions this morning.

Birds were very elusive to photograph today but the insects posed in the autumn sunshine. 

Even the Grey Heron was trying to evade the camera
Red Admiral
 Common Darter
 Southern Hawker
 Small Tortoiseshell

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