Friday, 10 April 2015

More arrivals

Sunny but a little cloudier today, 16°, light to moderate S.

Two visits to the hill today, the first was after a call from Tony W to say there is a drake Mandarin duck on a garden pond just north of the hill. Therefore, a quick visit to see that before shopping found the duck resting and preening by the side of the pond.
Then another more prolonged walk around the area this afternoon.

No sign of the Mandarin this afternoon, however 2 Yellow Wagtail in a horse paddock that flew off before I could get the camera on them (another seen over Cholsey Hill earlier when driving back home).
A Willow Warbler singing out by Amwell spring and a Swallow flew over.

Back by the paddock 2 Redwing flew in and then off almost as quick, a Little Owl heard calling, a single Goldcrest seen, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great-spotted Woodpecker, 4 Yellowhammer and 2 Grey Heron again.
Several Song Thrush noted in song along with a Mistle Thrush and the now  regular Chiffchaff.

The hill was relatively quiet with several Skylark and 2 Corn Bunting in song, both Kestrel and Sparrowhawk over and the usual Buzzard and Red Kite in the vicinity and several Linnet back on the hill.
Grey Wagtail seen frequently near the garden and another Chiffchaff in the garden today.

Butterflies: Frequent Brimstone, Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell and the first Speckled Wood of the year.
Mammals: Muntjac Deer.

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