Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Another new one for the year

 Mostly cloudy with a few sunny spells, 16°, light NE.

Another walk out to Lollingdon hill today, very little “en route” other than the usual.

A Quail heard a couple of times calling from the hill side with its distinctive call but unable to track it down (a new species for the year) also a Raven flew high south towards the downs and Great-spotted Woodpecker working the Hawthorn bushes on the hill.

A singing Lesser Whitethroat in the vicinity of the hill and another closer to the village.

12 Red Kite over a field that was being cut for hay and up to 4 Buzzard in the air over the hill.

A singing Reed Bunting still present near the hill and 4 Swift and a single Yellow Wagtail also seen.

3 Mistle Thrush on the playing field.

Dragonflies: a small unidentified hawker (possibly Hairy Dragonfly) flew across the hill.

Butterflies: not many around, Brimstone, Large White, Small White, Orange Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Tortoiseshell, Common Blue.

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