Monday, 20 July 2015

Raven, Vulcan & Red Arrows

Cloudy with a few sunny spells, 23°, light to breezy SSW.

On arriving out at Lollingdon 4 Raven (2ad, 2 juv) flew over moving south, managed to get the camera out of the car just as they were off over the hill.

The usual out around the hill today with only Skylark, Yellowhammer and Corn Bunting in song.

2 Hobby mobbing a Red Kite again and once the Kite had moved away it was then mobbed by 2 Kestrel. One of the Kestrel appeared to stray in to Hobby territory and was seen off by the 2 Hobby rather quickly.

Blackcap, Whitethroat and Chiffchaff also noted.

Around 50 Swift passed over the hill along with 6 Swallow and 6 Lesser Blackback Gull.

Dragonflies: Blue-tailed Damselfly and Brown Hawker.

Butterflies: Small Skipper, Large Skipper, Large White, Small White, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Comma, Speckled Wood, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown and Ringlet. (I am possibly seeing Essex Skipper but unable to ID without catching one!).

Lots of Ladybirds seen today, 7-spot and 10-spot, and a Common Wasp nest found.

A brief encounter with the Red Arrows flying over the hill and a flypast by a Vulcan bomber.

A couple of Tawny Owl around the garden last night and at least 3 (common) Pipistrelle Bats.

 Red Arrows
 The last flying Vulcan in its retirement year.
 Entrance to Common Wasp nest

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