Monday, 11 April 2016

Rain did not stop play!

Rain, 11°, light SSW.

A bit of a washout today………………………However I stayed out for a few hours, got thoroughly wet and managed to connect with a few bits and pieces.

Lollingdon Hill: Quiet, 4 Reed Bunting (2m, 2f), 2 Blackcap, and the usual Corn Bunting and Yellowhammer.

Cholsey Marsh: 2 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 2 Water Rail and an Egyptian Goose flew upstream.

Garden: 4 Blackcap still present, 1 Siskin, a Coal Tit and a Willow Warbler and a Chiffchaff in the meadow.

2 House Martin over the garden yesterday.

2 Egyptian Geese on the flood near Bunk Bridge (Richard Broughton).

Barn Owl post-mortem.
One more thing, I got the post-mortem from the showy Barn Owl from last November that ended up having its head nibbled off by a Red Kite – it was female, all organs were normal (no sign of contamination), but it was very thin, so as expected it was starving, probably not helped by that wing injury. (Thanks Richard).

courtesey Richard Broughton

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