Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Warblers & the rest.

Mainly cloudy, 16°, light SW.

Cholsey Marsh today: at least 8 singing Reed Warbler and up to twice that of Sedge Warbler, also several Blackcap, Common Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, 2 Garden Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat and a Cetti’s Warbler.

Cuckoo heard downriver, 2 Bullfinch seen, 2 Kingfisher on the opposite bank, 2 Great Crested Grebe on the river and 2 Water Rail heard on the marsh.

A Jay, a Grey Heron and 3 Cormorant also noted.

The Harris Hawk seen high over the marsh and drifted off south.

The usual suspects seen in the garden, plus a House Sparrow today which is far from frequent.

The Starling flock was out in the meadow again today and has grown to around 50 birds and in the early evening they discovered the garden feeders.

Butterflies: Orange Tip, Green-veined White, Red Admiral, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell.

Dragonflies: 1 unidentified dragonfly seen briefly, fluttered up and went into cover, possibly recently emerged.

 Reed Warbler

 Common Whitethroat
 Harris Hawk

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