Monday, 27 June 2016

No surprises here

Cloudy with sunny spells, 19°, breezy WNW.

An early afternoon visit to Cholsey Marsh, all the usual Warblers present but little else.

Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Common Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler and Cetti’s Warbler, also quite a few Reed Bunting.

Later a visit to Lollingdon Hill, again no surprises. Corn Bunting, Yellowhammer and Reed Bunting.

A Lesser Whitethroat still singing in the village.

Dragonflies: Banded Demoiselle along the river and an Emperor Dragonfly out at Lollingdon.

Butterflies: quantity of a few species, a Red Admiral, a Small Tortoiseshell, several Speckled Wood and Ringlet and loads of Meadow Brown.

Several more records of Stag Beetles around.

A Tawny Owl seen flying from the garden this evening whilst watching the England game was the only highlight of the match.

The injured duckling mentioned on the blog yesterday died unfortunately.

Meadow Browns
Molly and her surviving ducklings. (photo courtesy Richard Broughton)

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