Monday, 4 July 2016

Busy but quiet

Overcast, 17°, breezy SSW.

Cholsey marsh was rather quiet today as most warblers appear to have stopped singing, the only consistent songster was Chiffchaff with up to 5 still singing.

All the regular warblers noted visually though.

2 pair of Kingfisher present along the stretch of river and 2 Mute Swan and a Great Crested Grebe seen.

House Martin, Swallow and Swift feeding over the marsh.

Grey Heron, Pied Wagtail, a Black-headed Gull, 2 young Green Woodpecker and Goldcrest also noted.

Lollingdon also quiet with only Corn Bunting and Yellowhammer still in song and several Swift feeding over the hill.

Dragonflies: Banded Demoiselle, Brown Hawker & Emperor.

Butterflies: Large Skipper, Large White, Small White, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Marbled White, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown & Ringlet.

The remains of a Scarlet Tiger Moth found, the body presumably eaten by something and the wings discarded.

Still a lot of Pyramid Orchid in flower in the meadow by Bow Bridge.

A Sparrowhawk in the garden today but left empty handed and a Goldcrest singing nearby, 14 House Martin feeding over the garden this evening and a pair feeding young in a nest nearby and a couple of Nuthatch in the garden over the week end.

5 Long-tailed Tit and a Treecreeper in the garden this evening.


  1. A great variety as always Paul. I particularly like the photo opportunities that you miss!!! You see so much more than you are able to photograph and share with us, like when the Sparrow Hawk zips through the garden and is gone again in the blink of an eye. Thanks for sharing.

  2. A lot of Scarlet Tigers in the garden this weekend onwards. Goldcrest fledglings in the meadow on saturday. Molly still has 6, almost fledged (wings almost grown). Moorhens have a new brood on the brook nr the bridge. CEH Wallingford webcam kestrels almost ready to fledge: