The warmest day of the year so far.
2 Redstart on Lollingdon Hill today, a male in the top bushes and a female/juv in the hedgerow on the west side.
Both very elusive and only seen in flight and heard calling.
Yellow Wagtail, Corn Bunting and Yellowhammer also present.
Earlier a visit to Cholsey Marsh and a young Cuckoo seen but disappeared into cover before I could get a pic, otherwise rather quiet but most warblers seen and the odd song heard.
Great Crested Grebe and 2 Mute Swan on the river and a pair of Kingfisher noted along with c20 Black-headed Gull flying upriver.
40+ Swift seen zipping around by the “Morning Star Pub” coming back from the Marsh.
Dragonflies: Banded Demoiselle, Common Blue Damselfly, Azure Damselfly, Southern Hawker, Brown Hawker and Emperor Dragonfly.
Butterflies: Small Skipper, Essex Skipper (1), Brimstone, Large White, Small White, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Marbled White, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown & Ringlet.
There appears to have been some “illegal” fishing going on along the river bank over the week end with families staying all night, lighting fires and erecting gazebos etc.
Unfortunately rubbish and the gazebo frame was left on the river bank along with the scars of where the fires were (the fires are for cooking fish taken from the river, so I am informed).
Environment Agency: What are you doing about this? Ans = nothing. Is it EA's responsibility?
The rubbish bin at the bottom of Ferry road was overwhelmed by the amount of rubbish left there.