Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Happenings on the Hill

Sunny, 26°, breezy SSE.

Another visit to the hill this morning in warm and sunny conditions, thought I should get out a bit earlier before it got too warm.

A Clouded Yellow butterfly and a Ruddy Darter dragonfly new for the year.

2 Common Redstart and a Whinchat still present on the hill and a Wheatear close by.

A handful of Swallows overhead.

3 Kestrel hunting on the hill and joined by a Sparrowhawk that spent around 5 minutes sparring with the Kestrels then last seen chasing a Green Woodpecker over the top of the hill. Judging by the Sparrowhawks flight mode it was not hunting but practising?

A Yellow Wagtail over, a Common Whitethroat in the hedgerow and a Blackcap feeding on Elder berries on the north side and the 3 Bullfinch still present.

Mammals: Roe Deer and 2 Pipistrelle bats and a Hedgehog in the garden tonight.

Dragonflies: Migrant Hawker, Southern Hawker, Brown Hawker, Ruddy Darter and Common Darter.

Butterflies: Clouded Yellow, Brimstone, Large White, Small White, Common Blue, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Comma, Speckled Wood, Gatekeeper and Meadow Brown.

Roe Deer
 Sparrowhawk chasing a Kestrel
Common Darter
The Sparrowhawk is upside down in this pic. They were moving too fast to get a good pic of them.

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