Friday, 21 October 2016

An interesting day

Mainly cloudy with the odd bright spell, 12°, light N.

An interesting day today with some movement going on.

Halfway out to Lollingdon I could hear some Canada Geese and saw 2 flocks totalling around 80 birds flying east presumably heading towards the Thames.

As I got to Lollingdon to my surprise I heard a Tree Pipit fly over, certainly a late date for one of those.

Lots of Buntings around with an increase in numbers between the village and Lollingdon Hill. 80+ Yellowhammer, between 30-40 Reed Bunting and 14 Corn Bunting.

A Linnet flock in excess of 100 birds feeding in one of the fields also had a few Buntings, Meadow Pipit and Chaffinch in the flock.

A Greenfinch was on the hill also. I only mention that because I do not recall seeing one on the south side of the hill before.

Quite a few birds over the hill included, 50+ Fieldfare, 6 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, c200 Starling (in 9 flocks), 18 Lapwing, 3 Cormorant, 4+ Brambling (all the previous were moving west), 30+ Black-headed Gull and 50+ Lesser Blackback Gull.

Also noted were 50+ Skylark, 5 Jay, a Kingfisher, a Grey Wagtail, c20 Pied Wagtail, 20+ Chaffinch, 6 Siskin, 3 Goldcrest and a Chiffchaff.

A Yellow Wagtail seen and heard in the Silly bridge area and a Stonechat out near the Lees. (per Mike Amphlett and Tony Williams).

Mammals: Roe Deer.

Insects: 2 Common Darter and 3 Red Admiral.

Reed Bunting

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