Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Buntings & a Jack Snipe

Foggy at first then sunshine around midday, 14°, light NE.

A foggy start on the hill this morning with poor visibility.

A few Fieldfare and Redwing passing over in the fog, heard but not seen.

Around 40-50 Yellowhammer and at least 12 Reed Bunting on the hill but most of them dispersed when the fog lifted.

2 Peregrine having an altercation overhead with one flying off south and the other soared overhead and drifted off towards Aston.

One bird I did not expect to see over the hill that emerged out of the fog and flew north was a Cormorant.

A single Chiffchaff was the only other species of note.

A call from Tony Rayner this afternoon: Tony was working in his orchard and noticed a bird on the ground nearby, thinking it may be injured or even dead he went to get his camera. When he got back he noticed the bird had moved so he quickly took a photo and shortly after the bird flew off. It was a Jack Snipe.

A Yellow Wagtail heard near Silly Bridge (per Mike Amphlett).

Mammals: a Muntjac Deer.

Also a belated report of 1 possibly 2 Otter on the Thames in Cholsey. (per, a fisherman).

Insects: a few Common Darter, 2 Large White, 4 Red Admiral, 2 Comma and 2 Hornet.

Jack Snipe Photo courtesy Tony Rayner

  Reed Bunting (above & below)


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