Monday, 31 October 2016

Ladybird, Ladybird fly away!

Hazy sunshine, 16°, light SE.

Another walk out to Lollingdon and a warmer day than of late.

The most noticeable thing today was the amount of Ladybirds around. There were literally hundreds seen flying and almost every fence post, tree, wall etc. had Ladybirds settled on them, they even kept landing on me. All but one I identified were Harlequin Ladybirds.

Most of the Buntings appear to have dispersed but still good numbers of Yellowhammer and Reed Bunting around.

At least 3 Corn Bunting on the hill and 19 Lapwing and 2 Raven over.

Good numbers of Fieldfare and Redwing moving through with 200+ and 50+ respectively and several Song Thrush and a Mistle Thrush in the hedgerows.

A somewhat tantalising view of a rather grey looking Phylloscopus Warbler today that was on show for about 3 seconds about 40 metres away in a garden then disappeared. I searched the periphery for about an hour but the bird did not show again. It could have been a trick of the light but then again it could have been ?

Sparrowhawk, Grey Wagtail and Kingfisher also noted.

Mammals: Roe Deer.

Insects: Other insects noted were a Migrant Hawker, several Common Darter, 2 Brimstone, a few Large/Small White and 3 Red Admiral.

at least 30 Harlequin Ladybird in a stairwell.

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