Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Ring Ouzel

Sunny spells, 7°, a light but chilly N wind.

An earlier than usual visit to the hill this morning to search primarily for the Pipit that was there briefly yesterday but no luck.

However a smart male Ring Ouzel made up for it. Seen foraging in one of the horse paddocks for around 20 minutes before moving off.

A second Ring Ouzel see at Cholsey Meadows by Tony Williams shortly after.

A walk around the hill produced, 10+ Wheatear, a Yellow Wagtail, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Common Whitethroat and 3 Willow Warbler.

2 Song Thrush in garden.

Per Richard Broughton: “Since March I keep seeing a full adult Herring Gull in the field behind us, occasionally a pair, and also around the sewage works. It's a bit strange that they're still here at this time of year, so I'm wondering if they might actually be nesting at the treatment works. Worth keeping an eye out for - must be a Parish first if true?

Rooks are fledging - there's a freshly dead/drowned one in the brook.”

Butterflies: 1 Speckled Wood in a sunny sheltered spot.

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