Wednesday, 21 June 2017


Another warm and sunny day, 30°, light SE.

A walk along the bunk line as far as Winterbrook and back primarily for Butterflies today.

Some fields being cut for silage between the bunk line and Wallingford road and up to 12 Red Kite and 7 Buzzard in attendance.

30-40 Swallow and 20+ House Martin feeding over Cholsey SF. Sparrowhawk, Hobby and Kestrel noted plus Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Common Whitethroat, also Linnet and Yellowhammer and a family of Treecreeper.

Today in the garden: Nuthatch, Coal Tit and Treecreeper.

Butterflies: by far the most abundant were Meadow Brown, followed by Marbled White and Small Tortoiseshell. Also seen, several Small Skipper and Large Skipper, 1 Brimstone, several Large White and Small White, a couple of Common Blue, 2 Red Admiral, 1 Comma, 2 Speckled Wood, and 6 Ringlet.

A Silver-Y moth also seen.

I may have got some of the plants wrong below. If so please feel free to correct me 😊.

 Marbled White
 Large Skipper on Clover
 Marbled White on Greater Knapweed
Common Blue (worn individual) on Bird's Foot Trefoil
Marbled White and Thick-legged Flower Beetle on Scabious.


  1. unknown green bug is Thick-legged Flower Beetle. 'Milk thistle' is Greater Knapweed.
    Kingfisher on brook at Church Rd bridge today, also family of Bullfinches. Male Sparrowhawk over - they don't seem to nesting in the usual area this year?

  2. Thanks Richard, Sparrowhawk has visited garden several times and seen overhead regularly.