Friday, 2 June 2017

Young Swallows on the wing

Mainly cloudy with little sunshine, muggy, 22°, light NW.

A walk out to Lollingdon today. The hill was relatively quiet, a Swallow family nearby with 2 adults feeding 6 young perched on wires that crossed a field.

The hill had at least 6 Common Whitethroat in song, 3 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, several Skylark, 4 Corn Bunting and 5 Yellowhammer.

A large Gull high overhead soaring NW and a few Swift around and a single Jay present.

Both Green and Great-spotted Woodpecker heard and a Little Owl seen.

A couple of singing Reed Bunting on the way out to Lollingdon.

On checking my notes, we have had more Starling in the garden this spring than in the last 7 years!

Also at least 2 Nuthatch and a male Great-spotted Woodpecker regular in the garden and a pair of Song Thrush with a nest very closeby.

Mammals: Brown Hare and Roe Deer.

Dragonflies: a Banded Demoiselle flew by and an Emperor Dragonfly over the pond.

Butterflies: quite a few Whites around but none identified specifically, also Common Blue, Small Tortoiseshell and Speckled Wood. A Meadow Brown yesterday and 2 Large Skipper today, per Tony Rayner.

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