Wednesday, 30 August 2017


Overcast, 13°, light NW.

A cooler day than of late and fortunately we missed most of the rain.

A surprise on the hill today: a bird alighted on a fence post on the top of the hill and looked interesting. I got the bins on it and realised it was a young Cuckoo. As soon as I raised the camera it took off, gained height and headed off south. I continued watching it as it carried on and was lost from view heading high over the downs.

A single Common Redstart, 2 Common Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap, several Chiffchaff and 6+ Mistle Thrush present.

Approx. 50 Swallow flew over while I was present and a Kestrel by the paddocks that had just eaten a small rodent.

Mammals: Muntjac Deer.

Butterflies: singles of Large White and Speckled Wood.

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