A Harris Hawk turned up in a garden along the Wallingford road today, still in the vicinity this evening.
Presumably an escapee from somewhere and not the same bird that has been present along the Thames area for the last few years.
A walk out to the hill this morning with a ground frost still on the grass but slowly warming up.
2 Jay in the Millennium Wood, 2 Grey Wagtail on the brook near the railway and several Yellowhammer half way out.
Roughly 500 Fieldfare around the hill today feeding on Hawthorn berries, a handful of Redwing, 5 Mistle Thrush, c80 Starling and a definite increase in Blackbird numbers with 50+ noted and 3 Song Thrush.
A Corn Bunting, several Yellowhammer, 6 Goldcrest and 2 Bullfinch also on the hill.
2 Kestrel, a Sparrowhawk and a flock of approx. 100 Linnet.
A walk out by the Lees did not produce a lot other than 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Jay, and several Skylark and Meadow Pipit.
Amphibians:Common Frog (on the allotments yesterday).
Cloudy with a fair bit of sunshine, 14°, fresh WSW.
A breezy and bright day on Lollingdon hill but little moving. Before that:
I was out in the garden clearing some twigs etc. after last night’s blow when I heard a Yellow-browed Warbler calling close to the garden in Whitehead (Brook) meadow, along the hedgerow leading to the Rec at around 17:00. Rushed in to get the bins and camera but could not relocate the bird. Searched until nearly 18:00 and all I managed to find was a flock of Long-tailed Tit and 2 Goldcrest, it may still be somewhere in the area so will look again tomorrow.
Earlier in the day: 15 Mistle Thrush and 2 Great-spotted Woodpecker on the southern side of the hill and 2 Chiffchaff and a Goldcrest on the northern side.
Nearby 2 Kestrel, c50 Pied Wagtail scattered around, 30+ Meadow Pipit, a Grey Wagtail, 3 Bullfinch, a Little Owl, a couple of Siskin and c20 Redwing.
2 Swallow flew south west over the hill just after 13:00.
Stonechat along the dyke near the Lees and a Peregrine. TW.
An early movement of birds over Lollingdon hill this morning that fizzled out around 10:00 as the wind started to strengthen.
c120 Redwing, 3 Fieldfare, 2 Mistle Thrush, 70+ Starling, 60+ Chaffinch, at least 1 Brambling and 2 Redpoll.
30+ Skylark and several Meadow Pipit and Pied Wagtail over the hill were more likely a local movement.
The more sheltered side of the hill had 1 Chiffchaff and 3 Goldcrest with a Tit flock.
3 Kestrel and a Sparrowhawk in the area.
c100 Lapwing on Cholsey hill this afternoon with both Lesser Blackback Gull and Black-headed Gull.
“Pretty sure I had 3 Wheatear on Cholsey hill on Saturday - but I was driving and they were flying across the road together, so didn't get more than silhouettes. Redwing piling in since Saturday night (4 in garden on Sunday), and at least 4 Coal Tit in the flock that's going round the gardens”. (RB).
Dragonflies: 2 Common Darter.
Butterflies: 2 Large White and 3 Red Admiral.
Some interesting weather today with the sky appearing various hues of dark grey to almost an orange. The sun poking through at times and looking very red. Apparently this is due to dust from the Sahara region and smoke and particulates from the Iberian wildfires being whipped up in the atmosphere by Ophelia?
The following photos were of the only things that stated still for any length of time 😄.
A busy time of the hill today, 2 Stonechat and a Wheatear, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Goldcrest, 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Bullfinch and a good flock of birds in the fields below the hill.
I started to count and was partially through counting and identifying when a Sparrowhawk flew through and scattered the flock. However these are approx. counts. 58 Skylark, 80+ Meadow Pipit, 2 Reed Bunting, 3 Yellowhammer, 1 Corn Bunting, 3 Pied Wagtail and c100 Linnet.
Nearby a few more Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Grey Heron, another Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, a mixed flock of Lesser Blackback Gull and Black-headed Gull and 3 Swallow flew south.
Went out to the car at 19:10 and a skein of around 70 Geese flew over calling noisily. Mainly Canada Geese with a few Greylag and at least 1 Egyptian Goose!
2 Tawny Owl have been regular around the garden for the last couple of weeks and very vocal.
Mammals: 2 Hedgehog active in the garden after dark.
Reptiles: a couple of Common Lizard basking in the sun.
Dragonflies: 5 Common Darter.
Butterflies: 3 Large White, 1 Small White, 5 Red Admiral, 1 Comma and 1 Speckled Wood.