Monday, 16 October 2017

Movement

Cloudy and wind strengthening, 19°, fresh S.

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 😄.



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