Friday, 20 October 2017

Yellow-browed and 2 late Swallow

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.

Dragonflies: 6 Common Darter.

Butterflies: 8 Red Admiral and 1 Comma.

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