Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Busy Garden Quiet Hill

Mild, wet & windy, 14°, breezy SSW.

A somewhat fruitless walk out to Lollingdon today with a stiff wind and almost constant light rain.

Typical………….as soon as I arrive back home the sun comes out………….

The hill was deserted with the wind blowing full on to it and not much better elsewhere.

Small flocks of thrushes around as per usual, a single Jay and a Grey Heron.

The garden was much livelier today with a roaming flock visiting comprising 12+ Long-tailed Tit, 3 Coal Tit, 2 Nuthatch, a Treecreeper and a female Great-spotted Woodpecker, and an undetermined number of Blue and Great Tit.

Also in the garden, 2 Stock Dove, 2 Collared Dove, 5+ Wood Pigeon, 3 Moorhen, 8 “Mallard”, 2 Blackbird, 2 Robin, a Wren, 3 Dunnock, 2 House Sparrow, 8+ Goldfinch, 6+ Chaffinch and 4 Greenfinch and a few Redwing and Fieldfare in the trees.

A male Sparrowhawk hunting the garden a couple of times this afternoon.

A Kestrel briefly in the garden yesterday.

A female type Blackcap at the weekend in TW’s garden.

Cholsey Marsh has been quiet this week also. Per TW.

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