Friday, 23 March 2018

C'mon Spring......still waiting.

Cloudy with the odd bright spell, 11°, breezy SW.

A walk out to Lollingdon Hill again today with a good number of Meadow Pipit on the move. Maybe 100 birds (approx.) counted. 

A surprise Oystercatcher seen distantly flying out by the Gulls towards Aston Tirrold and appeared to land. Not subsequently seen after that.

Fewer “Winter Thrushes” around but still some flocks roaming over the area.

The flooded field hosted c100 Black-headed Gull, 30+ Lesser Blackback Gull, 2 Herring Gull and 16 Teal.

A singing Chiffchaff in The meadow and a couple of Great-spotted Woodpecker “Drumming” and a couple of Green Woodpecker “Yaffling”.

A female Sparrowhawk tried for a Blackbird this afternoon in the garden but missed!

An interesting email from Mark Merritt yesterday:

“I did a circular walk from the church at Cholsey today, passing through Aston Tirrold and South Moreton. Not a great deal seen in the Cholsey area but I thought I'd let you know anyway. A Raven was over the (main) railway line to the East of the Lees. In the Lees were a couple of Treecreeper including a singing male. Great-spotted Woodpecker also here. South West of the Lees (probably closer to Aston Tirrold) were a few hundred gulls. Mostly Lesser Blackback and Black-headed Gull but about 10 each of Herring and Common Gull present and also 2 Yellow-legged Gull. (1st w and 2nd w) and coming back over Cholsey Hill there were a pair of Lapwing.”

Thanks Mark.

Mammals: Brown Hare & Roe Deer.

 A couple of today's songsters, Robin & Dunnock

Some of the Teal

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