Friday, 6 April 2018

Comings & Goings

Hazy sunshine, 14°, breezy SW.

2 Swallow flew thru Lollingdon just prior to midday………my first of the year, 7 Chiffchaff and 4 Blackcap were all I could muster for incoming migrants.

As for outgoing migrants there was a small flock of 35 Fieldfare, 6 Redwing and 40+ Starling feeding around the paddocks.

Am making the assumption that a flock of Starling mixing with a flock of migratory thrushes are also migratory as our local Starling have already paired up and are starting to nest.

2 Canada Geese flew east over the hill.

A female Sparrowhawk seen chasing a couple of Skylark but with no success and a few Meadow Pipit seen and possibly the same Sparrowhawk seen 2 hours later in the same area.

2 Mistle Thrush feeding in the meadow and a Coal Tit in the Millennium Wood.

TW still has 4 (2m & 2F) wintering Blackcap feeding in his garden.

Mammals: Brown Hare & Roe Deer.

Butterflies: 10+ Brimstone and a single Small Tortoiseshell and 2 Comma (per TW).

The first Black Oil Beetle of the year seen on the hill. There is a small colony of these rare Beetles out at Lollingdon. See the following link: Oil Beetles

Stock Dove
 Redwing & Fieldfare
Canada Goose
Black Oil Beetle (fem)

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