Saturday, 14 April 2018

Muntjac, Wheatear & Reeve's

Sunny (at last), 13°, light SSE.

A text from Alan Dawson alerting me to 2 Wheatear on Lollingdon Hill today saw Loren and I jump in the car to go and see them. Only just made it as within a couple of minutes they were off over the hill, not to be seen again.

A Muntjac visited the garden this morning sampling a variety of plants.

A Garden Warbler and a Willow Warbler in a Church road garden this morning and a Swallow back at Manor farm and a Willow Warbler singing in the school nature reserve yesterday. Per RB.

Treecreeper (singing), Nuthatch and Great-spotted Woodpecker in the garden today with the regulars.

Blackbirds feeding young in the nest and a pair of Blue Tit and Great Tit using nest boxes in the garden.

An unusual sighting of a Reeve’s Pheasant on the Hill, presumably an escapee from somewhere? Endemic to evergreen forests of central China and very rare there.

Butterflies: Amazing what a bit of sunshine can do, Brimstone, Small White, Orange Tip, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma & Peacock.

Also a few Black Oil Beetle around on the Hill.

Muntjac Deer
Reeve's Pheasant
 Black Oil Beetle (courtesy Alan Dawson)
 Muntjac again
 Local Collared Doves
 Blue Tit
 Male Blackbird gathering food for young
Garden Tulips coming in to bloom

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