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.
Black Oil Beetle (courtesy Alan Dawson)
Local Collared Doves
Male Blackbird gathering food for young
Garden Tulips coming in to bloom