Monday, 16 April 2018

Slow but Sure

Sunny at first then clouding over, 13°, breezy SSW.

Migration still a little slow but is happening.

2 Willow Warbler, a Garden Warbler, a Lesser Whitethroat, 8 Blackc
ap and 9 Chiffchaff between home and Lollingdon.

A pair of Little Owl seen out at Lollingdon.

Approx. 50 Hirundines over the treatment works today, comprising mainly Swallow with at least 10 House Martin and 3 Sand Martin. A Yellow Wagtail nearby.

There was an abundance of tiny insects around with swarms of tiny flies so thick it looked like smoke drifting from the tops of some trees. These are what the birds are feeding on. Could not capture it effectively on the camera unfortunately but a few shots included to give some idea.

Mammals: Brown Hare, Muntjac Deer & Roe Deer.

Butterflies: singles of Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock.

Insects: Dark-edged Bee-fly.

Little Owl
Brown Hare
Dark-edged Bee-fly
Blue Tit
 Large swarms of very small flies that have recently hatched. These are what the Swallows and Martins are feeding on as they disperse.

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