Thursday, 5 April 2018

Spring almost here

A very spring like day, sunshine, 11° and very little wind.

A late and short visit to the hill this afternoon and a few raptors thermalling over the hill. 2 Red Kite, 3 Buzzard and a Peregrine Falcon with the falcon eventually drifting off north.

3 Chiffchaff and 2 Blackcap were the only migrants and no Gulls or “Winter Thrushes” today.

One of the Chiffchaff flew from a hedgerow below the hill to the Hawthorns on the hill and was feeding very actively from bush to bush until I lost it at the top of the hill. Managed to get a series of photos from a distance.

A singing Treecreeper in the garden. 

2 Hedgehog in the garden tonight.

The “Tailess” Red Kite seen over Celsea Place this morning (Per Gerry Sexton) and seen by Loren and I over the Forty this afternoon.

Mammals: Brown Hare & Roe Deer.

Butterflies: a good day with 10+ Brimstone, a Peacock and 2 Small Tortoiseshell.

A few Bumble Bees around and the first Bee-fly of the year.

A couple of photos of the Chiffchaff in the Hawthorn (not easy to find). 

A few heavily cropped photos of the Chiffchaff.

And a Hare

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