Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Cholsey Marsh

Sunny, 21°, light NNE.

My usual Tuesday visit to check on the Dexters and a walk around the marsh from 07:00 to 10:00!

Still a good number of Sedge Warbler singing, along with a few Reed Warbler, Common Whitethroat, Blackcap, Chiffchaff and singles of Garden Warbler and Cetti’s Warbler.

A Common Tern flew down river, a couple of Kingfisher seen along with several Coot, a Kestrel, a family group of Long-tailed Tit (c10 birds), several Reed Bunting, Yellowhammer and lots of young Starling on the wing.

Dragonflies: Banded Demoiselle.

Butterflies: Orange Tip.

Some additional info per Alan Dawson who visited the marsh later:
Birds: Bullfinch.

Butterflies: Dingy Skipper, Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Large White and Small White.

Male Kingfisher
Long-tailed Tit

Cockchafer is a member of the Scarab Beetles and Cockchafer in old English means “Big Beetle”. They spend 3-4 years underground as a grub before emerging in the adult form on warm spring and summer days. The adults survive for 5-6 weeks during which time mating takes place. They are clumsy fliers and are completely harmless.

Unidentified Spider sp

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