The flower meadow next to Bow Bridge was buzzing with butterflies this morning of at least 8 species.
The marsh was relatively quiet but all the usual Warblers present and also a brief burst of song from the Cetti’s Warbler.
Grey Heron, Great Crested Grebe, Sparrowhawk also seen and several Swift and Swallow swooping down on the river to grab a drink. Around 6 House Martin also seen.
An active House Martin nest in Church road at last! (Per RB).
Reptiles:Grass Snake. (per GS).
Dragonflies:Banded Demoiselle, Azure Damselfly, Common BlueDamselfly, Blue-tailed Damselfly, Brown Hawker, Emperor Dragonfly, Four-spot Chaser & Broad-bodied Chaser.
Butterflies:Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Large Skipper, Brimstone, Large White, Small White, Common Blue, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown & Ringlet.
Moths: several stunning Scarlet Tiger Moths.
Plants: 2 people were doing a survey on the flower meadow and have discovered an unusual species: Grass Leaved Vetch. Is fairly common on chalky soils but difficult to identify as when it’s not in flower it looks very similar to grasses.
Lots of Pyramid Orchids in flower.
Good to meet Gerry Sexton today, an inspirational photographer and he is turning up a lot of good sightings down on Cholsey Meadows and Marsh.
8 singing Yellowhammer between the village and Lollingdon plus 2 Reed Bunting and 3-4 Corn Bunting around the hill.
A female Peregrine Falcon seen soaring high over Lollingdon and drifted off east.
A Lesser Whitethroat seen, a Sparrowhawk and a Kestrel.
A singing Willow Warbler seen in Crowmarsh yesterday whilst out for a walk with my daughter Sian.
Reptiles: 2 Common Lizard.
Dragonflies:Banded Demoiselle, Azure Damselfly, Emperor and a Black-tailed Skimmer.
Butterflies:Large White, Common Blue, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood and an abundance of Meadow Brown.
Moths: a Silver Y & a Cinnabar Moth.
The original range of the Collared Dove at the end of the 19th century was in Asia from Turkey to China and south through India, not until the 20th century did it start to spread west into Europe. Appearing in SE Europe in the early 1900’s reaching Germany in 1945 and the UK in 1953. It is now a common bird throughout the UK.