Very quiet around the hill at the moment and very parched. A local farmer has started feeding hay to his cattle as the fresh grass is not growing in this weather.
30+ Swift wheeling around over Marymead this morning and around 6 House Martin, 22 Swallow feeding out at Lollingdon, a mix of adults and young.
A Hobby flew over the hill and headed off south west (very few seen locally this year). A Raven flew south and a Little Owl seen and heard.
A couple of Grey Heron seen along one of the brooks.
Mammals: A Muntjac Deer with a youngster, a Stoat and a Brown Hare.
Reptiles: several Common Lizard.
Dragonflies: Banded Demoiselle and Southern Hawker.
Butterflies: far fewer numbers again: Small Skipper, Large White, Small White, Small Blue, Brown Argus (per TR), Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Comma, Silver-washed Fritillary (per TR), Speckled Wood, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown and Ringlet.
Southern Hawker (f) (courtesy Alan Dawson)