Saturday, 8 December 2018

More from the Garden

Sunny spells and rain showers, 11°, fresh SW.

A busy garden today with a couple of Tit flocks accompanied by 2 Treecreeper, 2 Great-spotted Woodpecker (♂ & ♀), 2 Nuthatch, a Coal Tit and several Long-tailed Tit.

Several transient Redwing in the garden trees on and off and a couple of Fieldfare over and a brief visit by a Grey Wagtail.

24 species noted in the garden today.

Friday, 7 December 2018

Grey Herons

A Grey Heron along the Thames at Cholsey today, courtesy Alan Dawson.

unfortunately another found dead along the Wallingford road this afternoon.

Thursday, 6 December 2018

Another rainy day

A dull day with on/off rain showers, 12°, light SW.

Again some action in the garden with a Coal Tit and 2 Nuthatch amongst others.

Also a Little Egret seen again to the north of the village. Per AD.

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Song Thrush & Little Egret

A wet day with almost continuous light to moderate rain, 13°, light SSW.

A day for not going out, however the Song Thrush visited the garden again and found a few worms amongst the leaf litter and then spent a few minutes having a bath. 

Later in the afternoon I was talking to Tony W on the phone who said he had seen 2 Little Egret out at Lollingdon this morning. And as if on cue a runner flushed a Little Egret from Cholsey Brook in Whitehead (brook) Meadow and it settled briefly in a tree before flying off south. Presumably towards Lollingdon again.

So there are at least 2 Little Egret around the village and maybe 3.

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Between the Rains

Sunny at first then clouding over, 7°, light SSE.

A frosty start to the day with -3° after a wet weekend then more rain due later.

Not a lot out there today. Winter Thrushes still widespread and a lot of Redwing around on a par with Fieldfare today also the odd Mistle Thrush.

2 Corn Bunting, a Sparrowhawk and a Kestrel on the hill and the odd Meadow Pipit and Skylark present.

A Little Egret seen on Cholsey Brook just south of the railway but flew off and not seen again.

A pair of Bullfinch in the Millennium Wood and 1-2 Jay present.

Mammals: 3 Roe Deer.

Potential “Hare coursers” seen between Lollingdon and Aston Tirrold so a call to the Police was in order!

 Little Egret (courtesy Alan Dawson)

Sunday, 2 December 2018

Garden Visitors

Several visits from a Tit flock in the garden today accompanied by 1-2 Nuthatch.

Saturday, 1 December 2018

Red Kites feeding

A photo from Alan Dawson of Red Kites feeding on a Rabbit carcass.