Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Redwings arrive

Redwings have arrived in numbers now and awaiting Fieldfares.

Photos courtesy Alan Dawson

Redwing
Meadow Pipit

Friday, 11 October 2019

Wind & Rain and not much else!

Overcast with almost constant light rain, 16°, moderate SW.

At a peak time for rare and scarce birds with American land birds turning up from Iceland, thru the Scottish isles, west coast of Britain and down to the Azores. And a good influx of more Eastern rarities on the UK East coast and elsewhere.

However back in Middle Earth these things do not happen but we live in hope.

The south westerly winds this week have not been conducive to decent birding and today was no exception.

A Raven flew west near the Bullshole, a Little Owl heard calling out at Lollingdon, a Mistle Thrush, about the only bird on the hill, a Kingfisher and a handful of Chiffchaff!

A Stoat seen hunting out at Lollingdon.


This photo of a Little Owl taken on Portland a couple of years ago.

Thursday, 10 October 2019

Still Windy

Cloudy, 15°, breezy SW.

A walk along the Bunk line to the bypass taking in Green lane.

6 species of Corvid seen that included 2 Raven and several Jay.
2 Redwing, 6 House Martin, several Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail and Skylark, 4 Bullfinch, 5 Chiffchaff, a single Goldcrest and both Green and Great-spotted Woodpecker.

The last House Martins in Church road left today with at least 2 young fledged.

Dragonflies: 1 Common Darter.

Butterflies: 1 Red Admiral.

Long-tailed Tit
Shaggy Inkcap (courtesy Loren)
 a few examples of other Fungi found



Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Nothing much going on

Cloudy with a few sunny intervals, 13°, breezy SW.

A disappointing and windy day with very little seen!

Virtually nothing on the hill today, a Magpie and a Sparrowhawk going head to head with the hawk eventually flying off and a Kestrel hunting overhead.

6 Pied Wagtail and a few Chiffchaff to the north of the hill but little else of note.

6 House Martin over the garden late afternoon.

Butterflies: 6 Red Admiral active in sheltered spots.


Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Red is the colour

Cloudy with a few sunny intervals and showers, 13°, moderate SW.

Redwing & Red Kite feature today.

Well the Redwings have arrived with 5 seen yesterday and 25+ seen today by Alan. More will be arriving over the next few weeks and Fieldfares will be in soon.

A Red Kite in Whitehead Meadow took a Wood Pigeon, not sure if it scavenged it or made the kill.

We still have a pair of House Martin feeding young at a nest site in Church road and hopefully they will be on their way very soon.



Monday, 7 October 2019

A wet one

Cloudy with frequent showers, 14°, breezy S.

Not particularly good weather for birding today and a walk out to Lollingdon and back proved right.

The hill was pretty quiet on the ground, however a bit of vis-mig (visible migration) livened up the proceedings with 150+ House Martin moving south east and several Skylark, Meadow Pipit and Pied Wagtail over.

A single Raven flew east and a Sparrowhawk high to the south.

Several Chiffchaff still roaming around with Tit flocks and a small flock of Yellowhammer out near Little Lollingdon and a Goldcrest in the Bullshole.

5 Redwing over Church road late afternoon.

 Chiffchaff
Blue Tit
Raven
 Don't get a lot of Fungi on farmland but found this today and as yet unidentified.
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Friday, 4 October 2019

A bit of a wet one!

Cloudy with almost constant light rain, 14°, breezy WSW.

Typical, get back home around 14:00 and it starts to brighten up!

Not a lot today, a couple of Raven out at Lollingdon, good numbers of Chiffchaff around and a lot of Meadow Pipit. Very little else noted.

House Martins still present at nest site in Church road.

Mammals: a Stoat chasing a Rabbit (it got away) and Brown Hare.

Butterflies: a single Red Admiral.


Thursday, 3 October 2019

Sparrowhawks

Cloudy with a few sunny spells, 12°, light SSE.

Somewhat quiet out there today, both Alan and I out today along the Bunk line, the Church area and out to the Lees.

Alan noted several Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Bullfinch along Green lane and I had a few House Martin overhead.

2 Great-spotted Woodpecker near the Church and a couple of Chiffchaff and a Mistle Thrush.

A Sparrowhawk over Green lane yesterday and another hit in the garden today.

Butterflies: 1 Red Admiral.

 Sparrowhawk from yesterday (Alan)
The one in the garden today with another catch.