Tuesday, 23 April 2019

A bit more going on!

Hazy sunshine, high cloud, 21°, light ESE.

Firstly a Cuckoo heard late yesterday from Cholsey Marsh area. Per MA.

Lollingdon was a little busier today with 4 singing Lesser Whitethroat and the pair of Swallow have returned. A week later than their neighbours in the village.

A Swallow seen collecting mud from a puddle in Church road this afternoon.

Other species noted singing today were, 8 Chiffchaff, 9 Blackcap, 6 Common Whitethroat, 6 Yellowhammer, 1 Reed Bunting, 5 Corn Bunting, a Treecreeper and a few other resident species.

Also seen: Raven, Little Owl, 2 Yellow Wagtail and 2 Jay.

A Garden Warbler, Cetti’s Warbler and both Reed and Sedge Warbler at Cholsey Marsh. Per TW.

"The fledged Rook from the Church road Rookery on the 15th might be the earliest ever recorded in Britain. Back calculating a minimum 49 days for laying, incubating & nestling periods, the lay date would have been around 25th Feb. The earliest lay date in the BTO database, downloadable from BTO Bird Trends pages, is 18th March. Rooks are hard to monitor, so the BTO data might not completely rigorous, but those are the dates, and a 3 week difference is pretty massive, so whatever the exact dates, the Cholsey Rooks are exceptionally early this year, and likely some of the earliest ever in Britain." Dr Richard Broughton

Mammals: Roe Deer.

Reps: 4 Common Lizard.

Butterflies: Brimstone, Orange Tip, Green-veined White, Holly Blue, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Speckled Wood and a possible Small Copper.

Moths: TR caught a Lime Hawk Moth, a month earlier than any previous date in Cholsey.

Lime Hawk Moth
 Song Thrush bathing in the garden

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