Wednesday, 7 April 2021

Winter still with us

Cloudy, 5°, light NW. Yesterday: Sunny but cold with rain/sleet/snow, 5°, breezy NW.

The last few days have been like a return to winter as the above denotes.

Migration appears to be held up with a few summer visitors struggling to find food after arriving and winter visitors waiting for the winds to change.

All areas have been relatively quiet with Lollingdon, Cholsey Marsh/River and Bunk line areas covered between Alan and myself.

Bunk line today held a small flock of Thrushes with 36 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing and a small flock of c20 Starling.

5 Swallow and 2 Sand Martin feeding low over the gravel pit. I got the impression they were under the banking in the lee of the wind trying to hunt flying insects.

At least 1 Siskin (pos 2+) with a flock of c30 Goldfinch in trees along Green lane.

Sedge Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Swallow, Sand Martin, Little Owl, Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting, Corn Bunting, Linnet plus all the usual suspects noted over the last few days.

The Church road Rookery have youngsters in the nests!

Skylark ↕ courtesy Alan

Fieldfare & Starling

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