Snow started falling around 06:00 this morning and begun to settle. However not quite freezing and soggy underfoot.
A walk out to the Lees proved somewhat fruitless as very little seen. A few Gulls in the air and a few Corvids around and 2 Mistle Thrush in the Church grounds.
Most of the action today was in the garden as there was some readily available food.
Species in the garden today: Mallard (5), Moorhen (4), Wood Pigeon (6), Stock Dove (2), Collared Dove (2), Great-spotted Woodpecker, Pied Wagtail, Dunnock (3), Robin (2), Song Thrush (2), Blackbird (8), Wren, several Great Tit and Blue Tit, Coal Tit (3), Long-tailed Tit (9), Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Magpie, Carrion Crow (2), House Sparrow (2), Chaffinch (20+), Goldfinch (14), Greenfinch (8).
Species over the garden: Red Kite, Grey Heron (flew from the brook), Fieldfare, Redwing, Rook, Jackdaw.
A small flock of Lapwing seen by Giuseppe Morlando out at Lollingdon today with approx 30 flying towards Didcot direction and a singleton flying towards Cholsey. Quite probably a cold weather movement as they will not be able to feed on snow covered ground and will be looking for clear ground.
Apart from the Fox last night there has been a Grey Squirrel in the garden today and a Hedgehog last night. Not overly concerned about the Hedgehog being out this time of year as it overwinters in a spot close to the bird feeders and will pop out sometimes to feed up and then retire again.
On clearing the long tunnel on the way out a small Goose flew over heading east, quite distant but managed to get on to it and am pretty confident it was a Pink-footed Goose. However, I did not get enough on it to be 100% so it’s going down as a probable!
A Raven also flew over on the way back moving south.
The hill hosted the usual Thrushes and Finches and 14 Corn Bunting.
A Sparrowhawk over the allotments this afternoon.
A Merlin seen on Saturday from the railway station, flew across the railway and headed towards Lollingdon and the downs.
Another pic of the Harris Hawk that was present in a garden along the Wallingford road.............has now moved on. Photo courtesy John Wheeler.
Cloudy with a few sunny spells, 4° and a cold wind from NNW.
A chilly day with a northerly breeze blowing through.
The Hill was quite busy today with a Green Woodpecker, 100+ Fieldfare, 20+ Redwing, several Blackbird and Song Thrush, 40+ Chaffinch, 30+ Goldfinch, c50 Linnet, 1 Reed Bunting, and 6 of each Yellowhammer and Corn Bunting.
A Sparrowhawk and 2 Kestrel hunting in the area.
2 Goldcrest nearby and another flock of approx. 40 Goldfinch and another Fieldfare flock (c50) on the way back. Still a lot of Black-headed Gull around with approx. 200 noted in fields around Lollingdon.
A Song Thrush in the garden most of today and approx 100 Redwing alighting in the tops of the garden trees before moving on over a period of 30 minutes.
Low numbers of Corn Bunting coming to the roost at Cholsey Marsh recently with less than 50 birds arriving. per TW.
A somewhat fruitless walk out to Lollingdon today with a stiff wind and almost constant light rain.
Typical………….as soon as I arrive back home the sun comes out………….
The hill was deserted with the wind blowing full on to it and not much better elsewhere.
Small flocks of thrushes around as per usual, a single Jay and a Grey Heron.
The garden was much livelier today with a roaming flock visiting comprising 12+ Long-tailed Tit, 3 Coal Tit, 2 Nuthatch, a Treecreeper and a female Great-spotted Woodpecker, and an undetermined number of Blue and Great Tit.
Also in the garden, 2 Stock Dove, 2 Collared Dove, 5+ Wood Pigeon, 3 Moorhen, 8 “Mallard”, 2 Blackbird, 2 Robin, a Wren, 3 Dunnock, 2 House Sparrow, 8+ Goldfinch, 6+ Chaffinch and 4 Greenfinch and a few Redwing and Fieldfare in the trees.
A male Sparrowhawk hunting the garden a couple of times this afternoon.
A Kestrel briefly in the garden yesterday.
A female type Blackcap at the weekend in TW’s garden.
Cholsey Marsh has been quiet this week also. Per TW.