Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Foggy out West

Foggy with variable visibility, 13°, light W.

Not much birding today and a visit to Sennen.

About 30 minutes spent sea watching during a clearer period with 20+ Gannet, 100+ Manx Shearwater, c40 Guillemot and a Shag all flying south.

2 Wheatear on land and a Rock Pipit.

Butterflies: Common Blue and Speckled Wood.

Photos courtesy Loren

Monday, 22 May 2017

Way out West

Overall a sunny day, 14°, light WSW.

Several places visited in the south west today, doing the touristy bit as well as some birding.

A couple of Red-billed Chough seen again today, along with several Raven and Stonechat, 2 Wheatear, Pied Wagtail, Swift, Swallow, House Martin, Sedge Warbler, Cetti’s Warbler, Buzzard, Fulmar, Gannet, Manx Shearwater plus many others,

Butterflies: Large White, Painted Lady and Speckled Wood.

Painted Lady soaking up the last drops of sunshine this evening (courtesy Loren).

Sunday, 21 May 2017

West again

Sunny spells, 12°, breezy ESE.

A quiet day but some great walks along the coast here.

My bird of the day has to be a couple of Chough (Red-billed Chough to be precise), seen flying along the coast with possibly a 3rd. They were fairly distant but the distinctive shape and the long curved bill said it all.

A few Gannet and Manx Shearwater passing off the coast, a couple of small flocks of Guillemot on the sea and several Fulmar.

Stonechat, Buzzard and Raven, other birds of note on land.

Butterflies: Clouded Yellow, Large White, Green-veined White, Small Copper, Common Blue and Speckled Wood. A Fritillary seen but not specifically id’d.

Photos © Paul & Loren.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Out West

Sunshine and heavy showers for the trip west.

Arrived around 18:00 this evening and a walk after dinner noted several species: Stonechat, Rock Pipit, Fulmar and Great Blackback Gull to name a few.

Also Foxgloves in flower and lots of other interesting plants around.

Friday, 19 May 2017

All quiet out at Lollingdon

Overcast with almost constant light rain, 12°, light WSW.

A rather damp day with very little noted, a wet week culminating in a thunderstorm this evening.

Most resident and summer visitors have all settled down in breeding mode and all the usual’s seen.

A handful of Swift over the hill and a Treecreeper heard singing and a Little Owl seen.

Appears to have been a good spring for Starling, loads of youngsters around.

Mammals: Roe Deer & Brown Hare.

East End news

From Tony Rayner: 

Seen today in our meadow - 2 Roe Deer and the first Common Blue & Brown Argus of the year.

Photos courtesy Tony Rayner.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Settling Down

Overcast with almost constant light rain, 14°, light S.

Looks as though migration has virtually come to an end and most species settling down to breed for the summer.

2 Swift and a Sparrowhawk seen around Lollingdon hill but little else of note.

Friday, 12 May 2017

Another Hobby

Cloudy with a few light rain showers, 14°, light S.

A Hobby over the village pavilion around midday and lots of Starling families in the Rec and playing field area.

a brief visit to Lollingdon Hill this afternoon with very little seen, a single Mistle Thrush and a Green Woodpecker.

Butterflies: Brimstone, Orange Tip, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock and Speckled Wood.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Getting Warmer

Cloudy, 18°, light ESE.

A cloudy but warmer day than of late and a walk out to the Lees area.

My first Hobby of the year with 2 seen over the Church, 1 drifted off south and the other west.

The Dyke and Reedy ditch held 8+ Sedge Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler, 6 Reed Bunting and several Common Whitethroat.

2 Yellow Wagtail and a male Peregrine also seen.

A distant Cuckoo heard from Silly bridge, more than likely the bird that frequents Cholsey Marsh. per MA.

Mammals: Brown Hare and Roe Deer.

Dragonflies: The first one of the year, a single Large Red Damselfly.

Butterflies: Brimstone, Orange Tip, Small White, Green-veined White, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Comma and Speckled Wood.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

A quiet day

Sunny (at last), 16°, light E.

Today is "World migratory bird day 2017" and at last some sunshine, pity the birds didn’t rise to the occasion!

2 Wheatear (1m & 1f) on the hill mid-morning but unable to find them after midday so am assuming they have moved on and at least a couple of Mistle Thrush still on the hill.

2 Goldcrest in the grounds of the farm house and a Kestrel seen by Westfield road, Kestrels have been very thin on the ground this year with very few noted in Cholsey.

Cholsey Marsh: Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Common Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Cetti's Warbler, Reed Warbler and Chiffchaff. Tony Williams.

Mammals: Brown Hare and Roe Deer.

Butterflies: the first butterflies noted for several days. Brimstone, Orange Tip, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Comma and Speckled Wood.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Rubbish Weather

Overcast, 11°, light ENE.

Another boring rubbish weather day, cool and cloudy, it's about time we had some warmer days with decent sunshine and decent rainfall!

3 Wheatear (1m & 2f) still present on Lollingdon hill and 5 Mistle Thrush also feeding on the hill.

Pretty static today as far as any movement goes with just 8 Swallow flying north over the hill.

On the walk out I counted 12 singing Common Whitethroat and 8 Blackcap between the village and the hill and 3 singing Reed Bunting in an oilseed field.

The Little Owl seen again and a Yellow Wagtail nearby.

A report of a Water Vole by one if the brooks in Cholsey. We need to try and verify this sighting and if necessary take action to preserve the habitat!

One of the local ducks nested in the car park at Marymead this year and has eventually hatched out 11 ducklings. At some point they made their way safely to the brook which merited a 200 metre walk from the car park and along a stretch of Church road without an escort. Will keep posted on their progress when possible.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Swifts still moving through

Overcast, 13°, light NE.

A walk to Wallingford along the Bunk Line and back along the Thames.

A good passage of Swift today with 50+ over Cholsey SF then drifted off north and quite a lot more moving upriver. Up to around 200 in total. Good numbers of House Martin as well with 80+ noted.

At least 3 Lapwing between Bunk line and Wallingford road and 2 Lapwing in the ploughed field at the top of Ilges Lane.

Great Crested Grebe, Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Yellow Wagtail and Grey Wagtail, to name a few seen today.

Cuckoo heard from along the Wallingford road today and yesterday. Bob Dryden and Tony Rayner.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Dawn Chorus Walk

Overcast, 7°, light NNW

A rather cool and overcast morning with a very light rain shower and a subdued marsh as far as birdsong goes.

2 walks this morning, the village walk led by Tony Rayner and the River walk led by myself and supported by Loren Chaplin (CW) and Mark Bradfield (BBOWT)..........Thanks.

Approx. 30 people of all ages attended the walks and some from as far afield as Wokingham and Abingdon as well as Cholsey.

A big thank you to all that came and supported the walks, and a big thanks also to The Cholsey Café that opened its doors early on a Sunday for breakfast and hot drinks………………………Thanks.

Another thanks to Cholsey 1000 plus for organising and publicising the event and to BBOWT for advertising the event..

For the record the village centre group recorded 27 bird species
plus 2 Fox. The birds were:-

Blackbird; Song Thrush; Mistle Thrush; Great Tit; Blue Tit; Long-tailed Tit; Wren; Robin; Blackcap; Chiffchaff; Whitethroat; Goldcrest; Rook; Carrion Crow; Jackdaw; Red Kite; Wood Pigeon; Collared Dove; Chaffinch; Goldfinch; Greenfinch; Yellowhammer; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Starling; Pheasant; Swift; Grey Heron.

The river walk recorded 44 species of bird, plus Roe Deer: The birds were:

Canada Goose, Greylag Goose, Mallard, Pheasant, Grey Heron, Red Kite, Buzzard, Moorhen, Wood Pigeon, Stock Dove, Collared Dove, Swift, Green Woodpecker, Great-spotted Woodpecker, Skylark, Swallow, House Martin, Dunnock, Robin, Song Thrush, Blackbird, Blackcap, Common Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Cetti’s Warbler, Reed Warbler, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Wren, Long-tailed Tit, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Linnet, Goldfinch, Greenfinch and Reed Bunting.

To add: a belated report of a Hobby on Thursday seen by Mark Bradfield over Cholsey Marsh.

Photos courtesy Loren.

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Swifts, Swallows and Martins

Not much today but 6 Swift , several Swallow and 2 House Martin feeding over the north end of the village.

Friday, 5 May 2017

Swifts moving through and a mixed bag

Sunny with scattered cloud, 14°, breezy ENE.

A windy day on the hill with little movement.

The 4 Wheatear (1m & 3f) still present on the hill but little else.

A bit of a mixed bag today: around midday the first Swift appeared moving north and over the next hour 34 more flew over, a small number but may be indicative of a broader movement.

Elsewhere around Lollingdon: 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Yellow Wagtail, a Tawny Owl (heard), a Little Owl, 2 Jay, 2 Bullfinch, and several Swallow.

The usual Corn Bunting, Yellowhammer and Reed Bunting, Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Common Whitethroat.

The pair of House Martin back at Marymead today but hardly any seen on passage and most of the local Swallows are back.

An adult and 3 juv Mistle Thrush regular in the meadow.

Mammals: Brown Hare.

Butterflies: Brimstone, Orange Tip, Holly Blue, Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock.

Little Owl
Pied Wagtail in garden
 Small Tortoiseshell