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Jan 26, 2014

Results from the RSPB garden birdwatch from today.
Wood Pigeon - 5
Stock Dove - 2
Collared Dove - 2
Carrion Crow - 2
Blackbird - 2
Song Thrush -1
Dunnock - 2
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 1
Wren - 1
Robin - 1
Blue Tit - 4
Great Tit - 2
Coal Tit - 1
Long-tailed Tit - 5
Treecreeper - 1
Blackcap - 1
House Sparrow - 3
Chaffinch - 16
Goldfinch - 22
Greenfinch - 5

Birds that flew over or on the periphery but not counted were, Lesser Blackback and Black-headed Gulls, Grey Heron, Red Kite, Buzzard, Redwing, Fieldfare, Rook, Magpie, Jackdaw, Pied Wagtail, Starling & Green Woodpecker.



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Jan 25, 2014
Don't forget the RSPB garden birdwatch this weekend. Take part here.

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Jan 24, 2014


Overcast, 8º, light to heavy rain showers, light SW, a very dull evening!

Zero Corn Buntings at the roost this evening, somewhat early in the year for the winter roost to be over but maybe the mild weather this winter has contributed, also the water levels are substantially down on 2 weeks ago.  Will make another visit next week to check the roost again.

Around half dozen Reed Bunting present on the marsh, at least 2 Water Rail present, 2 Green Woodpecker and 5+ Common Snipe.

7 Pied Wagtailflew east over the marsh and 3 Song Thrush singing in the neighbourhood.

2 Kingfisheralong the river and 2 Cormorant flew towards the 4 Arches and a couple of Mute Swan landed on the river at dusk whilst about 50 Canada Geese flew upstream.

3 House Sparrowback in the garden after not being seen for 10 days or so and the ♀ Blackcap still visiting.


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Jan 22, 2014


21st & 22nd Jan both days a visit to Lollingdon hill, birdwise similar days, weather wise dissimilar. Yesterday was fairly overcast with a moderate southerly and 6º, heavy overnight rain and today was sunny, light SW and 10º.

Greeted today when we arrived with a Skylark in full song flight over the hill (1st in song for the year) and a couple of Song Thrush singing in the hedge to the east.

Yesterday had my first Chiffchaffof the year in the parish with one along the hedgerow in fields to the north of the hill and 3 Herring Gull with the Lesser Blackback and Black-headed Gull flocks on the flooded fields.

Back to today and the sunny skies had brought out the Raptors with Buzzard, Red Kite, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk and Peregrine all seen around the hill.

Still plenty of Redwing, Fieldfare and Starling in the area with at least 2 large flocks also Blackbirds frequent and several Song Thrush and 11 Robins noted today with a couple in song.

A few Meadow Pipitnoted today along with a couple more Skylark and a Grey Heron.
A flock of Long-tailed Tit and a couple of Bullfinchnoted in a hedgerow between Cholsey hill and Hithercroft.

In the garden the ♀Blackcap still visiting but the ♂ not seen for a couple of days, also the Moorhens have deserted the garden recently and my theory is that since the brook has risen they may feel more exposed as the vegetation in the brook is submerged so they have moved off temporarily to an area up or down stream to gain more cover as upstream has a hedgerow on both sides and downstream is along fields and does not have a footpath alongside? 

 Buzzard

 Fieldfare & Starling
 Blackcap
 Carrion Crow

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Jan 20, 2014


Sunny spells, 8º, very still.

Lollingdon hill very quiet today a couple of Red Kite, a Buzzard and a Kestrelover and a few Blackbird and 3 Robins on the hill.

The fields to the north of the hill by contrast were quite noisy with a flock of Fieldfare, Redwing and Starling all perched in the trees and making a constant chattering that was audible from a fair distance also a couple of Song Thrush and a Mistle Thrush present.

A couple of distant Grey Partridge, a Pheasant on the north side and a Grey Heron at the pond.

Another flock of winter thrush on the village side of Cholsey hill and a small flock of c20 Linnet.




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Jan 17, 2014


Sunny spells, 8º, light SSE.

A soggy walk out to Lollingdon hill and after last night’s downpour the flooding in the fields has grown and subsequently there were over 200 Gulls on the local playing fields enjoying the overly damp conditions.

At least 3 Bullfinchin the millennium wood and a Coal Titand a Nuthatch around the Bullshole area with a Tit flock.

A thrush flock of around 200 birds (mainly Redwing) on the way out to Lollingdon and another of a similar size (mainly Fieldfare) and with accompanying Starlings (c60) in fields next to the hill.

The Stonechat seen briefly again and a Corn Buntingthere also, 4 Buzzard (2 pairs patrolling their ariel border), 2 Red Kite and a Kestrel taking advantage of the bright skies. A Grey Heron and a couple of Yellowhammeralso noted.

A Sparrowhawklater in the day over Marymead.

 Corn Bunting


 Buzzard
 Kestrel
 Buzzard
 Fieldfare & Starling






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Jan 16, 2014


Cloudy, frequent showers, 8º, light SW.

East of the village, Bunk line, Green Lane, Caps Lane & Bow Bridge, very wet everywhere and visibility poor.

A flock of c120Lapwing and c200 Golden Ploverin flooded fields near the Bunk line along with c80 Starling, 20+ Pied Wagtailaround Cholsey SF and approx another 30 scattered around.

2 Green Woodpeckerseen and a Great-spotted Woodpecker heard drumming.

Several Tit flocks, a single Goldcrest and Yellowhammeralso noted along Green Lane.

Good numbers of thrushes around with 400+ Fieldfare, 200+ Redwing, c60 Blackbird, 20+ Song Thrush and 2 Mistle Thrush feeding in open fields and along the hedgerows.

100+ Chaffinch, 60+ Goldfinch, 30 Siskin, 20+ Greenfinch, 6 House Sparrow and a single Lesser Redpoll.

5 Cormorant along the river, 2 Jay, 3 Buzzard & 7 Red Kite.

Treecreeper in the garden again.

 Siskin
 Siskin
 Siskin
 Siskin

 Redwing
 Redwing
 Golden Plover & Lapwing
 Golden Plover
 Golden Plover & Lapwing


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Jan 15, 2014


Cloudy, 10º, light SW.

A few pics from the garden today as a ♂ Blackcap turned up to accompany the ♀that has been present since the end of last year.

Also a Sparrowhawkflew through the garden and settled for a time on the fence before flying off across the meadow.

 â™€Blackcap
 
 â™‚Blackcap

 Sparrowhawk




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Jan 14, 2014


Sunny, 8º, light SW.

Bullfinch
A nice bright day but still very soggy underfoot so a walk out west was in order.

 2 very smart Bullfinch seen in the millennium wood feeding on berries and a tit flock consisting of around 20 birds (Great, Blue & Long-tailed) seen around the Bullshole area and a Sparrowhawkbeing mobbed by some Rooks and then bumped in to Tony Williams who was just walking back from Lollingdon.

The Stonechat was still present on Lollingdon hill but seen only briefly by myself and seen earlier by TW, also around a dozen Meadow Pipit on the hill and a couple of Pied Wagtail.

A Kestrel noted catching worms and good numbers of Fieldfareand Redwing in all areas probably around 3-400 birds in total, 30+ Blackbird, 2 Song Thrush and a Mistle Thrush, 2 Buzzard, 5 Red Kite, several Skylarka Yellowhammer, several more Meadow Pipit, 2 Great-spotted Woodpecker and a Green Woodpecker.

Could not find the Stonechat around the Lees area but may still be around however 2 Jay seen and another Buzzard.

A Treecreeper in the garden again today along with the Blackcap and a Song Thrushsinging for the last few days nearby just after dawn, also the Tawny Owls still vocal in the garden overnight.

TW mentioned he saw a Small Tortoiseshell butterfly in his garden on Saturday 11th Jan and I saw another near Cholsey church today!

 Great Tit

 Sparrowhawk
 Meadow Pipit

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Jan 13, 2014

2 Treecreeper, several Long-tailed Tits & Moorhen in garden & a Buzzard & Red Kite overhead.

Moorhen, Great-spotted Woodpecker & Blackcap in garden yesterday.
 
 Treecreeper





 Blackbird






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