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A quiet one.

Cloudy, 11°, light WSW. Alan on his usual patch along the river today. 20+ Siskin, Water Rail, Redwing, Fieldfare, Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush, Kingfis...
01-12-2021 16:06

A Misty walk and the Garden

Misty, 6°, light N. A misty morning?s walk along the Bunk line today with not a lot seen. Plenty of Redwing and Fieldfare around, approx. 200 of each....
24-11-2021 16:06

Stonechats & Darters

Sunny, 8°, light N. A little chillier over the last couple of days but the sun is shining and a few larger insects still to be found around some shelt...
23-11-2021 16:06

Bunk and the Thames

Sunny spells with light cloud, 11°, light W. Alan along the river today: Kingfisher, Teal, Cetti?s Warbler, 20?ish Siskin, Common Snipe, Raven, Reed B...
18-11-2021 16:06

Lollingdon & The Bunk

Mainly cloudy, 10°, light SSW. Lollingdon hill was very busy this morning with 300+ Fieldfare, approx. 50 Redwing and 200+ Starling foraging on the hi...
17-11-2021 16:06

Rather quiet

A dull cloudy morning brightening up later, 12°, light N. Pretty quiet all round today. Yesterday Niall and Alan took on a Bat walk and recorded the f...
16-11-2021 16:06

A damp day

Mainly cloudy with a few light rain showers, 14°, light to breezy SW. Alan, Tony W and myself out today covering the Bunk line/Green lane and River. T...
13-11-2021 16:06

A mixed day

Mainly cloudy with lengthy sunny spells, 14°, light SSW. A frustrating day! Whilst watching some Common Darter along a flooded margin of a field out a...
10-11-2021 16:06

Buzzard vs Wood Pigeon

Cloudy with light drizzle, 8°, light WSW. A busy (non birding) day today so did not get out and Alan paid a brief visit along the Bunk with the usual ...
06-11-2021 16:06

Fieldfares arrive

Cloudy, 9°, light NNW. Well, it looks like Fieldfare have finally arrived in some numbers today. This afternoon I had a flock of 52 fly towards the Ch...
05-11-2021 16:06

A Frosty start

Sunny intervals, 11°, light W. (a light frost first thing)A pair of Stonechat present on Lollingdon hill today along with a small flock of Meadow Pipi...
03-11-2021 16:06

Bats and a cool start to November

Sunny spells, 12°, breezy SW. Yesterday Niall Hammond carried out a Bat survey from Cholsey Meadows, top end of Ilges lane, Church road, and Wallingfo...
02-11-2021 16:06

Lollingdon, Bunk line, Marsh & River

Mainly cloudy, 16°, light to breezy S. Overlapping walks today with Alan out earlier along the Bunk line then the river and Cholsey Marsh then me out ...
29-10-2021 16:06

Windy

A cloudy and windy day, 16°, breezy SSW. A different day along the Bunk line today in the windy conditions With both me and Alan along there,Very litt...
28-10-2021 16:06

First Fieldfares and late Common Darters

Sunny, 14°, light WSW.Alan managed to find our first Fieldfare of the autumn along the Bunk line today along with Redwing, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush,...
26-10-2021 16:07

Wet 'n' Windy

Wet ?n? windy, 16°, breezy SW. Lollingdon Hill very quiet today with a brisk south westerly blowing across it. Several Jay on the sheltered side and a...
21-10-2021 16:08

Another Merlin turns up

Early sunny spells then overcast, 20°, breezy SSW. A mild but very breezy day. Alan along the Bunk a.m. and myself p.m. Alan scooped the bird of the d...
20-10-2021 16:06

Jays & Stonechats

Overcast with a few light rain showers, 16°, light S. Lollingdon, 2 Stonechat still present on the hill and approx. 20 Mistle Thrush but mobile and 30...
19-10-2021 16:06

Contrast

Mainly cloudy, 14°, light NE. After yesterday?s busy time today was in stark contrast with very little going on! Both out along the Bunk, no more than...
16-10-2021 16:06

Busy Day

Mainly cloudy with a little sunshine, 16°, light WSW. A busy day out there today with me out at Lollingdon and Alan along the Bunk. The highlight of t...
15-10-2021 16:06

Relatively Quiet

Cloudy at first then sunny, 15°, light NNW. Lollingdon relatively quiet today, 4 Stonechat around the hill, a flock of 18 Mistle Thrush flew west and ...
12-10-2021 16:06

Suspicion!

Mainly overcast with minimal sunny spells. 19°, light SSW. Some worrying observations today with Alan finding a dead Fox and Tony W finding a dead Buz...
08-10-2021 16:06

Blustery

A few sunny spells, 15°, breezy SSW. 4 Stonechat out at Lollingdon today, 1 on the north side of the hill, 1 in the cattle fields and 2 more to the NE...
05-10-2021 16:06

Name that Tune

Rain at first then sunny spells, 17°, breezy WSW. Not out today but Alan out along the Bunk line/Green lane area. 3 Yellow Wagtail overhead plus Meado...
02-10-2021 16:06

September bows out

Overcast with a few light rain showers, 15°, breezy SSW. A blustery day and summer migrants fast disappearing and negative for dragonflies and butterf...
01-10-2021 16:06

Getting Cooler

Sunny spells, 14°, breezy NW. Lollingdon fairly quiet today, 4 Raven over the hill and a small number of Swallow and House Martin still trekking south...
30-09-2021 16:06

Sort of Quiet

Cloudy with a few sunny spells, 15°, breezy S. Sort of quiet today, Alan out beyond the Lees and found 2 Stonechat, a few Reed Bunting, Meadow Pipit ...
29-09-2021 16:07

Lollingdon & Bunk

Sunny intervals, 20°, light WSW. 2 Stonechat on the hill today along with several Meadow Pipit, 10+ Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap and a Common Whitethroat. U...
23-09-2021 16:06

Summer leaving and Winter arriving

Sunny intervals, 19°, light NNW. Looks as though most summer breeders have now moved on, a walk along the Bunk line today turned up just a few Chiffch...
22-09-2021 16:06

Lollingdon, Bunk & Cholsey Meadows

Sunny spells, 19°, light NNW. 2 Wheatear and a few Meadow Pipit (first ones of the autumn) on Lollingdon hill this morning plus a few Chiffchaff (onl...
21-09-2021 16:06

Damsels & Dragons

It has been a good year for Dragonflies in the Cholsey area so far, with 3 new species and another 1 that was a rare visitor. We also have the latest ...
20-09-2021 16:06

Willow Emerald Damsel

Sunny intervals, 20°, light WSW. The highlight of today has to be the discovery of 4-5 Willow Emerald Damselfly at Cholsey Meadows by Alan. The first ...
17-09-2021 16:06

Back to normal

Sunny intervals, 20°, light NW. A mere fraction seen along the Bunk line area today compared with yesterday. Around a dozen Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff and...
16-09-2021 16:06

Moving South

Early rain then overcast, 19°, light NNE. A Bunk line walk today where Alan and I overlapped on 3 visits between us. Alan also checked out Cholsey Mea...
15-09-2021 16:06

Not as busy

Cloudy with the odd sunny spell, 21°, light SW. Started today with a big white bird flying over Church road as I left home. A Little Egret. Not as bus...
11-09-2021 16:06

Birds & Rain

Sunshine, showers, 21°, light to breezy S. A bit of a marathon today between Alan and myself and a lot of birds, approx. 8 hours in the field in total...
10-09-2021 16:06

Bunk, River & Lollingdon

Sunny with little cloud, 28°, breezy ESE. Arrived on Lollingdon Hill this morning and bumped into Tony W, had not seen much except for a Hobby. 2 othe...
09-09-2021 16:05

Gone quiet again

Cloudy with a few sunny spells, 18°, breezy NE. Bunk Line fairly quiet today with just a few Blackcap, Common Whitethroat and Chiffchaff and several S...
03-09-2021 16:05

Quiet start to September

Cloudy, 17°, light NE. Lollingdon was a bit of a lost cause today with very little out there. A few Warblers of the usual 3 species on the way out and...
02-09-2021 16:05

Good passage of birds

Cloudy with light rain showers and infrequent sunny spells. 17°, light to breezy NE. A good passage of Hirundines today seen by Alan out at Lollingdon...
01-09-2021 16:05

A bit cooler

Cloudy, 18°, light NE. A few bits and pieces on the hill today with 2 Wheatear, a few Blackcap, Common Whitethroat and Chiffchaff. 3 Yellowhammer and ...
31-08-2021 16:05

A reasonable mix

Cloudy, 18°, light to breezy NNE. A fairly quiet day all round but with one or two birds popping up. A Tit flock on Lollingdon Hill of around 20+ bird...
28-08-2021 16:05

Not much

Sunny spells, 21°, light NE. Rather quiet out at Lollingdon today. A couple of Common Whitethroat and Blackcap on the hill, several Chiffchaff nearby ...
25-08-2021 16:06

Warming up

Overcast then brightening up, 20°, light NE. Michael Pocock found a Whinchat up by Silly Bridge this morning, Alan also saw it a little later along wi...
24-08-2021 16:05

A few moving thru

Cloudy with sunny spells, 22°, light NW. A message today from Alan to say he had found a Wheatear out at Lollingdon, plus and 3-4 Spotted Flycatcher a...
23-08-2021 16:05

Stonechat and some!

Mainly cloudy with the occasional sunny spell, 19°, light SW. I?m guessing there could have been some carrion on Lollingdon hill today as there was a ...
20-08-2021 16:05

A little livelier

Cloudy with a few sunny spells, 20°, breezy W. Still rather quiet although a bit more activity along the Bunk line. At least 1 Spotted Flycatcher near...
19-08-2021 16:05

Oh So Quiet

Mainly cloudy, 17°, breezy NNW. Still very quiet locally birdwise. A trickle of Swallow and House Martin moving south over Lollingdon Hill today and a...
17-08-2021 16:05

Weekend Stuff

 A nice series of weekend shots from Alan Dawson.Roe DeerStock DoveRed FoxLittle OwlMint MothSmall Tortoiseshell...
16-08-2021 16:05

Cloudy Skies

Mainly cloudy with the odd sunny spell and light rain showers, 20°, light to breezy SW. Still very quiet locally for August! Yesterday there was an ea...
14-08-2021 16:05

All quiet 'cept the Weather

Sunny spells and rain showers, 20°, breezy SW. A quiet time all round today given the weather. A Peregrine Falcon flew south over Lollingdon Hill and ...
07-08-2021 16:04

Moths etc

Cloud building then rain, 19°, light SSE. A call from Tony Rayner this morning to say he had caught a rare moth. As I was along Green lane at the time...
06-08-2021 16:05

Spot Flys & Insects

Mainly sunny, 21°, light SE. Not about the birds today although Alan did find at least 2 Spotted Flycatcher along the Bunk line. The first of the autu...
05-08-2021 16:04

Pretty quiet for August

Mainly cloudy (rain later), 18°, light SE. Pretty quiet out there today both at Lollingdon and the Bunk line Per Alan. 2 Raven around Lollingdon Hill ...
03-08-2021 16:05

Weekend Insects

 Weekend photos courtesy Alan Dawson.Alan also found a rather tatty White-letter Hairstreak in Cholsey churchyard today.Brown ArgusCommon BlueBrown H...
02-08-2021 16:05

Slightly Cooler

Sunny, 24°, breezy E. A slightly cooler day today and a walk out to Lollingdon and Alan out by the Lees. The male Common Redstart still on the hill bu...
24-07-2021 16:05

All quiet so far

Sunny, 25°, light NNE. Very little bird activity today out at Lollingdon and the river areas, just the usual seen at both sites.A Cuckoo reported from...
17-07-2021 16:04

All about Insects

Sunny periods, 23°, light NNW. Quite static birdwise at the moment. A Chiffchaff on Lollingdon hill on the move and a Little Owl nearby.A Sparrowhawk ...
15-07-2021 16:05

Static

Few sunny spells, 21°, light SW. A settled couple of days at Lollingdon and from the Church out to the ?reedy ditch?. A lot of activity with a good nu...
10-07-2021 16:05

Bunk Line & Thames

Few sunny spells plus a few light rain showers, 20°, breezy SSW. Bunk line this afternoon: 20+ House Martin and approx. 12 Swallow feeding over and ar...
08-07-2021 16:05

One that got away

Sunny spells, 22°, light SSW. Lying in bed this morning at around 06:00 listening to birdsong in the meadow which comprised of Blackbird, Song Thrush,...
03-07-2021 16:05

LRP

Light cloud, 20°, light N. Lollingdon again, still somewhat quiet birdwise, a few Swallow, House Martin and Swift overhead and the usual songsters pre...
02-07-2021 16:05

June bows out

Cloudy, 18°, light N. Bunk line today on a warm and cloudy day. Birdwise was rather quiet this afternoon, just Blackcap and Yellowhammer in song. A co...
01-07-2021 16:05

Birds, Butterflies & Dragons

Mainly sunny, 20°, light W. 10K walk today out to the Lees and around to Lollingdon Hill and back to the village. Again good numbers of Yellow Wagtail...
26-06-2021 16:05

Footy Fly

Cloudy with the occasional sunny spell, 15°, breezy NNE. A routine walk out to Lollingdon today, no surprises. A few Swallow and Swift feeding over th...
23-06-2021 16:05

The Thames & The Lees

Prolonged sunny period, 25°, light SSW. A walk out to the Lees and surprised how many Yellow Wagtail around, 14 counted possibly comprising 5-6 pairs"...
17-06-2021 16:05

Demoiselles

Sunny, 22°, light SSE. A visit to Lollingdon today, relatively quiet, 2 singing Lesser Whitethroat and 9 singing Yellowhammer counted between the vill...
16-06-2021 16:05

A Day for Insects

Sunshine, 25°, light WNW. Not much of note today along the Bunk line other than several Yellow Wagtail flying back and forth. A Mistle Thrush, Green W...
15-06-2021 16:05

Where have all the flowers gone"

Cloudy with a few sunny spells, 21°, breezy WSW. Rather quiet out at Lollingdon today with all the regulars present and a very similar experience for ...
12-06-2021 16:05

Dragons, Damsels & Butterflies

Mainly cloudy, 19°, light SSW.A day of insects with Dragonflies & Damselflies dominating.  Bunk line/Green lane today, little change. Lesser Whiteth...
08-06-2021 16:06

Big Foot

Cloudy with very light drizzle, 16°, light NNE. The long loop walk today to the Lees and Lollingdon and back thru Little Lollingdon. 2-3 Sedge Warbler...
05-06-2021 16:05

Steady as she goes

Mainly cloudy with some sunny spells, 20°, light SSW. A walk along the Bunk line/Green lane area today and surprised to see 2 Sand Martin flying low o...
04-06-2021 16:05

Quiet start to June

Sunny, 24°, light ESE. A walk out to the hill again today and proving pretty quiet. The usual Common Whitethroat, Blackcap and Chiffchaff plus the reg...
02-06-2021 16:05

Insects of Cholsey Marsh

 Photos courtesy Peter Law.Banded DemoiselleCrane flyFroghopper ?Mayfly...
01-06-2021 16:05

Melodious Warbler

Melodious WarblerFriday 28th May 2021: Cloudy with some very light rain, 15°, light ENE.I took one of my usual walks out to Lollingdon Hill, nothing m...
01-06-2021 16:05

Quiet

Sunny, 18°, light ENE.Lollingdon yesterday and the Bunk line/Green lane today. All fairly quiet for the last couple of days with all the regulars pres...
31-05-2021 16:06

Reed & Sedge

A Sunny day, 18°, light SSW. A trek out to the Lees and beyond today and Alan covering Bow Bridge to the 4-Arches. 6+ Sedge Warbler and at least 3 Ree...
28-05-2021 16:05

Birds & the rest

Mainly cloudy with some sunny spells, 15°, light NW. A walk out to Lollingdon hill today proved somewhat fruitless. Nothing much to shout about on the...
27-05-2021 16:05

Bunk Line & River Thames

Sunny periods with rain showers later, 15°, light WNW. The Bunk line and river covered today with Alan finding some ?first for the year? Dragonflies i...
20-05-2021 16:05

April Showers"

Sunshine and showers and the odd Thunderstorm, 14°, light W. A walk out to Lollingdon via the Lees. 3 pair of Yellow Wagtail between the Church and th...
18-05-2021 16:04

Marsh Frits

Cloudy with a few sunny spells and showers, 13°, light SSW.The Marsh Fritillaries are out in Cholsey, approx 2 weeks later than last year.Photos court...
17-05-2021 16:05

Those Damn Crows

Cloudy with sunshine and showers, 13°, light SW. More like Rooks than Crows. My garden bird feeders are in direct line of sight by the Rooks nesting i...
16-05-2021 16:05

A day between the rains

Overcast, 11°, light NNE. Alan out today along the Marsh to Bow Bridge: a Raven overhead, several Swift and House Martin feeding along the river. A Ta...
15-05-2021 16:06

Improving

Sunny intervals, 15°, light SSW. A single Wheatear on Lollingdon Hill today plus a couple of Pied Wagtail. A Yellow Wagtail and 3 (2&1) Raven overhead...
13-05-2021 16:05

Sunshine & Showers again

Sunshine and Showers, 14°, breezy SSW.A day for dodging the rain showers but not being too successful. A surprise butterfly out at Little Lollingdon w...
11-05-2021 16:05

Four seasons in one day

Sunny spells and wintry rain showers, 10°, light to breezy W.A lot of weather today including a thunderstorm, rain, sleet etc. etc.  Arial insect fe...
06-05-2021 16:05

A Breezy one

Sunny spells, 11°, breezy WNW. Just Alan out today along the Bunk line and river. Chiffchaff and Sedge Warbler along Green lane plus a Kingfisher. Sev...
05-05-2021 16:05

Late Fieldfare and 1 or 2 Cuckoo

Cloudy, 11°, breezy SSW. After stating yesterday that we have not had a Cuckoo yet, I received a call from Tony Rayner to say he had one in his meadow...
04-05-2021 16:06

Garden Warbler & Hobby new for the year

Sunny spells, 12°, light W. Alan has been walking the Marsh for the last 2 mornings and finally found a Garden Warbler and not one but two. Probably r...
03-05-2021 16:06

A quiet end to April with Swifts passing thru

Sunny spells, 11°, light NNE. Lollingdon hill fairly quiet today with 3 Wheatear on the hill, 2 Yellow Wagtail and 2 Pied Wagtail. 14 Swallow flew nor...
01-05-2021 16:05

Still cool

Cloudy with the odd sunny spell and a light rain shower, 9°, light NNW. Male Ring Ouzel still present on Lollingdon Hill (staying high) along with 4 W...
30-04-2021 16:05

Rain

Overcast with frequent light rain showers, 10°, light NE. Quite a cooler day than of late and some welcome rain. An influx of Hirundines today with c3...
29-04-2021 16:05

Not much change

Sunny, 13°, breezy NE. A nice bright day but still a little cool with a northerly airflow. A Wheatear on Lollingdon Hill today and shortly joined by 2...
27-04-2021 16:05

Gropper

Sunshine, 13°, breezy ENE.Alan on the Marsh this morning with the first Grasshopper Warbler of the year. Along with Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Commo...
26-04-2021 16:06

Lollingdon and Bunk line

Sunshine, 14°, light ENE. Alan out today around Lollingdon and Bunk line. 2 Wheatear (f) on the hill and 2 Swallow over and a Little Owl nearby. A nu...
25-04-2021 16:05

A few more turning up

Sunshine, 16°, light to breezy ESE. Alan out early along the Marsh this morning with 2 Common Tern and 2 Common Sandpiper (new for the year) along th...
24-04-2021 16:05

VizMig Slow

Sunny, 13°, breezy E. A cool easterly breeze blowing today didn?t give up much for visible migration with just 3 Swallow and a single Yellow Wagtail o...
23-04-2021 16:05

Whinchat & Ring Ouzel but not in Cholsey

Sunny intervals, 13°, breezy NE. Not much to report today. A Yellow Wagtail over Lollingdon Hill and a Willow Warbler and Goldcrest near the Millenniu...
22-04-2021 16:05

Increase in numbers

Sunshine, 16°, light ENE. Another warm day with butterflies on the wing and more migrants arriving. Alan was down on the Marsh again early morning wit...
21-04-2021 16:05

Weather improving

Sunshine, 16°, light SE. A good start to the day with a Willow Warbler singing near the garden. 7 Wheatear on Lollingdon hill this morning but all app...
20-04-2021 16:05
 



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