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Feeling autumnal

Sunny, 21°, breezy ESE. Not a lot going on today, the hill was very quiet with just a few Chiffchaff present. A Sparrowhawk sparring with a couple of ...
21-09-2019 16:04

White Storks

I received a report from Gerry Sexton of 15 White Stork flying north over Cholsey at dusk yesterday.Again these are more than likely from a release sc ...
19-09-2019 16:04

Wheatear & Stonechats

Sunny, 20°, light NNE. The first Stonechat of the autumn on the hill today but disappeared down the NW side of the hill, a Wheatear also present for a ...
19-09-2019 16:04

Wheatear

A Wheatear seen and photographed by Alan near Silly bridge today.And a Bullfinch ...
18-09-2019 16:03

White-tailed Eagle

A juv White-tailed Eagle reported flying over Cholsey Church a short while ago pursued by 6 Red Kite. The bird was heading south and more than likely ...
15-09-2019 16:04

Roesel's Bush Cricket

A video and photos of Roesel\'s Bush Crickets courtesy Alan Dawson. ...
14-09-2019 16:04

Look out behind you

Many thanks to Jon Mitchell for sending in the “action shot”! “Just thought you might like to see a photo I took from Ivy South on S ...
14-09-2019 16:04

The long walk

Cloudy with sunny spells and a light early rain shower, 22°, light to mod SW. A walk out through the Lees, skirting Aston Tirrold on to Lollingdon and ...
13-09-2019 16:04

A dull start

Overcast, light rain, 19°, fresh WSW. Dull conditions and a blustery time on the hill this morning and another good passage of Hirundines passing over ...
12-09-2019 16:05

Whinchat, Wheatears, Redstart etc

A misty start then sunshine and cloud, 17°, light WNW. A Common Redstart (m), 3 Wheatear, 2 Kestrel and several Chiffchaff on the hill today. 4 Spotte ...
11-09-2019 16:05

Autumn well underway

There has been a very autumnal feel to this week with hundreds of martins gathering over Ibsley Water each morning and today I was there as they conti ...
08-09-2019 16:04

Hornet Mimic Hoverfly

Photo courtesy Alan Dawson ...
06-09-2019 16:04

Redstart

A Common Redstart found by Alan today on Lollingdon Hill.Just out of interest there was a Manx Shearwater at Farmoor reservoir this evening. This bird ...
04-09-2019 16:04

Semi-palamated Sandpiper in Sligo

I was passing through Sligo this afternoon on my way to Donegal and dropped into Ross\'s Strand to see the Semi-palmated Sandpiper that Paul Keogh fou ...
03-09-2019 16:04

Migrants still on the move

Sunny with light cloud, 20°, light WSW. 3 Lesser Whitethroat on the hill today, 2 Blackcap and several Chiffchaff. Nearby 4 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Will ...
03-09-2019 16:04

A quiet end to August

Mainly sunshine, 22°, breezy SSW. A relatively quiet time today, a Common Redstart (m) on the south side of the hill and 2 Spotted Flycatcher on the n ...
31-08-2019 16:04

Autumn Lady?s shorn!

Yesterday Tracy and I, inspired by various comments on various social media about the very lovely but understated Autumn flowering orchid, Autumn Lady ...
31-08-2019 16:04

WW and a Hoverfly

Sunny with later cloud, 19°, light SW. Some good birds today with a Whimbrel heard flying over by Michael Pocock early this morning and 2 Whinchat alo ...
30-08-2019 16:04

A bit of a mix

Sunny with cloud building and a few light showers, 21°, light SSW. 3 Common Redstart on the hill today, including a nice male. A Common Whitethroat, 2 ...
29-08-2019 16:04

Wild Play!

Last week saw the last of this summers “Wild Days Out” activity days – this time with a team challenge theme for the older age group ...
29-08-2019 16:04

Tern Hide today?

…just a quick post to advise visitors coming today (Thursday 30th August) that the volunteer work party will be working on the shore of Ibsley W ...
29-08-2019 16:04

Whinchat & Wheatear

Sunny, 27°, light SE. A text from Alan this morning of a Wheatear and a Whinchat along the Bunk Line. I arrived around 30 minutes later and the Whinch ...
25-08-2019 16:04

Yesterdays Whinchat

An excellent photo of the Whinchat from yesterday by Alan Dawson, taken in better light later in the day. ...
25-08-2019 16:04

Getting Warm

Mainly sunny, 24°, light S. Just the 1 Redstart seen on the hill today, plus 2 Blackcap, 1 Common Whitethroat, a Wheatear and 2 Kestrel. Nearby 4 Spo ...
24-08-2019 16:04

A Spotted Flycatcher Day

Sunny intervals, 21°, light SSW. A Spotted Flycatcher day today with 15-18 out at Lollingdon (15 was the minimum count). 3 small groups of Flycatchers ...
22-08-2019 16:08

Butterflies & Dragons

Sunny spells, 19°, breezy W. An afternoon walk alongside the Bunk line to Winterbrook and back. Not much birdwise, a few Chiffchaff and singles of Bla ...
21-08-2019 16:04

Bonaparte's Gull still in Liscannor Bay

The first record or  this rare North American Gull was found in the exact same spot over 20 years ago, a first winter back on 24th to 29th of January ...
21-08-2019 16:04

Walter!

Having reported on Saturday evening that a great white egret was back on Ibsley Water, but that it was not our old veteran and trail blazer nicknamed ...
20-08-2019 16:05

Migrant Hawker

Migrant Hawker dragonfly at Cholsey Marsh.Photo courtesy Alan Dawson.5 Swift feeding over the north of the village yesterday and gradually drifted off ...
19-08-2019 16:05

Not Walter?

…but a non-ringed great white egret has arrived today, the first of the season, spending most of it on the spit midway between Lapwing and Goosa ...
18-08-2019 16:06

Woodsmoked?

Woodsmoked is definitely what I am this week! After a couple of weeks off it was straight back in at the deep end with back to back campfire based act ...
17-08-2019 16:06

Spot Flys

3+ Spotted Flycatcher and a Common Redstart out at Lollingdon today. Per Alan Dawson. ...
16-08-2019 16:04

A couple from yesterday

Rain stopped play today!A couple of photos from yesterday. A Buzzard over the village closely resembles an individual seen out at Lollingdon regularly ...
15-08-2019 16:04

Grasshopper & Butterfly

A few photos from Alan.Meadow Grasshopper and Painted Lady butterflies. ...
13-08-2019 16:04

A bit quiet!

Mainly cloudy, 17°, light WNW. 2 Raven briefly on the hill before continuing westwards, the Common Redstart still present and a Willow Warbler, Blackc ...
13-08-2019 16:04

Great White Egret:

A first for Cholsey: A Great White Egret flew south over Church road at dusk on the 8th Aug. Per Richard Broughton. ...
11-08-2019 16:03

Reserve Closed!

Due to the high winds the reserve will be closed today (Saturday 10th August), so the hides and car parks will remain closed. Although the winds are n ...
10-08-2019 16:04

Sun, Wind & Rain

Sunny and blustery with several light rain showers, 22°, fresh SW. 3 (poss 1-2 others) Spotted Flycatcher around the paddocks (1 ad & 2 juv). The Comm ...
10-08-2019 16:04

Going South

Cloudy with some showers and sunshine, 20°, breezy WSW. Fairly active out at Lollingdon today with birds on the move, the Common Redstart still presen ...
08-08-2019 16:04

Spot Fly & Redstart

Early rain then sunny spells, 22°, breezy WSW. Fairly quiet today, the Common Redstart still present on the hill and 5+ Spotted Flycatcher on the nort ...
06-08-2019 16:03

Red-eyed Damselfly

A Red-eyed Damselfly with what looks like the remains of a Banded Demoiselle!Photo courtesy Alan Dawson. ...
05-08-2019 16:04

Woodwork and wandering

The weather last week resulted in two very different Wild Days Out, with Tuesday very wet and soggy and not the best conditions for wildlife watching ...
05-08-2019 16:04

Jersey Tiger

Yet another new moth for Cholsey, caught last night by Tony Rayner.A Jersey Tiger."One of the most attractive of the Tiger moths, this species was unt ...
02-08-2019 16:05

Bug-ingham Palace

Last Sunday our Young Naturalists made a rather magnificent bug hotel in a sunny spot close to the new dipping pond. The improvement works here on the ...
02-08-2019 16:05

Quiet end to July

Mainly cloudy with a few sunny spells, 21°, breezy SW. A little breezy on the hill today. The Common Redstart still present on the hill and appears to ...
01-08-2019 16:04

Another new Moth

Tony Rayner caught another new Moth for Cholsey recently. The 4th new Moth for Cholsey this year.The Moth in question is a Tree Lichen Beauty.A mostly ...
31-07-2019 16:06

Some movement!

Sunny, 24°, light SSW. The hill was reasonable today, the Common Redstart still present and 3 Kestrel and a Paraglider! A Spotted Flycatcher on the no ...
30-07-2019 16:03

Black & Green

A sunny day with light cloud, 29°, light SW. A quietish day out there today, I think most were seeking shade and not being too active. 2 Raven on the ...
25-07-2019 16:04

Almost there?

…by Lucy Wiltshire (Volunteer Placement) From earlier posts you may already know that over the past few months we have undergone many changes he ...
24-07-2019 16:04

Green Woodpecker

Arrives in the garden for some water. Gets a shower from a bathing Blackbird. Has a bath.Dries off on a tree. ...
23-07-2019 16:03

Red-tail

Cloudy with sunny spells, 25°, light SW. 2 Raven on the hill briefly this morning before flying off towards Moulsford. The Common Redstart still prese ...
23-07-2019 16:03

Med Gull Update

Back during 30 Days Wild, on the 6th June I included a sighting of a first summer plumage Mediterranean gull that I photographed on Ibsley Water. At t ...
18-07-2019 16:04

Ravens take the day

Cloudy with a few sunny periods, 24°, light SW. Arrived on the hill this morning to something resembling and aerial dogfight. 6 Raven, 5 Kestrel, 4 Re ...
18-07-2019 16:04

30 Days Wild ? Honourable mentions

Sometimes during 30 days wild the hardest part is picking just one video or photo to tweet. There were many days where I could have posted multiples, ...
17-07-2019 16:05

Redstart again

Cloudy with sunny intervals, 20°, light NNE. 2 Common Redstart (juvs) on the hill today, 1 in the usual hedge and another in the Hawthorns along the h ...
16-07-2019 16:04

Summer Passing

It seems that once the 30 Days Wild are over, the signs of passing summer become increasingly obvious. I heard my last singing cuckoo on 22nd June, we ...
16-07-2019 16:04

The Lees area

Sunny intervals, 24°, breezy NW. A walk out to the Lees this afternoon found the farmland on the way out quite barren. Some of the so called ?conserva ...
13-07-2019 16:04

Black, Gold & Painted Ladies

Cloudy with a few sunny spells, 23°, light W.2 Raven on and around the hill toady and very vocal, present for around 30 minutes then flew off south we ...
12-07-2019 16:04

Bluebells to Beaulieu

I have been very absent from the blog this last few months, so this is another quick round up of what our Young Naturalists group have been up to sinc ...
11-07-2019 16:04

Final week of 30 days wild

Another 30 days wild has come to an end, it’s been great fun and I’ve managed to see, hear and do some wonderful things in June. I feel li ...
09-07-2019 16:04

Redstart & Whinchat

Mainly cloudy with sunny spells, 21°, light S.Just beginning to think it was another quiet day on the hill when I saw a bird flycatching along the top ...
09-07-2019 16:04

Puffin Season

Seabirds seem to have had a good breeding season this year with young birds departing the nest early than in previous years.  I was back on the Skel ...
06-07-2019 16:04

August events at Blashford

For details of all our events this August click here! 190706 BL August WhatsOn Advertisements ...
06-07-2019 16:04

Sunshiny day

Sunny, 24°, light WNW.Somewhat quiet out there today, however a surprise of a Garden Warbler singing in the Bullshole area also nice to compare with a ...
06-07-2019 16:04

Risso's Dolphins

During the last week a pod of 8 to10 Risso\'s Dolphins have been feeding off shore of Skellig Michael Island. I got a few shots of a mother and calf t ...
06-07-2019 16:04

Summer pics

A nice series of pics from Alan Dawson today. Coal Tit Gatekeeper Marbled White (F) Ringlet (above & below) ...
05-07-2019 16:04

Invertebrates again

Mainly sunny, 21°, light NE. Not a lot going on out there birdwise today. Another day for mainly insects. Yellowhammers still in good voice and small ...
04-07-2019 16:04

Icelandic Nature

Just back after another working week in north west Iceland, a little south of Isajfordur, where I got the chance on this trip to snap off a few shot ...
30-06-2019 16:04

Dragons

A few pics of Dragonflies at Cholsey Meadows yesterday & today.All photos by Alan Dawson. 4-spot Chaser Black-tailed SkimmerEmperor egg laying ...
29-06-2019 16:03

Has Summer arrived"

Sunny, 23°, light ENE. A nice warm day today and reflected by the number of insects around and Painted Lady butterflies just into double figures with ...
28-06-2019 16:04

Where has the summer gone

I\'m not quiet sure is it age or a large work load, but the summer has passed me by so fast this year.  The longest day is only a distant memory now ...
27-06-2019 16:04

3 weeks of wildness

Last week was a bit different to my normal week with 2 evening meetings meaning 2 late starts. I still managed to squeeze in a guided walk, a work par ...
26-06-2019 16:04

30 Days Wild ? Day 24

A warm clam night, ideal for moths and so it proved, with the best catches of the year so  far. There was not a lot of great note, just all the usual ...
25-06-2019 16:04

Painted Lady

Several Painted Lady butterfly in Cholsey today. There were hundreds of thousands moving north along the eastern Mediterranean earlier this year and t ...
25-06-2019 16:04

30 Days Wild ? Day 23 ? Unexpectedly Clear

They say “You should always expect the unexpected” and it seems I should. Today, at lunchtime I decided to deploy the pheromone lures for ...
24-06-2019 16:04

Game of Crows and poor info!

Out walking today along the farm track to the Lees I was asked by a dog walker if I was a ?twitcher?. I replied no, not these days and explained what ...
22-06-2019 16:04

Fishlake Meadows work party

Last Friday the 14th June, I held a work party at Fishlake Meadows. Lots of different odd jobs had built up, so it was a good time to get one booked i ...
22-06-2019 16:04

The Lees and beyond

Sunny spells, 19°, light W. A walk out to the Lees and beyond today and a little warmer than of late. The ?long ditch? out beyond the Lees was dredged ...
22-06-2019 16:04

30 Days Wild ? Day 20

A slippery sort of a day, blue sky to start then rain, then warm sun and eventually heavy rain, it was hard to know how many layers and of what type t ...
21-06-2019 16:04

More rain!

Overcast then rain, 17°, light SW. Pretty quiet out today. A quick check on the Spotted Flycatchers before making my way out to Lollingdon. A few Swif ...
19-06-2019 16:03

Still going wild

Another week in to 30 days wild, I can’t believe we’re over half way through already! It’s been another busy week, but luckily IR ...
18-06-2019 16:04

30 Days Wild ? Day 17 ? Butterflies and More

We have been doing butterfly transects at Blashford Lakes for some years now, I say “We”, what I really mean is that the volunteers have b ...
18-06-2019 16:04

Week end pics

some good wildlife pics from Cholsey this week end. Thanks to Niall, Cathy and Alan for their photos.Barn Owl (courtesy Niall Hammond)Pyramid Orchid ( ...
17-06-2019 16:04

Marsh Fritillary

A Marsh Fritillary butterfly found today by Alan Dawson is a first record in recent times for this rare butterfly. I am unable to find any documented ...
17-06-2019 16:04

30 Days Wild ? Day 15 ? Half Way Day in the Garden (weather

Another day off today, I would have spent much of it in the garden but the rain had other ideas. However I did get out between the showers and even ha ...
16-06-2019 16:04

30 Days Wild ? Day 14 ? It?s Not Just Grass!

A day off catching up with domestic tasks, so wildlife watching was largely restricted to the garden. The mini-meadow is looking very fine at present, ...
16-06-2019 16:04

Spotted a Spotted and another Spotted

Sunshine and showers, 16°, breezy SSW. Spotted Flycatcher is almost another lost species to Cholsey. However it appears we may have a breeding pair in ...
15-06-2019 16:05

The one that DIDN?T get away!

Anyone that follows this blog can’t have failed to notice that it is 30 days wild time of year again with Bob going the extra mile to blog his w ...
15-06-2019 16:05

Summer Wild Days Out

We are now accepting bookings onto our Wild Days Out activity days this summer!  Wild Days Out are outdoor play, exploration, adventure and wildlife d ...
14-06-2019 16:04

30 Days Wild ? Day 12 ? Here be Bees

Another mostly dull day, although dry, conditions that may seem not so good for finding insects, which is true, but if you find them they are much les ...
14-06-2019 16:04

The importance of Gardens

Gardens now make up 10 million acres of land in the UK more than all the nature reserves put together, roughly 15% of the UK land mass. With 27 millio ...
12-06-2019 16:04

30 days wild so far

We are now over a week in to the wildlife trusts 30 days wild month, where we try and do one random act of wildness every day of the month of June. I ...
12-06-2019 16:04

Cholsey's lost birds

Whilst most of our bird species have declined by an average of 50%, some are now noticeably absent from Cholsey. Declines are linked to changing farmi ...
11-06-2019 16:04

30 Days Wild ? Day 10 ? Damp(ish)

Most of my “Wildness” involved being indoors looking out, although it was not too bad at the beginning and end of the day. The office wind ...
11-06-2019 16:04

30 Days Wild ? Day 9 ? Fair Play

I was at Roydon’s Wood Fair for most of the day, so I was working, but it was a very enjoyable day and there were lots of people visiting. As us ...
10-06-2019 16:04

Breezy day

Sunny with a moderate breeze, 16°, fresh SW. A wet day yesterday and overnight but the rain sorely needed. A visit of a Muntjac Deer racing around the ...
09-06-2019 16:04

30 Days Wild ? Day 7 ? Blue out of the Grey

Not perhaps the best day to be wild, but after a long dry spell much of our wildlife will be welcoming the rain. Birds like song thrush and blackbird ...
08-06-2019 16:04

30 Days Wild ? Day 5 ? A Smashing Time in the Garden

By way of contrast with my wanderings yesterday, today I was mainly in my garden. The highlight of the day was a summer generation small tortoiseshell ...
06-06-2019 16:04

An unusual one!

Mainly cloudy, 17°, light SW. An unusual record this morning of a singing Reed Warbler in the Millennium Wood and still singing in roughly the same sp ...
06-06-2019 16:04

30 Days Wild ? Day 4 Far and Wide

A very varied day for me today, I started with a farmland bird survey on the Hampshire chalk, almost on the Wiltshire border, then to Blashford workin ...
05-06-2019 16:04

 



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