Cleeve Hill A Red Kite, two Buzzards, a pair of Mistle Thrushes, a Cuckoo calling, Blackcaps, Tree Pipits, Meadow Pipits and Skylarks. Also Large White, Common Blue, Small Blue, Brimstone, a Brown Argus and Small Heath butterflies. Moths included Five Spot Burnets, Burnet Companion, Chimney Sweeper moth and a Forester moth. Thousands of Garden Chafers, a Common Lizard, a young Adder, barely a foot long (pic by Phil) and a Stoat. (Chris & Phil Andrews).
Coombe Hill Meadows Birds today included a pair of Mute Swans with four small cygnets, a pair of Shelducks with six ducklings, 30 Mallards plus a female with six ducklings on the canal, three Little Egrets, five Grey Herons, a Buzzard, a pair of Coot on south scrape with four chicks, two pairs of Lapwings with two and four chicks and seven adults, a pair of Oystercatchers with two half grown young, a Curlew, a Redshank, two Cuckoos, a Cetti’s Warbler, two Reed Warblers, at least five Sedge Warblers and Whitethroats and at least ten Reed Buntings. (Mike Smart).
Tirley Sandpits Seven Blackcaps, a Bullfinch, 7+ Skylarks, 10+ Whitethroats, five Chiffchaffs, five Stock Doves, 7+ House Martins, a Curlew heard, two Green Woodpeckers, four Swallows, four Swifts, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a Mistle Thrush and a Red-legged Partridge. In Tirley a Tawny Owl calling at 9:50pm, also a Spotted Flycatcher on wires. (Mark Grieve).
Kingscote A belated report of a possible male Golden Oriole at 7pm last night. (Adam Soble per Martyn Hayes).