Back Up On the Hill

As it has been a few weeks since I have been up to Liddington Hill that I decided to head up there for a couple of hours this afternoon hoping to find some early migrants. First bird seen was a Chaffinch followed by some small groups of Linnets and Goldfinches. There were plenty of butterflies around, mainly Small Tortoiseshells and large and small Whites. Also seen were a couple of Common Blues and half-a-dozen Small Heath. Near the top of the hill were a few Meadow Pipits and what I think was a Meadow Grasshopper. There were quite a few bees and moths around as well. All unidentified. The first migrant seen was a Spotted Flycatcher appearing a little out-of-place. A Kestrel flew over and four Buzzards were soaring together. I heard a Redstart calling from a small group of bushes so I sat down quietly hoping for it to appear. After ten minutes there was no sign so I moved on. Another one was heard and this time I managed to get a brief glimpse as it briefly dropped down out of the bushes. A third was heard a little further on. A single Corn Bunting flew over and a couple each of Magpie and Blue Tit gave me a species total of just fifteen. On the way home a Buzzard was perched on a telegraph pole and I managed a couple of decent pictures as unusually it didn’t fly off when I stopped.


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