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- an immature Grey Wagtail was on the wall overlooking The Test at Town Mill, a further bird being heard nearby.
- a Buzzard was briefly over Overton Hill early afternoon.
- a Grey Heron up to three Red Kite were seen over the village by mid-afternoon.
- the Peacock sustained their vocalisations, to put it politely! Somewhat quieter was a pair of Blue Tit, still brooding in a local best box.
- late evening saw two Swift battling in to a strong south-westerly.
- a pair of Blue Tit was seen feeding young.
- Female Glow-worm started displaying at nightfall in St Mary's churchyard and in the parish cemetery.
Right: female Glow-worm , Lampyris noctiluca glowing, in the dark (left) and with flash (right). Picture: Adam Trickett
- a Mute Swan moved west over the village early afternoon and female Glow-worm were seen glowing in the evening at St Mary's.
- a Green Woodpecker was on Woodlands grass early morning.
- a Fox was at Berrydown early morning, a doe Roe Deer then being seen near Ashe Arch. Volunteer & Farmer alliance surveying found a Red Kite, two Swift, four Swallow, two House Martin, a Lapwing and further doe Roe Deer about Ashe Warren Farm. A Red Kite was at Frost Hill late afternoon, a Buzzard nearby, heading south in to the Parish.
- a family party of Blue Tit continued to visit garden feeders.
- a Humming-bird Hawk-moth visiting a garden was one of very few reported about the Parish as yet this year. Far more expected was the Red Kite over fields just north of the village mid-afternoon. Nightfall brought more Glow-worm displays at St Mary's.
- a Red Kite was seen to move south-west early afternoon.
- both Red Kite and Lesser Black-backed Gull were on the wing over the village late afternoon, unlike a Udea olivalis, this moth being found in a bathroom. At St Mary's, the Glow-worm evening show was on again.
- up to eight Swift were over the village late in to the evening.
- at least one Peacock was still obvious, if only by call, pre-dawn. Night brought the first ever recorded sighting of a male Glow-worm in the St Mary's colony, finally!
Right: Glow-worm, Lampyris noctiluca - Male (smaller) and female mating. Picture: Adam Trickett
- four Swift were seen in the evening, together over the village centre.
- a female Green Woodpecker was on the grass by the mini-roundabout at Woodlands early morning. A Linnet was heard over the village early evening.
- a buck Roe Deer crossed the Kingsclere road early morning.
- both Whitethroat and Yellowhammer were in song just north of the village, where an adult Badger was the latest road casualty. Hoverflies were visiting flowers in a Greyhound Lane garden.
Contributors: Alison Hutchins, Peter E. Hutchins, Veronique Kerguelen & Adam Trickett.