Fantastic Friday

Mainly relating to the weather although the birding wasn’t bad either. Finishing work at 12.20, first stop was Stanton Park as I hoped the Little Owls would be out enjoying the sun. They weren’t. Then onto Whelford Pools, for those who don’t know it, this is a G.W.T. nature reserve consisting of three lakes and some woodland. A lot of effort has been put into the reserve over the last few months and this has improved the are greatly. Although the only birds of note was a Green Sandpiper it was a nice place to eat a packed lunch. Lake 125 next and considering the size of the lake there was nothing of note to see. Then Lechlade to check the Swans, only around 25 Mute to be seen. Next stop was the Buscot to Coleshill road to look Harriers and Short Eared Owls. Plenty going on with five Buzzards and double figure counts of Roe Deer and Hares.

After around half an hour a Ringtail Hen Harrier appeared, it quartered the fields for about ten minutes. Loads of Skylarks were being flushed as it flew over. It then headed north and as it disappeared from view another bird flew from a hedgerow and followed it. This seems to be an excellent area to see some less common birds. An added attraction for me is that there are good views of the planes (another of my interests) flying in and out of Brize Norton.

A not very good picture of one of the Harriers. Fortunately there are a couple of great viewing areas along the road so there is no need to tramp across the fields to see these birds.

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