Farmoor to see…

…if the weather hadn’t been so nice! Steve and I went over to Farmoor Reservoir after work. It was a lovely calm sunny evening. Great for a nice walk but a bit more wind and some showers may have dropped a few more migrants in. One of the first birds seen was a Barn Owl hunting in the sunlight. From the first hide a couple of Lapwing and a Reed Bunting along with a few Black Headed Gulls. A few Blackcap were singing along the path and then we picked out a Reed Warbler. Reaching the reservoir which was flat calm. A dozen or so Great Crested Grebe were seen on the water and then another five flying, quite an unusual sight. Think, how often do you see them fly? Steve found a first summer Little Gull which eventually came quite close. There were a lot of Pied Wagtails along the causeway along with three or four White. A few Swallows were over the water and three Swifts were seen at a distance. Steve then found a Common Sandpiper on the far bank followed by a Yellow Wagtail. A little later a flock of a dozen or more Yellow Wagtail flew onto the causeway giving great views, definitely the highlight of the visit. In all thirty-two species seen with three year ticks.

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