Soggy Water Park

I made an early morning visit to the Water Park and found that the water levels had risen a lot since my last visit. At Waterhay the Thames had flooded and the car park and surrounding fields were all welly territory. Seen here were three Whimbrel and two Bar Tailed Godwit in the normal field. Then it was on to Twitchers to see if anything good had stayed overnight. Three more Godwit and a Greenshank were seen along with a few Common and one Black Tern. There were hundreds of Swallows and Martins over the lake here, certainly well over a thousand birds. An amazing site. The Nightingale was singing but again was not seen. Moving on to lakes 9, 12, and 16, it was more hirundines, more terns and a couple of Eygptian Geese. I then headed to the eastern part of the Water Park with a quick stop at RAF Fairford to look at four Hercules. Then it was to Whelford Pools which turned up four Shelduck, three Oystercatcher and many more Swallows. Final stop was lake 125 where along with the Swallows and Martins there were a few Swifts which were all flying about a foot above the grass and track. Also here were a few Common and one Arctic Tern. On the far bank were some Greylag Geese with young and there were plenty of Reed Buntings around. Despite having two year ticks the highlight for me was the incredible amount of hirundines seen. Certainly the highest amount I have seen on a birding trip. A quick stop at Charlbury Hill on the way home found a Whinchat and a Wheatear. Had a call from Nigel at lunchtime with the offer of a lift to Farmoor where a Red Rumped Swallow had been seen. No chance of going as I was down for a trip to IKEA in Bristol, oh joy!! I did manage a walk at Liddington first with another half a dozen Wheatear seen.

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