….than driving over a hundred miles to the WOS meeting in Devon today. A great shame as we had been looking forward to visiting an area new to us. Pete Adams and I still fancied a bit of birding so we decided on a morning visit to Farmoor. With the rain forecast to arrive around ten we were hoping to stay dry. Arriving before eight we were the first car in the car park. Plenty Pied Wagtails, gulls and Coots to start. A few Swallows were around. First waders seen were some Dunlin with a Grey Plover a good find. While we were talking to local birder Dai (Insomniac Birder) a Ringed Plover flew over calling loudly. We watched it circle round a couple of times before it headed off to the west without stopping. Heading down to the river a couple of Chiffchaff were seen, as was a Kestrel. Great-spotted Woodpecker was heard. Thanks to a tip-off from a another local birder, (all are very friendly here) we had good views of a Little Owl sat in a hedgerow across the Thames. Back at the reservoir we paid a visit to the new hide which is a great addition to the site, where we watched masses of Swallows, House Martins and a few Sand Martins feeding over the water. Then it was back to the car having managed to stay dry as we had hoped. It actually started to rain about halfway home so out timing was spot-on. For any Wiltshire birders who haven’t yet visited Farmoor I can recommend it, just be aware that it can be a very cold place.