After a few days without any proper birding I managed a trip over to Farmoor this afternoon to catch up with the Black-throated Diver that has been there for a good while. I was surprised that it has stayed so long but it maybe because it isn’t in the best of health. On reaching Farmoor I headed up to F2 where a quick scan found a group of photographers, typically situated at about the furthest point from the car park. So it was off on a quick march along the causeway. On the way I saw several Cormorants, a few Common Terns and single Dunlin and Yellow Wagtail. A Cuckoo could be heard somewhere over towards the river. The Sanderling that have been around recently had gone which was a pity. The Diver was close in to the bank taking advantage of the shelter from the fairly strong wind that was blowing. It certainly didn’t look 100% but what a stunning looking bird. Being I missed the Swindon bird a while back these were my best ever views of one in summer plumage. Also seen was a C17 heading for Brize Norton. I watched it for a while before making the trek back to the car and then home via a visit to Tescos. Oh joy.
Back at home this evening a Blackbird was making the most of the evening sun in the front garden.