Longer evenings

A combination of the evenings really drawing out and some later starts at work means that I have started to get out for a while after we have eaten. Last night was a chilly and breezy walk around Barbury Castle with just a handful of Meadow Pipits, a possible Ring Ouzel and a Blackbird the only birds seen other than corvids and pigeons. In contrast this evening was a lot more pleasant and I had initially intended to go to Coate to have a look for the 2 Fudge Ducks that were reported yesterday. However, following a report of three Glossy Ibis from Twitchers I made a quick change of destination. In contrast to yesterday it was a lovely evening, clear blue skies and little wind. After the double dip last weekend it was good to find the Ibis in sight almost straight away. They certainly are strange creatures. It seems possible that they are moving between the Water Park and Otmoor which is a fair distance to travel. A supporting cast of Little and Great White Egret, Heron, Blackwit, Redshank, Swallow and year ticks of Reed Warbler and a flyover Cuckoo made it even better value.

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