Monday, 1 May 2017

Borrow Pit, Banbury :: 30 April 2017

A heads up from @grimsbury_birds let me know that wheatear and whinchat had been found at the Borrow Pit. WinchatAlso that black terns had visited Grimsbury Reservoir. Given the time I had available I opted for the Borrow Pit. Not immediately obvious but as I approached the rocky area there was some movement - the whinchat [#121]. With dog walkers close behind the bird took off and across the water. Fortunately the wheatear [#122] then showed for a few minutes before it too was flushed off and out of sight. Hoping for a better view of the whinchat I circled round and was fortunate to see the bird land onto some reeds.

WheatearSedge warblers appeared to be on overtime, joined by whitethroat. A single common sandpiper fed along the waters edge. Overhead a red kite quartered looking for opportunities.

Back home for Sunday lunch.

Sightings (15) included: blackbird, carrion crow, common sandpiper, coot, mallard, mute swan, red kite, reed bunting, rook, sedge warbler, tufted duck, wheatear, whinchat, whitethroat and woodpigeon.

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