Monday, 27 May 2019

Farmoor Reservoir & Bicester Wetlands :: 27 May 2019

Bank holiday Monday today and so I asked her indoors if she'd like to go out for a stroll around a reservoir or wetland. We had read that sanderling, dunlin and red-crested pochard had been recorded at Farmoor Reservoir last night and thought that would be good.

We arrived to find the car park almost empty. Unfortunately so was the reservoir. SwiftWe didn't find anything on the causeway and I resorted to trying to take a photo of the swifts cutting through the air like bullets - the fact they were in the sky rather than over the water didn't help avoiding them appearing like silouettes. Soon we spotted there were a couple of sand martins too.

We dropped down in the Pinkhill reserve and saw both sedge and reed warbler, and a fly-by great spotted woodpecker. We climbed back up to the reservoir and headed across the causeway and a spot of lunch.

On the way home we dropped into Bicester Wetlands - the gate was locked and it looked like it had only been Alan Peters that had visited over the weekend. Green woodpeckerSaw a few warblers but had been hoping for green sandpiper but none were present. There were views of a green woodpecker to cheer us.

Just one of those days.

Sightings today included: black-headed gull, blue tit, canada goose, carrion crow, common tern, coot, cormorant, gadwall, great crested grebe, great spotted woodpecker, green woodpecker, greylag goose, house Martin, lapwing, magpie, mallard, mute swan, pied wagtail, reed bunting, rook, sand Martin, sedge warbler, swift, whitethroat and woodpigeon.

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