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Monday, 24 August 2015

24th Aug 2015

A day that looked so good on paper turned out to be rather disappointing. With a few people out at different times of the day we saw some good birds but nothing that would raise the pulse too much.

Clive and Jim had been round this morning before I got there and had seen a Hobby fly over and a Willow Tit along the river. There were three Common Sandpipers at the reservoir before they were flushed by the contractors mowing the grass and a Tufted Duck was loafing with the Mallards. I found a Spotted Flycatcher amongst a large congregation of foraging tits, warblers and finches near the entrance but failed to see much else.

John visited at lunch time but it was very quiet. So it was down to this evening to find something. John started well with a few Willow Warblers, a good number of Yellow Wagtails moving through (fifteen, in two groups ten and five) and a few hirundines moving. Up at the Borrow Pit pool in the Upper Cherwell Valley he had three Whinchats, a Wheatear and three Common Sandpipers (probably the same three from this morning).

I joined the search a bit later but possibly too late. The passerines had either all gone to roost already or were just keeping themselves tucked away and very quiet. There was nothing at the reservoir and the few gulls that were around all left. So, soaking wet and a little uninspired I decided it was time to call it a day.

Heron from Sunday. Courtesy and copyright of Dave Fuller

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