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Sunday, 18 October 2015

18th Oct 2015

There was a bit more of interest around today but it is feeling rather monotonous at the moment, and something new or different would be nice. There was a decent flock of finches along the river which had at least 11 Siskins. A Kingfisher buzzed up and down the river a few times evading dog walkers but also me. There were eight Great Crested Grebes today and although that is not a huge amount by some sites standards, it is a pretty good number for here. A couple of Skylarks flew over and I heard the calls of Redwing and Field fare but didn't see them.

In the wood there was a fairly decent tit flock and the ringing calls of Goldcrests was almost constant in some areas. A few Siskins called as they flew through and there was a little group of four Bullfinchs. I found one of the Willow Tits in the middle of the wood again feeding in the low scrub and nettles. There was a brief sighting of a warbler in the bramble scrub on the edge of the wood, which I only got a brief view of but it was most probably a Chiffchaff.

Courtesy and copyright of Dave Fuller
Courtesy and copyright of Dave Fuller
In the Upper Cherwell Valley the pair of Stonechats are still in the area of scrub and rough vegetation along the river. They remained quite elusive today but hopefully I will get some photos of them at some point. Whilst watching them at least five Skylarks and a Redpoll flew over. At the Borrow Pit pool there wasn't a lot, but there were three Common Gulls that dropped in briefly. Jim and Clive were here and also had a Lapwing fly over.

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