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Wednesday, 24 February 2016

24th Feb 2016: Med Gull and Curlew

John Friendship-Taylor: First thing this morning was beautifully, clear & crisp and of course...pretty darn cold. Gareth & I met up for a walk around the reservoir & wood, full of anticipation that the cold snap would bring in something of interest.

As it was, there was a bit of a clear out, with no sign of the previous day's Shovelers or Tufted Ducks. The female Goosander, however remained and there were a handful of vocal Siskin near to the entrance. There were also plenty of recent signs of Otters with both very fresh prints and spraints under the railway bridge.

I popped up again on my lunch break for a quick look. On arrival, I enjoyed an entertaining tussle overhead between a very territorial Lesser Black Backed Gull & a passing Buzzard.

There were noticeably more gulls about on the reservoir with good numbers of both Black-Headed & Commons. It was while scanning through these that I picked up the back of the distinctive black hood of an adult Mediterranean Gull. It went on to show nicely for a little while until I had to get back to work. Mike Pollard also managed to see the bird soon after for a short while, before it then unfortunately disappeared.

Roger Wyatt also visited today and saw a Curlew flying over and two Willow Tits. He posted some fantastic photos on the Oxon Birding Blog.

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