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Thursday, 21 April 2016

21st Apr 2016: Wood Warbler and Swifts

John had a Wood Warbler this morning singing in the wood near to the path between the wood and the cattle field. As far as I can tell it is the first record for the reservoir! Like the bird Colin had on Sunday it sang a couple of times and went quiet and despite searches by others through the day it was not seen or heard again. We have been discussing whether it is likely to be the same bird or a new one. We came to the conclusion it was probably a second bird as spring birds move through so quickly. However, it has been pointed out how rare Wood Warbler is in Oxfordshire and the chances of having two birds within such a small area and within such a small space of time would be against the odds. If it is the same bird hanging around, let's hope it is just keeping quiet whilst feeding up and it is seen or heard again.

This evening we also had our first Swifts of the year. Two feeding with the hirundines over the reservoir. This is the 105th species for the year and by comparison to last year Swift was the 100th species recorded and was first recorded on the 5th May.

In other news we had a couple of Yellow Wagtails today, there have been at least three Sedge Warblers along the river, one or two Common Sandpipers over the last couple of days, the two Willow Tits still around and a Coot on the reservoir (!).

More breeding species have been confirmed with a Grey Wagtail now sat on the nest that was made several days ago and Robins carrying food and a juvenile bird seen already.

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