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Tuesday, 10 May 2016

10th May 2016: Turnstone and Mistle Thrush

John was out yesterday morning and had three Common Sandpipers, five Tufted Ducks and a Greylag Goose at the reservoir. Otherwise it was very quiet.

Today the easterly winds and rain delivered us a few good birds. Early morning John had three Common Sandpipers still and three Little Ringed Plovers new in. A stunning summer plumaged Turnstone was found by Ian Rowe at 9:45, which was new in within the last 15 minutes. The Turnstone stayed all day and was quite confiding which pleased a lot of people, myself included. Later in the evening it was even seen feeding on the grass by the path!

Courtesy and copyright of Mike Pollard
When Steve Holliday got to the reservoir two 'commic' terns fly out of the reservoir away from him. He also had a Mistle Thrush which is new for the year. In the evening I walked up a short while after John and found two Dunlin, which had dropped in very recently. Other bits of note were a Reed Warbler in the Upper Cherwell Valley and Lesser Black-backed Gulls moving through, including a group of 17.

Courtesy of JFT

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