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Sunday, 28 August 2016

28th Aug 2016: Whinchats

After John's Tree Pipit it has been a reasonably quiet few days without anything too exciting, until this evening. On Friday John and Tim Clark were out and between them saw one Wheatear, two Spotted Flycatchers two Common Sandpipers and a Yellow Wagtail. Later in the evening John, Dan and I tried the gull roost, but little came in. We had one Yellow-legged Gull early on but it didn't stay long.

Yellow-legged Gull, it was showing well but flew off before I could get better!
Yesterday Colin had five common Sandpipers (two at the reservoir and three at the Borrow Pit pool) three Yellow Wagtails over and there were two Little Grebe chicks still at the Borrow Pit. In the afternoon, after the huge thunderstorm, John and I were disappointed that the best birds were a Common Sandpiper and a Kingfisher....

Today John and Kirsty have been out and John found a new Redstart. There was also two Raven, a Wheatear, a Yellow Wagtail one Common Sandpiper and a female Shoveler at the Borrow Pit. Late afternoon Mark found three Whinchat in the Upper Cherwell Valley. I was wondering if we were going to get some again this autumn as they have been regular for a few yews now. True to form, today Mark found them perched up on the dead dock flower spikes.

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