On Friday 9th Tim Clark had two Wigeon at the reservoir and twelve Tufted Ducks at the Borrow Pit pool. He also noted at least four Stonechats in the field to the south of the motorway and west of the canal. That is a very good number for here in recent years. Mark also had two Redpoll in the wood.
Saturday 10th, late morning, Tim recorded c.20 Siskin feeding in the alders along the edge of
the reservoir and on the reservoir there just a single Little Grebe of note. A male Goosander flew in but did not stop. One Stonechat remained in the field along the canal and ten Tufted Duck and three Little Grebe were at the Borrow Pit.
Jon Bowley visited on the 11th and found our first singing Chiffchaff of the year. It was along the river and had later moved along to the edge of the woodland. The Willow Tit was in song and the Marsh Tit was also still in the woodland. The number of Tufted Duck at the Borrow Pit had increased to fifteen and there were sixteen Teal on the floodwater by the river in the valley. Two each of Skylark and Meadow Pipit flew over east / north-east.
On Wednesday 14th Mike found fourteen Black-tailed Godwits on the floodwater in the Upper Cherwell Valley. This is a fantastic find for the area! The area was also holding lots of gulls, corvids and Starlings.
Today Mark was out and about and saw four Yellow-legged Gulls at the Borrow Pit and one at the reservoir. There was also twenty-five Tufted Ducks (20M/5F) at the Borrow Pit pool, which must be the highest count there to date and a very good count for the area now. Amongst the rest were three Redpoll in the woodland and six Song Thrush seen together along the reservoir path.
I'll be away for work for two weeks now, so John will keep the blog updated as and when he can. See you in the Spring!