Roll on to Wednesday morning and some poor weather again and there, in all of it's glory, was the swallow again! Re-found by John on the western fence. It was seen through most of the day Wednesday to Friday, often foraging high over the river or the cattle field, and was last seen at around 08:30 on Saturday morning. It seems like it was the same bird comparing pictures from last week and this week, so where it went to between Sunday/Monday and Wednesday no one knows!
There are more fantastic photos of the swallow on http://johnswildlifewanderings.blogspot.com/, http://oxonbirding.blogspot.com/, http://jkhsmith.blogspot.com/, http://blackaudibirding.blogspot.com/ and http://tallbirder.blogspot.com/.
|Courtesy and copyright of JFT|
On Tuesday there were two Common Sandpipers and John confirmed that Grey Wagtails had fledged - possibly three different nests.
|Courtesy and copyright of Dave Fuller|
|Black Tern and all following photos courtesy and copyright of Mike Pollard|
On Thursday there was another three Common Terns early on (JFT) and three Dunlin were seen late morning during the rain but they didn't stay long (Stephen Burch). A fine Whinchat was seen on the 10th, which also didn't stay long (JFT et al), six Common Sandpipers and two Little Egrets.
The weekend was fairly quiet but on Saturday the Whooper Swan was still up at the reservoir and another Grass Snake was seen (Dylan), as well as a few Yellow Wagtails and Little ringed Plovers etc.