Sunday, 30 April 2017

Great Spring Day

My prediction for the weekend was pretty much spot on SEE HERE (129 Poms past Dunge! and good numbers of terns and waders across inland reservoirs). Beddington had a great day- with Temminck's, Nightingale and good haul of waders, terns and migrants. I woke up at 630 (thanks to Jacob) and then waited for the first reports in from Birdguides to decide where to go first. With reports of Black and Arctic Terns coming in fast across inland reservoirs I decided I would do Farmoor Res first and then later head over to Otmoor to check if anything had come in during the day.

Farmoor was pretty good 2 Black Tern, 35+ Common Tern, 3 Turnstone,1 Whimbrel, 1 Oystercatcher, 5 Common Sandpiper, 4 Dunlin, 1 Whinchat, 1 Hobby, 4 Sand Martin, 10 Swallow, 20+ Swift and 6 Yellow Wagtail.

 Black Tern

 Common Sandpipers 
 Common Tern

In the afternoon (after a cracking Sunday roast at the Bull and Butcher) went over to Otmoor and found the bird of the day. Also had 2 Wheatear, 7 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Hobby, 1 Cuckoo, 2 Curlew and 2 Little Ringed Plover.
 Female Wheatear on Sheep Fields at Noke
 Male Yellow Wagtail with a Pig 
 Curlew over Otmoor
 Bird of the day- Temminck's Stint, one of four reported in UK today- maybe the Beddington bird making its way north (it wasn't seen after 10.05 at the farmlands and the Otmoor Bird was only seen in the afternoon?) 


Arjun Dutta said...

Great pics and once again jealous of what you've seen!
The Temmincks Stint is the kind of picture standard that I have on my pictures ☺. Except I've never seen a Temmincks Stint...

Peter Alfrey said...

Hi Arjun,
the weather has been great this weekend- south east winds and some rain in late April to early May- always a winner.
Hopefully got some better images of Temminck's but on my phone- will download when back in London.