Saturday, 18 May 2019

Farmoor Reservoir

Did a couple of hours at Farmoor Reservoir today with Jacob. Ebird list HERE. Highlights included the 3 Black Terns that have been around a few days, 8 Common Sandpiper, 4 Ringed Plover , 1 Oystercatcher and the usual Yellow-legged Gulls. 

 Black Terns (above and below) 

 Common Sandpipers- I counted 8 but another birder had 9. There were 3 Sanderling here yesterday, and a couple also at nearby Grimsbury Res in last couple of days. At Beddington in the week there was Turnstone, Whimbrel and a few Greenshanks so waders have obviously been on the move in the last week in the easterly airflow. 
 Second-summer Yellow-legged Gull 
 First-summer Yellow-legged Gulls (above and below). The top bird has dropped three primaries and the bottom bird six, with the covert moult also more extensive in the bottom bird. 

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