Monday, 7 October 2019

Oxfordshire, Weekend bits and bobs

Did Farmoor this morning Ebird list here and had the moth trap out on Saturday night at the Old Vicarage.

I checked out Pinkhill and Shrike Hill Nature Reserves (on the western side of the reservoirs) at Farmoor for the first time, was hoping for a Yellow-browed. Had my first couple of Redwings for the autumn, a few Mips and Skylarks moving over and the odd Goldcrest and Chiffy in the bushes but not too much in the way of migrant passerine activity or vis mig. Also 40+ House Martin over the reservoir.

Had Barn Owl, Kingfishers and also Muntjac and Roe Deers along the Thames.

Highlight of the weekend was a female-type Red-breasted Merganser at Farmoor moving between the north and south basins.

 Red-breasted Merganser above and two below , Farmoor Reservoir

 Some serious fantastic plastic going on in Oxfordshire- about 700 Greylags and nearly 30 Barnacle Geese on the reservoir 
 A noticeable presence of Grey Wagtails on the banks - up to six 
 Leucistic Coot 
 Roe Deer on the reservoir edge 
 Red-line Quaker 

and a few moths from the Beddington trap on Friday night 
 A good run of Dewick's Plusia recently 
 Dewick's Plusia with Silver-Y
 Cypress Pug
Dusky-lemon Sallow, Beaded Chestnut, Large Rannunculus and Crocidosema plebjana

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