Wednesday, 28 July 2021

Farmoor and Otmoor

In my attempt to switch back to birds as the autumn unfolds I spent this morning at Farmoor Reservoir and this afternoon at Otmoor RSPB. Ebird lists HERE and HERE. It was pretty good with a nice little haul of migrants and local specialities including Wood, Green and Common Sandpipers, juv Little Ringed Plovers, Black-tailed Godwit, Curlews, Garganey, Grasshopper Warbler, Common Crane, Bitterns, Hobby and Marsh Harriers. Wood Sand was a county tick (now on 159 for Oxfordshire). 

Grasshopper Warbler at Farmoor, 2-3 birds including this singing male, presumably a breeding bird with recently fledged young 
Juvenile Little Ringed Plover at Farmoor 
Juvenile Common Tern- about 15 Common Tern at the reservoirs. Seems like locally reared birds from surrounding gravel pits etc gather at Farmoor, same as the Great Crested Grebes and Cormorants too by the looks of it. 
Adult Yellow-legged Gull
Common Sandpiper at Farmoor (above) and juvenile Wood Sandpiper and Green Sandpiper at Otmoor (below) 

Black-tailed Godwit hiding amongst the eclipse Mallards at Otmoor 
Oystercatchers- six birds at the first screen, I didn't see any on my weekend visit so not sure if these were migrants ? 
Juvenile Curlew- great to know these have successfully fledged young 
Common Crane and Bittern flying around Otmoor 

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