|Cuckoo (c) Derek Latham|
It was the sort of weekend where it was impossible to select the right things to wear. On Saturday morning, there was frost on the ground, heavy mist and I was cold. By the time I went home I had my fleece tied around my waist and I was now overheating. It was perfect weather to bring in migrants and it certainly did.
|Goldfinch in blossom (c) Tom N-L|
|Reed Warbler (c) Mark chivers|
|Bittern Hedge hopping (c) Derek Latham|
At the reedbed early on Saturday morning a Bittern was booming and was seen making occasional forays low across the top of the reeds. This morning two were seen flying together. All weekend above the reedbed the Marsh Harriers have been performing their aerobatic display flights. They have been flying higher than usual and then hurtling recklessly downwards twisting and turning all the way down. They are interspersing this activity with bringing in nesting material.
|Aerial performance (c) Tom N-L|
|Displaying Pochard above and busy Tufties below (c) JR|
There are still four Oystercatchers on and around the reserve, two have been spending time on Noke Sides and the other pair up near the big lagoon on Ashgrave. On Sunday we found two Avocets out on big Otmoor, they seemed settled, preening, roosting and finally feeding out in the pools. They might well be the pair that were reported at Rushy Common on Saturday.
|Record shot of the two Avocets (c) Paul Greenaway|
Peregrine, Sparrowhawk and interestingly the Hen harrier were all seen this weekend. I had thought that by now the Harrier might have moved on but it was seen early on Sunday morning.
|Swallow after bathing at second screen (c) Darrell Wood|
There has been a smattering of Hirundines through, but usually only in ones and twos. As yet we have still to record a House Martin. Yellow Wagtails have were seen on Big Otmoor and flying over the second screen. Whinchat and Hobby are due to arrive in the next week or so.
|Wren nestbuilding (c) JR|
The year list is currently one hundred and twenty-four species and is fast approaching the time when it progresses much more slowly. The latest additions were this weekends Warblers, Yellow Wagtail and Common Gull.
|Sunday dawn (c) JR|