Friday, 27 November 2020

F1 Tuffed Duck

After reading about the Tufted Duck which Ewan photographed on F2  took me back a few year to the the time when more birds were seen with nasal saddle's fitted to their bills. The last one present here was found on F1 with the nasal saddle code F1. This bird spent the week distressed with trying  to remove the saddle. I feel this practice should be terminated immediately along with most bird ringing. Birds are not a commodity and I feel that this approach does not serve any purpose.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, 8 November 2020

WADERS THAT HAVE BEEN SEEN AT FARMOOR RESERVOIR SINCE 1965 WHEN F1 WAS  FILLED.
 
 
 
LESSER YLLOWLEGS  Rare vagrant one record 15th September 2020.
 
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OYSTERCATCHER




 
 
AVOCET   
Very scarce visitor with only sixteen records, the highest count being ten on the 28th April 1978. Latest record is three birds seen on the 3th June 2019.
 

 
                                                                                                 
LITTLE RINGED PLOVER
Common visitor bred in past years.
 

 

RINGED PLOVER
Passage migrant. 



KENTISH  PLOVER   
Rare vagrant one record 15th May 1970.


GREY PLOVER 
Scarce passage migrant. 
 
 

 


GOLDEN PLOVER
Common passage migrant.



LAPWING
Common passage migrant.



KNOT Calidris canutus
Scarce passage migrant.


  

SANDERLING 
Common passage migrant.
                                                       
                                                                                



PURPLE SANDPIPER 
Very scarce visitor with eighteen records, latest seen on the 30th May 2011.
First record 2nd September 1976.




TURNSTONE 
Regular passage migrant





DUNLIN 
Common passage migrant





CURLEW SANDPIPER 
Scarce visitor

 



TEMMINCK'S  STINT 
Rare passage migrant with eleven records, two birds seen on 21st May 2018 being the latest.


Temminck's Stint (c) Noah Gins


LITTLE STINT 
Infrequent passage migrant, with an amazing 84 birds present on the 24th September 1996.
 

 


 
 

 
WOOD SANDPIPER 
Very scarce passage migrant with fifteen records, latest 30th July 2019.
 
 
GREEN SANDPIPER
Scarce passage migrant



COMMON SANDPIPER 
Common passage migrant
 


REDSHANK 
Resident
 

 


SPOTTED REDSHANK
Scarce passage migrant


Spotted Redshank (c) Tezzer
 
GREENSHANK
Passage migrant



MARSH SANDPIPER
Rare Vagrant one record 5th August 2007
 
                               
 

                                            
                                                                                            
 
BLACK-TAILED GODWIT
Passage migrant

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BAR-TAILED GODWIT  
Scarce passage migrant
 

 
 CURLEW
 Passage migrant.
 

 
WHIMBREL 
Passage migrant  


Whimbrel
WOODCOCK 
Scarce visitor


SNIPE    

                                                                                 
 

 
JACK SNIPE
Regular winter visitor in small numbers.
 



GREY PHALAROPE
Very scarce migrant with eighteen records, latest 13th-14 September 2017


Grey Phalarope (c) Tezzer



RED-NECKED PHALAROPE  
Rare migrant with three records of single birds,17 May 1974, 8th June 1974 and the 21st-25th September 2017
 
 


 
RUFF
Passage migrant

 


PECTORAL SANDPIPER
Rare vagrant with six records.  
 
 Pectoral Sandpiper (c) Bryan Manston
 
SPOTTED SANDPIPER
Rare vagrant with three records : 1st May 1989 first Oxfordshire record.


 Spotted Sandpiper (c) Roger Wyatt

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 












 

 

 













 
 

Friday, 2 October 2020

Farmoor : September Review.

 

 

                                                                    

Lesser Yellowlegs
 

September produced three outstanding birds, two being  new birds for Farmoor. The star bird was a Lesser Yellowlegs found and photographed by the sole observer Terry Sherlock on the 15th. This was followed by a Yellow-browed Warbler which was present briefly on 21st and seen by only two lucky birders. Then on the 11th a Manx Shearwater was found and stayed the day giving views to the many admirers. Other noteworthy birds were a Marsh Harrier found by Andy Last on the 12th and four Black-necked Grebe, two adults and two juveniles seen on the 11th.The first Rock Pipit of the autumn was seen on the 21st with another on the 24th. Stonechat and Wheatear number were up compared with recent years, Siskins and Lesser Redpoll noted earlier than in most years with birds seen and heard in recent weeks. Waders reported this month included Knot, Ruff, Golden Plover,Turnstone Sanderling, Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, Lapwing, Snipe, Greenshank and Redshank. Ospreys were reported on four days and Sandwich Terns on three making it a good period for them.


                                                               
                                                                          Osprey 

                   
 Osprey 



Black necked Grebe


                                                                        
                                                                        Sandwich Tern 
                                        
                                                                         
                                                                         Ringed Plover


                                                                          Dunlin 


                                                                           Wheatear


                                                                             Turnstone


Rock Pipit
                  
                                                                   

                                                                                   

                                                                            

 

                                   

Monday, 2 April 2018

New bird for Billy's Farmoor Life List.

Two new birds for the Farmoor 2018 year list were seen today. In the morning Dave Lowe found a Mandarin Duck which is a rare bird at Farmoor with only a handful seen here. The second was a Red-throated Diver again a rare bird at Farmoor with only three others recorded in Oxfordshire this century. Sadly the Diver was only present for a short time and was seen by only three observers Peter Allen Billy and myself. This was a new bird for Billy's Farmoor Life List and takes his total seen to 168 and Farmoors 2018 year list to 117.


                                Below are my favourite photo's taken at Farmoor in March.


 Rock Pipit (c) Tezzer
 Common Scoter (c) Jeremy Dexter

Monday, 19 March 2018

Farmoor Common Scoters ( My favourite bird )

A second visit to Farmoor on Saturday to refill the feeders at Pinkhill Reserve and Bushy Leaze Copse was rewarded when I got a phone call telling me that there were three Common Scoter on F2. On hearing the news I took a quick walk back to Bushy Leaze Copse where I had parked my car. Within two minutes I was back at Farmoor watching the Common Scoters on F2 from the East bank.  I continued my drive down the causeway where I met Andy Last the finder of the Common Scoters.  We decided to drive around F2 again to see if a Wheatear I saw earlier was still present. No luck with the Wheatear but Andy did manage to spot a Ringed Plover which like the Scoters was new for the year. Well done to Andy for finding the Common Scoters which are my favourite bird,  and made my day. A mid afternoon visit Sunday produced a Jack Snipe that was flush accidentally from short grass. This is the first seen here since last Autumn, and the good spell continued when a morning visit today produced single Kittiwake and Little Gull which takes the total birds seen at Farmoor this year to 109. 

 
  
 Black-necked Grebe (c) Tezzer
Common Scoters (c) Andy Last
Kittiwake (c) Roger Wyatt
 
Siskin
 Marsh Tit
 Water Rails
Treecreeper

Barnacle Goose



Bushy leazes Cat