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
 Marsh Tit
 Water Rails

Barnacle Goose

Bushy leazes Cat

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Farmoor September so far.

A good start to September at Farmoor, with the highlight being a Tree Pipit which was heard by Tom when on his regular first Saturday in the month walk. I believe this to be the first Farmoor record since April 2010. Also seen here on Saturday were 5 Shag, 5 Ringed Plover, 1 Black-tailed Godwit and a Redstart. The highlight of Sunday were two Knot which were first seen at about 09:30 hrs and stayed to late morning. Other noteworthy birds seen were 17 Black Tern, 4 Hobby ( per Dave Lowe ) 4 Shag and a Ruff. A Late afternoon visit produced 6 Black Tern and a Greenshank. The Ruff and the Tree Pipit are new birds for the Farmoor 2017 year list and takes the total to 145.

 Ringed Plover
Black-tailed Godwit

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

New bird for Billy.

A good August at Farmoor with some good birds found, the rarest being a White-winged Black Tern which was found on the 11th and stayed just the day. More exciting for me were the Shags found by Stuart on Sunday which was a patch tick for Billy.This takes his Farmoor life list to 164 seen since March 2012. Other noteworthy birds seen in this period include Little Tern, Grey Plover, 14 Black Tern, 3 Marsh Harriers and a Caspian Gull.

 Billy watching the Shags ( photo taken by Ann )


 Ringed Plover

 The resident Sparrowhawk

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Farmoor : May update

 Red-crested Pochard
Wader sightings have increased in the last week or so with good numbers seen. Fourteen Turnstone present on the 8th and the second Knot of the year seen on the 10th were the highlights. Dunlin, Ringed Plover, Oystercatcher, Common Sandpiper and Whimbrel seen most days. Little Ringed Plover, Greenshank and Sanderling also noted. Black and Arctic Terns seen in small numbers on many days this month. A Little Tern seen briefly late afternoon on the 2nd was the fourth seen here this year. Red-crested Pochard with nine duckling seen today are the first I have seen here and is probably the first breeding record for Farmoor.

Ringed Plover

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Farmoor : 25th April 2017

While walking my dog Billy early afternoon around the Farmoor countryside walk, I stop for moment to scan for the long staying Bonaparte's Gull. I soon got on to the Gull and to my surprise saw a Little Tern flying close to it. This is the third recorded here this month, also a Black Tern was seen earlier in the day.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Farmoor 18th April 2017

On my afternoon walk around Farmoor today I was surprised by the numbers of Yellow Wagtail there were. Earlier in the the day on my first visit I counted five which had now increase to twenty plus. I was told later that after I had left this number had increased to over thirty.The Bonaparte's Gull was still present giving good views in the morning and the second Whimbrel of the year was seen.

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Farmoor 8th Aprit 2017

A 1st summer Bonaparte's Gull found early afternoon today by Tom Wickens was the first seen here since 2009. This is the fifth county record with all coming from Farmoor this century. This is a great find by Tom and it is not only a Farmoor Reservoir year tick but also a tick for Billy's life list. This takes the Farmoor 2017 year list to 114 and Billy's life list to 161.  
Bonaparte's Gull (c) Terry Sherlock