Apologies if this appears twice. Cannot post from phone for some reason.
The drake Garganey still present at 20.05pm (a photographer who came in the hide this evening said he'd seen 3 Garganey at the Pit this am. I've been twice today but only seen the one drake. He'd not managed to get a photo).
I think the 'Northern' Golden Plover bathing/feeding might be injured.
Hobby hunting low over the water this evening.
Otherwise, usual species.
Great Mill Pond Mead Cuckoo: male. Single bird heard calling from this meadow north of the Marston cycle track and east of the University Parks on the River Cherwell. Watched for several minutes calling from ash trees on the bank opposite Parson's Pleasure, and in flight to a new calling post. SP520071. 08:00.
1st Winter Flava Wagtail type found earlier in week by Roger was again at eastern end of causeway. (Photographed at 6.30pm). Large influx of wagtails each night at this time, including 10+ Yellow Wagtail. At the same time a very approachable male Sparrowhawk is continually patrolling in the area ........
7 Common Sandpiper
20+ Terns - (appeared to be mostly Common)
Large numbers of Swallows and Sand Martins (but no House Martins)
4 Common Sandpipers,
8 Common Terns,
Grasshopper Warbler singing from scrubby area between F1 and Pinkhill lock,
3 White Wagtails,
4 Yellow Wagtails,
c50 Sand Martins,
Worton 2 Pintail: m + f. SP460112. 20:00. 2 Red-crested Pochard: m + f. SP460112. 20:00. 3 Common Tern: SP460112. 20:00. 2 Shelduck: m + f. SP460112. 20:00. 4 Egyptian Goose: possible gosling with one pair. SP460112. 20:00.
New Marston: New Marston Meadows 3 Ring-necked Parakeet: There appears to be at least one large chick in the hole near Rainbow Bridge. Ad m+f seen outside hole, one more face peering out from within! 09:44.
2. Ring ouzel. I, Morleys, 1 Long Meadow.
3. Grasshopper Warbler, Morleys and path to first screen.
4. Lesser Whitethroat.
Lots of Sedge Warbler.
Several Reed Warbler.
Full supporting chorus.