It's been another good week on the Meadow with waders very much taking centre stage.We've had four RUFF with us for most of the week along with 3 OYSTERCATCHER (though this count went up to 5 at the weekend). There were one or two RINGED PLOVER still with us for the first half of the week, up to 6 DUNLIN and a peak count of 7 REDSHANK. To add to this wader-fest as well as the good numbers of Lapwing we're at least getting decent counts of Golden Plover with up to 800 birds reported - time to start looking through them for rarer cousins! All good stuff!
The gulls by contrast have been somewhat disappointing. Whilst there have been reasonable numbers we've not had anything of particular note. Now that we're into March it's time to start looking out for Mediterranean Gulls so that's something to look forward to.
As far as ducks are concerned alongside the resident winter duck we've been getting a handful of PINTAIL still around, up to 6 SHELDUCK and modest numbers of GOOSANDER are still coming in to roost.
Elsewhere there has been another Sparrowhawk sighting to report from Nicola Devine and several Reed Buntings are about in and around the Trap Grounds area. I also had a couple of Skylark sightings (a year tick) reported to me from up by the Wolvercote Common area.
|Female Feed Bunting|