Things have been ticking along nicely on the patch, especially considering that the floods are still bone dry.
Firstly things really stepped up a gear when Phil Barnett found a Yellow-browed Warbler in the Trap Grounds on Sunday 25th September. This is only the third record for the patch of what is no longer the national or county rarity that it used to be. However, for Port Meadow it is still very much a Mega and although it proved mobile and elusive throughout the day a number of locals and county birders managed at least to hear if not see it.
|In the absence of a photo of the Yellow-browed Warbler, here is one of the first one for the patch, found back in October 2013, taken by master lensman Roger Wyatt|
We also managed another year tick when Jonathan Parsons found a Whinchat at Wolvercote Allotments along the south boundary facing the meadow. This species is just about annual so it was good to get it on the list.
|One of the three original Stonechats|
|Some of the Merseyside Barnacle Geese|
There have been 3 or 4 Barn Owls hunting over the fields towards King's Lock (part of the "extended patch") at dusk over the last couple of days along with a couple of Cetti's Warblers.
In general, Meadow Pipit and Linnet numbers have been building up on the Meadow and the first Snipe are starting to be flushed from the longer grass. The first Redwings have been seen and autumn passage birds are becoming hard to find now. We are now definitely well into autumn.