Four Jays were in and around the car park field. A whinchat was present on both days on a fence post (diagonal path Greenaways)
With more on the posts near hide and sw corner of Greenaways. With five seen on Thursday.
A juvenile Redstart was in the bushes near the three Oaks. But only gave the briefest of views. A Treecreeper was again on the middle Oak tree also another Great Spotted Woodpecker perched on one of the bare branches.
None of the photos i took of it preening were usable.
A Common Lizard was present on wednesday by the first screen. This was only a tiny one. I assume a juvenile.
The Kingfisher was joined by a Sedge Warbler whilst perched in the reed bed.
On the walk back to the car park, i checked up on the Hornets stripping Ash tree saga.
They seem to be stripping more bark than ever. There were at least a dozen Hornets at any one time chewing on the main trunk.
Catching up with one of the Otmoor stalwarts by the cattle pens. He put me onto a lovely Wheatear perched on the fence post. (cheers Paul ) It promptly flew over to the sticks in front of me. Where it proceeded to pose for the camera, in between feeding.
Sorry to end on a sour note. But whilst watching the Merlin from the hide. A large military helecopter buzzed Ashgrave. Flying very low At one point it was hovering not far off the ground right over the big scrape. Hundreds of gulls ducks and waders were put to fright. I thought they had agreed not to do these kind of manouvers over the reserve.
Apart from that, it has been a great week with lots to see and enjoy. With migration starting in ernest it is a very exciting time of year and the Otmoor larder is crammed full, awaiting the arrival of our winter visitors.