Meanwhile, in the back garden, my summer tidying revealed a gathering of newts under one of our patio pots - not too far from the pond where they breed. I took a few pics then carefully covered them with a small slab of stone supported by a few pebbles to stop them getting squashed. Hopefully they were able to relocate overnight.
With wader breeding season draws towards it's end I made a further (possibly final) visit to the part of the Upper Cherwell Valley favoured by our curlews. Just a single bird remained where at least two pairs held territory during the spring. Their favoured meadows have been cut for silage and created some good feeding condtions, not just for curlew, but for hundreds of rooks, jackdaws and startlings.
Meanwhile, down the valley at Otmoor an event of considerable Ornithological importance has taken place. If you have not heard the news, go straight to the Otmoor Birding blog.