Arriving at the pool my attention was drawn to a small wader on the far shore, but it was not bobbing up and down as common sandpipers are want to do, so I gradually crept closer and recognised this as a wood sandpiper - lovely markings, especially on the wing coverts. The wood sandpiper is less than annual Banburyshire, and is only seen during spring and autumn migration.
A little earlier I caught up with the adult dunlin present since yesterday, feeding along the concrete shore of Grimsbury Reservoir. A very confiding bird, I was able to get a couple of pics reaching over the top of the perimeter fence.
Back-tracking to last week, an early morning visit to Tadmarton Heath was good value, lots of whitethroats and linnets. Few butterflies, but a very approachable small skipper. Andy Turner was ringing on site and was catching good numbers of birds, and reported trapping a tree pipit there recently.
I also stopped to photograph the giant bellflower that grows in the woodland near to the reserve entrance gate. It was just starting to go over, but a spectacular sight none the less.