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Gallows Bridge/Quainton Hills Field Meeting

On Sunday 22nd April about 12 club members met at the Gallows Bridge Farm BBOWT nature reserve. The plan was to meet at Gallows Bridge, see what birds were present and then move onto Quainton Hills and/or Calvert reserve.

We got off to a good start in that the three Whimbrel that had arrived the previous day, were still present.  We saw them on the ground and in flight with several Curlew.

Whimbrel on the main meadow. A rather distant photo!

We were fortunate in that Laurie Bryant joined our group and he was able to take us to areas that are normally closed to the public.  While walking around the reserve we saw four Curlew, a Raven, an Oystercatcher, a small flock of Linnet, Chiffchaffs, Blackcap, Meadow Pipit, Skylark, etc.  The lack of other Warblers was noted.  Despite the walk around the reserve was very interesting and gave a better idea of the value of this key BBOWT reserve.

Some of the group then moved onto Quainton Hills where Tim Watts had seen two Ring Ouzels and five Wheatears earlier that morning.  We were again fortunate to guided by Laurie Bryant who knew exactly where we needed to look.  We parked near the church and walked across the hills to view the northern slopes.  On the way Dave Cleal spotted a group of Ravens but other than that birds were a bit thin.  Arriving at the northern slope we came across a stunning male Wheatear presumably a “Greenlander”.

Wheatear on the Northern slopes.

Another Wheatear was nearby.  We sat and watched the area where a Ring Ouzel had been present for several days.  After about 20 minutes a female Ring Ouzel flew out and gave us a decent view.  It did not stay long and flew to another location and disappeared into vegetation.  After that satisfactory conclusion we headed for the local pub!

Thanks to Dave Cleal for leading the group and Laurie Bryant for guiding.