Buff-bellied pipit: Queen Mother Reservoir, December 12th – January 23rd at least

Mike McKee found this first for Berkshire and only second mainland bird for the UK on the 12th. It showed very well, often down to a few feet, attracting birders from all over the UK as well as some from Europe.

IMG_9477_jpeg_1Amazingly Mike found a second bird, feeding with the first, on the 26th. As long as a bird is found again before January 1st the reservoir will be opened and permits will be issued on the day for all those first-footers.

Here’s a link to the “Queen Mum” page on BirdsofBerkshire.co.uk


The pair  have been seen together intermittently since at QMR but also at Horton GPs (just south of QMR)

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