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Tuesday, 30 November 2010
The starling roost tonight numbered an estimated 15,000 birds. They did a small/short sky dance before seeking shelter in the reedbed.
There was also plenty of fieldfares and redwings moving around, a sparrowhawk, and lots of interesting prints in the snow.
Otmoor can be scenically spectacular in the winter, but do take care on the icy roads, and wear something that can withstand bitterly cold winds!
23 Golden Plover
2 Peregrine (took a Grey Partridge)
14 (13) Grey Partridge
200+ each Fieldfare & Redwing
1 Cormorant (overhead)
2-300 LBB Gulls
100+ BH Gulls
1 Reed Bunting
4 Roe Deer
2 Treecreeper in garden.
Fewer small birds noted today on farmland.
Monday, 29 November 2010
Rog... This one's on us ;-)
Sunday, 28 November 2010
Saturday, 27 November 2010
All lakes mostly frozen, apart from most of Thrupp Lake.
c.4 Common Gull
c.50 Mute Swan
c.13 Tufted duck
Wilsham Road Gravel Pits
Part of marina frozen, rest all un-iced.
8 Great Crested Grebe
6 Mute Swan
1 Male Red-crested Pochard
c.55 Tufted Duck
Friday, 26 November 2010
18 Golden Plover
1 Common Snipe
several Siskin overhead
200+ each of Redwing & Fieldfare
3 Reed Bunting
A few each of Song & Mistle Thrush.
Good nos of Greenfinch, Chaffinch & Goldfinch.
1000+ Gulls in partially flooded field. Mainly LBB’s with 50+ BH Gulls, at least 2 Herring & 1 Common Gull, also 60+ Jackdaw & c120 Rook with them. Probably flushed from one of the pig farms on the downs. Some gulls that flew off headed in the direction of the Power Station.
Also 4 Roe Deer,
2 Treecreepers in garden yesterday.
Thursday, 25 November 2010
As an added bonus, we got good views of a Short-eared Owl hunting along Otmoor Lane as we headed for home.
(per Lyn Ebbs Oxonbirds)
My sister (a non-birder) saw the Dipper this morning outside her office (about a 1km upstream from the weir). Apparently the maintenance man there sees it all the time. So worth a walk along the footpath up to the Mill (there is a footbridge over the river there) if you have yet to see it (myself included, despite five visits and counting). If I don’t see if soon, I think there might be a bit of gloating from her at Christmas!
Photo from her mobile phone here.
Wednesday, 24 November 2010
16 Song Thrush
5 Mistle Thrush
1 LBB Gull
100+ BH Gull
3 Reed Bunting
1 Green & 3 Great-spotted Woodpecker
A few Buzzard & Red Kite
4 Roe Deer
Although the bird was looked for all day yesterday with no joy, my brother photographed it on his neighbours aerial late afternoon before it flew back to the west side of the railway. So it's still around but probably ranging widely.
Great Grey Shrike still Appleford this morning (per R.B.A)
Tuesday, 23 November 2010
1 adult Caspian Gull,
1 adult yellow-legged gull
Ian Lewington thinks that this may be the same bird that has been asleep down at Appleford for much of today. More photos & some video on the Port Meadow Birding web-site.
('neilhammatt' per Oxonbirds)
Monday, 22 November 2010
My brother found this at the bottom of his garden this afternoon! It then moved to private land (a huge garden) on the west side of the railway. Much of this area can't be seen from anywhere but the bird is occasionally seen on top of some of the taller trees looking south from the road bridge next to Appleford station or from the railway platform.
Sunday, 21 November 2010
No sign of any Waxwings this morning at Adderbury...
(per Paul & Vic Wren)
Saturday, 20 November 2010
He's had to stop searching as his parents are visiting but another friend is out and I will go and join them. I'll get the news out ASAP if there's any further sign. Lots of berries around the village and a few apple trees too, hopefully they stay and get found.
(per Gareth Oxonbirds)
1 common sandpiper (Steve Burch)
1 sanderling still (Steve Burch)
Friday, 19 November 2010
1 great northern diver
1 black-necked grebe (14:15 at least per Dave Lowe)
2 Dunlin (per Dave Lowe)
1 barn owl
c. 25 goldeneye
3 common gulls
Thursday, 18 November 2010
Wednesday, 17 November 2010
9 dunlin (per Richard Foster)
2 yellow-legged gulls
Filmed at at least x200 magnification, videograb record shot of the grey phalarope this evening. More detail on the Port Meadow Birding blog.
Monday, 15 November 2010
There is also a substantial Pied Wag roost on the Frieze Way/A44 roundabout nr Peartree
Sunday, 14 November 2010
Saturday, 13 November 2010
This 2nd winter Caspian Gull wasn't the regular bird nor the newcomer that appeared on 7th Nov but a third individual that visited briefly in mid October. Other than the new adult cachinnans mentioned by Jason, there doesn't seem to have been much of a turnover since an influx of argentatus about three weeks ago.
Caspian Gull near adult. Found & aged by one of the countys two resident
'Gull Whisperers' this afternoon. Last nights Farmoor bird?
2nd w Casser on the tip (per Lew)
There was a possible adult Caspian briefly on Port Meadow last night but it flew off towards Farmoor before I was able to give it a proper grilling. It might have been the same Farmoor bird (Gnome).
1 Peregrine (Steve & Pete Roby,Jon Uren et al)
4+ Water Rail (calling)
3 Green Sandpiper
1 Water Pipit (1st screen Pete Roby et al)
3000+ starling leaving reedbed.
4+ Cetti's Warbler
1 Brambling (over calling)
3 Siskin (over calling)
2 Redpoll (over calling)
Also possible heard-only beardies still (per Ewan)
Thursday, 11 November 2010
Both Roger & Nigel also have photo's published in this months Birding World.
Wednesday, 10 November 2010
30+ Blackbird (usually only 5 or 6)
5 Song Thrush (normally 1)
1 Tufted Duck (unusual record for my patch)
7 Stock Dove
3 Reed Bunting
100+ Goldfinch (in 2 hours) + a few Chaffinch & Greenfinch.
Tawny Owl in garden woke me just before dawn :)
Tuesday, 9 November 2010
Monday, 8 November 2010
Sunday, 7 November 2010
Saturday, 6 November 2010
7 Redpoll near feeders
Siskin in car park field with flock of Gold finches
Peregrine caught what looked like a Lapwing and ate it in front of the hide.
3 or 4 Water Rail calling in reeds
4 or 5 Cettis calling around reserve
26 Golden Plover
Friday, 5 November 2010
Thursday, 4 November 2010
Wednesday, 3 November 2010
Tuesday, 2 November 2010
Monday, 1 November 2010
Golden Plover 84
Little Grebe 1
Also on the reserve:
We have had no reports of the bearded tits today, though could still be present.