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Otmoor Starling Murmuration
The starling murmuration on Otmoor has been declining rapidly over the past few weeks and has now stopped. The people who went down to Otmoor to see it last weekend were disappointed. If you know of anyone intending to go down please warn them that it will not get going again until next autumn. It is of course still a great place to visit and is still full of birds.
Monday, 31 December 2012
2012, please keep them coming in 2013. Special thanks also to all the fantastic photographers
around the county who are relentlessly 'badgered' for pictures for this blog ;-)
Hope you have a happy and bird filled new year...cheers.
Badger & Gnome
Peregrine: f. ....also a stoat busily investigating the rabbit holes. Little else was stupid enough to be up there in what were fairly brutal conditions!.
Childrey: Childrey Field
3 Corn Bunting
Sunday, 30 December 2012
Bittern seen flying over the reedbed,
3 Dunlin in flight with Lapwings,
3 Little Egrets,
3 Stonechat (1 male),
1 Lesser Redpoll,
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) (per Dave Lowe),
Reed Bunting roost of 30+ birds near the 1st screen,
Pied Wagtail roost in same place as Reed Buntings,
Lapwings and Golden Plovers combined must be approaching 2000 birds.
Goldeneye (f) 2nd screen
Brambling poss f nr cattle pens
Saturday, 29 December 2012
Thursday, 27 December 2012
Oxon Bird of the Year Poll Result
The results of the Bird of the Year Poll in case you are interested:
1: Dotterel 22% - boosted by a campaign by the Banbury birders to promote "their" bird.
2. Corncrake 16%
3. Red-rumped Swallow 14%
4. White Stork 13%
5. Black-winged Stilt 12%
Congrats to The Wickster on seeing 193 BOU species in 2012 in Oxon and Peter Law
on reaching 181 BOU...
Wednesday, 26 December 2012
1 Sparrowhawk (M)
3 Little Egret.
3 Pintail 3+ drakes (per Jonathan Mercer)
Also Otter showing well from the 1st Screen this morning
(per Geoff Adams & Mark Chivers aka The early Birders)
Photos of the Chub Muncher on Otmoor Birding
Tuesday, 25 December 2012
Sunday, 23 December 2012
Tufted Duck (5 - 3 drakes)
Peregrine Falcon (per Clive Payne)
Little Owl (2) - a patch tick for me!
Raven (per Clive Payne)
Also a Blackcap in Spiceball Park (per Clive Payne)
Saturday, 22 December 2012
Friday, 21 December 2012
2 Hen Harrier: 1m 1f. Female over Ashgrave. Male from 2nd screen.
600+ Golden Plover on greenaways.
Waxwing Otmoor lane. Just before Farm entrance with flock of fieldfare.
11 Pintail: male. 11 Male Pintail on Greenaways.
(Peter Coombes) The Otmoor Blogger
Thursday, 20 December 2012
Wednesday, 19 December 2012
Tuesday, 18 December 2012
Monday, 17 December 2012
Trap Grounds: no sign of any by the bike racks on Frenchay Rd at midday today (Gnome)
Bicester: 80+ Waxwings Rowan Road this morning (per Alan Peters)
Sunday, 16 December 2012
3+ Waxwing Thame near Southern ring road at 11 a.m (per RBA)
6 Waxwings Oxford by the bike racks by the entrance to the Trap Grounds on the
corner of Frenchay Road just past the canal bridge (per Gnome)
Saturday, 15 December 2012
(c) The Gun Slinger
Long-tailed Duck (ad m) still 14:38 in NE corner (per Ian Smith)
2mls S/W of Stanford in the vale on pit just east of Baulking.From A417 take turning for Baulking, after c1.5 miles park in front of double metal gates on right and take footpath to view lake.
Med Gull (ad) late morning
(c) Jon Mercer
Friday, 14 December 2012
Thursday, 13 December 2012
This pit is next to the very busy haul road to the tip. Park in the pull-ins . . . never on the road. If the owners get upset with birders parking studiply they might stop me from going there and that would make me sad. And please, if you go and you want good views, stay in your car.
Wednesday, 12 December 2012
Also the Mallard numbers have dropped by c250 birds.
(per Dai & Terry Sherlock)
Farmoor Reservoir: Farmoor I
3 Scaup: ad female; juv female; juv male.
2 Slavonian Grebe
Farmoor Reservoir: Causeway
Farmoor Reservoir: Pinkhill
Tuesday, 11 December 2012
Falcated Duck 1
Northern Shoveler 2
Common Pochard 16
Tufted Duck 150+
Common Goldeneye 12
Eurasian Wigeon 11
Common Teal 7
Slavonian Grebe 1
Little Grebe 12
Great Cormorant 29
Greylag Goose 350+
Common Sandpiper 1 far side of Farmoor 2
Black Audi Birding
Monday, 10 December 2012
Still present at dusk (per Martin Townsend)
5 Egyptian Geese F2
2 Slavonian Grebe F1
3 Scaup F1
1 Common Sandpiper (per Martin Townsend)
Also LGRE's counts of the common stuff:
1 drake Gadwall,
121 Tufted Duck,
22 Northern Pochard,
3 Common Goldeneye,
9 Great Crested Grebe,
1 Little Grebe,
Sunday, 9 December 2012
Still present at dusk in the same location (Gnome)
For what it's worth, some wariness evidence: "As it was nearing dusk the ducks in that corner (mostly Mallards) all moved on to the bank to roost. I had to walk back that way and as I approached the first bird off the bank by a long chalk was the Falcated with the Mallards only moving off much later on. The Mallards are probably used to people walking around the bank so don't care so much but there was no doubting the Falcated's concern as I approached" (Gnome)