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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.
Wednesday, 29 February 2012
Tuesday, 28 February 2012
Thank you to Matt and the rest of the team''
Thanks again to Matt Prior, The team from
the Edward Grey Institute and the OOS for
a very enjoyable and informative morning.
Top photo (c) Roger Green
Snipe & Robin photos (c) Gareth Blockley
Monday, 27 February 2012
A wander round my local patch this afternoon
1 Common Crossbill
7 Marsh Tit
Great,Blue,Coal and Long tailed Tit
Great Spotted Woodpecker
1 Common ChiffChaff
2 Common Buzzard
Sunday, 26 February 2012
(per D.Godfrey goingbirding.)
but no sign in the afternoon by 15:30)
White-fronted Goose (on The Closes with the Greylags)
All things Moorish Otmoor Birding
2 Goosander (both females)
350 Eurasian Wigeon
51 Tufted Duck
50+ Common Teal
20+ Common Pochard
8 Northern Shoveler
2 Little Grebe
1 Little Egret
10 Goosander (3 males 7 females)
6 Red crested Pochard
Saturday, 25 February 2012
Friday, 24 February 2012
Come and join us to get up close and personal with wild birds as we are joined by The Edward Grey Institute from Oxford University in a bird ringing demonstration at Farmoor Reservoir. This is a great opportunity to learn about the birds that thrive on our nature reserves. Bird ringing is a valuable method of studying our bird populations and we expect to be able to show you Blue Tits, Great Tits, Reed Buntings and maybe something more unusual such as Nuthatch or Yellowhammer.
The earlier you come, the more birds you will see.
Meet in the car park at Gate 3, Farmoor Reservoir, OX2 9NS. (The event will not take place if it rains).
Thursday, 23 February 2012
Wednesday, 22 February 2012
There are 16 Egyptian Geese in oilseed rape alongside the Cote backroad they are in among some 150 Mute Swans, also circa 200 winter thrushes 75/25% split in favour of Fieldfare alongside the Eynsham to Long Hanborough road.
Tuesday, 21 February 2012
Monday, 20 February 2012
Sunday, 19 February 2012
Saturday, 18 February 2012
White-fronted Goose (on Greenaways early morning)
Bittern seen briefly in flight early morning at the west end of Greenaways.
then over the reedbeds mid morning.
and reportedly showing from the 2nd screen in the afternoon.
Ruff 3 (on Big Otmoor)
Dunlin c13 ( Ashgrave per Paul Greenaway)
Otter 3 more info on the Chub Munchers to come on Otmoor Birding
|Dark-bellied Brent Goose (c) Terry Sherlock|
Friday, 17 February 2012
Thursday, 16 February 2012
The weather was (irisistably) warm and sunny and the Abingdon Sewage Works aroma confirmed it... and Chiffs were plenty but getting them to sit still, without the sun behind them meant... a count of 68 Pied Wagtails on the adjacent sports field; plus 2 Grey Wagtails and other Pieds on the filter beds. An earlier front lit Little Egret and around 160 Teal at 1066 was more illuminating. Goldcrests were noisy and very viewable in the nearby conifers, whilst G C Grebes were nest building and Kingfishers arguing on the lake opposite. Very different to the freezing dusk last Saturday when at 1755, a Barn Owl was the noisiest bird around. It was crossing the lane just where the warm effluent stream from the works does the same below. Suitable compensation for the roosting Bittern that I hoped might have returned this year!
Spit Pit, Appleford was also liquidfied and recent high numbers of loafing gulls had quit in the main. One exception was a 'goose stepping' first winter bird (left leg injury) that since last week still refuses to hold its right leg motionless long enough to photograph the largish coloured ring at high enough magnification, so as to ID its origin.
Farmoor luck towards dusk, when 2 different adult Mediterranean Gulls were present quite early on ...1620 and 1650, with Common Sandpiper in the SE of F2. A final peak into F1 revealed 2 male and 4 redhead Goosander over by the west wall at 1715, before a hasty retreat and exit before shut gate time that has now crept up to 1730 hrs. With breeding plumaged Med gulls, presumably already making way back to nesting sites to the east, it certainly looks as if Spring might be arriving at last. Apologies again for my typically bad photos of interesting birds at Farmoor, when everyone elses efforts are usually quite stunning.
Wednesday, 15 February 2012
Tuesday, 14 February 2012
Monday, 13 February 2012
Sunday, 12 February 2012
2 Bittern at 9:00 a.m. (still present this afternoon see comments)
5 Smew ( 1 drk Henley Rd pits)
1 Scaup (drk on the Water Skiing pit)
(per Peter Law & Marek Walford)
Bittern photo M.Walford
|Nun photos (Badger)|