Hoopoe seen in flight at Marston at 2pm today (per Jack Owen)
'It was I that reported the hoopoe on sunday from my car travelling up towards headington.
We had just returned from Ibiza 2 days before having seen them there.there was no mistaking it no other bird has the markings of a hoopoe' (Jack Owen)
'Oxon Hoopoe NE of Oxford at
towards field just NW of B4150
junction at 2p.m'
Further to this Lynn Ebbs wrote to me saying:
"Richard and I have been puzzling over a bird we saw flying over our garden in Stanton St John at around 11.00 today. It was above tree-top height, flying with a strong but fluttery, erratic flight. Size bigger than a blackbird, smaller than a jackdaw; broad wings, with some light patterning underneath; body colour neither very dark or very pale. The ‘jizz’ was totally unlike any of our garden birds or Otmoor regulars and we both instantly said ‘what’s that bird?’ but it disappeared southwest before we could get binoculars to it. "