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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, 31 August 2016
Tuesday, 30 August 2016
|Purple Heron 29th Aug courtesy of Derek Latham|
PURPLE HERON (juv) c14:30 flew from Ashgrave reedbed west end, to east end
of Ashgrave and appeared to land near the copse of trees (per Fergus)
No further sign by dusk (Andy Last, Badger)
-c 9:15 A.M. over reedbeds then Big Otmoor (per Terry Jones)
Also seen flying over Greenaways c12:00 and again c12:45 yesterday 29th (per Derek Latham)
|Turtle Dove courtesy of Pete Roby|
3 Marsh Harrier (m,f,juv)
1 Water Rail
2 Cetti's Warbler (h)
3 Whinchat Ashgrave (per Andy Last)
Clouded Yellow Butterfly (per Paul Greenaway).
|Great White Egret|
GREAT WHITE EGRET (Adult) still along northern shore of Pit 60 at 15:30 viewable
from the Langley hide.
Access to hides requires a key.
2 Little Egret
2 Lesser Whitethroat
|Juv Lesser Whitethroat|
Monday, 29 August 2016
Great white Egret please view at 720p HD
GREAT WHITE EGRET pit 60. (Adult in transition to non-br) Still along northern shore
at 15:35 viewable from Langley Hide. Access to the hides requires a key.
Greenshank 2, pit 60
Common Sand, 1
Green Sand 1 (per Badger)
Kingfisher, 2 at each of pits 27 & 38 pos same
Kingfisher photo courtesy of Paul Brennan.
Black-necked Grebe please view at 1080p HD
|Black-necked Grebe courtesy of Mark Chivers The Early Birder|
Black-necked Grebe on F2 N/E corner 17:09
Red-necked Grebe on F2 in S/W corner 12:00
|Red-necked Grebe courtesy of Mark Chivers The Early Birder|
Common Scoter F1 12:31
Spotted Flycatcher 2
(per Dave Lowe, Dai et al)
|Common Scoter courtesy of Badger|
3+ Wheatear (Noke end)
3 Hobby (MoD).
1 Marsh Harrier
1 Turtle Dove (per Pat Galka).
1 Little-ringed Plover (over).
1 Water Rail (juv)
1 Cetti's Warbler
(per Paul Greenaway, Nick Truby)
|Greenshank above and below courtesy of Tezzer|
Sunday, 28 August 2016
Saturday, 27 August 2016
White-winged Black Tern please view at 1080p HD
WHITE-WINGED BLACK TERN (juv) on F2 16:00 until 19:00 then flew off
high west with 13 Black Terns.
|White-winged Black Tern above and below courtesy of Tezzer|
Red-necked Grebe (juv) N/E corner of F2 17:45
Common Scoter F2
Mediterran Gull (juv) F2 in roost
Yellow Wagtail c12
(per Terry Sherlock, Dai et al)
Juvenile Mediterranean Gull please view at 720p HD
Friday, 26 August 2016
Red-necked Grebe please view at 1080p HD
Red-necked Grebe (juv) still on F2 viewed from the southern bank at 18:50 found by Dai.
|Red-necked Grebe courtesy of The Gun-slinger|
Common Sandpiper 9
Yellow Wagtail 2
(per Nick Truby)
|Juvenile Common Tern courtesy of Nick Truby|
4 Common Redstart
2 Common Whitethroat
1 Lesser Whitethroat
5 Yellow Wagtail
2 Willow Warbler
1 Common Redstart, Cholsey Church yard (per Tony Rayner).
30+ Yellow Wagtail near Cholsey School (per Richard Broughton).
1 Sedge Warbler (per The Wickster).
(per Steve Goddard)
-flew over diagonal track on Greenaways 13:30 (per Mark Ribbons)
-flew south over reed bed and landed on west side of Greenaways at 11:30 (per RBA)
2 Yellow Wagtail. With cattle.
2 Peregrine. (juv). Over Ashgrave.
200 Lapwing in flocks.
2 Marsh Harrier.
2 Redstart. (1m. 1f.) Long Meadow. Per. P.G. Ox Utd. Paul. T.S.
Thursday, 25 August 2016
2 Marsh Harrier
8 Mandrin (Greenaways)
15+ Yellow Wagtails over (evening)
1 Cettis - Plus 2 along bridleway
|Lesser Whitethroat courtesy of Mike Flemming|
2 Hobbies - Big Otmoor
2 Greenshank - Greenaways
PR & PG
Water Rail 2 h along ditches nr Noke end of bridleway
Wednesday, 24 August 2016
|Sandwich Tern courtesy of Tezzer|
|Some of the 14 Sandwich Terns, seen resting on the Northern edge of F1|
Courtesy of Tezzer.
Sandwich Tern courtesy of Ewan
Tuesday, 23 August 2016
of reed beds 14:58.
-Also seen at 13:00 when it flew from ditch by footpath to Greenaways (per RBA)
|Sparrowhawk courtesy of Terry Sherlock|
Hobby Oddington side (Badger)
Greenshank over the reedbeds (per Tezzer)
Mandarin 6 1st scn
Yellow Wagtail 6 heading towards the reed bed (per Tezzer)
Whinchat 4 Oddington side (Badger)
(per Terry Tossell)
|Young Starling and chum courtesy of Terry Sherlock|
|Turnstone courtesy of Mark Chivers|
Common Sandpiper 8
Common Redshank 1
Peregrine 1 juvenile
Common Tern 2
Yellow legged Gull 6+
Little Egret 3
Common Pochard 1m currently flightless
Spotted Flycatcher 1
Lesser Whitethroat 1
Yellow Wagtail 4
Grey Wagtail 1
Northern Wheatear 1