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Monday, 30 January 2017

Otmoor WeBS 30th January

Here are the counts from our unofficial WeBS this morning on the moor!

Black-headed gull
35
Canada goose
684
Coot
11
Cormorant
7
Gadwall
39
Golden plover
500
Grey heron
3
Greylag goose
22
Lapwing
2492
Lesser-black backed gull
5
Little egret
1
Mallard
126
Moorhen
9
Mute swan
2
Pintail
11
Pochard
7
Shoveler
62
Snipe
44
Teal
511
Tufted duck
5
Water rail
2
Wigeon
1466

Finally! Golden plover on our WeBS count although still down from last year, and good numbers of lapwing and wigeon. 

Peregrine was seen over Ashgrave.
Two marsh harriers over the reedbed. 
Dunnocks are starting to sing along the bridleway and in July's meadow, and there has been an explosion of skylarks over Ashgrave with at least a dozen flitting about overhead! 

Also, a great view of an otter from the bridleway near Big Otmoor.  


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