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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.
Sunday, 30 April 2017
Apologies for the poor quality it was a long way away.
Temminck's Stint still present at 19:40 at least on large pool on Big Otmoor viewable from the
bridleway although distant (Badger, Wickster, Pete Roby).
Originally reported on RBA this afternoon.
5 Black Tern, short time late evening
2 Common Terns, through mid morning
Little Ringed Plover
Upper Cherwell Valley
Common Sandpiper (probably the same as above)
per JFT, GB, CW
Saturday, 29 April 2017
Friday, 28 April 2017
'The Acronaughts' and 'The Biffin Boys'
if you see them say hello and let them know what you've seen as it all counts!
Apologies to all who have contacted me or have sent photos over the past few weeks, I've been away.
Thursday, 27 April 2017
Wood Warbler still in Spiceball Park c50m south of the northern wooden footbridge over the river, in small copse with a bark-covered path on the east side of river, about here
The bird sings from time to time but can go quiet for a while. It seems fairly faithful to a small area of the copse so if you can't hear it then it's worth just peering up into the canopy to look for it.
Still present 18:20 this evening
per John Friendship-Taylor, Wrenny & Gnome
Wednesday, 26 April 2017
per Colin Wilkinson and Gareth Blockley
|Wood Warbler courtesy of Colin Wilkinson|
Tuesday, 25 April 2017
Ringed Plover 2
Little Ringed Plover
Good numbers of Sand Martins , Swallows, + few House Martins
Yellow Wagtails 6 on slope to offices f1
Bonapartes Gull between bus shelter and boat platforms
Monday, 24 April 2017
3 Ringed Plover: 3 brought in by rain landed on causeway. Flew n but possibly still around. 10:30.
Dunlin: Causeway. 13:26.
Curlew: Pair flew w c10 30. 13:26.
Yellow Wagtail: 2m minim causeway. 13:30.
Common Sandpiper: 4 minim causeway. 13:32.
Goosander: ad f. One with dodgy wing still present. 13:33.
Bonaparte's Gull reported still on RBA at the bus stop on F2
Sunday, 23 April 2017
Cuckoo: m. Singing frequently from Hunts Pond area. Possibly 2.
4 Garden Warbler: m. all in song, only 1 seen. Newly in?.
Kingfisher: Flew along R Windrush at bottom of garden (Rack End(. House tick for new house. Same bird seen several times on edge of village . Rather than fly low along roadbrdige, or under it, It vaults skyward over tops of trees and back down to river!.
Peregrine: fem. Circled high with Hobby then flew West. 16:40. Hobby: 2nd of the afternoon. Circled very high on a thermal above Peregrine then flew NE. 16:40.
Hobby: Straight over the garden and continued North...nice. 16:07.
Little Gull: Adult circled then flew North. 15:40.
2 Raven: Circling on thermal. 15:40.
|Noke wheatears (c) Bark|
10 Wheatears (3 by farm at Noke 7 on sheepfields by Sally's Field)
1 Common Tern
1 Common Sandpiper
3 Marsh Harriers
5+ Groppers including one very obliging one along track to first screen.
2+ Garden Warblers
6+ Golden Plover
1 male cuckoo - heard calling for some time on other side of Thames, then glimpsed from Pinkhill reserve hide
1 grasshopper warbler - reeling then glimpsed in area between Pinkhill reserve & Pinkhill lock
1+ reed warbler(s) heard from Pinkhill hide
Lots of whitethroats, chiffchaffs & sedge warblers everywhere!
4 common terns heading for the reservoirs
Saturday, 22 April 2017
Mostly per blog plus
1 grasshoppers warbler pinkhill
Thank you very much for all who helped today.
|Bonaparte's Gull-Second calendar year|
|White Wagtail - female|
Bonaparte's Gull 1 2nd calendar year
Yellow legged Gull 1 2nd calendar year
Greater Black backed Gull 1 2nd calendar year
Common Tern 6
Northern Wheatear 1f
White Wagtail 6+
Yellow Wagtail 2
Common Sandpiper 6+
Willow Warbler 2 singing
Sedge Warblers at least 5 singing and displaying
Conveyor Belt lake
Cuckoo in trees back of lake
Green Sandpipers 3
Little Gull on sandy island. seems to like this spot
Clackers & Mrs Clackers
Friday, 21 April 2017
Whitethroat: male. my first of year. singing - was actually some way past Rushy Common towards Dix Pit. SP395086. 09:45.
Whitethroat: m. first of year for me - singing from roadside. Actually was some way past Rushy Common on Cogges Ln towards Dix. SP395086. 09:45.