Sunday, 22 April 2018

Out on a Limb.

This unusual side branch growing through the trunk of its neighbour took my attention as I returned from a stroll around the extremities of my local patch at Bampton, it was good to see Skylark,Yellowhammer,Linnet,Red Kite,Green Woodpecker and good numbers of Butterflies including Small Tortoiseshell,Peacock,Brimstone,Large White and Orange Tip.
Little Egret showed well on a trip to pit 60 along with Common Sandpiper, Oyster Catcher and Gadwall. Further south between Challow Station and Sparsholt Chiffchaff and Whitethroat were much in evidence. The rising temperature has given everything including me a feel good factor, but I fear it will not last -the good weather that is. The Oxon Feather.

 Also at Pit 60 Goosander
 It takes more than one to make a Summer
 Rainbow necked Stock Dove in my garden
 Little Egret sporting a pretty fancy hair style

 Far distant Common Sandpiper and Oyster Catcher

 Distant Linnet one of about a dozen

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Plastic Love.

A pair of plastic geese have paired up in a field by pit 60 and there were lots of swallows coming through a couple of days ago also a very nice male goosander and some gadwall . Today 18th linnets and a pair of kestrels were busy in the bright  hot sunshine . The Oxon Feather.

 Oyster Catchers Pit 60


Sunday, 1 April 2018

Spring is in the Air.

After the heavy recent rains it's so good to feel that the year is turning and we can look forward to the breeding season for our Oxon wildlife. Thought I'd post a few snaps of Butterflies to remind us of the joys that await us and some moths also.
The Oxon Feather.

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Hats Off ! To the Black Headed One.

Really nice birding surprise on the garden feeders recently in the shape of a Blackcap.
The Oxon Feather.
                                          Male Blackcap - on garden feeder
                                          One of circa 100 Fieldfare - in fields at Bampton

Also Nuthatch on the feeders.

Monday, 5 March 2018

In Yer Face!

The cold snowy weather has been rather exciting or at least it has if your are not a starving bird struggling to find enough sustenance to get it through another freezing cold night. It's a good job many of us take pity on our avian friends and supplement their meagre rations with bits and pieces from our plentiful human store. I have heard of an Oxon chap who walked miles to his coop supermarket to supply his garden Fieldfares with apples, quite amazing and tremendously generous and of course a lifeline for these poor wretched creatures. The Oxford Ornithological Society chairman Alan Larkman has Kindly swept the snow away many times through these past days in order to make sure the two hundred Brambling and two hundred plus Linnets that have been regularly feeding on his large lawn for the past couple of months continued to take the huge amounts of millet, oilseed rape and linseed he puts down for them several times a day, this site is also feeding Bullfinch, Yellowhammer, Chaffinch and Tree Sparrow.
My own garden has had a few Fieldfare and Mistle Thrush taking advantage of the apples and Redwing seem to be everywhere this Winter. The Thrush family are aggressive and even when they are starving seem intent on bullying and claiming any food source to the exclusion of any of their fellows no matter how desperate they may be.The Oxon Feather.
Mistle Thrush appley eating away
 Field fare also appley eating away

 Redwing finding grub among the horse droppings
 Mistle Thrush surveying for any interlopers.
 Mistle Thrush attacking an apple
photo showing just how attractive Fieldfares are

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Had my fill of Linch Hill.

A couple of days ago I walked round Linch Hill between Northmoor and Dix Pit. Loads of Gulls for the "Gullers" plenty of Tufted Duck, a few Wigeon, Gadwall , lots of Mallard and a couple of dozen Red-Crested Pochard . At the far distant corner from the car park were dozens of Blue and Great Tits although apparently no feeding station anywhere near this part of the pit and it seems odd that such numbers were there?
The Oxon Feather.