Monday, 15 January 2018

Haw Haw its enough to make me laugh.

Having been sidelined for some time recently including a pretty awful dose of man-flu I thought I really ought to get out and look for the amazing Hawfinch irruption that has overtaken the county to the extent that there has been more chance of being hit by  low-lying Hawfinch than not seeing them.
Several of my birder mates had recommended Northmoor churchyard as a good spot to catch up with them, and so today within minutes of arrival at the church I was able to get a couple of reasonable pics as they fed and perched in the tops of some Yew Trees. two other birders who had been there for quite a time reckoned there were about 18 -20 in the churchyard.
Other birds seen recently when circumstances and illness have allowed have been, Grey Wagtail several parties of Long-Tailed Tits and in my garden Coal Tits and the striking Nuthatch.
The Oxon Feather.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Trump Phalarope at Farmoor.

Yes you've guessed it , the Phalarope is a Red Neck. I haven't had the time to get along to the big concrete basin for a while so it was a pleasure to meet up with many of Oxfordshires finest birders in fact I got a bit worried for a while when I thought the cream of the cream of local birders 'Badger' had fallen in Farmoor two but thankfully it was just the very white Coot eating some vegetation .
Well Done to Dai and Dave for another good spot and by the way Dai I will be looking out your A Rs this weekend.
The Feather.

Friday, 8 September 2017


Birding has been quite flat this year with a rather poor breeding season in my view and I suppose the weather has played its part and no doubt the mega - efficient pesticides that are the cause of the deaths of so many of our small farmland birds that rely on this important link in the food chain especially in their early days of life.
The only bird of note recently and seen flying high over my garden at Bampton was Raven but a walk from Stanford in the Vale Thursday 7th gave me a couple of common Dragonflies and a quite striking Noon Fly mesembrina meridian .
The Bird Fair was marvellous and a couple of talks by Ian Newton most interesting as was the super moth identification put on by the Lewington brothers and one other whose name I have managed to forget , I even spotted Bill Oddie as he shuffled by me.
The Feather.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Saved by the Tell

A trip down to the old concrete basin to have a chat with the wildlife warden Hanna about the Farmoor Open Day this Saturday 20th when Lew and Dai will be taking birders across the reservoir and I will be displaying oos stuff along with the artwork of the Lewington Brothers - do your best to get there and support us it promises to be a marvellous day out (look in the forthcoming events section)
Met Tezzer in the carpark which was a bit of luck as walking up the entrance footpath I stumbled and it was a bit of luck that Tezzer arrested my headlong flight towards the tarmac as I could have made an awful mess of both the footpath and myself.
After sampling the cafe cuisine, and very nice too, I then left for pit 60 meeting just outside the hide Jim who told me he had seen both Peregrine and Hobby. I didn't get either but spent an enjoyable hour watching LR Plover,Lapwing, Redshank, Oystercatcher and others. Hope you can make it to Farmoor Saturday and if you can please call in and say hello. Oh yes!In Focus will be there.
The Oxon Feather.

 The answer my friend is blowing in the wind

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Got him by the Throat.

Bleeding roll on! cold! or what? After having moved back to Bampton I now find very cold, windy and dry conditions. Of course the dry conditions are just a continuing and worsening of the lack of Winter and Spring rain we are experiencing and that is not good for our insect eating birds and in particular their chicks who depend on this important source of protein. Farmers crops are not looking too good and apart from the earlier than usual Oil-Seed Rape one can see a desperate need for moisture over the drying countryside.
Saw this evasive Whitethroat yesterday one of four but they were difficult to photograph as they were really good at hiding themselves.The Oxon Feather.


Rushey Lock
Pond Water-Crowfoot
Distant Fox in the Meadow

Sunday, 26 March 2017

I'm Lost in Space Like the Rest of My Race.

Recent times have been busy due to moving back to my Bampton bungalow. I expect to find time for posting sightings as I ramble over our oxon countryside.
Myself and A.L. set up the OOS Tree Sparrow Project something like ten (perhaps more) years ago and this continues to be my overriding interest and if you find Tree Sparrows in the oxon area please let me know and I can then make arrangements to supply seed and nest boxes in order to encourage these red listed birds to increase.
The Oxon Feather.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Not Totally Great.

After enjoying the company of Badger at Baulking Pit along with other Oxon birding stalwarts, when true to form I arrived several minutes too late to view the Great Grey Shrike that was a really good find the previous evening but unfortunately has not been seen since. I have  been daily visiting the pit and surrounding environs in the hope of again locating the GGS with a complete lack of success, although, as this is a bird with a very large winter territory i remain hopeful that it is still in the area. This evening 1st December once again no Shrike but a rather elegant Great White Egret was showing well and I guess this is probably the bird that has been recorded at both Dix Pit and Pit 60.
Other birds noted were Wigeon, one Snipe, Fieldfare , Redwing, five Kestrel. A large dog Fox approached me but turned tail (brush) and scampered away before I was able to get a photo. Out beating the other day over Hanney fields I saw three Woodcock and three Jays. Roe Deer have been relatively numerous with a count of fifteen seen recently and also eight Buzzard who have looked forlorn on post and tree sitting hungrily waiting for the frost to lift and get airborne using thermal uplift.
The Feather.
 A few Starlings were in with the Winter Thrushes.

 Distant Buzzard worming.