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.
Whitethroat


Yellowhammer

Linnet
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.





Saturday, 8 October 2016

Strange Looking Creature

This most interesting but strange looking creature going by the name of Hawthorn Shield Bug dropped on my head as I caught up with a bit of gardening it looks like a creation from Dr. Who or something from out of the deep.
The Oxon Feather.


Friday, 7 October 2016

Pip PIP Hooray.

Yesterday the 6th October visited a large field of Oilseed Rape planted this Autumn and found in excess of 100 Meadow Pipits and this was one small section of the field leading me to believe there were probably many hundreds over the whole field, this site is close to dix pit and I also noted five late House Martins in the air.The Oxon Feather.

Red Underwing.









Monday, 19 September 2016

Spoonless.

Not sure if my glass is half full or half empty but I do know my spoon was empty today after visiting pit 60 hoping to catch the four Spoonbills that TE had reported. Apparently they moved on quite soon after he had found them but all was not lost with the long staying Great White Egret showing well but quite distant in the rather murky weather conditions making photographs mediocre. Other compensations were Green and Common Sandpiper and a rather guttural Raven heard as I walked down to the hide. Some ten minutes before I left JH entered the hide and his company also added to a most pleasant two and a half hours spent looking for the "Spoons".
The Feather.