Trip reports

Shared car trip to RSPB Otmoor

Shared car trip to RSPB Otmoor
Derek Griffin

Saturday, 10 June 2017

For a change we had excellent dry, warm and sunny weather for a local group trip, this time to RSPB Otmoor. After a refreshing breakfast at a nearby 'fishing lake' café, 10 members made their way to Otmoor. After a short walk from the car park we soon heard the distinctive 'churr' of the turtle dove. Better still, at the end of the path we were greeted by the sight of a solitary turtle dove feeding on a patch of rough ground (together with numerous chaffinches, pheasants and mallard) only about 10 yards from the barred gate on which we rested! Our subsequent slow walk along the elevated bank was notable for the number of sedge warblers were heard and saw at quite close quarters. Notable also was the low flying by a red kite, whilst in the far distance some members believed they could see the extended neck of a crane, as it repeatedly popped up and then disappeared.

From the only hide (where we eagerly devoured our lunches) the highlight, apart from seeing the numerous reed buntings being thrown around in the strong breeze, was probably seeing a solitary hobby. This successfully hunted dragonflies over the small patches of water just in front of us. We returned in the direction of the car park via a small detour to a screen hide, notably where a linnet and numerous butterflies were seen. Back along the elevated bank, we again encountered the sight and sound of turtle doves. One was seen in a nearby tree, which then flew to an overhead wire just above us, and then returned to the same rough patch of ground where it again provided us with close up views as it scratched around. In excess of 50 bird species were seen, and with the extended close up views of the turtle dove, overall it made for a memorable day.

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