Trip reports

Farmoor and Otmoor visit

Sunday, 11 January 2015

7 members turned up for a sunny but windy morning at Farmoor Reservoir this resulted in the birds staying out of the wind which showed as a fair number of the birds were sheltering in with the the sailing boats so we had the sight of 7 little grebes all sheltering together with tufted ducks and mallards and a little eggret and grey heron were hunting in the mooring area with a few flocks of Starlings overhead.

Further round when the wind had dropped a bit we spotted a few great crested grebes out feeding out on the water where were found a lovely female goldeneye with them. We then stopped to check the woodland where we came across a nice flock of fieldfares and redwings with a few blackbirds and a mistle Thrush feeding in a hedge before a sparrowhawk flew across the hedge moving them on before we walked on the causeway where we had a few pied wagtails in the boating area.

At Otmoor we where joined by a further 2 members in the afternoon were out on the wetland a nice slection of ducks were out on the water with teal, shoveler, pochard and wigeons were feeding well in
the sunshine with the lapwings and Golden Plovers which seemed to fly up and from the hide good views of linnets, reed bunting and goldfinches were coming down to the seed which had been put out for
them.

At the reedbeds we had a super view of a hare before it took one look at us and sprinted away down the path while we waited for the main event of the starling murmuration at first they came in small groups of ten birds coming from different directions slowly building up into bigger flock, joining up and seperating. This carried on still the flock appeared to reach somewhere between 20 and 30,000 birds forming different shapes before they roosted in one of the big trees in front of the reedbeds.

Birds Seen
Cormorant, Coot, Little Grebe, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Mallard, Black-headed Gull, Great it,Starling, Blackbird, Fieldfare, Redwing, Mistle Thrush, Robin, House Sparrow, Pied wagtail, Chaffinch, Buzzard, Collared Dove, Great Crested Grebe, Magpie, Kestrel, Goldeneye, Red Kite, Meadow Pipit, Great Black-Backed Gull, Lesser Backed Gull, Sparrowhawk, Canada Goose, Greylag Goose, Mute Swan, Moorhen, Jackdaw, Dunnock, Greenfinch, Herring Gull, Common Gull, Blue Tit, Woodpigeon, Carrion Crow, Reed Bunting, Pheasant, Bullfinch, Wren, Rook, Wigeon, Shoveler, Pochard, Teal, Great Spotted woodpecker, Golden Plover, Long-tailed Tit (52)