Birds seen on Otmoor
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Bird Pictures of some birds that can be seen round Otmoor
All pictures T Hallchurch
Red Kite over Otmoor February 2010
Pair of Teal February 2010
Wigeon February 2010
More than 45,000 Starlings are roosting on Otmoor RSPB reserve in January 2007
Great Crested Grebes displaying Otmoor RSPB 6 May 2006
Male Pochard Otmoor RSPB 6 May 06
Long Tailed Tits on peanuts Jan 06
Male Brambling in my garden 18th January 2006
Turtle Doves Horton cum Studley 26 May 2005 under the bird table. They nested nearby until Magpies found the eggs.
Sparrowhawk waits in ambush by the bird feeders in my garden and catches a Jackdaw in March 07
"Pied" Jackdaw at Horton cum Studley
This strange Jackdaw feeding in my garden in Horton cum Studley, February 2002
while Sparrowhawk takes a Blue Tit while it was feeding on peanuts, 27 February 2002
This Mistle Thrush has been successfully guarding this Mountain Ash tree from November 2002 to February 2003 and again in November 2005 chasing off all other Thrushes including Fieldfares
Daily visitors to the feeders. Male Great Spotted Woodpecker, Horton cum Studley
This Grey Heron has been keeping a vigil on my fish pond while covered in ice despite the wire netting.
Dozens of Starlings on 1st November 2003 drinking out of gutter of my conservatory and in the tree behind.
Thousands of ducks on Otmoor January 2003 including Wigeon, Teal, Pintail, Mallard, Tufted, Shoveler, Pochard and Gadwall. Also a few Berwick's Swan
Otmoor Reed Beds October 2003
More pictures of Otmoor Birds
Little Grebe regular visitor
Little Egret regular visitor
Pinked-backed Pelican escaped bird 15 June 02
Mute Swan some always present
Bewick's Swan occasional winter visitor
Bewick's Swans over Otmoor 25th January 2003
Shelduck up to six on Otmoor during April 04 down to 2 in June
Wigeon numbers on Otmoor from November
Teal winter visitor and some in summer
Shoveler winter visitor from November
Tufted Duck 40+ during May plus 1000+ in January 03, 20 plus in October 2004
Gadwall about 6 in November 04
Pochard at least two pairs bred 2003
Goldeneye two reported by the RSPB in May 2003
Ruddy Duck two seen on 4 May 2003
Great Bittern one seen on various occasions, in October/November.
Quail at least 2 heard on Otmoor in June 02
Red Kite becoming more common on Otmoor.
Sparrowhawk daily Horton cum Studley often sitting in ambush near nut feeder
Common Buzzard appear to have successfully bred near Horton cum Studley Pair with juvenile seen daily summer from 0 around Tippen's Copse. Seen regularly over Otmoor,
Marsh Harrier regular visitor
Merlin regular winter to visitor to Otmoor.
Peregrine seen over the fields between Horton cum Studley and the centre of Otmoor on various occasions.
Water Rail heard on Otmoor and seen during Spring 2004
Coot numerous on Otmoor, also Studley Wood Golf Club and Stanton St John ponds
Moorhen Horton cum Studley, Church Lane pond and Mill Lane pond and on Otmoor
Oystercatcher seen on 4 May 03
Little Ringed Plover six reported on Otmoor 2003
Ringed Plover up to three seen on Otmoor by RSPB in May and 4 in June 03
Golden Plover winter flocks visit each winter.
Grey Plover one seen by RSPB on 26th April and one 3 July 03
Lapwing breeding in many areas including RSPB reserve, MOD land and BBOWT Asham meadows.
Pectoral Sandpiper 12 - 19th October 03
Dunlin up to 6 seen during May and 4 on 13 July and 4 on 18 October 03 and on several occasions in 04
Ruff up to six seen during May and four on 19 July 02 and 2 on 18-20 October 02 and singles in September 03
Snipe Breeding on Otmoor and seen on MOD land
Black-tailed Godwit one seen on 7/8 April (RSPB), six on 3 July and one on 18 October 03.
Bar-tailed Godwit up to three seen during May 03
Whimbrel four seen on 23 & 24 April 02
Curlew Breeding in various areas into May including RSPB, MOD and BBOWT land
Redshank about four pairs breed
Greenshank regular passage migrant.
Green Sandpiper two during September 03
Wood Sandpiper one on 19th September 04
Common Sandpiper one on 11 May 03
Common Gull 1 on 8 &12 April (RSPB) and 21 on 28 July 03
Arctic Tern five seen on 26 April 03 (RSPB)
Turtle Dove - One Horton cum Studley during May - August and up to three on Otmoor
Little Owl pair resident Horton cum Studley .
Barn Owl seen in 2004 around Horton cum Studley in August and also seen near Beckley Otmoor during September.
Sort-eared Owl Many occasions in December 02 January 03 and singles in October and November 04
Long-eared Owl Two seen near Beckley in June 04
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker seen Burnwood Forest various occasions
Sand Martin over 100 over Otmoor in May
Meadow Pipit about 10 on MOD land.
Tree Pipit a pair with two juveniles on 7 July 03.
Yellow Wagtail small numbers on passage
Nightingale one singing male near rifle range 04
Redstart seen Horton cum Studley August 04
Wheatear three on 16 and 20 April and one 14th August 03 Horton cum Studley
Stonechat about 6 resident on Otmoor.
Fieldfare Numerous from October until the hawthorn berries are exhausted in December when the majority move on.
Redwing numerous by mid November.
Cetti's Warbler at least three can be heard on Otmoor most months.
Grasshopper Warbler heard MOD land and Studley Wood Golf Course
Sedge Warbler Summer visitors to Otmoor
Reed Warbler Summer visitors to Otmoor
Marsh Warbler - singing bird June - July 2009
Lesser Whitethroat one on 16 April 03, several drinking in pond Horton cum Studley during August
Whitethroat annual breeding in many locations including Horton cum Studley
Blackcap annual breeding in many locations including Horton cum Studley
Garden Warbler - Juvenile killed Horton cum Studley 2 Aug 03 - Hit window
Spotted Flycatcher pair nested Horton cum Studley 99 - 02
Raven One seen between Horton cum Studley & Beckley on 4th November 03 then flying towards Bernwood. Probably the breeding pair from a site in a disused factory about 10 miles away.
Long-tailed Tits These pretty birds have recently learned to feed from peanut holders. A flock of about 10 regularly feeds in my garden.
Bearded Reedling 2 are now being seen at Otmoor RSPB (in vegetation and reeds close to the first screen but very elusive)
Tree Sparrow six seen at Horton cum Studley on several occasions at bird table until early May 02 but not seen since.
Yellow Hammer see below
Brambling: one on Otmoor 24th October.
Reed Bunting Flock of about 130 Reed Buntings and Yellow Hammers in the stubble near Gardener's Barn Horton cum Studley 26th January 03. About 100 were Reed Buntings. This is the largest number of Reed Buntings I have ever seen in one place at one time.
Tree Sparrow feeding in Horton cum Studley garden with Greenfinch
Yellowhammer on the Oddington track onto Otmoor
Red Admiral Caterpillars on Nettles Otmoor 8 July 00
Spotted Flycatcher nesting at Horton cum Studley 2000. Regrettably after three years breeding in the same area the pair have not returned since, although a pair nested in a garden on the Main Street in 2002 not far from this site..
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