Reports, with Bird Lists, of our Meetings, Walks and Outings

Otmoor RSPB reserve 2018
Saturday morning walk

Date: Saturday 19 May 2018 at 09:30

Details:

A lovely sunny day, but only 12 people made the journey to Otmoor.

We arrived at 9:30 and the car park was nearly full with keen birders. They had come to see the turtle doves as Otmoor is the only place to see them locally. One person in our group saw a turtle dove, but most people heard the gentle turr turr call.

We saw at least eight hobbies and six cuckoos, mainly in the distance.

There were good views of reed warblers, reed buntings and sedge warblers; some of us did see lesser Whitethroats. Other birds seen were buzzards, marsh harriers, redshanks and a good number of lapwings.

By the time we arrived back at the cars it was very warm but we had seen 57 species which is slightly down on last year. The number of people was down, partly due to holidays and partly the wedding taking place in Windsor.

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Otmoor RSPB, 19/5/2018, sunny

Mute Swan

Greylag Goose

Canada Goose

Barnacle Goose

Gadwall

Mallard

Shoveler

Pochard

Tufted Duck

Pheasant

Cormorant

Bittern (H)

Little Egret

Grey Heron

Great Crested Grebe

Red Kite

Marsh Harrier

Common Buzzard

Moorhen

Coot

Lapwing

Curlew

Redshank

Common Tern

Black-headed Gull

Common Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Herring Gull

Wood Pigeon

Turtle Dove

Cuckoo

Hobby

Magpie

Jackdaw

Rook

Carrion Crow

Raven

Blue Tit

Great Tit

Skylark

Swallow

Cetti's Warbler

Chiffchaff

Blackcap

Garden Warbler

Lesser Whitethroat

Whitethroat

Sedge Warbler

Reed Warbler

Wren

Blackbird

Robin

Dunnock

Chaffinch

Bullfinch

Linnet

Goldfinch

Reed Bunting

57 Bird Species seen and 1 heard

Other Wildlife

Hare

Muntjac deer

Shrew (deceased)

Common Blue Damselfly

Azure Damselfly

Large Red Damselfly

Four-spotted Chaser Dragonfly

Orange tip Butterfly

Brimstone Butterfly

Large White Butterfly

Small White Butterfly

12 People

 
---- Original Programme Information ----

Meet at 9.30 am in the free reserve car park, off Otmoor Lane, near OX3 9TD
Lat/Long: 51.8094, -1.1744                  OS SP570126
Click here for a map of the car park location

Otmoor notice board

Wet meadows and reed beds dominate, with some trees and hedges.

Hope for turtle dove, cuckoo, grasshopper warbler, bittern, marsh harrier, hobby and peregrine. Expect warblers, finches, tits, lapwing, redshank, whitethroat, linnet, geese, ducks.  There should also be butterflies, damselflies and hares, possibly lizards.

We should see around 60 avian species

Free entry, one hide, two screens. This remote reserve has no facilities but there is a pub about a mile away in Beckley. Our walk is around 3 miles on level paths. Mud possible.

Click here for a report on our 2016 visit

Click here for a report on our 2017 visit

Click here for more information about the reserve

Otmoor