OX­FORD­SHIRE

Bird Watching (UK) - - Uk Bird Sightings -

OTMOOR RSPB: A Black-necked Grebe was a rare find (1st), but sadly it didn’t stay around long and a Great White Egret (7th) was just a fly-through. The four White-fronted Geese con­tin­ued well into the month, in­creas­ing to six (20th). The first re­turn­ing Curlew was found (3rd), top­ping out at six by the end of the month and Golden Plover (6,930) and Lap­wing (5,375) hit their win­ter peaks. Black-tailed God­wits were present through­out the month, reach­ing a max­i­mum of nine (4th), with Oys­ter­catcher (four), Dun­lin (three) and sin­gle Jack Snipe and Green Sand­piper com­plet­ing the wader to­tals. Birds of prey were again well rep­re­sented with the three res­i­dent Marsh Har­ri­ers, two ring­tail Hen Har­ri­ers, Short-eared Owl, Pere­grine, Spar­rowhawk, Kestrel, Buz­zard, Barn and Tawny Owl and Mer­lin all recorded reg­u­larly. Fer­gus Mosey

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