Friday, 8 February 2013

A visitor from Dorset

Few sunny spells, 5º, little wind.

Another look at Cholsey marsh this evening, very much the same as yesterday however one hundred plus Corn Bunting roosting tonight, and I was joined by Tony Williams (local) and John Lucas from Portland, Dorset.
John and Tony are long time mates and John is an ex Berkshire birder and an honorary Cholsey birder who has seen a lot of Oxfordshire birds, i.e. an Osprey over Lollingdon hill and who also has the enviable credit of having seen a European Roller in Oxfordshire! He has promised to show me the photo one day and I will scan and publish it.
One possibly two Sparrowhawk went through the marsh and a Barn Owl at dusk and the usual dusk chorus of Water Rail, and a Chiffchaff earlier.

A Raven seen close to the village today feeding on some carrion.

The Shrike has not been seen in the area for over a week now and the Bittern has also disappeared.
The Barn Owl is invariably always distant unfortunately.
Corn Bunting gathering for the roost

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