Friday, June 30, 2017

Diary Update #31

 Thursday 29th June 2017 ~ My annual visit to RSPB Otmoor in Oxfordshire today, mainly to catch up with the resident Turtle Doves.

Obliging Turtle Dove
An overcast and chilly day with occasional drizzle but immediately upon arrival in the car park the wonderful sound of a purring Turtle Dove! However, I never quite managed to make contact with this particular individual, too far off but I was confident I'd find one along the track near the bridge and feeding areas.

Turtle Dove ~ A closer view!
I took the visitor trail towards the feeders before heading west, finishing up at the 'Wetlands Watch Lookout'. Although a little chilly and dank at times it was an enjoyable walk with Little Egret, Greenshank, Redshank, Oystercatcher, Marsh Harrier, Common Buzzard and a trio of Red Kites, but the highlight had to be a drumming Common Snipe overhead. Plenty of young warblers as you'd expect, plus the odd flyby Common Tern but it wasn't until I made the return trip until I finally connected with my Turtle Dove! I watched a single bird fly in, which obligingly landed on top of a telegraph pole to pose for photos! Heading back to the car park a reeling Grasshopper Warbler to end an enjoyable visit!