Arriving in the carpark, it looked fantastic. A sharp frost overnight had covered every branch, twig and blade of grass in a film of sparkling white ice chrystals. it was more like December than March. To add to the Christmassy feel a Robin was perched among the frosted branches singing its melancholy song.
|frosted car park|
|Snipe in the grass|
|An icy Greenaways|
Wildfowl are still numerous. The pick of the day being seven White fronted Geese on Ashgrave and four Pintail on Big otmoor. Greylag, Canada Geese, Wigeon, Mallard, Teal, Tufted, Shoveler, Gadwall, Pochard all present.
|Wigeon dabbling in a hole in the ice. five little Egrets behind.|
It was a good day for Talon't spotting. Birds of prey that is. Just past the hide. A fantastic male Merlin flew along the bridleway in front of me. A menacing Peregrine was hunting over Big Otmoor. A Ringtail Hen Harrier floated over the reedbeds. Red Kite, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk and Kestrel made up the impressive Otmoor's got Talons list.
A lone Chiffchaff was keeping company with two Goldcrests and several Long Tailed Tits along the bridleway past the hide. Another bird of note was a Raven Cronking away as it flew over Big Otmoor.
It was a bitterly cold day. Several thankfully brief hail showers accompanied me along the bridleway. Apart from, for a few all to short minutes, the sun broke through the clouds. Causing steam to erupt from the hedgerows.
|Not a Gorilla, it's a birder in the mist|
|Hail storm heading this way.|
The Hedges on Otmoor today had been pretty Spartan. But this 300 more than made up for it.
|A tiny portion of the huge Fieldfare flock|
Today's list of species....
Mute Swan, Whitefronted Goose, Greylag, Canada Goose, Mallard, Wigeon, Shoveler, Pintail, Gadwall, Pochard, Teal, Tufted, Great Crested Grebe, Coot, Moorhen, B.H Gull, Herring Gull, Lapwing, Golden Plover, Curlew, Redshank, Ruff, Snipe, Grey Heron, Little Egret, Buzzard, Red Kite, Hen Harrier, Peregrine, Merlin, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Raven, Crow, Rook, Jackdaw, Magpie, Pheasant, Woodpigeon, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Blackbird, Fieldfare, Song Thrush, Starling, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Reed Bunting, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Dunnock, Robin, Wren, Goldcrest, Chiffchaff, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Long Tailed Tit.