Saturday, 26 August 2017
26 Aug - A morning visit to Otmoor on a fine bank holiday Saturday with increasing sun, warm and humid. initially quiet but a few things in view from the first screen - 6 Snipe, a Greenshank, Green and Common Sandpipers, a flyby Kingfisher, a juvenile Marsh Harrier, 6 Red Kites, and briefly on a dead twig, my first Spotted Flycatcher of the year. Following directions from Peter Barker the warden, I headed over to the fields adjacent to the rifle range and the old hedgerow and scattered bushes here held 3-4 Redstarts, including 2 obliging males, also another Spot Fly and a mixture of passage warblers. Using an old target wall as cover it was possible to get good views of the Redstarts flycatching. A Hobby also flew over here. Home just as the traffic was starting to build.