Join for FREE
It only takes a minute!
Zeiss - Always on the lookout for something special – Shop now

Welcome to BirdForum.
BirdForum is the net's largest birding community, dedicated to wild birds and birding, and is absolutely FREE! You are most welcome to register for an account, which allows you to take part in lively discussions in the forum, post your pictures in the gallery and more.

Otmoor Oxfordshire

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread
Old Thursday 8th November 2007, 01:05   #1
oldbaldman
Registered User

 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: bucks
Posts: 367
Otmoor Oxfordshire

Went to Otmoor Wednesday am. Saw a Merlin in flight and at rest in a tree, amazing bird and a 1st for me.

Mind you I am no expert, but the colouring on chest and underbelly were right, the shape and size of body were right and the colour of head and beak was right, the legs were right, according to my book. Could I be mistaken? Anyone else seen one there?

Was told by a local lady that starlings are there around 1615 and gathering in number as the days go on.

obm
oldbaldman is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Thursday 8th November 2007, 06:31   #2
wolfbirder
Registered User

 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Wolves
Posts: 6,032
Merlin do occur at Otmoor with some regularity. Sparrowhawks favour trees more than Merlins, but if it had streaked as opposed to barred underparts it sounds like a merlin.
__________________
Nick Moss.
Fav Birds - Hen/Pallid/Monty Harrier, Gyrfalcon, Great Grey Owl, Hobby, Golden Eagle, Merlin, SE Owl, Pom Skua, Hawfinch, Wryneck, Redstart, Shrikes, Roller, Bee-eater's, Nightjar, Smew, GN & BT Diver, Spotted Redshank, any Warblers (especially yank ones)!
wolfbirder is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Thursday 8th November 2007, 08:48   #3
oldbaldman
Registered User

 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: bucks
Posts: 367
cheers for that WB.

The featue I remember most vividly was the chest and belly, almost ermin like with grey background and brown flecks, like a thrush pattern.

will be back soon to have another look.

obm
oldbaldman is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Saturday 9th February 2008, 09:56   #4
oldbaldman
Registered User

 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: bucks
Posts: 367
Otmoor Closed

For those who do not visit the RSPB website Otmoor is closed until April.

dave
oldbaldman is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Monday 11th February 2008, 23:34   #5
gareth_blockley
Smile people
 
gareth_blockley's Avatar

 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Banbury, Oxfordshire
Posts: 1,613
Quote:
Originally Posted by oldbaldman View Post
For those who do not visit the RSPB website Otmoor is closed until April.

dave
Well the reserve isn't shut, just the access road. See here: http://www.birdforum.net/showthread....ghlight=otmoor

Cheers
Gareth
gareth_blockley is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Monday 5th May 2008, 20:18   #6
oldbaldman
Registered User

 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: bucks
Posts: 367
Several, one person claimed 8 - I saw 6, Hobby today feeding on the wing and dropping inedible bits of whatever it had been, and on high. At one point Hobby, a Buzzard and a young Red Kite all within view in the sky through binoculars. Yellowhammer seen on feeders with GSW Pecker. Hot sunny afternoon. dave
oldbaldman is offline  
Reply With Quote
Advertisement
Reply


Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
ID help - Otmoor John Fordham Bird Identification Q&A 23 Thursday 2nd August 2007 09:00
ID please - Otmoor John Fordham Bird Identification Q&A 3 Tuesday 22nd May 2007 10:55
otmoor dj1947 Your Birding Day 0 Thursday 1st July 2004 17:29



Fatbirder's Top 1000 Birding Websites

Help support BirdForum

Page generated in 0.20727491 seconds with 22 queries
All times are GMT. The time now is 23:47.