A burst of silver

On a blowy, bright Sunday morning I return to Otmoor.  It is only a month since my last visit but, as always, it is different.  Now there are large flocks of golden plover in the fields with the lapwings, but they are completely camouflaged when they are on the ground.  Unlike the lapwings, which stand out, they are plain brown like the dead grasses.

plover country

There are hundreds of lapwing and golden plover here, the latter are very hard to see even with binoculars

Suddenly they burst out, their silver underwings glinting in the sun.  Now they are entirely visible, but as they land they blend away again.

Golden plovers in flight

Golden plover in flight

It is good to see a marsh harrier over the reeds, as well as red kite and buzzard.

marsh harrier country

I saw the marsh harrier from here

The RSPB has put out seeds behind the hide and there are flocks of linnet, reed buntings and chaffinch.  I am sorry not to see any bramblings.  They were around earlier, I am told. ‘Twas ever thus.


The path where seed has been scattered


About campaignerkate

I am the general secretary of the Open Spaces Society and I campaign for public access, paths and open spaces in town and country.
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