Category Archives: RSPB

My bird year 2016

In 2016 I saw 120 bird species and heard four, mainly around Turville, Otmoor, Little Marlow and Dartmoor. Continue reading

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In search of ouzels

I made three visits this year up Tavy Cleave, Dartmoor, in search of ring ouzels, with some success. Continue reading

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Hazeley Heath, a special protection area

One of the best parts of my job with the Open Spaces Society is visiting commons with land managers who wish to consult us about what they hope to achieve.   I was pleased to be invited by Leigh Wallace of … Continue reading

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A burst of silver

Otmoor is different every visit. This time I saw hundreds of golden plover. Continue reading

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Murmuration of Sturnus

Finding that towards sundown on 8 January I was still at Otmoor, I stayed to watch the starlings come in to roost.  I had seen them before from a distance, wheeling and turning as a great cloud in the sky, … Continue reading

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Restful Otmoor

‘Thinking about your visit here today, what did you enjoy the most?’ asked the RSPB questionnaire in the Otmoor hide in Oxfordshire.  I could have said the bright kingfisher flying from its lakeside branch over the water and back to … Continue reading

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Have you ever heard a nightingale, Mr Pickles?

Have you ever heard a nightingale Mr Pickles?  It’s absolute magic, that such a tiny bird can utter such a sweet song.  It is totally idyllic.  But it is a very rare treat nowadays; so many of their habitats have … Continue reading

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