A Feast of Finches

One of the pluses of blogging is that it allows you to make contact with like-minded people who ordinarily you would not meet. Over the last few months I have been exchanging views and comments with a fellow birder from Oxfordshire http://theoxonfeather.blogspot.co.uk and today we met up for a walk around Nightingale Wood. It was nice to have the chance to show off one of my local birding sites. With lunchtime/ afternoon not always being the best time for birds I was a little worried that we would not see many birds. As I feared it was pretty quiet to start but as we moved on past Roves Farm we started to see more avian activity. A Buzzard was spotted sitting on top of the radio mast and a large flock of mainly Redwing interspersed with a few Fieldfare and Chaffinches was found in one of the wooded areas. Also seen here were three Roe Deer. Moving on towards the River Cole the first of several Great-spotted Woodpeckers was seen. A group of at least three Jays were noisily moving through the trees. A dozen or so Greenfinches were the largest group I have seen for a fair while. A lone Bullfinch gave a brief view as it flew from a hedgerow. Along the river a good size mixed flock of small birds was found, mainly consisting of Chaffinch and Goldfinch along with a few Blue and Great Tits. We kept checking the flock as it moved along in front of us and were rewarded with a fairly good view of a Brambling, my 100th species this year. It was good to see that the water levels have dropped considerably since last week. A lone Muntjac crossed the field in front of us, a male Sparrowhawk flew over and another Buzzard was seen. As we walked back towards the hide a Tawny Owl called, always a surprise in daylight. Nothing much was seen on Brook Meadow so we made our way back to the car park. Including four more heard but not seen bids, Green Woodpecker, Pheasant, Song Thrush and Pied Wagtail we had managed a respectable total of twenty-eight species in just over two hours. Not a bad introduction to a new site for my guest. On the way home I had a quick look in at Wroughton Reservoir, nine Little Grebe and twenty-two Gadwall were both good counts. Finally a quick drive around the Barbury loop gave a single Red Kite and very little else.

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2 responses to “A Feast of Finches

  1. Nice afternoon, Malcolm. Don’t shout about it too much or the whole of Oxford will want to come!. Glad you had the chance to show off some local birds. Bob

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