|Yellow Wagtail (c) Bark|
|Lined up on the reed screening (c) Bark|
|Lots of plumage variation (c) Bark|
|Whinchats and Wheatear at Noke in the gloom (c) Bark|
|Stalking Egret (c) Bark|
|The Otmoor Flock minus one ! (c) Bark|
|Lesser Whitethroat (c) Bark|
|Stunning Spot Fly Carpark Field (c) Pete Styles|
|The same bird before it flew (c) Pete Styles|
|Male Redstart (c) Pat Galka|
|Showing how it got its name (c) Pat Galka|
There is a flock of at least fifty Yellow Wagtails feeding around the feet of the cattle on Ashgrave. There are both adults and juveniles and most are in various stages of moult and rather varied plumages. They showed particularly well when the cows were feeding just below the hide on Sunday and they all flushed up onto the roof and the screening when a raptor flew over, allowing great photo-opportunities. There are a resident party of seven Little Egrets still finding food in the diminishing water in front of the hide, at least thirty eclipse Teal were there and a couple of Green Sandpipers came and went, as is their wont. Turtle Doves are still present and a pair of adults and a juvenile have been seen feeding in an Oddington garden. They may or may not be the breeders from the reserve.
There are now certainly two and possibly three Marsh Harriers on the moor. One of the individuals looked significantly different to the one photographed last week by T.S.. A Peregrine put in a brief appearance, three Hobbies were hunting actively along the northern edge of Greenaways all Monday morning and a Sparrowhawk passed over the reedbed.
At least seven Wigeon were on the northern lagoon on Monday, they may be the birds that failed to head north in the spring rather than the vanguard of the returning winter migrants.
When the sun shines there are plenty of butterflies to be seen and the relative abundance of the Brown Hairstreaks is attracting enthusiasts from considerable distances.