Saturday, 31 December 2011

Saturday 24th December Christmas Eve

Otmoor was bright and breezy yesterday morning. Water levels are starting to creep up and the scrapes that have never held water are beginning to show their shapes. The softer wet earth has encouraged many more Lapwing and Golden Plover onto the moor and there were at least seven hundred of each in several wheeling flocks. A flying Goosander was over the reed bed and the lone White fronted Goose was out on Greenaways with the Greylags. The hedgerows were as usual full of foraging parties of small passerines and a Robin posed delicately for a photograph with which to illustrate the Christmas blog.
Later this week I will be writing a digest of the ups and downs of the year, but today I would like to wish all my readers, contributors and especially the sturdy bunch of stalwarts who walk round with me every week a very happy Christmas

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