Not just been Packham bashing this xmas. Managed to get out a few times - today did the morning at Otmoor, Ebird list HERE and managed to take the family on a walk round Oare Marshes a couple of days ago and also got a little bit of time in at Beddington. Not too bad considering we all got struck down by this winter cold going round too. Had 8 Golden Plover from the obs window yesterday. Here's a few pictures. Off to Fuerteventura on Wednesday so hopefully should have some more exciting stuff to report back on soon- winter can be a bit of a slog so always a good idea to have a winter trip or two (will also be in Ghana in early Feb).
Hybrid Barnacle Geese with Barnacle Goose this morning at Otmoor (presumably Canada x Barnacle?) This is actually a Greylag x Barnacle Goose hybrid situation see HERE
The spectacle of thousands of Lapwing and Golden Plover at Otmoor is always mesmerising (above and below)
Reed Bunting at Otmoor- interesting bird with quite a bit of grey in mantle and scaps and long rustic bunt like streaks on flanks. First-winter males are supposed to have more grey in plumage.
Brents over Whitstable viewed from Oare
Dunlins on the Swale at Oare
Caspian-type Gull at Beddington - with so few gulls at the farm now due to the landfill closing it will be interesting to see what impact it has on our local winter birding
Mottled Umbers- the good run of these continues at the Beddington obs