Tuesday, 6 April 2021

Easter Weekend

It was a busy family period with family visits and Jacob's birthday. Managed to get to Otmoor on Saturday morning . Ebird list HERE, the highlights being the Glossy Ibis, a couple of LRP, Whitefronts hanging in there, a pair of Garganey, 3 Bittern booming and Ruffs, Dunlins, Curlew and Redshanks.

It was too cold for moth trapping and has been particularly cold today and yesterday with snow and an unseasonal Arctic blast.

A visit to the airfield on Sunday was very quiet, just a single Wheatear and a Peregrine.

As it's been cold I've been catching up on a bit of 'lab' work too. Worked out my moth list - it's 632 species for the UK. Need to add the European (and World) ones next. Also been reading up on my 50th birthday birding trip, New Guinea to see Birds of Paradise in September 2022 and been preparing to attempt to get out to Bulgaria for late April/May this year to work on our project out there (might cost up to £400 in covid tests - double the price of the flights!) . 

Also had a quick look at the Otmoor Ebird data for 2021 so far HERE. A few interesting patterns emerging as spring unfolds:

WINTER BIRDS LEAVING (Peak in mid-winter and gradually declining) 


Golden Plover 


EARLY SPRING WADERS ARRIVING (Late February to Early March) 




HARD WEATHER MOVEMENT (Influx of Skylark during cold snap)

SPRING BIRDS ARRIVING (Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler) 

Chiffchaff- wintering birds moving into position and then later boost of regional migrants 
Willow Warbler 

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