My second attempt at seeing the first winter Oriental (Rufous) Turtle Dove that was found in Chipping Norton Oxfordshire was successful after the bird flew in to trees from the garden it was feeding in and showed to the gathering crowd. Well done to the finder Steve Akers who was allowing birders to enter his house for a fee to charity to view the bird but as my first attempt on Tuesday showed I don’t have the patience to queue so grateful to the unknown birder who shouted “there it is”.
Spring Usher by Bob Hazell
Back home and Bob came round to see if I fancied the pond so after a quick photographic session on last nights catch we ventured down but the place was overcast with low cloud so while he did a circuit I plodded between farborough spit and inlet. The female Scaup was off hensborough bank, no sign of the male Smew, 3 Brambling, 11 Gadwall, 12 Goosander, male Shoveler, 4 Barnacle Geese, Goldcrest and 6 Long-tailed Tit.
Barnacle Goose by Bob Hazell