|lapwings with gulls and corvids|
At Chacombe the golden plover flock is still present in a favoured field, They are very well camouflaged against straw coloured stubble. Just over seventy today.
It was all about flocks today, easily the largest was a very densely packed flock of starlings feeding in the pasture fields that surround Upper Wardington. I estimated two thousand but took some photos for checking later. Close inspection of the set of pics upped the count to 2700. A few more smaller flocks were dotted around the local area, so easily three thousand birds, a definite increase on recent weeks.
|part of the very densely packed flock of starlings|
There are still good numbers of fieldfares and redwings, a flock of about a hundred linnets, a few yellowhammers and a reed bunting.
Last week I took a few pics of the flood defences upriver of Banbury at work, just after the peak flows. Not not quite enough for a spectacular flood but quite a sight nonetheless.
|Banbury Flood Defences|
A few pics also from a brief stop at Bicester Wetland Reserve in the week: fantastic views of water rails here at the moment. A kingfisher perched very close to the hide but I couldn't quite get an unobstructed photo without twigs in the way, there is always next time....
|roe deer (grey herons in background)|