Sunday, 12 July 2015

Otmoor 27th June 2015

A visit to RSPB Otmoor with Paul F. Lots of warblers singing but not too many could be seen. Our target bird was Turtle Dove but no luck on the outward section of our walk. Plenty to keep us occupied including; Bullfinch, Marsh Harrier, Raven and Hobby in the bird department. Quite a few butterflies and dragonflies too. Heading back to the car park we struck lucky when we saw a lone Turtle Dove purring away. We stopped and took a few photos before it flew off towards the car park. We connected with the Turtle Dove again this time on the wires not far from the feeding station. So a few more pics and a short vid. Back to the car park and a chat with a local birder proved fruitful. He alerted us to the location of a Spotted Flycatcher and also where we might a rare butterfly in the form of Black Hairstreak. Only a few hundred yards from the car park and we soon connected with Black Hairstreak. It was quite elusive to begin with so we left it to look for the Spotted Flycatcher. Again we were in luck and soon found the Spotted Flycatcher, a few photos and back for another bash at the Black Hairstreak. Better views of the Hairstreak this time although I didn't manage any photos. Some photos  and a short video below.

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