February 17th

Photo du jour...

A cormorant in the Castle Mill Stream

Sydney Penner reported on Going Birding:
200 golden plover

Adrian Gray writes on OxonBirds
"... there's been a sudden increase in interest on Wolvercote Common as well. Having been bemoaning the lack of interest there all winter, on Wednesday there was a TUFTED DUCK on the pond by the road, and in the evening there were a pair of teal and a drake shoveler. The wigeon flock has pretty much quadrupled (over 100 birds now, I'd say, though they tend to form three or four seperate flocks). This morning there were canada geese on the ponds (common by the bathing place, but not at this end of the Lower village), plus his and hers matching GOOSANDER in the gullet, plus the teal, two drake shoveler, several adolescent swans over and above last years local brood, and several tufties on the meadow side of the road. All this within a few yards of the road! Why they've all appeared now I've no idea - maybe something to do with being moved on by the freeze, and settling on pastures new?"

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