A bit of a disappointing day really. Got up a bit early and wrote Saturdays blog up and then got too involved with bird journal. By the time I was ready to go out it was way past 09.00. I parked up by the house and had a casual walk around the lanes. The weather was much better than Saturday and the birding was a bit better too. Birds noted were Tree Sparrow, Wren, Carrion Crow, Wood Pigeon, Pheasant, Black-headed Gull, Robin, Corn Bunting, Song Thrush, Treecreeper, Chaffinch, Yellowhammer, Dunnock, Blue Tit, Little Owl, Reed Bunting, Blackbird, Grey Heron, Canada Geese, Mute Swan 90, Lapwing, Mallard, Magpie, Goldfinch, Great Tit, Pied Wagtail, Long-tailed Tit and Fieldfare. I was going to go elsewhere but then the heavens opened, went home to have lunch, started watching the rugby, then the football and that was the weekend over. Not sure what is happening this year but the Treecreeper was my fourth new bird for Whitemoor this year. On a roll!!!
I wrote Saturdays blog a bit quick and missed a few things out about the trip to the dove. The chap whose house us birders and twitchers had invaded was a decent enough chap and was happy to tell how he came across the bird. I was quite surprised to hear that when he rang RSPB to tell them about this strange Turtle Dove like bird, on his lawn, in the middle of winter, they replied saying they were not really surprised as an Oriental Turtle Dove was present around Chipping Norton since mid December. They kept this bird a bit quiet for about two months. I wonder what other birds are reported, kept quiet, then disappear? Anyway this one was outed and it was my first ever twitch which involved using someones kitchen as a hide. Quality.