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Oxon Birding Weblog: Blenheim twenty fourth January

Peregrine – 2 on the monument this morning. The feminine with a full crop and a few bloodied breast feathers.

Wigeon – 8

Nice white egret – 3

Little egret – 2

Woodstock Water Meadows

Pintail – 2

Wigeon – 10+

Teal – 50+

Gadwall – 20+

Snipe – 3

The world I’d name the meadows includes all the things within the purple space. The river Glyme flows by it and in the meanwhile it’s flooded. You possibly can stroll by a part of it proven on the underside of the map, however the majority is off limits. The yellow space adjoining is the brand new plantation space created by Blenheim Property. It is surrounded by deer fence however has a variety of gates and so they have created some permissive paths by it. The blue line is the stroll I sometimes do by it and the adjoining fields. There’s a footpath north out of Outdated Woodstock by fields up in direction of the farm. These fields I imagine might be constructed on so that they have been left unmanaged and consequently are nice for wintering passerines. 100s of yellowhammers, good numbers of linnets, reed buntings, skylarks and some corn buntings. I’ve additionally seen Merlin and barn owls and heard gray partridges. The blue arrow is the place you possibly can overlook a few of the meadows which is marked as a non-public nature reserve (I imagine the proprietor of the farm has management of this). That’s the place I noticed the pintail different geese in the present day. Total an awesome piece of habitat, however I worry some will not stay for for much longer.

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