Marsh Warbler

Saturday 4th July 2009

A cracking day's birding with Andy thanks to Otmoor RSPB in Oxfordshire, where the star attraction was the singing male Marsh Warbler (above). A lifer for us both, the bird performed beautifully with its song, and showed occasionally, often flying between the reeds and the hedge behind. Other highlights were at least three Turtle Doves, a Marsh Harrier, seven Red Kites, three Lesser Whitethroats, four Whitethroats, several Sedge Warblers, many Reed Warblers and on the insect front, Black-tailed Skimmers, Ruddy Darters (below), Commas, Ringlets and two Five-spot Burnets (bottom).

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