Hobby (Falco subbuteo)
Species

Taken at Otmoor, Oxon., on September 19th 2014.
(1/1000th sec at f11. © David Hastings)

Description

L: 29- 35 cm; WS: 70 - 84 cm

A medium-sized elegant falcon, with long, pointed wings and a medium-length square-cut tail. It ia a very fast, agile flier.

The Hobby is a summer visitor to southern Britain and most of Europe. It spends the winter in Africa.

It breeds in arable land with lakes and woods, bogs and rivers in taiga, and mountain forests. Abandoned nests of other birds, often crow, are used.

It has Green status. There are about 2800 breeding pairs in the UK.

Sightings

20-Jun-2019 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1)
16-Jun-2019 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
11-May-2019 : Abingdon, Oxon (1)
29-Apr-2019 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1)

06-Sep-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
20-Aug-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
10-Jul-2018 : Crookham Common, Berks (1)
06-Jun-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
14-May-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
01-May-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (4)

14-Sep-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
26-Aug-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
03-Aug-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
08-Jun-2017 : Paklenica National Park, Croatia
06-Jun-2017 : Irinovac, Croatia
30-May-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (3)
29-Apr-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)

18-Sep-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
26-Jun-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
19-Jun-2016 : Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon (1)
05-Jun-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
14-May-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
30-Apr-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)

27-Sep-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
07-Sep-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (3)
02-Aug-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
07-Jun-2015 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (1)
10-May-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
27-Apr-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (6)