Natural History Diary : December 2018
Tuesday 11th December
Today's sunshine enticed a Drone Fly to do a bit of sunbathing in the front garden. It became a useful test subject for my new macro lens.
Drone Fly, Abingdon, 11-Dec
   
Drone Fly | Abingdon    
Sunday 9th December
I visited Farmoor this afternoon. The usual residents were on the water. I counted at least 75 Cormorants and four Little Grebes. There were lots of Fieldfares and Redwings in the Hawthorn and Cotoneaster bushes along the river. The feeders at Pinkhill were quite busy with Blue abd Great Tits, three Reed Buntings and two Chaffinches (but there was no sign of any Water Rails). On the way back to the car I saw a Herring Gull perched on raft. The gull roost on F1 looked quite big. Most were Black-headed, but there were also some Lesser Black-backed and a Greater Black-backed there as well.
Little Grebes, Farmoor, 09-Dec
Blue Tit, Farmoor, 09-Dec
Herring Gull, Farmoor, 09-Dec
Little Grebes | Farmoor Blue Tit | Farmoor Herring Gull | Farmoor
Sunday 2nd December
Four Fieldfares were eating hawthorn berries at the allotment this morning.