A close friend of mine and I had been to see the Manic Street Preachers at the Hexagon, Reading on the Saturday night and decided that we would take a trip over to RSPB Otmoor the following day before he returned to London on Sunday evening. Sunday afternoon we headed off to Otmoor and on arrival we were greeted by the "purring" of a Turtle Dove coming from just behind the car park. Plenty of Common Whitethroat in and around the scrub from the car park to the main track of the reserve. Sedge and Reed Warbler were present in the reedbeds along the path towards the first screen and even a Cetti's Warbler burst in to song a couple of times, further down the path a Redshank flew across the main meadow calling as it passed by. At the first screen we were lucky enough to witness 5 or maybe even 6 Hobbies hawking above us in the afternoon sun. Reed Bunting, Little Grebe and a calling Cuckoo was the best of the rest.
We made our way to another location near the Hambleden Valley in the hope that we might catch a glimpse of a pair of Ravens that have turned up on previous years. A single Willow Warbler was singing at one end of the copse with a Chiffchaff singing at the other but their was little else about, arriving at the site it didn't take long to pick up on the usual Red Kites as they searched for food across the nearby fields but sadly there were no sign of any Ravens this year.