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13th August Osprey Stanton Harcourt and Otmoor...11th August Adult WHITE-WINGED BLACK TERN Farmoor Reservoir...Great White Egret Ewelme Cress Beds...29th July Juvenile Mediterranean Gull Pit 60...Bitterns breed successfully for the second year running at Otmoor RSPB...Marsh Harriers also successfully breed on Otmoor RSPB for third year running...

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Stanton St. John: 16th August

Stanton St. John
Spotted Flycatcher: One again today. 13:00.

David Brown

Farmoor 15th August

A fairly reasonable roost at last including 44+ Yellow-legged Gulls.

Letcombe Bassett: Ridgeway above Letcombe Bassett: 15th August

Letcombe Bassett: Ridgeway above Letcombe Bassett
2 Redstart

Letcombe Bassett: Gramps Hill
Redstart: m.
Wheatear: f.
Yellow Wagtail

Mark Merritt

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Otmoor 15th August


2 Wheatear
5+ Yellow Wagtail (juvs)

First Screen:
2 Greenshank
1 Green Sandpiper
1 Common Sandpiper
Water Rail

Wood Pigeon.

Rushy Common: 15th August

Rushy Common
Black-tailed Godwit

Jeremy Dexter

15th August Bicester Wetland Reserve

7 Green Sandpiper
8 Teal
2 Gadwall
2 Heron
1 Green Woodpecker
5 plus Chiffchaff

key holder reserve
Alan Peters

Stanton St. John: 15th August

Stanton St. John
4 Spotted Flycatcher: Four again today in the garden. 12:25.

David Brown

Farmoor Reservoir 15th August

Ruddy Shelduck still present (per RBA).

Monday, 14 August 2017

Lollingdon Hill 14th August

Redstart c4 at Lollingdon Hill (per Paul Chandler)

Cholsey Wildlife

Otmoor RSPB 14th August.

Greenshank 9 (inc one group of eight)
Green Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper
Snipe 6+

(Andy Last, Badger)

Wheatear Lower Farm courtesy of Badger


2 Turtle Dove
3 Greenshank
1 Common Sandpiper
1 Marsh Harrier
5 Whinchat
1 Wheatear
1 Hobby
2 Cranes.

per  T.S.  P.G.

Chinnor: Cement Works: 14th August

Chinnor: Cement Works
3 Green Sandpiper: 2 north east corner of lake 2b 1 by fishing club lake.

David Stracey

Stanton St. John: 14th August

Stanton St. John
4 Spotted Flycatcher: 4 in the garden fly catching this evening. 16:45.

David Brown

Lark Hill 14th August

4 Whinchat
2 Redstart
Sedge Warbler
2 Willow Warbler

Blenheim: Blenheim Lake: 13th August

Blenheim: Blenheim Lake
8 Egyptian Goose: a pair with six recently hatched young. A first at Blenheim for me.

Bob Pomfret

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Otmoor: Oddington Lane: 13th August

Osprey and Red Kites courtesy of Peter Alfrey

Osprey one over Oddington Lane 11:20
Hen Harrier
2 Redstart

(per Peter Alfrey) more on the excellent  Non Stop Birding

Osprey and Red Kite courtesy of Peter Alfrey

Sonning Eye GPs: 13th August

Sonning Eye GPs
2 Mandarin Duck: fem. 13:45.

Marek Walford

Ardington 13th August

4 Spotted Flycatcher (2 ads feeding 2 recently fledged juvs)

Otmoor. 13th. August.

Common Sandpiper.
2. Common Crane.
Hen Harrier.  (1st. summer male.)
2. Marsh Harrier.
2. Yellow Wagtail.
6. Stonechat.  (2. adult,  4. juv.)

Per.  The Otmoor M.

Juvenile Stonechat.

Dix pit, 13 August

Osprey, 10.10am

Lark Hill 13th August

Marsh Harrier (juv) - actively hunting. Perhaps the same bird seen by Steve on Friday?
Redstart (juv male)
3 Wheatear
12 Yellow Wagtail
4 Sedge Warbler
2 Reed Bunting
Garden Warbler

Friday, 11 August 2017

Wantage: Chain Hill 11 August

1 Marsh Harrier from the B4494 at about SU408868
1 Yellow Wagtail (imm) - in middle of road (briefly!)

Ewelme: Cress beds: 11th August

Courtesy of Thomas Stevenson

GREAT WHITE EGRET (per Thomas Stevenson)

Farmoor Reservoir 11th August

Courtesy of Tezzer

WHITE-WINGED BLACK TERN (adult) F1 still present at 19:06
(per Andy Last, Lew, Nick Truby et al)

Originally found this morning by John Edwards at 11:00.
Unfortunately John was unable to get the news out until later.
It was then 'rediscovered' by Pete Alan at around 13:00.

Courtesy of Tezzer

Greenshank 2
Common Sandpiper 2
Yellow-legged Gull 5

Courtesy of Nick Truby

A329 near Moulsford: 11th August

A329 near Moulsford
Yellow Wagtail: Heard a single call - prob on S side of railway cutting, on edge of bean field. First evidence for a couple weeks of their continued presence. SU5885. 12:10.

Mike Amphlett

11th August Bicester Wetland Reserve

1 Common Sandpiper
2 Green Sandpiper
2 Kingfisher
2 Heron
9 juv Tufted Duck
1 Teal
2 Gadwall

Key holder reserve
Alan Peters

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Otmoor 10th August

Juvenile Cuckoo on fence posts around Big Otmoor 150mtr from Noke turn
Greenshank - Big Otmoor
Green Sandpiper at 1st screen

Kingston Bagpuize: 10th August

Kingston Bagpuize
2 Raven: Tumbling & calling.

Jed Cleeter

Farmoor: am 10th August

5 YL Gull
2 Common Sandpiper
Ruddy Shellduck
Egyptian Goose

Otmoor. 10th. August.

Green Sandpiper.
2. Common Crane.
Hen Harrier.  (1st. summer male.)
4. Redstart.
2. Whinchat.

Per. P.G.  P.L.  T.S.  et. al.


Witney: 8th August

Willow Warbler: Saw on a willow tree next to lake, was singing loudly. Very vibrant yellow. SP357085.

Maurice Reinhard