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21st Sept Red-necked Phalarope Farmoor Res...Grey Phalarope Bicester Wetlands...19th Sep Little Gull Grims Res...18th Sep Osprey at Radley GPs...13th Sept Grey Phalarope Sonning Eye GP...Grey Phalarope still Grimsbury Reservoir...12th Sept Kittiwake Farmoor Res...Forthcoming Talks: 11th October: OOS

Monday, 25 September 2017

Baulking Pit: 25th Sep

3 Juvenile Black Terns hunting well into dusk,
flew high SW at about 19:25

Farmoor Reservoir: Farmoor II: 25th September

RED-NECKED PHALAROPE (juv) well out from side in front of 5 marker on the wall.
Highly mobile. SP4405. 16:20.

(per Catherine McEwan)

Farmoor 25th September

2 Sparrowhawks hunting around F2.
3+ Stonechats still present near Pinkhill Lock.
1 Rock Pipit causeway.


Farmoor Reservoir : September 25th

Rock Pipit

Ringing information - Stavanger ED08355/ Yellow E83 was caught and ringed on 15/08/2017 in Makkevika at the Giske Ornithological Station in western Norway. 

Farmoor Reservoir 25th September

Greenshank 3 along causeway 11:10 (per Dai) no sign of the Red-necked Phalarope along causeway.


Sunday, 24 September 2017

Farmoor Res 24th September

RED-NECKED PHALAROPE (juv) 15:30 (per RBA).

It's been requested that people stay on the path and not climb on to the shore.

Sandwich Tern 2 09:40
Common Tern 3 (per Dai)


Juvenile Dunlin

Dunlin 1 juvenile
Shag 1 juvenile
Greater Black backed Gull 3
Yellow legged Gull 4
Little Grebe 7

no sign of the Scaup

(per Ewan)

Aberrant Coot

Yellow-legged Gull 09:30.
Common Sandpiper 10:25.

(per Ralph Watts)
Shag still presentcourtesy of Nick Truby

Otmoor: 24th September

Osprey over southern reed bed c16:24 (per Paul Harris)
Hen Harrier (m) (per Luke O'Byrne)
Hobby: from first screen.
Water Rail: at Greenaways.
30 Snipe: at first screen.
Swallow: small passage south.
4 Yellow Wagtail: on Big Otmoor.
3 Whinchat on Greenaways (per Eddie McLaughlin)
16 Wigeon: at first screen.
Pintail: fem. at first screen.

Marsh Tit
6 Cetti's Warbler  (per Eddie McLaughlin)

(per Ian Elkins)

Marsh Tit courtesy of Eddie McLaughlin

Farmoor Reservoir 24th September

RED-NECKED PHALAROPE (juv) 15:30 (per RBA).

It's been requested that people stay on the path and not climb on to the shore.

Sandwich Tern 2 09:40
Common Tern 3 (per Dai)

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Lark Hill 23rd September

Tree Pipit
4+ Stonechat
7 Yellow Wagtail
Barn Owl
Sparrowhawk pair
2 Reed Bunting
c70 Meadow Pipit
c400 Swallow

Farmoor 23rd

Red Necked Phalarope

Yellow Wagtail

Farmoor 23rd September

Curlew Sandpiper 1 flew through heading south 10.30am (per Fraser Cottingham)

Farmoor Sept 23rd

Red Necked Phalarope - 1 juv still present along causeway 16:30 (per Andy Last
Dunlin - 1 juv
Common Sandpiper - 2
Scaup - eclipse drake until 9:30 when flushed by boats
Shag - 1 juv base of water tower on F1

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Friday, 22 September 2017

Farmoor Reservoir 22nd September

 Juvenile Red necked Phalarope

Farmoor Reservoir 22nd September

RED-NECKED PHALAROPE (juv) still present 15:30 F1
Scaup ecl drake F2 off southern bank.
Shag (juv)
Black Tern
Little Gull (per RBA)

(per Paul Greenaway, Ewan Urquhart, Mark Chivers)

courtesy of John Workman

Bicester Wetlands Reserve 22nd September

GREY PHALAROPE still present 15:00 (per Nick Truby)

Key holder reserve


Farmoor: 21st September

Some more Red-necked Phalarope pictures from this evening:

Short blog post here

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Farmoor Reservoir 21st September

RED-NECKED PHALAROPE found by Dai, Dave Daniells.
Still present in N/E corner of F1 17:30 (per Tom Bedford).

Scaup ecl drake found by DL still present off S/W bank of F2 15:04 (The Wickster,Tezzer)
Shag (juv) F1
Albino House Martin

Farmoor Reservoir 21 September - early evening

Red Necked Phalarope in NE corner of F1.

Red Necked Phalarope (c) Stephen Burch
Go to my website for a larger image

Farmoor :21st September

Red-Necked Phalarope

Red-Necked Phalarope

Red-Necked Phalarope


Farmoor 21st September

House Martin

Farmoor Reservoir: 21st September


Red-necked Phalarope

Leucistic House (?) Martin

Bicester Wetlands

GREY PHALAROPE still at 12.25pm

Key holder reserve

Kingston Bagpuize: 21st September

Kingston Bagpuize
Marsh Harrier: Fem/Imm flew South at medium height. 07:15.

Jed Cleeter

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Farmoor Reservoir, 20th September

Today's juvenile Little Stint, present 9:30-10:30am at least:

Blog post here.

Rushey Common lake, 20th September

Yellow Wagtail  3 few over east end of lake from derelict farm fields
Common Sandpiper
Pochard f
Wigeon 2f
several groups of Swallows passing through
large (100+) mixed flock of House Martins and Sand Martins high above lake


Otmoor.A.M. 20th September.

1 Peregrine
2+ Kingfisher
1 Marsh Harrier (f)
1 Raven (over)
Lots of Swallows going through.

Grimsbury Reservoir: 20th September

Grimsbury Reservoir
Whinchat: Along W side near bench.

John Friendship-Taylor

Farmoor Reservoir 20th September

Little Stint along causeway 08:55 (per Brian Walker)
Ringed Plover
Common Sandpiper 2+

(per Dai)

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Grimsbury Reservoir 19th September

Courtesy of John Friendship-Taylor

Little Gull 1w briefly this evening (per John Friendship-Taylor)

Grimsbury Birds

Bicester Wetland Reserve 19th September

Grey Phalarope photos courtesy of Alan Peters

GREY PHALAROPE 18:13 (per Nick Truby) left from the car park hide, only showing on and off.

3 Green Sandpipers
1 Little Grebe
15 Moorhens
20 Teal
1 Little Egret

Key Holder Reserve
Alan Peters

Otmoor.A.M. 19th September.

2 Hobby
6 Wigeon
1 Raven (over)
14+ Snipe.

Osprey and Grey Heron having a contretemps taken on the 17th courtesy of Ewan Urquhart
Black Audi Birding

Radley GPs 19th September

No sign of the juvenile Osprey 06:30-09:30 (per Ewan Urquhart,Tezzer)
Probable 2 Raven: ad and juv Radley village hall (per Paul Parrish)


Bicester Wetlands Reserve 19th September

GREY PHALAROPE still present 09:30 (per Ewan Urquhart)

Key holder reserve.