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21st March Osprey Otmoor RSPB...16th March Little Ringed Plovers Grimsbury Res & Balscote Quarry...12th March Wheatear Otmoor...Garganey nr Aynho...11th March 5 Little Gull Pit 60...10th March Great Grey Shrike Nettlebed...Ox RSPB 'The Great Bustards of Salisbury Plain' 6th April; OOS "Birds of of Wallacea", 12th April... see Forthcoming Events for more info.

Friday, 24 March 2017

: 24th March

Balscote Quarry Reserve
2 Little Ringed Plover: SP3942.

Balscote Quarry Reserve
55 Common Gull: SP3942.

Roger Evans

Otmoor.A.M. 24th March.


Standlake Pit 60 :am 4th March

Great White Egret
Little Ringed Plover
2 Raven
2 Oystercatcher (mating)
Little Grebe

Otmoor.A.M. 24th March.

1 Egyptian Goose
3 Marsh Harrier
2 Black-tailed Godwit
2 Shelduck
4 Oystercatcher
7 Curlew.

Kingston Bagpuize: 24th March

Kingston Bagpuize
Peregrine: fem. Drifted low North. 11:30.

Jed Cleeter

Otmoor: 23rd March

2 Swallow: My first swallows sighting of the year over the first screen. SP560134. 17:00.
Hen Harrier: SP560134. 17:00.

Carl Gray

Cholsey: 24th March

White Wagtail: + c70 golden plover, some in full summer plumage. SU599879.

Michael Pocock

Farmoor Reservoir 24th March

Little Gull 5
Rock Pipit still along the causeway
Sand Martin 200+

(per Dai)

Kingston Bagpuize: 24th March

Kingston Bagpuize
Peregrine: male. In fast from North then stooped out of sight. 07:35.

Jed Cleeter

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Port Meadow: 23rd March

Port Meadow
6 Dunlin
8 Shelduck
2 Oystercatcher

Adam Hartley

Otmoor 23rd March 2017



Mixed flock of finches and buntings feeding on the seed by the Wetlands Hide

Reed Bunting 50+
Linnet 40+
Yellowhammer 4
Goldfinch 15+
Chaffinch 10+

Sparrowhawk 1f

Farmoor 23rd March

Redshank 6
Little Gull 1
Rock Pipit 1

Bicester Wetland Reserve: 23rd March

OSPREY Seen with Bill Foley flying North and being mobbed by Corvids. 11:30.
2 Redshank 11:30.

Colin Oram

Possible Osprey flew north over Stanton St John c10:30 (Richard Ebbs)

Otmoor, Thursday 23 March a.m.

2 Marsh Harrier
2 Wheatear
6 Dunlin
5 Snipe
7 Curlew
1 Oystercatcher
2 Shelduck
2 Little Grebe
1 Water Rail
2 Raven
1 Green Woodpecker
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
3 Cetti's Warbler
2 Bullfinch
1 Coal Tit
5 Yellowhammer
2 Skylark

Grass Snake along the bridleway
Cetti's Warbler 

Rushey Common lake, 23rd March

Little Ringed Plover  from new screen
Goldeneye 2m 2f
Oystercatchers  4


Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Kingston Bagpuize: 22nd March

Merlin: fem. Missed a Meadow Pipit, then circled high and continued North on passage.
Merlin: male. 2nd passage bird today...male this time. In quite high from South. Circled for 3 mins really high on thermal then continued North. Exceptional mipit passage of several hundred birds today too. 14:25.

Jed Cleeter
Barn Owl near Tackley courtesy of JR

Grimsbury Reservoir: 22nd March

Knot - patch mega! - 11:10 to sunset
Redshank - flew north early morning
3 Little Ringed Plover

Ian Rowe and John Friendship-Taylor

Farmoor Reservoir 22nd March

Little Gull 2 on F1 10:25 (per Dai).

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Otmoor. 21st. March.

Osprey courtesy of Christopher Ladds.

OSPREY flew north over the first screen c11:22 and continued (per Paul Jepson et al)

Hen Harrier: From first screen. (With Richard.Alan.and Bert.Berkshire Boys.). 13:07.
3 Redshank

(per Ralph Watts)

Black Tailed Godwit.
Cetti's Warbler.
Oystercatcher.  4.
Golden Plover.  350+
Marsh Harrier.  2.  (m. + f.)
Wheatear.  (m.)
Curlew.  10.
Little Egret.
Chiffchaff.  10+
Shelduck.  2.
Per.  P.G.  T.S.

Cetti's Warbler.


Port Meadow 21st March P.M

Shelduck 4
Goosander 3 (r/h) on Thames
Chiffchaff 2

(per Tommaso Pizzari)

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Otmoor 19th March

1pm - 4pm

Hen Harrier 1
Wheatear 1m (Noke sides towards 2nd screen)
6 Curlew
1 Dunlin with Golden Plover flock
2 Shelduck - Noke sides
2 Oystercatcher
Marsh Harrier 2
Peregrine 1+ (seen hunting over Greenaways, first screen & Big Otmoor)

(per Andy Last & Tezzer)

Rushy Common 19th March

Shelduck 2
Goldeneye 2
Common Gull 4
Green Sandpiper 2
Oystercatcher 2

Port Meadow: 19th March

Port Meadow
4 Shelduck
8 Black-tailed Godwit
3 Oystercatcher
2 Ringed Plover
2 Sand Martin

Ian Elkins

Standlake Pit 60 19th March

Great White Egret
Little-Ringed Plover
Oystercatcher 2
Chiffchaff 3
Cetti's Warbler

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Ardington 18th March

2 Peregrine: pair. Arrived from NE; male left to hunt over Ardington, while female sat in field north of A417. SU4388.

Leo Bateman

Sparsholt: Sparsholt Firs/Tower: 18th March

Sparsholt: Sparsholt Firs/Tower
2 Corn Bunting

Colin Vickers

Otmoor RSPB 18th March

Rough clips of the ringtail this afternoon.

Hen Harrier courtesy of Andy Last

Hen Harrier r/t
Marsh Harrier
Shelduck 4
Pintail c20

Black-tailed Godwit courtesy of Luke O'Byrne

Black-tailed Godwit 8-10 (per Luke O'Byrne)
Dunlin 7
Oystercatcher 2+

Wheatear by Badger

Wheatear (m) Lower Farm
Chiffchaff 2+
Cetti's Warbler 4+

(Badger, Andy Last)

Ring-tailed Hen Harrier courtesy of Andy Last

Radley GP: 18th March

Radley GP
3 Oystercatcher: at Thrupp Lake.
2 Grey Wagtail: pair. at Thrupp Lake.
4 Sand Martin

Ian Elkins

Rushey Common 18th March

Mediterranean Gull (ad) flew through (the wickster)
2 Goldeneye 1m 1f

Farmoor 18th March

c20 sand Martin

Grimsbury Reservoir: 18th March

3 Little Ringed Plovers

GB and JFT

: 18th March

Shenington Airfield
2 Wheatear: male, fem. SP369431.

Steve Holliday

Grimsbury Reservoir 17th March

Little-Ringed Plover 2
Sand Martin
Chiffchaff 3
Marsh Tit