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Saturday, 22 July 2017

The Oxon Downs 22nd July

Juvenile Stonechat courtesy of Mark Merritt

Whinchat (male)
Stonechat (juv)
Redstart 2+

(per Mark Merritt)

Rushy common 22nd July

3 Common Sandpiper

Farmoor 22nd July

Juvenile Sand Martins on the Causeway

Black Tern 4+
Turnstone 4
Common Sandpiper c6
Ruddy Shelduck

Sand Martin 1000+
House Martin 20+
Swallow 2

Per Dai, Dave Daniels & Andy Last





Standlake Pit 60 22 July am

1 Green Sandpiper
1 Common Sandpiper
1 Little Egret
2+ Common Tern
1 Yellow-legged Gull

no sign of the Oystercatchers

Green Sandpiper (c) Stephen Burch
Even I can that this is a Yellow-legged Gull! (c) Stephen Burch

Otmoor. 22nd July.

Green Sandpiper.
Curlew. (juv.)
Greenshank.  over.
5. Marsh Harrier.  (4 juv.).
Water Rail.  (juv.)
2. Common Crane.
2. Grasshopper Warbler.  (heard only.)
Raven.  Over.
3. Redstart.
2. Turtle Dove.
Hen Harrier.  (1st. summer male.)
2. Hobby.
Per.  The Otmoor M.
Green Sandpiper.

Curlew.  (juv.)

Friday, 21 July 2017

Otmoor. 21st. July.

2 Marsh Harrier.
2. Bittern.
Common Sandpiper.
2 Oystercatcher.
Per.  P.G.   T.S.

A329 near Moulsford: 20th July

A329 near Moulsford
4 Corn Bunting: 3 x birds perched on fence-line, ca.300m S of Silly bridge, one singing. Another bird singing at Silly bridge. SU5885. 09:30.

Mike Amphlett

A329 near Moulsford: 20th July

A329 near Moulsford
Yellow Wagtail: Perched on fence-line nr the water bowser, just over Silly bridge, juv or fem?. SU588854. 09:20.

Mike Amphlett

Thursday, 20 July 2017

20th July Bicester Wetland Reserve

7 Green Sandpipers   (new hide)
1 Common Sandpiper (new hide)
2 Heron
2 Little Grebe (works pool)

key holder reserve
Alan Peters

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Farmoor Reservoir: 19th July

Dunlin 18/7 courtesy of Alan 

Dunlin: ad. On causeway. 4 Common sands also.
9 Yellow-legged Gull: various. Minimum of 9 Yellow-legged Gulls included a juvenile.

Mick Cunningham

Standlake Pit 60: 19th July

Standlake Pit 60
2 Yellow-legged Gull: 1 near ad and 1 3cy. The 'usual' near adult plus a 3cy that dropped in with some LBBs.
1000 Starling: The starling roost at Pit 60 ranges from 500 to 1000k, the latter is probably an undercount. The roost has attracted a peregrine, once, and a sparrowhawk, once. The dearth of small raptors barring hobbies when newly arrived in spring is obvious compared to what I used to see in a fairly 'ordinary' West Yorkshire birding area.

Mick Cunningham

Rushey Common lake, 19th July

Common Sandpiper
Green Woodpecker juv
Chiffchaff 1 adult 3 juv

Clackers & Mrs Clackers

Stanford-in-the-Vale: 19th July

Hobby: Hunting over the village. Per Josh Cleeter. 17:30.

Jed Cleeter

Rushy Common: 19th July

Rushy Common
Dunlin: ad. 1 from screen in company with juv LRP.
Green Sandpiper: n/k. 1 from hide.

Mick Cunningham

A329 near Moulsford: 19th July

19th July

A329 near Moulsford
Corn Bunting: Perched on fence post S of Silly bridge. SU5885. 09:20.
Yellow Wagtail: Perched on fence-line just over gate from Silly bridge - preening, then flew - prob same bird on ground with sheep, just N of Silly bridge. Juv or fem?. SU5885. 09:30.

Mike Amphlett

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Otmoor 18th July

Juvenile Curlew courtesy of Eddie McLaughlin

1 Hen Harrier (1st sum male)
3 Spotted Flycatcher (2 juv)
2 Redstart
2 Turtle Dove
1 Bittern
4 Marsh Harrier
1 Sparrowhawk
3 Oystercatcher
1 Curlew (juv)
2 Little Egret

(Paul Greenaway, Terry Tossel, O.U Paul, Eddie McLaughlin)

Monday, 17 July 2017

: 17th July

2 Spotted Flycatcher: At least this many calling, just one adult seen. SU4388.

Leo Bateman

Chinnor: Cement Works: 17th July

Chinnor: Cement Works
Green Sandpiper: 1 by a small pool at the southern end of the site. SU749993.

David Stracey

Otmoor RSPB 17th July

1st summer male Hen Harrier present since the winter courtesy of Luke O'Byrne.

Hen Harrier  (1st sum male)

1 Sparrowhawk
2 Oystercatcher
2 Kingfishers
1 Bittern
12+ Common Tern
1 Raven (over).
Spotted Flycatcher (juv)
Redstart 5 (2m)

(per Tezzer, Paul Greenaway, Luke O'Byrne, Derek Latham et al)

Above & Below Juvenile Spotted Flycatcher courtesy of Luke O'Byrne

: 17th July

Hobby: SU4388. 13:00.

Leo Bateman

Farmoor 17th July

Ruddy Shelduck still present photo courtesy of Dai

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Farmoor July 16th 18:45-20:45

Dunlin - approx 20 flew in from NW, most didn't land only 2 adults remained on causeway
Curlew - 2 flew south (19:15)
Common Sandpiper- 4
Cuckoo - 1juv
GBBGull - 1ad
Little Egret - 2

Sent from my iPhone
Oystercatchers at Pit 60 courtesy of Steve Burch
The Tall Birder

Otmoor 16th July

2 Common Crane
1 Bittern
Marsh Harriers (inc 4 juv)
4 Oystercatchers
2 Raven (over)
40+ Lapwing.
Turtle Dove
Redstart 3

(per Paul Greenaway, Bark, Pete Roby)

Oxford: Woodstock Road: 16th July

Oxford: Woodstock Road
4 Oystercatcher: Feeding on Keble and St Hughes' college sports ground.

Matthew Southwell

Rushey Common lake, 16th July

Common Sandpiper 3
Oystercatcher 2
Little Egret

Clackers & Mrs Clackers

Otmoor 15th july

Grasshopper warbler  4 - males reeling
The pill
Car park field
Riffle range area
Cow field East of Otmoor lane near Beckley

+ usual
Marsh harriers
Turtle doves
2 oystercatchers
Water rail