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22nd Aug Four Common Scoter Grimsbury Reservoir...Mediterranean Gull Farmoor Reservoir...13th August Osprey Stanton Harcourt and Otmoor...11th August Adult WHITE-WINGED BLACK TERN Farmoor Reservoir...Great White Egret Ewelme Cress Beds...

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Rushey Common lake, 23rd August

Dunlin 2


Otmoor.A.M. 23rd August.

Ringed Plover (juv)
1 Hobby
2 Cettis Warbler (calling)
1 Ringed Plover (juv)
1 Greenshank
1 Common Sandpiper
1 Marsh Harrier (m)
2 Common Cranes
1 Hen Harrier (m)
1 Sparrowhawk.

Carswell Marsh: 23rd August

Carswell Marsh
Mediterranean Gull: juv with some 1w scaps in fields next to ST Hugh"s school Carswell.
In amongst c600 lbbs c8 YLG and small number BHGS. The med is a juv has one, poss two grey scaps moulted in.

Mick Cunningham

Bicester Wetland Reserve 23rd August

4 Green Sandpiper
2 Snipe
1 Heron
9 Gadwall
8 Teal

1 Roe Deer

Key holder reserve
Alan Peters

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Grimsbury Reservoir: 22nd August

Common Scoter courtesy of John Friendship-Taylor.

4 Common Scoter: 3 males, 1 fem. 08:10 but no further sign by 12:30

John Friendship-Taylor

Grimsbury Birds

Ewelme: Cress beds: 22nd August

Ewelme: Cress beds
12 Yellow Wagtail

Thomas Stevenson

Otmoor Evening 22nd Aug

Whinchat courtesy of Andy Last

6 Whinchat on Greenaway's
2 Redstart (per Eddie McLaughlin)
Hen Harrier over Greenaway's then flew to closes (m)
1 Bittern (per Tezzer)
2 Cranes (per Tezzer)
22 Yellow Wagtail (per Tezzer)
Marsh Harrier (m)
3 Greenshank
1 Common Sandpiper
14 Snipe
2 Cetti's Warbler

Redstart courtesy of Eddie McLaughlin

Farmoor lunchtime 22nd August

Med Gull 1 juv molting to 1st winter
Common Sand 8
Ruddy Shelduck
Egyptian Goose 2
Yellow Legged Gull 2

Med Gull courtesy of J.T

Balscott Quarry, 22nd August

No water, no feeders but, 1.30 -4.30

1 Lapwing flew in, took one look and flew away!!
Green Woodpecker  juv
Stock Doves 4
Common Whitethroat 3+
Yellowhammer  M + F
Long Tailed Tits 20+ with Blue, Great and at least 3 Chiffchaffs


Standlake Pit 60: 22nd August

10:00 - 12:00

2 Green Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper
Esc Black Swan

(JD & JDH)

Common Sandpiper taken recently at Pit 60 courtesy of Stephen Burch.
The Tall Birder

Monday, 21 August 2017

Letcombe Regis: 21st August

2+ Spotted Flycatcher (one clearly blind in one eye)
2 Little Egret
Yellow Wagtail

Lollingdon Hill 21st August

Redstart 5
Spotted Flycatcher 3
Whitethroat 3
Lesser Whitethroat
Blackcap 5
Sedge Warbler
Willow Warbler 2
Chiffchaff 10+
Bullfinch 5
Little Owl

(per Paul Chandler)

Cholsey Wildlife

Lark Hill 21st August

4 Whinchat
4 Redstart
2 Wheatear
6 Yellow Wagtail
5 Willow Warbler
12+ Corn Bunting

Otmoor. Evening. 21st. August.

Whinchats on a dull day Otmoor courtesy of Badger please view at 1080p HD

3. Green Sandpiper.
2. Common Sandpiper.
14. Snipe.
3. Greenshank.
2. Whinchat.
2. Common Crane.

Per.  S.P.  L O'B  T.S.  P.R.  S.R.


Green Sandpiper.

Chinnor: Cement Works: 21st August

Chinnor: Cement Works
Spotted Flycatcher: On trees east of Lake 2B. SU760999.
Green Sandpiper: North east corner of Lake 2B. .

David Stracey
Grey Heron Langel Meadows Witney courtesy of Diana Blackman.

Otmoor.A.M. 21st August.

1 Peregrine
1 Marsh Harrier (m)
C.135 Lapwing
1 Greenshank
2 Common Sandpiper
6+ Yellow Wagtail
1 Kingfisher
2 Common Cranes
1 Hen Harrier (imm. male).

per Jane & PG.

Rushy Common - 21st August am

1 Black tailed Godwit (Juv)
2 Common Sandpiper
Ringed Plover (heard)
1 Peregrine (Juv - probably female)

Standlake Pit 60: 21st August


Green Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper
Little Egret

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Farmoor Res 20th August

Northern Wheatear-juvenile


Northern Wheatear 1 this juvenile is different bird to the two yesterday
Common Sandpiper 6
Yellow Wagtail 3

Egyptian Goose 1
Ruddy Shelduck 1
Yellow legged Gull 4

Rushey Common lake, 20th August

At 2pm
Common Sandpiper 3
Green Sandpiper
Little Egret
Chiffchaff 4+
Common Whitethroat 3

Thanks to Jeremy D for heads up on a Rushey waderfest !!

Clackers & Mrs Clackers

Standlake Pit 60: 20th August

Standlake Pit 60
3 Green Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper

Antony Collieu

Otmoor RSPB 20th August

Greenshank 2
Green Sandpiper 2
Common Sandpiper 2
Snipe c15
Marsh Harrier (juv)
Water Rail (juv)
Wheatear (Lower Farm)
Whinchat 3 (Lower Farm)
Yellow Wagtail 8+
Cetti's Warbler

Lark Hill 20th August

4+ Redstart
2 Whinchat
Lesser Whitethroat
4 Willow Warbler

Also an intriguing heard-only over with a rasping, House Sparrow-like call (recalling Richard's Pipit somewhat), but couldn't pick up on the bird.

Farmoor Reservoir 20th August

Ringed Plover
Dunlin 6
Wheatear 2
Spotted Flycatcher (nr pinkhill)

(per George Best, Dai)

Kingston Bagpuize: 20th August

Kingston Bagpuize
Hobby: Flew low & fast North, rounded up 20+ Swallows, 2 missed attempts and then caught a juv & flew back South. 08:50.

Jed Cleeter

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Chinnor Quarry 19th August

Green Sandpiper courtesy of Jez March

2 Green Sandpiper: Lake 2B.
Mandarin Duck Lake (ecl m)  2B

Jez March  SU751997. 07:00.

Rushy Common: 19th August

Rushy Common
Ringed Plover: juv.
Green Sandpiper

Mick Cunningham

Farmoor 19th August

Northern Wheatear courtesy of Ewan Urquhart

Northern Wheatear 2
Yellow wagtail 3
Dunlin 4
Ringed Plover 2
Common sandpiper 5

Dunlin courtesy of Nick Truby

Common Sandpiper courtesy of Nick Truby

Common Swift 238 steady passage SSW for four hours
Swallow 300+ also SSW in four hours
House Martin 20+
Eurasian Sparrowhawk 2
Common Buzzard 2
Yellow legged Gull 6
Ruddy Shelduck 1
Egyptian Goose 1
Little Grebe 6

(per Nick Truby, Ewan Urquhart)

Ducklings courtesy of Ewan Urquhart

     Swift courtesy of Nick Truby

Bicester Wetland Reserve 19th August

1 Hobby
2 Snipe
4 Green Sandpiper
3 Little Egret
3 Heron
6 Gadwall
4 Chiffchaff

key holder reserve
Alan Peters

Otmoor RSPB 19th August

Whinchat 4 (nr Wetlands Watch Hide)
Wheatear 7 (5 nr Lower Farm)
Greenshank 2
Green Sandpiper 2
Common Sandpiper 2
Ringed Plover 2 (evening)
Snipe 15
Marsh Harrier (juv)

(per Bark, George Best, Luke OByrne)

Friday, 18 August 2017

Otmoor 18th August

Long Meadow 1630-1745 hrs

Common Redstart 7

Farmoor 18 August

2 Turnstone
5+ Common Sandpiper
1 Ringed Plover
4 Dunlin
9 Little Grebe
10+ Swift
4 Yellow Wagtail
1 Sparrowhawk   ( seen daily over the last month )
1 Wheatear Juv.




Kingston Bagpuize: 18th August

Kingston Bagpuize
Peregrine: male. Flew fast SW locked on to something distant. 13:20.

Jed Cleeter

Otmoor.A.M. 18th August.

1 Hen Harrier (imm. male)
2 Whinchat
2 Common Crane
1 Turtle Dove
2 Green Sandpiper
2 Common Sandpiper
2+ Greenshank
C.10 Snipe
1 Redshank
C.40 Lapwing.

per Andy, Dave, P.G.  et al.

Kingston Bagpuize: 18th August

Kingston Bagpuize
2 Yellow Wagtail: Flew low South past the garden calling. 07:50.

Jed Cleeter

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Otmoor.A.M. 17th August.

Cranes courtesy of Norman Smith

1 Turtle Dove
2 Crane (per Norman Smith)
3+ Marsh Harrier
1 Kingfisher
1 Raven (over)
1 Common Sandpiper
10+ Snipe
3 Greenshank (per Norman Smith)
1 Redshank (over, calling)
1 Hen Harrier (male imm.)
C.10 Yellow Wagtail.

Greenshank courtesy of Norman Smith

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Otmoor 16th evening

In addition to post below:
Hen Harrier (m) over Greenaway's then flew over big otmoor
2 Common Cranes
11 Snipe
3 Common Sandpiper

Per TS, MC & AL, DL

Sutton Courtenay: Sutton Courtenay Old Pits: 16th August

Sutton Courtenay: Sutton Courtenay Old Pits
4 Little Egret: On partly drained pit 11:30.
3 Green Sandpiper: on partly drained Hanson pit. SU514940.

Gerry Quinn
Juvenile Bullfinch Otmoor RSPB courtesy of Andy Last.

Rowstock: 16th August

Marsh Harrier: fem/juv. SU472892.

Mark Merritt

Farmoor Reservoir 16th August

Little Tern c18:40
Common Sandpiper 10
Redshank 6

(per Dai)

Otmoor 16th August

Whinchat  2 adults  2 juveniles  Greenaways
Stonechat  1 juvenile with the Whinchats 
Greenshank  2
Common Sandpiper at the 1st screen
Kestrel  7
Marsh Harrier  adult male and female plus one juvenile
Green Sandpiper 1 per PG


Long-tailed Tit Otmoor RSPB courtesy of Andy Last.

Rushey Common lake, 16th August

Common Sandpiper 2
Egyptian Goose
Willow Warbler
Chiffchaffs 3

Clackers & Mrs Clackers

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

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Barford St. Michael: Barford Airfield: 9th August

Barford St. Michael: Barford Airfield
Whinchat: female/juv. Seen on fence posts before flying off into crop. SP4433. 19:00.

Adrian Bletchly

Farmoor 9th Aug

5:50pm - 7:40pm

1  Dunlin

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Stanton St. John: Stanton St. John Pit: 8th August

Stanton St. John: Stanton St. John Pit
Green Sandpiper 11:00.

Colin Oram
Male Redstart Otmoor courtesy of Paul Wyeth.

Farmoor Reservoir 8th August

Grey Plover 08:20 (per Dai)

Bicester 7th August

Leucistic magpie still surviving around the Kingsmeadow area of Bicester!

Kingston Bagpuize: 8th August

Kingston Bagpuize
Whitethroat: fem. A welcome unexpected garden tick. Working flower pots near patio briefly before moving on. 10:11.

Jed Cleeter

Monday, 7 August 2017

Farmoor Reservoir: Pinkhill Farm: 6th August

Whinchat courtesy of Alan Horsley

6th August

Redstart: ad male. one briefly along hedgerow near pinkhill farm. 11:15.
Whinchat: ad male. showing well along fence line near pinkhill farm. 11:40.

Alan Horsley

Farmoor Res 7th August


Adult Dunlin
Juvenile Dunlin
Dunlin 3  Adult & 2 Juveniles
Yellow legged Gull 2
Common Tern 3
Sand Martin 80+ only present in brief rain shower
Swallow 2

Standlake Pit 60: am 7th August

YL Gull
2 Common Whitethroat
Garden Warbler

Otmoor.A.M. 7th August.

Marsh Harrier seen with tag again, it was too far away to collect the number,
also the tag looked more of a light blue colour, seen at 9:53.
2 Snipe
2 Black-tailed Godwit
1 Bittern
1 Hobby
1 Hen Harrier (imm male)
1 Turtle Dove
2 Common Cranes.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Duns Tew 6th August

Tree Sparrows Duns Tew courtesy of J.R

Farmoor Reservoir: 6th August

Mediterranean Gull: juv moulting to '1st w'. Med gull in roost. Mostly in juv plumage but with at least one 1w grey feather moulted into upperparts. Asio owl: in case I can't work out how to enter 'asio sp'- at c 21.15 pm as I drove from res to farmoor village an asio flew over road. It descended towards res using flight v like displaying SEO. Both asio were regular breeders on my old patch do very used to seeing including silhouettes at dusk. 20:40.

Mick Cunningham

Turnstone courtesy of Richard Tyler

Ruddy Shelduck

(per Richard Tyler)

Ruddy Shelduck courtesy of Richard Tyler

Otmoor rspb. reserve 6th. August.


3. Marsh Harrier.  2 adult birds.  1 juvenile with green wing tag. ( not a locally bred bird). 
To distant to read information on tag.

Lesser Whitethroat courtesy of Ewan Jones

2. Marsh Harrier.
Water Rail.  (juv.)
5. Stonechat.  (2. adult, 3. juv.)
7. Redstart.
2. Spotted Flycatcher.

Per.  Otmoor M.

Juvenile Water Rail.

Kingston Bagpuize: 6th August

Kingston Bagpuize
OTHER SPECIES: Possible Pale Clouded Yellow Butterfly. Small pale yellow butterfly through quickly through the garden heading east. 2 Painted Lady flew West.
2 Hobby: High on the soar together.

Jed Cleeter

Sonning Eye GPs: 6th August

Sonning Eye GPs
Common Sandpiper

Marek Walford

Standlake Pit 60: 6th August

1 Hobby
2 Redshank: juvs. 2 juv redshank flew in from ENE.
2 Redstart (m/f)

(Mick Cunningham, Dave Lowe,Derek Latham)

Hobby courtesy of Derek Latham

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Farmoor 5th August

Ringed Plover courtesy of John Workman

Marsh harriers 2 imm heading ssw 8:40 (presumably to fyfield!)
greenshank 1  over
Ringed plover 1
Turnstone 1   per dai
Ruddy Shelduck 1
Egyptian goose 2
Common sand 6

Dunlin 6
Sanderling 1

Dai, John, Ian, Mike, Peter, Sally, Terry, Tom

Dunlin & Sanderling courtesy of John Workman