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March 22nd Avocet Farmoor Res... 17th Swallows Wether Down & Otmoor...2nd Sand Martin Standlake...Feb 25th Med Gull, Port Meadow, Feb 3rd Black Redstart...Talks: Abingdon Naturalists Society: Bird Migration by Professor Ian Newton 27th March, OOS: Tracking Migrants 10th April

Sunday, 24 March 2019

Waterstock: River Thame: 24th March

Waterstock: River Thame
Green Sandpiper: Private site. 10:00.
2 Oystercatcher: Private site. 10:00.

Nick Marriner

Farmoor: 24th March a.m.

Little Gull 


2  Mediterranean Gulls  (1st Winter + Nr Adult Summer) thanks to SNT
1 Little Gull (Adult Winter)
1 Wheatear

Waterstock: River Thame: 24th March

Waterstock: River Thame
Jack Snipe: Private site. 10:00.
4 Raven: Private site. 10:00.
Mandarin Duck: Private site. 10:00.

Nick Marriner


3 Wheatear on Lollingdon Hill
6 Fieldfare, Lollingdon Hill
1 Little Owl nearby
2 Blackcap
1 Raven over

Sonning Eye GPs: 24th March

Sonning Eye GPs
5 Mandarin Duck: 4m+1f.
4 Oystercatcher

Marek Walford
Redshank Otmoor rspb courtesy of Andy Last.

Standlake Pit 60: 24th March

Standlake Pit 60
Little Ringed Plover: Foy?

Mick Cunningham

Otmoor rspb 24th March

Mediterranean Gull (adult) Big Otmoor
Little-ringed Plover Big Otmoor
Black-tailed Godwit (per Ian Elkins)
Golden Plover (per Ian Elkins)
Oystercatcher 2
Little Egret
Curlew 4
Pintail 8
Marsh Harrier 2
Water Rail
Sand Martin 2
Cetti's Warbler

Grass Snake along the bridleway.

Distant adult Med Gull.

Appleford New Workings 24th March

2 Oystercatcher
Green Sandpiper

Michael Violette
Wheatear Farmoor Res courtesy of John Workman.

Blenheim: Blenheim Lake: 24th March

Blenheim: Blenheim Lake
2 Shelduck
21 Grey Heron: at least 14 nests on the island.

Bob Pomfret

Farmoor Reservoir: Farmoor I: 24th March

Little Gull still present 13:35 (per RBA)

10:14 Jeremy Dexter

Devil's Punchbowl & Environs: 24th March

5 Wheatear (poss. 10, but I'm guessing the 2nd "lose group of 5" I encountered had made a short journey North)

18 Skylark
18 Meadow Pipit (song & display flight)
5 Lapwing
9 Corn Bunting
3 Reed Bunting

Saturday, 23 March 2019

Worton: 23rd March

23rd March

Red-crested Pochard: m. SP460112. 16:30.
Red-crested Pochard: m. SP460112. 04:30.
Smew: f. SP460112. 04:30.
4 Shelduck: SP460112. 04:30.
2 Pintail: m + f. SP460112. 04:30.
Pochard: f. SP460112. 04:30.

Malcolm Teal

Lollingdon Hill Cholsey 23rd March

Courtesy of Alan Dawson.

Wheatear 3 (2m)

(per Paul Chandler) 

Cholsey Wildlife

Courtesy of Alan Dawson

Standlake: 23rd March

Blackcap: m. In song on shifford lane at 6pm.

Mick Cunningham

Otmoor rspb 23rd March

2ndw Med Gull.

Mediterranean Gull (2ndw) with the Black-headed Gulls on the Noke sheep fields then again on
Big Otmoor late morning.

Marsh Harrier 3
Oystercatcher 2
Redshank 10+
Shelduck 2
Cetti's Warbler 3+
Sand Martin 6+
Wheatear (m) Noke sheep fields

(Andy Last, Badger)

Distant Wheatear.

Henley Road GPs: 23rd March

6 Brambling: 6+ possibly many more in the bushes on the wasteland of the old depot. 17:20.

Marek Walford

New Marston: New Marston Meadows: 23rd March

New Marston: New Marston Meadows
Jack Snipe: Marshy field with cycle track.

Tom Evans

Appleford New Workings 23rd March

Oystercatcher 2
Snipe 3
Green Sandpiper 

Farmoor Reservoir: 23rd March

Farmoor Reservoir
Mediterranean Gull: 1w.
3 Goldeneye: 1 male; 2 fem.

Ian Elkins

Churn: 23rd March

Grey Partridge

Michael Violette

Friday, 22 March 2019

Grimsbury Res: 22nd March - Wheatear

Single male Wheatear present all day
1m Little Ringed Plover
1 Sand Martin about early am only

Chinnor: Cement Works: 22nd March

Courtesy of David Stracey. 

Little Ringed Plover: Lake 2b.

(per David Stracey)

Farmoor Reservoir 22nd March

Avocet still present on F1 at 16:04 (per Conor Mackenzie)
Avocet On F2 10:26 (per Jeremy Dexter)

Courtesy of Jeremy Dexter.

Courtesy of Jeremy Dexter 

I'm sure there will be better pictures  but most unusual to see an Avocet (male?) swimming and feeding in the middle of F2.

Courtesy of Dai.

Grimsbury Reservoir 22nd March

Little-ringed Plover (m) 

c15:30 (per Colin Wilkinson) 

Port Meadow: 22nd March

Port Meadow
Little Ringed Plover
2 Dunlin
2 Oystercatcher
4 Redshank

Adam Hartley

Waterstock: River Thame: 19th March

Waterstock: River Thame
2 Oystercatcher: Private site. 09:00.

Nick Marriner

Standlake Common : am 22nd March

+7 singing chiffchaff
singing blackcap

Pit 60
4 oystercatchers
2 sand martin
2 goosander


Sarsgrove: 21st March

20 Meadow Pipit: At least 20 birds in small flocks across the fields today in a bit if a mini-fall - such elegant little birds. 10:30.
31 Golden Plover: Overhead heading South. 10:30.

Steve Akers

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Otmoor 20th March

2 Ringed Plover out in the centre of Big Otmoor.

Ardley lake and pool by waste plant 21st March

1 Green Sandpiper
2 Cormorant
22 Tufted Duck
2 Gadwall
4 Teal
9 Canada Geese

Alan Peters

Bicester Wetland Reserve 21st March

2 Little Ringed Plover -first of the year at reserve
2 Green Sandpiper

Alan Peters
Key Holder Reserve

Radley GPs 21st March

Oystercatcher 2
Lapwing 10+
Little Egret 
Shoveler 10+
Teal c30
Chiffchaff 3+
Cetti's Warbler yesterday

Otmoor rspb 21st March

Marsh Harrier 2
Shelduck 2
Oystercatcher 2
Brambling along bridleway c50 metres 
east of the hide. 

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Port Meadow: 20th March

Port Meadow
Little Ringed Plover: At midday (but no sign early evening).
3 Redshank
2 Oystercatcher
4 Shelduck
115 Golden Plover

Adam Hartley

Farmoor F1: 20th March am

Med Gull

1 or possibly 2  Mediterranean Gulls (1st winter) with Black Headed Gulls on F1

Pit 60, 20th March

Marsh Harrier  f/j
Egyptian Geese 2
Snipe 4+
Goldeneye 2m 2f
Goosander  2m 3f

Clackers, Mrs Clackers & A State

Grimsbury Reservoir: 20th March

Grimsbury Reservoir
Little Ringed Plover: male. Along W shore early morning. Also 5-6 Chiffchaff.

John Friendship-Taylor

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Farmoor March 19th 6pm

White Wagtail - 1 on causeway
Goldeneye 9 (3 drakes)

Sent from my iPhone

Port Meadow: 19th March

19th March

Port Meadow
3 Oystercatcher 14:30.
3 Redshank 14:45.
4 Black-tailed Godwit: Good views for 5 minutes feeding at edge of floods before they flew off. 15:00.
Dunlin 15:15.

Andrew Siantonas

Rushey Common lake, 19th March

Oystercatcher 4 ( 2 pairs)
Shelduck  2
Great White Egret

Clackers & Mrs Clackers

Oxford: 19th March

2 kingfishers very vocal and active around Magdalen bridge, 8:40am.

Farmoor 19th March

Med Gull 1st w  ( F2 )