Sightings and Photos

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July 13th Great white Egret Pit 60...Talks: 11th Sep: OOS "Great Bustards"

Thursday, 22 August 2019

Otmoor: Pill Ground: 22nd August

Otmoor: Pill Ground
4 Lesser Whitethroat
2 Whinchat fem
2 Wheatear

13:40 (Mark Pidgeon)

Didcot Landfill: 21st August

3 Caspian Gulls. Yesterday's tea-coloured juv, a small whiter juv and a 1st-s/2nd-w.

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Farmoor Causeway: 21st August (Evening)

1 Black Tern - juv
1 Hobby
1 Ringed Plover
2 Dunlin
3 Yellow Wagtail

For the second time this week I have had to rescue a distressed Great Crested Grebe from the causeway tarmac. Despite continuous flapping these birds seem unable to take off or climb the concrete wall. Quite why this is happening I'm not sure but other people have reported the same experience in previous years. A large jacket over the bird will calm it down and allow you to safely return it to the water's edge.

Sutton Courtenay: Sutton Courtenay landfill: 21st August

Sutton Courtenay: Sutton Courtenay landfill
Green Sandpiper: Still on North pit. 17:04.

Conor MacKenzie

Lollingdon: 21st Aug

15 Spotted Flycatcher present (poss 18). 3 groups scattered around and actively feeding.

2 Common Redstart nearby.
1 Yellow Wagtail (flyover).

Port Meadow: Burgess Field Nature Park: 21st August

Port Meadow: Burgess Field Nature Park
Spotted Flycatcher: still present late morning. 11:57.

Adam Hartley & Thomas Miller

courtesy of Gnome

Stanton St. John: 21st August

Stanton St. John
Raven: One over calling. 10:56.

David Brown

Bicester Wetland Reserve 21st August

1 Common Snipe (first of the autumn)
4 Green Sandpiper
13 Moorhen
5 Teal

Alan peters
Key Holder Reserve

Didcot Landfill - 20th August

Caspian Gull - the first juv of the season

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Otmoor, 20th August

The Pill, 17-18:00

Whinchat (6)

Common Redstart (1)
Wheatear (1)
Goldfinch (100+)
Linnet (50+)

Port Meadow 19th/20th August

Port Meadow 19th
2 Yellow Wagtail in amongst the cattle at the southern end

Burgess Field 19th
2 Spotted Flycatcher mid evening, found by Thomas Miller

Burgess Field 20th
1+ Spotted Flycatcher still present late morning near the spoil heap half way along the western edge where the cinder path starts to bend round to the right.

Spotted Flycatcher still present in Burgess Field late afternoon (Ton Yeh and Mary MacDougall)

Lark Hill 20th August

2 Redstart
2 Wheatear
2 Lesser Whitethroat
8+ Common Whitethroat
Willow Warbler
2juv Reed Bunting

Farmoor 20th August

A few more of the most photographed bird in oxfordshire!

Sutton Courtenay: Sutton Courtenay landfill: 20th August

Sutton Courtenay: Sutton Courtenay landfill
2 Green Sandpiper: Still on northern pit. 13:38.

Conor MacKenzie

: 20th August

Greyhone Wood
Raven: SU698836. 12:59.

John Taylor

Otmoor 20th August

Wheatear c9 still 08:40 (per Bark) 

Monday, 19 August 2019

Otmoor 19th Evening


Green Sandpiper (h)
2 Marsh Harrier

Sent from my iPhone

Farmoor Reservoir 19th August

Juvenile Sanderling

Juvenile Dunlin


Common Redstart,
Spotted Flycatcher,
Common Whitethroat,
Lesser Whitethroat,
Sedge Warbler,
Willow Warbler,
4 Raven,
6 Swift
1 Hobby (per Dave Mags).

Sutton Courtenay: Sutton Courtenay Old Pits: 19th August

Sutton Courtenay: Sutton Courtenay Old Pits
2 Green Sandpiper 19:09.

Conor MacKenzie

: 19th August

Aston Tirrold to Lollingdon Track
3 Spotted Flycatcher: SU567854. 17:43.

John Taylor

Otmoor 19th August

13 Wheatear
4 Redstart
3 Whinchat
160+ Goldfinch flock
Little Egret


Balscote: Balscote Quarry: 19th August

Balscote: Balscote Quarry
Green Sandpiper: Single feeding in quarry wetland. 13:41.

Steve Holliday

Sunday, 18 August 2019

Benson: 18th August

Whinchat: Found by AH Brampton. 22:31.

Thomas Stevenson

Farmoor 18th August

Med Gull f2.

Cassington: A40: 18th August

Cassington: A40
Common Sandpiper 19:28.

John Taylor

Farmoor 18th PM

3 Yellow Wagtail
1 Common Sandpiper

Sent from my iPhone
Kingfisher Lower Radley courtesy of Mark Chivers.

Sonning Eye GPs: 18th August

Sonning Eye GPs
Common Sandpiper: At the triangle. 16:30.

Marek Walford

Pit 60: Sunday 18th August

Wheatear 1

Garsington: Kings Copse Park: 18th August

Garsington: Kings Copse Park
2 Raven: SP570021. 12:40.

Peter Law

Sarsgrove: 18th August

Redstart: Male (female also possibly still present). Elusive but very active when no disturbance. Emerged from cover and perched in sun. Lovely views. SP304251. 10:45.
2 Yellowhammer: m and f. SP304251. 10:45.

Steve Akers

Farmoor Reservoir: 18th August

Farmoor Reservoir
Yellow Wagtail 09:36.
2 Common Sandpiper
Shoveler 4

Mike Youngman

Lark Hill, Wantage: 17 August

1 Wheatear
On underground reservoir, despite 'works'

Saturday, 17 August 2019

Otmoor rspb 17th August

Courtesy of Luke O'Byrne.

Black-tailed Godwit 1st screen c08:45 (per Luke O'Byrne)

Sarsgrove: 17th August

2 Redstart: pair. Still present but elusive. Only breaking cover from hedge to catch insects then returning quickly. SP304251. 16:30.

Steve Akers

Farmoor Reservoir 17th August

Sanderling 2 (juv) 

Friday, 16 August 2019

Red Kite Survey

A Swansea final year student is doing a Red Kite survey as part of conservation research for this species. It would be very helpful for conservation efforts if people could do this survey, it takes less than 5 minutes. 

To do the survey please click here.

Lollingdon: 16th Aug

2 Common Redstart
1 Lesser Whitethroat
2+ Spotted Flycatcher

Farmoor Reservoir 16th August

1030-1400 hrs

Sanderling 2 juveniles
Dunlin 3  all juveniles
Common Sandpiper 1

Common Swift 30+
Sand Martin 300+
House Martin 250+
Swallow 50+

Yellow legged Gull 2
Common Tern 1

: 16th August

Long Wittenham Weir
2 Reed Warbler: Feeding young well hidden in pipe reed. SU540939. 09:43.

John Taylor