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2 Black-necked Grebe Dix Pit 18th Feb... Smew Henley Rd GPs 7th...Black Redstart West Oxon 6th Feb...Great Grey Shrike Baulking Pit 28th Jan...Red-necked Grebe Henley Rd GPs 18th Jan...GREEN-WINGED TEAL Pit 60 15th Jan.

Otmoor Starling Murmuration
The starling murmuration on Otmoor has been declining rapidly over the past few weeks and has now stopped. The people who went down to Otmoor to see it last weekend were disappointed. If you know of anyone intending to go down please warn them that it will not get going again until next autumn. It is of course still a great place to visit and is still full of birds.

Peter Barker

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Farmoor Reservoir: 24th February

Farmoor Reservoir
Woodcock: Seen from Pink hill hide. Early pm flew N apparently following line of river.

Mick Cunningham

Sonning Eye GPs: 24th February

Sonning Eye GPs
Oystercatcher 14:55.
Goosander: drk. 14:55.

Marek Walford

Northmoor 24th February

Hawfinch 4+ in the churchyard (per Mick Cunningham).

Dix Pit 24th February

Black-necked Grebe 2 still present this morning (Per Mick Cunningham).

Friday, 23 February 2018

Wootton nr Woodstock: 23rd February

Wootton nr Woodstock
Hawfinch: male. Single male in large beech at rear of churchyard.

Malcolm Barnicoat

Port Meadow 23rd February

juvenile Iceland Gull on Port Meadow this evening

per Thomas Miller

Dix Pit Stanton Harcourt 23rd February

Black-necked Grebe 2 still present this morning (per Phil Brown).

Standlake: 23rd February

Spring is coming!

Eynsham: 23rd February

8 Hawfinch: Hawfinches active in Tanners Lane again today, including a party of 8 in tree top at 1255 (7 females, 1 male). 12:55.

Stephen Holmans

A329 near Moulsford: 22nd February

A329 near Moulsford
Brambling: Fem still here, foraging o spilt seeds. SU5985. 08:25.

Mike Amphlett

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Fyfield Wick: 22nd February

Fyfield Wick
Hawfinch 08:25.

Jed Cleeter

Port Meadow: 22nd February

Port Meadow
Little Egret (not Great White Egret) seen fishing in stream behind Walton Well Carpark along with Grey Heron. 17:00.

Adam Hartley

Forest Hill: 22nd February

Forest Hill
7 Hawfinch: Feeding in yews at St Nicholas church.

Barry Batchelor

Dix Pit: 22nd February

Dix Pit
2 Black-necked Grebe: Pair on the far side of the pit from the path past the Devil's Quoits. Opticron binocular lens covers found and placed on the Devil's Quoits information board. 11:50.

Sam O'Hara

Ardington 22nd February

18+ Hawfinch at 13:00, moving between churchyard and trees on the southern edge of Ardington Lake
Cormorant on the lake briefly

Otmoor rspb. 22nd. February.

Hen Harrier.  m.

3. Marsh Harrier.                                              
Marsh Harrier.  m.
Hen Harrier.  (m)
22. Pintail.
8. Meadow Pipit.
2. Bittern.

Per.  P.G .  LO'B.  T.S.


Eynsham: 22nd February

Hawfinch: At least 18 birds in tree tops and yew in Tanners Lane 1035 to 1045. Highly mobile. 10:35.

Stephen Holmans

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Harwell 21st February

Hawfinch still 1+ at Harwell Laboratory (per RBA).

Ardington 21st February

Hawfinch 2 in the churchyard at 15:20 (per RBA).

Lower Windrush Valley GPs: 21st February

Lower Windrush Valley GPs
Water Rail: squealing away at pit10.

Mick Cunningham

Otmoor Evening 21st Feb

Barn Owl 2 (possibly 3?)
Water Rail

Didcot Power Station: 21st February

Didcot Power Station
2 Peregrine: Seen circling and gaining height over power station and BBOWT Education Centre, 2nd bird didnt hang about. Prolonged view. 12:15.

Mark Bradfield

Otmoor: 21st February

Hawfinch: Flew in to car park field early afternoon.

John Edwards

Northmoor: 21st February

2 Hawfinch: After a couple of , albeit brief, blank visits last week I put some sunflower seed down. Today daw two hawfinches immediately I arrived at church.

Mick Cunningham

Eynsham: 21st February

6 Hawfinch: In tree tops in Tanners Lane. 12:30.

Stephen Holmans

Wooton 21st February

Hawfinch 17 just off Lambs Lane behind Manor Farm c12:44 (Per Dave Doherty).

Otmoor.A.M. 21st February.

3 Peregrine (2 m)
3 Marsh Harrier
1 Hen Harrier (m)
20 Pintail
28 Pochard
5 Cettis (h)
2 Curlew
1 Redshank
1 Sparrowhawk.

per  N.M.  P.G.

Thenford Northamptonshire 21st February

7 Hawfinch: I know it is just over the border in Northants but several visible from the path to the church mainly in the trees behind Church Barns but mobile. SP521417.

Graeme Porter

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Port Meadow: 20th February

Port Meadow
The largest gull roost on the Meadow for several weeks

Yellow-legged Gull: ad.
8 Goosander
25 Barnacle Goose
100 Lapwing
15 Golden Plover

Adam Hartley

Chinnor: Chinnor Hill: 20th February

Chinnor: Chinnor Hill
Raven: 1 calling over the Ridge.

David Stracey

Otmoor rspb. 20th. February.


3. Curlew.
3. Marsh Harrier.
Little Egret.
Brambling.  Reported by feeders.)
4. Raven.  Displaying.


: 20th February

Tanners Lane, Eynsham
Hawfinch: Single bird on same perch in tree top for 5 minutes before flying down into a yew. SP435095. 14:30.

Stephen Holmans

Dix Pit Stanton Harcourt 20th February

Iceland Gull (1stw) 11:02
No sign of the Black-necked Grebes

Red-created Pochard 4
Goldeneye 14

(Per Ewan)

Otmoor WeBS: 19th February

Bittern- 2
Black-headed gull- 16
Canada goose- 689
Coot- 88
Cormorant- 4
Curlew- 1
Gadwall- 19
Golden plover- 5230
Grey heron- 5
Greylag goose- 206
Kingfisher- 1
Lapwing- 4998
Mallard- 145
Moorhen- 3
Mute swan- 24
Pintail- 48
Pochard- 14
Shelduck- 8
Shoveler- 301
Snipe- 6
Teal- 565
Tufted duck- 26
Water rail- 1
Wigeon- 2990

Also: Hawfinch- 1 in Julys meadow calling, then flew east along the Closes hedgerow.

Harwell Laboratory: 20th February

Harwell Laboratory
Woodcock 08:15.

Mark Merritt

Monday, 19 February 2018

Combe 19th February

Hawfinch in top of Oak tree next to primary school 14:40 then flew north (Per Dave Doherty)

Cow Down Berkshire 19th February

19th February

Ridgeway Cow Down
5 Short-eared Owl: Up to 8 birds. SU467845.

Ridgeway Cow Down
Great Grey Shrike: SU467845. 12:30.

Andy Coates

Dix Pit Stanton Harcourt 19th February

Iceland Gull this afternoon (per Dave Horton, Wreny)
Black-necked Grebe 2 still present c14:00 (Per Wreny,Dave Doherty).
Lapwings & Golden Plover Otmoor RSPB courtesy of John Workman

: 19th February

Rowel Break, Bladon Heath
2 Woodcock: Took flight from Rowel Break out over farmland towards Bladon Heath Woods. SP463146.

Mark Hilsdon

: 19th February

10 Hawfinch: Minimum - this many seen but plenty more calling from deep in yews. Split between "No Horses/Ponies" lane and turning opposite Estate Office. One male singing. SU433883. 13:00.

Brambling: No Horses/Ponies lane, with Chaffinches and Greenfinches. SU433883. 13:00.

Leo Bateman
Barn Owl Farmoor courtesy of Lee Oliver.

Port Meadow: 19th February

Port Meadow Webs Count

Green Sandpiper: heard-only fly-over.
3 Redshank
16 Golden Plover
96 Lapwing
5 Snipe

371 Teal
556 Wigeon
25 Mallard
10 Moorhen
2 Canada Geese
Greylag Geese (not counted as partially obscured)
Grey Heron

368 Black-headed Gull
29 Lesser Black-backed Gull
4 Herring Gull
Common Gull

Adam Hartley
Gadwall Kiddington Estate courtesy of Nic Truby.

Otmoor.A.M. 19th February.

1 Peregrine ((f)
1 Raven (over)
3 Marsh Harrier
2 Bittern (per C.O.)
1 Goldcrest
4 Water Rail (heard).

Stanton St. John: 19th February

Stanton St. John
2 Siskin: Male and female on feeders again this morning. 10:30.

David Brown

Woodstock 19th February

Hawfinch Upper Campsfield Farm c11:20 (Per Dave Doherty)

Monday 12th February, Trap Grounds, Oxford

Belated report of a Great White Egret which flew over the Trap Grounds last Monday early afternoon.

per Nicola Devine

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Blenheim: Blenheim Lake: 18th February

Blenheim: Blenheim Lake
180 Teal
80 Gadwall
7 Shoveler
19 Tufted Duck
5 Pochard
10 Great Crested Grebe
12 Little Grebe
3 Grey Wagtail

Bob Pomfret

Bauking Pit: 18th February

Great Grey Shrike again.

Very modest Gull roost.

Woodway: Sunday 18th February

5+ Corn Buntings singing on a 4 mile circular walk

Sonning Eye GPs: 18th February

18th February

Sonning Eye GPs
Caspian Gull: 1w. 17:15.
Mediterranean Gull: ad. Partial hood. 17:00.

Marek Walford

Kiddington 18th February

Courtesy of Paul Wren.

Hawfinch 3 near the churchyard in Kiddington today (per Wreny)

Farmoor Reservoir 18th February

Med Gull courtesy of Mick Cunningham 

Iceland Gull (juv/2cy)
Mediterranean Gull (ad) again in the roost

(per Mick Cunningham).

Rushey Common/Tar Lakes area, 18th February



LWV Pit 10: 18th Feb.

Bittern (viewed from public footpath)

Over 60 Red-Crested Pochard seen on various pits

Common Gull observed 'paddling' in field, presumably to bring worms to the surface, which it was then devouring.

Dix Pit

2 Black-necked Grebe still present at 14:15

Waterstock 18th February

Jack Snipe behind golf club 09:38 (per RBA)

Dix Pit 18 February

Black-necked Grebe 2 still present 11:21 (SNT, Dave Lowe).

Fyfield Wick: 18th February

Fyfield Wick
2 Hawfinch: Flew from tree top. 09:15.

Jed Cleeter