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Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Blenheim: Blenheim Lake: 9th December

Blenheim: Blenheim Lake
2 Great White Egret: one by the seven arches, one on the lake.
7 Little Egret
17 Grey Heron
78 Gadwall
18 Little Grebe

Bob Pomfret

Port Meadow: 10th December

Port Meadow
2 Yellow-legged Gull: ad and 1w. 16:31.
Goosander: male. 16:31.

Thomas Miller

Little Wittenham 10th December

White-fronted Geese 3 still present this morning (per comments). 

Park at the church and follow track down the hill to footpath over the river to view fields. 

Monday, 9 December 2019

Blenheim Park 9th December

Courtesy of Julie Dickson.

Great white Egret 3
Little Egret 8

(per Dave Doherty) 

Courtesy of Julie Dickson.

Farmoor Reservoir: 9th December

Farmoor Reservoir
5 Goldeneye 13:50.
Kingfisher 13:50.
2 Bullfinch 13:50.
Little Egret 13:50.
Common Sandpiper 13:50.
Snipe 13:50.
Marsh Tit 13:50.
Wigeon 13:50.

Michael Violette

Dix Pit:9th December

2 x Great White Egret Still

Little Wittenham: 9th December

Courtesy of Alan Dawson.

3 White-fronted Goose: Still in same spot. Flying between original field and flooded field east of there. SU568936. 11:35.

Conor MacKenzie

Courtesy of Alan Dawson.

Standlake Pit 60: 9th December

Great White Egret
Marsh Harrier

Sunday, 8 December 2019

Otmoor: 8th December

Courtesy of John Workman.

Crane: on Greenaways. Leg rings: blue over yellow (rt); blue (left).
Marsh Harrier: male. over Greenaways.
Cetti's Warbler: heard in song.
2 Raven

Ian Elkins

Courtesy of John Workman.

Otmoor, Sunday 8th December




Marsh Harrier


Common Snipe (10+)
Golden Plover (2000+)
Lapwing (2000+)
Raven (2)

Old Caley's Diary

Little Wittenham 8th December

White-fronted Geese 3 still present 09:27 with Greylags (per Peter Law). 

Park at the church and follow footpath down the hill and over the river to view field on the right. 

Betterton: 7th December

2 Stonechat: Pair, on fence line at edge of parking area. SU435866. 13:45.

Leo Bateman

Saturday, 7 December 2019

Port Meadow: 6th December

6th December

Port Meadow
Caspian Gull: 1w. 16:00.
Yellow-legged Gull: ad. 16:00.

7th December
2 Yellow-legged Gull: ad and 1w. 15:45.
3 Goosander: 2 male 1 fem. 15:45.

Thomas Miller

Dix Pit 7th December 2019


Great White Egret 2
Little Egret 10
Red crested Pochard 69
Black Swan 1

Farmoor Res 7th December 2019

Greater Scaup 2 - Ad f & first year
Common Sandpiper 1
Water Rail 2
Little Grebe 12

Marsh Tit 1
European Stonechat 2 mf

Little Wittenham 7th December

Some wobbly vid.

White-fronted Geese 3 still present amongst the Canada Geese 15:40.
Park at church and follow footpath over the river to view flooded field on the left.

Goosander (f) on the Thames.

Probable 3 White-fronted Goose: ? Over bridge on right. SU567933. 12:33.

Hector S

Linch Hill (LWV Pit 18): 7th December

Linch Hill (LWV Pit 18)
Cetti's Warbler: Was actually on another pit on the complex at SP422040 Fairly birdless otherwise Kingfisher Green woodpecker. 14:43.

Mick Cunningham

Cote: 7th December

1453 Lapwing: In flooded fields with 996 lesser- black backed gulls 14 herring 20 yellow legged gulls C2k black headed gulls Only 8 common gulls No gull species had many young birds. 6 Egyptian geese 4 wigeon. 14:37.

Mick Cunningham

LWV Pit 60: 7th December

Great White Egret 1
Pintail 43
Gadwall 219
Goosander 15, pit 27

Dix Pit: 7th December


2 x Great White Egret

Chilswell valley: 7th December

Chilswell valley
Marsh Tit 09:07.

D Moden

Friday, 6 December 2019

Farmoor Reservoir 6th December 2019


Greater Scaup 2  (Ad f & first year )
Little Egret 1
Water Rail 2
Cetti's Warbler 1
Grey Wagtail 1

Snow Geese feral flock

rspb. Otmoor. 6th. December.

 2. Sparrowhawk.
Curlew, one of several currently being seen.
2. Stonechat.
2. Marsh Harrier.  (m. and f.)
Merlin.  Per. R. and L.E.
2. Hen Harrier.  (ringtails)
Barn Owl.


Hen Harrier.

Standlake Pit 60: 6th December

Standlake Pit 60
383 Teal: Probably an under count as all ducks flushed by low flying kite. Teal influx as water drops. 13:07.
39 Pintail: Many female/eclipse/juv. 13:07.
39 Wigeon: Reduced. 13:07.
7 Shoveler 13:07.
8 Goldeneye 13:07.

Mick Cunningham

Dix Pit: 6th December


Great White Egret still with 3 Little Egret

Thursday, 5 December 2019

Eynsham - 5th Dec

Short-eared Owl to east of town again at 14:50 (per Richard Green)

Cholsey: 5th December

Blackcap: male. First of the winter in our Cholsey village garden. 10:05.

Michael Pocock

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Port Meadow: 4th December

Port Meadow
2 Gadwall 16:11.

Colm O Caomhanaigh

Farmoor Res 4th December

Snipe courtesy of John Workman.


Knot 1
Common Sandpiper 1
Common Snipe 30+ - Shrike Meadow
Water Rail 1 - Shrike Meadow

Greater Scaup 2
Eurasian Teal 5
Common Pochard 4

European Stonechat 2
Redwing 80+
Fieldfare 20+