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Saturday, 20 September 2014

Farmoor 20th September

Little Gull 1 juv
Yellow Wagtail 4
Common Gull 5
Yellow-legged Gull 4

Otmoor 20th September

Marsh Harrier
Turtle Dove briefly purring from hedge alongside bridle way but not seen. Chiffchaff lots

(per Nick Truby)

Grimsbury Reservoir: 20th September

Grimsbury Reservoir
2 Dunlin
Yellow Wagtail

Gareth Blockley

Friday, 19 September 2014

Otmoor 19th September

Marsh Harrier being mobbed by corvids over Big Otmoor
Whinchats m & 2f on visitor trail to first screen
Bittern flew over the bund between the reed beds from north to south then towards the ditch on the Greenaways side of the visitor trail (per Carolyn Whenman) 
Several chiffchaffs, some flying with mixed flocks of long tail tits and blue tits

(per Richard & Lyn Ebbs)

Farmoor 19th September

Curlew Sandpiper along causeway
Ringed Plover 5 13:15 (per Ewan)
Common Tern 2
Black Tern F1 11:50 (per Tezzer)

08:58 (per Dai)

Black Tern photo courtesy of Dai

The Insomniac Birder

Muswell Hill nr Piddington: 19th September

Chiffchaff/Willow Warbler 30+ within a large feeding group.
Raven 2

Colin Oram

Radley 19th September

No further sign of the Wryneck by early evening.

                                                   Stonechat along perimeter fence of H/I 
                                                   Cetti's Warbler
                                                   Kingfisher H/I
                                                   Green Sandpiper (per Ben Carpenter)

Oxford: 17th September

NB Two Days Ago
Probable Honey-buzzard: An individual much paler than nearby Buzzards, with 'stripes' on wings, dark carpals, head held out prominently, quite long tail. It flew off on its own in a roughly eastward direction. SP523094.

Steve Goddard

Grimsbury Reservoir: 19th September

2 Dunlin
Common Sandpiper
8+ Chiffchaff
Lesser Whitethroat

Thursday, 18 September 2014

18th September Radley GP - Wryneck!

Wayne Bull has found a Wryneck at Radley GP near the SE corner of lakes H & I between the perimeter fence and the train track (see map here)

Still present 18:30 (per Dominic Noris)

First seen at 12:55,  it has been seen several times since then.though elusive.

Sparrowhawk 2
Little Egret
Cetti's Warbler (Orchard Lake)

From Radley, drive down Thrupp Road/Lane.  Park here at shaded junction just after passing entrance to aggregates plant .  Walk SSE alongside Thrupp Lake to junction of lane with old railway line.  Follow cycleway WSW to next junction with very large metal gate on left side.  Turn left here and 'Lakes' H/I are one - continuous - area of developing shrub & woodland of birch and willow, surrounded by the chain-link fence on an embankment ahead; with the un-fenced Orchard Lake below.  Follow the chain-link fence past Orchard Lake and continue to follow as it turns left.
After c300metres, a wide level track (shown on map) is visible, with a small reedbed immediately beyond (shown as tiny lake on the map).  Still following the chain-link fence, continue c150 metres to reach the area where the Wryneck is frequenting.  Between here and on to just beyond the series of galvanised railings on the embankment.  It flies into the larger willows when not feeding on the well vegetated slope of the embankment.  To return to car, follow the fence line anti-clockwise back to the old railway line and on to the cycleway..

Otmoor 18th September

Whinchat 4

(per Phill Barnett)

Garsington Churchyard 18th September

Spotted Flycatcher 2
Chiff/Willow 6+
Goldcrest 3

(per Colin Oram)

Grimsbury Reservoir 18th September

Common Sandpiper

17:24 (per Gareth)

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Letcombe Regis - 17th September

A Wryneck was reported at Letcombe Regis allotments this afternoon but no sign this evening.

Otmoor RSPB 17th September

Grey Heron with small Pike see full story @

Marsh Harrier 2 (1 juvenile)
Hobby 2
Eurasian Sparrowhawk 1
Common Buzzard 2
Red Kite 10+

Little Egret 2
Grey Heron 4
Raven 1
Golden Plover 1 flew over calling

Green Sandpiper 1
Common Snipe 4
Kingfisher 2
Whinchat 5

(Per Ewan R.L.  T.S)

Flood Field
Green Sandpiper
Marsh Harrier

(RSPB Otmoor)
Whinchat photo courtesy of Tesser

Grimsbury Reservoir: 17th September

Ruff: imm.
Dunlin: ad.
Common Sandpiper

(Mike Pollard)

Ruff & Dunlin photo
courtesy of Mike Pollard.

Nature in the Heart of England

Blewbury 17th September

Juvenile Cuckoo Blewbury please view at 720p HD

                                              Mistle Thrush 25+
                                              Meadow Pipit 100+ in two flocks

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Otmoor: RSPB reserve: 16th September

Otmoor: RSPB reserve
2 Bittern: Reported early pm.

RSPB Otmoor

Otmoor 16th September

Marsh Harrier  juvenile; unsuccessfully hunting around the starling roost


(per Pete Roby)

5 whinchats on track to 1st screen
1 marsh harrier
2 hobbies
1 Sparrowhawk
1 buzzard
1 kingfisher
1 water rail heard from hide
2 ravens over Greenaways

(per Terry Tossell)

Bicester Wetlands Reserve 16th Sept

Little Stint (juv) still 13:30 (per J.T)

Access to the reserve requires a Key.
Photo courtesy of Nick Truby.

Watlington Hill. 16th September.

Sparrowhawk bathing.

Sparrowhawk bathing.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Moulsford 15th September

A329 nr Moulsford
2 Raven: Flying N over fields adjacent R. Thames - seen a couple of times prev - distant, but got a good look this time and confirmed. Tumbling around as they flew, not uttering the usual 'kronk', but a lighter, more crow like call. SU5985.

Mike Amphlett

Farmoor 15th September

Ruff 2
Common Sandpiper 
Yellow-legged Gull

(per Tracy Winkworth)
Photo courtesy of T.W

South Newington: 15th September

South Newington

Michael Hunt

Otmoor. Evening.


From the first screen.
               Also;        Green Sandpiper.

               Per.  A.L.  J.C.   M.C.   R.L.   T.S.

Bicester Wetlands Reserve 15th Sept

Little Stint (juv) still from Tower Hide.
Green Sandpiper 4
Snipe 8+

(per Nick Truby & JT)

Access to the reserve requires a key

Otmoor: RSPB reserve: 15th September

Otmoor: RSPB reserve
3 Whinchat

RSPB Otmoor

Otmoor.A.M. 15th September.

1 Tawny Owl (calling C.8:00)
3+ Water Rail
1 Raven (over)
1 Peregrine
1 Green Sandpiper
3+ Hobby
1 Whinchat.
Jay courtesy of John Reynolds

Lockinge: 14th September

Raven: At least one bird appears to be roosting in the village - calling from a tree until dusk.

Leo Bateman

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Hempton: 14th September

2 Raven

Stephen Akers

Chipping Norton: 14th September

Chipping Norton
Whinchat: f. A beautiful female sharing top of trimmed hedge near Sarsgrove Farm with Chiffchaff - very good close views. SP303252.
Raven: SP303252.

Stephen Akers

Bicester Wetlands Reserve 14th September

                               Little Stint
                               Green Sandpiper 2
                               Little Egret

                               Access to this fantastic B.O.S reserve is via a key.

Cumnor 14th September

Merlin ( male )

Farmoor 14th September


Little Stint 1 juvenile
Ruff 2 juvenile m & f
Dunlin 5 (John Gough)
Common Sandpiper 2

Yellow legged Gull 1 ad

Common Whitethroat 1m
Blackcap 4+
Common Chiffchaff 6+
Goldcrest 2
Tree Creeper 1
Swallow 2
European Stonechat 1m
Great Spotted Woodpecker 1
Redstart (per Dai)

Little Stint courtesy of Mark Chivers

Muswell Hill 14th September

Chiffchaff c6
Raven 6+

Raven photo courtesy
of Andy Last.

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