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Red-necked Grebe Henley Rd GPs 18th Jan...GREEN-WINGED TEAL Pit 60 15th Jan...Glossy Ibis Kencot 12th Jan...Yellow-browed Warbler Preston Crowmarsh...Kumlien's Gull Yelford 1st January...Oxford RSPB "Birding Israel" 1st Feb (see Forthcoming Events for more details)...

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Baulking Pit. 20th January

Probable juv Kumlien's Gull - This dusky bird came in at 4.25pm. Presumably one of Mark's bird from last night. Dark centred outer primaries looked ok. I guess it's not the Yelford bird but couldn't rule it out - a couple of features matched. It looked similar in flight.
Yellow-legged Gull - 4
Goosander - 1

Ardington & Lockinge 20th January

Hawfinches - 8+ Ardington, on right hand side of lane beginning at the “No Horses and Ponies” tunnel, approx SU433883
5 Lockinge Church

Northmoor 20th January

Hawfinch c5 still in the churchyard this morning (per Luke O'Byrne)

Sonning Eye GPs: 20th January

3 of the 5 courtesy of Badger.

5 Black-necked Grebe 14:10.
Goosander: rh.
Ring-necked Parakeet

(Marek Walford, Badger)

Sarsgrove: 20th January

2 Raven 10:30.
250 Fieldfare: At least 250 possibly more feeding in second field where footpath to Churchill leads down to edge of Sarsgrove Wood - a few Goldfinches and Redwing in with them. 10:30.

Steve Akers

Chipping Norton: 20th January

Chipping Norton
2 Lesser Redpoll: 1m; 1f. on feeders in garden. 12:00.
Blackcap: f. 12:00.

Steve Akers

Henley Road GPs 20th January

Red-necked Grebe still on small fishing pit to
left of the marina road c30 yds from the main road, accessed through small wooden gate 10:10.
Bird unfortunately appears to be injured.

Standlake Pit 60 January 20th

Long-tailed Tit from the Langley Lane hide courtesy of Stephen Burch.


No sign of Green-Winged Teal again,  c300 Teal

Great White Egret
c20 Pintail
Goosander 10 mostly males (per Stephen Burch)

Great White Egret courtesy of Andy Last.

Otmoor Saturday 20th Jan. am.

Hawfinch  carpark field. (two observers)
2nd Winter Hen Harrier over reedbed

Woodstock: Glyme valley: 20th January

Woodstock: Glyme valley
Great White Egret: Still on the Water Meadows close to the Black Prince pub.

Bob Pomfret

Oxford: 20th January

Peregrine: On south face of Magdalen tower.

Thomas Miller

Sonning Eye GPS 20th January

Black-necked Grebe 3 still on main lake viewable from the sailing club 11:00.

Blenheim Lake 20th January

5 Shoveler
55 Tufted Duck
11 Little Grebe
140 Teal
47 Teal
5 Shoveler
18 Grey Heron
7 Little Egret
2 Kingfisher

Bob Pomfret

A329 near Moulsford: 20th January

A329 near Moulsford
Brambling: Female, so a different bird from other sightings - amongst 12+ Chaffinches. SU5985. 14:45.

Mike Amphlett

Newbridge: 20th January

Barn Owl: Sitting on fence post opposite Maybush Pub, looking thoroughly miserable. 09:30.

Jed Cleeter

Baulking Pit: 19th January

2 Juvenile Iceland-type Gulls - Neither appeared to be the recent Kumlien's but harsh light and strong crosswinds made for very difficult viewing conditions.

Friday, 19 January 2018

Banbury: Hanwell Fields: 19th January

Banbury: Hanwell Fields
2 Blackcap: f. 2 females in garden. 10:30.

Mark Ribbons

Ardington / Lockinge 19th January

3+ Hawfinch still at both Lockinge Church and Ardington this lunchtime

Farmoor Reservoir 19th January

Scaup (f) 15:00 (per Ralph Watts)

Otmoor 19th January

2 Marsh Harrier: m/f

10:10 (per Ralph Watts)

Henley Road GPs: 19th January

Henley Road GPs
Red-necked Grebe: On the first pit on the left of the access road off Henley Road. 16:55.

Marek Walford

Shotover: Shotover House: 19th January

Shotover: Shotover House
Raven: bottom of the Avenue, near folly.

Anthony Cheke

Nether Worton 19th January

Barn owl 07:30

Standlake Pit 60: am 19th Jan

Marsh Harrier
4 Goldeneye

Northmoor Church 19th January

Hawfinch 7 in conifers 13:45 then flew south
(Per Ian Smith).

Henley Road GPs 19th January

Red-necked Grebe still present in small fishing pit accessed through small gate on left hand side off main road to the marina.

(Per Brian Wyatt)

Sonning Eye GPS 19th January

Black-necked Grebe 5 still present this morning (Per Brian Wyatt).

Witney 19th January

Hawfinch 2 in garden of Valence Crescent 08:46 (Per Dave Doherty).

Oxford 19th January

Magdalen College
Peregrine: Sitting on gargoyle eating a pigeon at 8.40.

(per Thomas Miller)

Peregrine circling over Magdalen tower c08:10 (per Paul Jepson)

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Chipping Norton: 18th January

Chipping Norton
37 Golden Plover: still present in largest field W of CN - very active. 09:30.

Steve Akers

Henley Road GPs: 18th January

Henley Road GPs
Red-necked Grebe: 1st winter. 13:00.

Hugh Netley

Sonning Eye GPs: 18th January

Sonning Eye GPs
5 Black-necked Grebe 10:00.
Goosander: red head. 10:00.

Hugh Netley

Northmoor 18th January


20+Hawfinch though elusive

Farmoor Reservoir 18th January

Caspian Gull 1stw within roost c16:50 (per Mick Cunningham).

University Parks: River Cherwell: 18th January

18th January

University Parks: River Cherwell
Goosander: 14:10 near rollers. 14:10.

University Parks
Hawfinch: Tallest tree by Lady Margaret Hall gate. 14:30.

Hugh Wiggins

Henley Road GPs: 18th January

Henley Road GPs
Red-necked Grebe: First pits on left side .down to 150 yards. 30 yards from main road With G.E .A.A. And A.B.T. Cracking Bird. 14:40.

Ralph Watts

Henley Road GPs 18th January

Red-necked Grebe on small fishing pit.
Access from road to marina through small gate on left
approximately 30 yards from main road 13:10
(per Hugh Netley).

Standlake Pit 60: am 18th Jan

Still no sign of Green Winged Teal
11 Egyptian Goose
2 Goldeneye

Sonning Eye GP 18th January

Black-necked Grebe 5 Sonning Eye GP 10:20 (per Hugh Netley).

: 18th January

3 Hawfinch: Minimum, in usual area. SU431884. 08:30.

Leo Bateman

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Chipping Norton: 17th January

Chipping Norton
40 Golden Plover: crouched low in dip/fold of their favoured field W of CN. 09:00.

Steve Akers

Port Meadow 17th January

ICELAND GULL (imm) 16:00

3 Yellow-legged Gulls, all adults
500 Golden Plover
20 Barnacle Geese,
1 Redshank,
and a few Goosander & Pintal

North Oxfordshire 17th January

Little Owl ; private location, very lucky to be working close by!

Old Caley's Diary

Farmoor Reservoir - 17th January

The juvenile Iceland Gull at Farmoor mid afternoon. Then flew off over Wytham Woods at 15.20.

Oxford: 17th January

Peregrine: overhead Magdalen Rd, East Oxford. 16:35.

Anthony Cheke

Port Meadow: 16th January

Port Meadow

Anthony Cheke

Lockinge: 17th January

2 Hawfinch: Probably more; behind church. 12:30.

Leo Bateman

Otmoor Redpoll

Courtesy of Felix Bird

Standlake Pit 60 17th January

No sign of the GREEN-WINGED TEAL at Pit 60 by 13:30 (per Phil Barnett et al)

Key holder reserve.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Chipping Norton: 16th January

Chipping Norton
5 Golden Plover: small group in centre of favoured large field W of CN. 09:30.

Steve Akers

Port Meadow: 16th January

Port Meadow
Caspian Gull: 1w bird again in the roost.

Thomas Miller

East Hendred 16th January

Featherbed Lane
10 Hawfinch: 10+ sitting in the row of tall trees. SU467899. 12:45.

Michael Violette

Forest Hill 16th January

10+ Hawfinch in trees half way up Church Hill

Northmoor Church. 16th. January.

Hawfinch flock still present in churchyard and surrounding area.

Otmoor.A.M. 16th January.

1 Peregrine (f)
1 Brambling (f).

Kencot 16th January

Again no sign of the Glossy Ibis in flooded field between Kencot and Carterton 10:20.

(Per Dave Morgan)

Standlake Pit 60 16th January

GREEN-WINGED TEAL (drk) 10:56 viewable
from the Langley Lane hide (Per Gnome).

Pintail 9
Goosander 10 on adjacent pit

(per Ewan, Tezzer, The Wickster, Captain Skiver).

Pit 60 is only viewable from the two hides which both require
a key.

Monday, 15 January 2018

A329 near Moulsford: 15th January

A329 near Moulsford
Brambling: Winter male, under feeders again. SU5985. 09:15.

Mike Amphlett

Henley: 15th Jan

Ring-necked Parakeet.....flew over Townlands Hospital, Henley 15:20.

Standlake Pit 60 15th January

GREEN-WINGED TEAL (drk) found by Mick Cunningham this afternoon and still
present at 16:00.

Teal c550
Wigeon c220
Pintail c70
Goldeneye 4+
Goosander 15+
Cetti's Warbler

Key holder reserve.

Northmoor 15th January

Hawfinch c20 still present in and around the churchyard (per Barry Hudson, John Workman)

Please park sensibly.

Courtesy of John Workman.

Courtesy of Badger (filmed recently).

Kiddington: Kiddington Estate: 15th January

Kiddington: Kiddington Estate
2 Raven: one in valley flying over River Glyme; the other calling from within scots pine by the church. 16:00.

Steve Akers

Glossy Ibis near Kencot 12th January

GLOSSY IBIS photographed near Kencot Friday 12th January courtesy of Alan Morris.

Chinnor: Cement Works: 15th January

Chinnor: Cement Works
Peregrine: Circling above the ridge.

David Stracey

15th January Bicester Wetland Reserve

A Monday morning in January and "as wet as a fishes wet bits"

5 Heron
200 Teal
23 Canada Geese
17 Gadwall
6 Shoveler
1 Little grebe
1 Snipe... very poor numbers so far this winter and no sign of Jack Snipe.

Key Holder Reserve
Alan Peters

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Ashbury - 14 January am & pm

2 Stonechat - by B4000 near Ashdown House

Stonechat (c) Stephen Burch

Otmoor - 14th January

0830-1300 hrs

300+ Wigeon
6 Pochard
1 Bittern
3 Marsh Harrier
1 Hen Harrier (m)
2000+ Golden Plover
80 Lapwing
1 Marsh Tit
1 Brambling (m)

Long-tailed Tit

George Best

Port Meadow 14th January

Caspian Gull: 1w, a less than classic bird, but OK'd by Ian Lewington
2 Yellow-legged Gull: adult & 2w
Avocet: the ringed Farmoor bird
Egyptian Goose: the usual leucistic bird
10 Goosander

The 1w Caspian Gull

Farmoor Roost - 14th January

Juvenile Iceland Gull
1st winter Caspian Gull (same as 10th and 13th)
Adult Mediterranean Gull

: 14th January

Brambling: male. SU430884. 16:00.

4 Hawfinch: SU430884. 16:00.

Raven: SU430884. 16:00.

Leo Bateman

Lockinge: 14th January

25 Hawfinch: In the valley behind the church. 15:30.
Brambling: male. SU431884. 15:30.
4 Hawfinch: SU431884. 15:30.
Raven: SU431884. 15:30.

Leo Bateman

Hawfinch Forest Hill 14th January

At least 7 but probably 10 or more Hawfinch around Forest Hill church.
Seen from the back of the church in tall trees to the right of Church Hill, looked like they were getting in the Yew trees just down the hill.
Most of the time they were seen in the trees on the opposite side of the road to the church, viewed from a gateway nearly opposite the church gate. 

: 14th January

binfield heath
Peregrine: SU743794.

Hugh Netley

Lower Shiplake: 13th January

13th January

Lower Shiplake
Peregrine 10:00.
2 Raven 10:00.

14th January
Peregrine: SU742794. 10:30.

Hugh Netley

Kingston Bagpuize: 14th January

Kingston Bagpuize
6 Brambling: At least with c300 Linnet on eastern end of old Oxford Road.

Jed Cleeter

Fyfield Wick: 14th January

Fyfield Wick
12 Corn Bunting: Sitting in roadside tree tops. Only had the odd single bird here previously so great to see.

Jed Cleeter

A329 near Moulsford: 14th January

A329 near Moulsford
Brambling: Under feeders, winter male amongst 20-ish Chaffinches. SU5985. 13:35.

Mike Amphlett

Standlake Pit60 14th Jan

Great White Egret


Great White Egret on pit adjacent to Pit60
1 Marsh Harrier flew through after quartering the reeds for a few minutes
5 Goosander, 3m 2 redheads
1 shelduck
c50 pintail
3 Goldeneye (1m 2f) on neighbouring pit

Andy Last

Kingston Bagpuize: 14th January

Kingston Bagpuize
Hawfinch: Landed on tree top to rear of Oxford Close. 10:01.

Jed Cleeter

: 14th January

Syncombe Church
10 Hawfinch: Along track 1 minute walk SW of church. SU682901.

D Moden

Oxey Mead: 13th January

Oxey Mead
4 Red-crested Pochard: 3m, 1f.

Steve Goddard