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Wednesday, 23 September 2020

Appleford: Appleford GP: 23rd September

Appleford: Appleford GP
2 Green Sandpiper 17:17.
2 Common Sandpiper 17:17.

Conor MacKenzie

Banbury 23rd September

Ring-necked Parakeet over Morrison's car park c16:00 (per C.Dale).

Port Meadow: 23rd September

Cattle Egret at river edge opposite Medley Sailing club. Assumed another Little Egret but to my amazement it had a yellow bill. Flew into trees by sailing club and stayed for a few minutes before flying into large group of cattle midway between river and Aristotle gate. Lived up to its name feeding under the feet of the cattle. Watched for several minutes before I was driven off by the rain. Still present when I left at 15.30. 15:15.

Andrew Siantonas

Bletchingdon Park: 23rd September

23rd September

Bletchingdon Park
35 Siskin: Regularly seen flock at top of mature Cypress tree near BP Stables. SP507181. 07:30.

Kirtlington: Pigeon Lock
2 Kingfisher: 2 seen on canal between Pigeon's Lock and Rock of Gibraltar. SP491198. 12:00.

David Watkinson

Didcot 23rd September

Moor Ditch, Didcot
Redstart: male. SU526923. 13:00.

Moor Ditch, Didcot
2 Stonechat: SU526923. 13:00.

Michael Violette

Blenheim Park 23rd September

Great white Egret
Little Egret 15
Ruddy Shelduck 6
Snipe 4

Bicester Wetland Reserve 23rd September

 1 Green Sandpiper
10 Snipe
110 Teal
14 Shoveler
9 Gadwall
2 Wigeon
2 Chiffchaff (with Long-tailed Tit flock)
30 Linnets

Alan Peters

Key Holder Reserve

Tuesday, 22 September 2020

Otmoor rspb 22nd September

Great white Egrets courtesy of Paul Wyeth.

First screen, 17:25 - 18:00

2 x Great White Egret, flew in from N and settled momentarily in “shrubby island” to left of screen before descending to feed and preen. After about 30 minutes they both flew out N towards Oddington, circled second screen lagoon and headed W.

Little Grebe 
Snipe x 1, 
approx 200 ducks (mostly Mallard, with some Shoveller) 
Marsh Harrier.
Hobby hunting over July’s Meadow.
Stonechat x 3 ( male and two female) along track between Closes and Ashgrave.

(per Paul Wyeth)

Appleford GP's

                                                                Great White Egret

Ruff: Juv. 16:54. 
              3 Green Sandpiper 16:54. 
                   2 Common Sandpiper 16:54. 
  2 Stonechat 16:54. 

Ruff (Juv)

            Great White Egret 15:47. 
2 Peregrine 15:47.

                                                          Common and Green Sandpiper


Devil's Punchbowl: 22nd September

Devil's Punchbowl
2 Stonechat
13 Grey Partridge
2 Raven
7 Kestrel
4 Siskin: over.
3 Lesser Redpoll: over.

Mark Merritt

Farmoor Reservoir 22nd September

Turnstone still present 
Ringed Plover 
Snow Geese c90 free flying feral flock.

(per D.Ferret, John Workman)

Snow Geese courtesy of John Workman.

Jarn Mound vismig 06:35-09:15

Tree Pipit NE, calling. Seemed very late but ID confirmed from sound recording
30+ Common Crossbill E
306+ Meadow Pipit, mostly S/SE
46+ Lesser Redpoll, mostly SE
30+ Chaffinch
c300 House Martin SE
28+ Swallow S
4+ Sand Martin SE
5 Skylark
6+ Greenfinch
10+ Pied Wagtail
10 Mistle Thrush W
3 Mallard S
100s of Siskin - too many to count!

: 21st September

Eynsham, Hanborough Road
Hobby: Single (very vocal) bird, quite high, flying easterly over local garden. Didn't have my specs on, nor any bin's to hand, but unmistakeable silhouette and astonishing number of very loud calls, presumably because of nrby Corvid. SP433099. 17:45.

Mike Amphlett

Balscote: Balscote Quarry: 22nd September

Balscote: Balscote Quarry
Lesser Redpoll: Flew south so flight views and call. Also 4 siskin south and first goldcrest of autumn. 08:17.

Steve Holliday

Monday, 21 September 2020

Farmoor Reservoir: 21st September

Yellow-browed Warbler
 09:57 distinctive call heard 3 times then seen briefly in bushes on east side of F2 then lost and no further sign by 12:00 despite searching.

Both photos courtesy of Isaac West.

Turnstone 08:30.
Dunlin 08:30.
2 Ringed Plover 08:30.
2 Common Sandpiper 08:30.
Snipe 08:30.
Common Gull: 1st winter. 08:30.
Wheatear 08:30.
2 Yellow Wagtail 08:30.
114 Meadow Pipit: At least 114 all S, calling, from 0800-1200. 08:30. 

Isaac West

Blenheim Park 21st September

Great white Egret
Little Egret 10

Upper Campsfield Farm: 
Redpoll 12

(per Dave Doherty)

Moreton nr Thame: Moreton Golf Course: 21st September

Moreton nr Thame: Moreton Golf Course
10 Yellow Wagtail: One caught and ringed. 20:51.
Common Sandpiper 20:51.

Luke Marriner

Farmoor Reservoir 21st September

Yellow Wagtail

Ringed Plover

Greater Black backed Gull


Farmoor 21st September

Yellow-browed Warbler seen and heard calling in bushes on East side of F2 at Farmoor this morning at 10 a.m. though no further sign since.

per Isaac West

Eynsham 21st September

Probable Lammergeier being mobbed over Eynsham c12:30 (per Sally Taylor).

Chipping Norton: 21st September

Chipping Norton
2 Green Sandpiper: At small lake near Cornwell. SP283268. 10:30.
10 Teal: SP283268. 10:30.
Grey Heron: SP283268. 10:30.
4 Buzzard: SP283268. 10:30.
Sparrowhawk: SP283268. 10:30.
Kestrel: SP283268. 10:30.
10 Swallow: High above the Buzzards. SP283268. 10:30.

Steve Akers

Cutteslowe: 20th September

Grey Plover: Single bird flew over, calling, fairly low. SP504104. 16:00.

Nicholas Boyd

Farmoor Reservoir 21st September

Ringed Plover 2
Common Sandpiper 
Yellow Wagtail 

(per Ewan Urquhart) 08:15

Sunday, 20 September 2020

Chipping Norton: 20th September

Chipping Norton
Common Sandpiper: SP283268. 19:00.
15 Teal: SP283268. 19:00.
4 Green Sandpiper: At small lake near Cornwell. SP283268. 19:00.

Steve Akers

Childrey Field: 20th Sept

2 Stonechat
8 Grey Partridge
40+ Meadow Pipit

    Crop of distant Merlin

    More obliging Stonechat

Farmoor Reservoir 20th September

Ruff (per Thomas Miller)
Ringed Plover 2

(per Scott Dalby)

Both photos courtesy of Scott Dalby.

New Marston: New Marston Meadows: 19th September

19th September

New Marston: New Marston Meadows
3 Yellow Wagtail: Dropped in briefly.
3 Siskin: Flew over.

20th September
8 Ring-necked Parakeet: Prolonged group aerobatics.

Tom Evans

Blenheim: Blenheim Lake: 20th September

Blenheim: Blenheim Lake
7 Snipe
160 Teal
77 Gadwall
21 Shoveler
5 Wigeon
33 Moorhen
20 Grey Heron
6 Little Egret

Bob Pomfret

Headington: 16th September

16th September

Green Sandpiper: Nocmig record. 2 sets of calls. 21:04.

17th September
Sandwich Tern: Nocmig record. 03:58.
2 Sandwich Tern: Nocmig record. 2 can be heard calling, one close, one more distantly. 22:12.

18th September
Oystercatcher: Nocmig record. 7 calls. 04:14.
Dunlin: Nocmig record. 21:04.

19th September
5 Dunlin: Nocmig record. Large flock of at least 5. At least 70 individual calls can be heard though very hard to count. 05:10.

Isaac West

Standlake: Standlake Common: 20th September

Standlake: Standlake Common
Great White Egret: Flew over. 08:15.

Mick Cunningham

Saturday, 19 September 2020

Chipping Norton: 19th September

Chipping Norton
Green Sandpiper: Deep in margins of small lake near Cornwell. SP283268. 18:30.
Snipe: SP283268. 18:30.
15 Teal: SP283268. 18:30.
50 Lesser Black-backed Gull: SP283268. 18:30.
2 Kestrel: Hunting over the marsh. SP283268. 18:30.

Steve Akers

RSPB Otmoor: 19 September

15-20 Yellow wagtails, feeding amongst cattle north of 'The Pill' 8:30am
1 Juv marsh harrier over Greenaways 11am
1 Kingfisher at 2nd screen 12:15pm

Yellow wagtail (with annoying bit of grass in its beak!) by Moth


Little Faringdon Circular: 19th Sep

7 Hobby (ads & juvs, 2 sites)
Spotted Flycatcher
Little Egret

Muswell hill 19th sept

2 Siskin over
2 Raven

Sent from my iPhone

Sonning Eye GPs: 19th September

Sonning Eye GPs
Hobby 13:25.

Marek Walford

Appleford GPS 19th September

Green Sandpiper 2
Common Sandpiper 

Waterstock: River Thame: 19th September

Waterstock: River Thame
2 Grey Wagtail 08:00.
2 Little Egret 08:00.
Teal 08:00.
Gannet: Juv. Picked up flying along river from east of Waterstock driving range flying towards Wheatley low over Poplar trees. Double take for a bit until came into view with concord beak, gliding on stiff wings - amazing to see and guess bought in on NE winds. 08:00.

Nick Marriner

Waterstock: River Thame: 19th September

Waterstock: River Thame
Mistle Thrush 08:00.
7 Raven 08:00.
5 Meadow Pipit 08:00.
19 Linnet 08:00.
2 Yellowhammer 08:00.
3 Reed Bunting 08:00.
Kingfisher 08:00.
Snipe 08:00.
5 Swallow 08:00.
4 Chiffchaff 08:00.

Nick Marriner

Wheatley 19th September

Gannet (juv) flew west over Wheatley c07:50 (per Nick Marriner)

Friday, 18 September 2020

Chipping Norton: 18th September

Chipping Norton
Wheatear: In field of stubble adjacent to bridleway. SP283268. 18:00.
4 Green Sandpiper: In margins of small lake near Cornwell. SP283268. 18:00.
22 Teal: SP283268. 18:00.
Raven: SP283268. 18:00.
Kestrel: SP283268. 18:00.
21 Stock Dove: SP283268. 18:00.
2 Chiffchaff: SP283268. 18:00.
Grey Heron: SP283268. 18:00.

Steve Akers

Otmoor: RSPB reserve: 18th September

18th September

Otmoor: RSPB reserve
Hobby 16:30.
Pintail: fem. 17:45.
2 Egyptian Goose 18:00.
35 Yellow Wagtail 19:20.

Alex Edgar

Boars Hill: 18th September

Boars Hill
Common Crossbill: Flew S/SE, calling. Confirmed from sound recording. 07:00.
Lesser Redpoll: Flew S, calling. 07:00.
100 Siskin: Impossible to count. Flocks of up to 40-50 birds bombing it around the woods, plus many more flocks overhead on vismig, plus many heard-only on vismig. Estimate of at least 100. 07:00.
37 Meadow Pipit: At least 37 all high S, plus many more heard-only. 07:00.
Grey Wagtail 07:00.
25 Swallow: At least 25 E/SE. 07:00.
3 Sand Martin 07:00.
Raven 07:00.
Goldcrest: Flew straight through S, calling. A slightly unexpected vismig bird! 07:00.
2 Cormorant: Flew E. 07:00.

Isaac West

Banbury: 18th September

Ring Ouzel, a nocmig record - recorded at 03:56 this morning

I can't get the call to embed here - so here's a link to it on xeno canto! 

Farmoor Reservoir 18th September

Ringed Plover 2
Hobby hunting along western side.

(per Mark Pidgeon) 12:40.

Appleford: Appleford GP: 18th September

Appleford: Appleford GP
2 Green Sandpiper 08:18.
Common Sandpiper 08:18.
Snipe 08:18.
4 Egyptian Goose 08:18.
Stonechat 08:18.
6 Shoveler 08:18.
Kingfisher 08:18.
2 Wigeon 08:18.

Conor MacKenzie

Thursday, 17 September 2020

Chipping Norton: 17th September

Chipping Norton
Marsh Harrier: fem. Hunting back and forth over the marsh - put up at least twenty Teal - watched for thirty minutes before it circled up and flew SW. First record in this location. Magnificent! SP283268. 17:30.
Hobby: Tracking Swallows. SP283268. 17:30.
Stonechat: SP283268. 17:30.
20 Teal: SP283268. 17:30.
9 Lapwing: SP283268. 17:30.
Snipe: SP283268. 17:30.
17 Swallow: SP283268. 17:30.
2 Chiffchaff: SP283268. 17:30.

Steve Akers

Banbury: 17th September

17th September

Dunlin: Nocmig record, 2 calls. 04:01.
Ringed Plover: Nocmig record, 1 call. 04:31.

Gareth Blockley

Yarnton Mead: 17th September

Yarnton Mead
Whinchat: Perching on a post on meadow before flying off to a neighbouring post. Still present when I left. 09:00.

Andrew Siantonas