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Friday, 31 October 2014

Otmoor 31st October

Stonechat courtesy of John Reynolds

Lesser Redpoll in car park. At least 1 possibly 4
Fieldfare c100
Redwing c50
Stonechat 6
March Harrier
No sign of Dartford Warbler or Whinchat in South Pill field.

Harwell Laboratory: 31st October

Harwell Laboratory

Mark Merritt

Farmoor 31st October

Redshank courtesy of dai)

Barnacle Geese 8 in field opposite entrance to the car park c09:50
Red-necked Grebe west side of F1
Rock Pipit

(Per Dai & Jonathan Mercer)

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Otmoor: RSPB reserve: 29th October

Otmoor Kestrel courtesy of John Reynolds

Marsh Harrier
Sparrowhawk: Hunting over reedbed.
100 Pied Wagtail: Flying into reedbed to roost.
Swallow: Flew into reedbed.

RSPB Otmoor

Farmoor 29th October

Red-necked Grebe still on F1
Green Sandpiper
Rock Pipit

(per Dai)

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Standlake 29th October

Bittern still at Pit 60 (per RBA)

Farmoor Roost

Adult Caspian Gull, F.2. this afternoon.
Rock Pipit still (per RBA)

Lower Shiplake: 28th October

6 Ring-necked Parakeet over Thames path below college
2 Egyptian Goose

Peter Law

Otmoor.A.M. 28th October.

No sign of the Dartford Warbler in the South Pill Grounds today (per Phil Barnett)

Kite & Harrier courtesy of John Reynolds

1 Marsh Harrier
1 Merlin (F) also seen nr Pill ground (Steve Akers)
1 Peregrine (per Steve Akers & John Reynolds)
1 Jack Snipe at the Pill (per Phil Barnett)
4 Raven (Steve Akers)
1 Kingfisher
1 Water Rail.(H)
C. 130 Goldies ( east of Noke).
4 Snipe
1 Nuthatch (heard by Sling Copse).
1 Whinchat in the Pill Grounds (per Pete Roby)
4 or 5 Stonechat.
2 Goldcrest (per RSPB)
1 Feral Ross's Goose (per Phil Barnett)

Brambling over Sydlings Copse (per Phil Barnett)

Peregrine courtesy of John Reynolds

Parsonage Moor: 28th October

Parsonage Moor
Dunlin: Around and over.

Stephen Lockey

Monday, 27 October 2014

Otmoor. 27th October.

Distant Whinchat.
Southern Pill Ground.

One further brief sighting of Dartford Warbler reported approx.
Raven.  2. over.
Stonechat.  Several.
Note; no access to Pill Ground when red flags are flying.

Starlings at roost.
Otmoor Reserve.

Marsh Harrier.
Water Rail.
Stonechat.  3.
Snipe.  7.
Starling Roost.  20,000. plus birds going into reedbeds.

Per.  R.L.  H.W.  T.S.

Otmoor 27th October

Dartford Warbler still in the South Pill Grounds
c10:37 though elusive (per Roger Wyatt)

The Dartford Warbler constitutes the 200th bird
recorded (unofficially) in the county this year.
Well done Rog.

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Otmoor 26th October

2 record shots of Dartford Warbler seen on the South Pill Grounds this afternoon often being harassed by Wrens. (Rog)

Seen again briefly early evening though mobile and elusive.

Marsh Harrier over reed beds
Short-eared Owl
Sparrowhawk 2
Water Rail
Cetti's Warbler (h) 2nd Screen
Chiffchaff 2
Stonechat 6+
Feral Ross's Goose with the Greylags

(Badger et al) Ross's photo by Badger.

Lockinge: 26th October

Peregrine: SU432876.

Leo Bateman

Standlake, 26 October

Bittern, 1 pit 60 in front of main reeds at W end before flying into reeds out of sight
Pintail, 4
Snipe, 3
Green Sand 3, pit 38
YL Gull 2

Saturday, 25 October 2014

The Downs: 25th October

Otmoor: RSPB reserve: 25th October

Otmoor: RSPB reserve
Marsh Harrier: from 1st screen in distance over reed beds.

Steve Akers

Farmoor 25th October

Red Necked Grebe still - W side of F1
Shoveler - 1f
Clouded Yellow Butterfly
Red-necked Grebe (c) Stephen Burch
Click here for high res version

Otmoor.A.M. 25th October.

1 Marsh Harrier
2 Peregrine
1 Sparrowhawk
1 Ruff (poss)
A few Redwing.

Chipping Norton: 25th October

Chipping Norton
2 Raven: believed resident pair - cronking, folding wings before going in to steep dives. SP303252.

Steve Akers