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4th October-Spotted Redshank Pit 60...Two Short-eared Owls Otmoor...Red-necked Grebe Farmoor Res

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Eynsham 6th October

Belated report of a Crane sighted on the 6th in the evening flying north over B4449 
between Eynsham and Stanton Harcourt (per David Mercer).
Black-headed Gull
Otmoor RSPB
Courtesy of John Reynolds

Otmoor.A.M. 8th October.

1 Marsh Harrier
5+ Stonechat
2 Swallow
2 Raven.

Standlake Pit 60 8th October

Water rail. 1
Snipe. 2
No sign of Spot RS

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Otmoor 7th Oct' Evening

MOD Ground:

1 Short Eared Owl hunting over MOD ground from 5:45pm
1 Marsh Harrier
2 Snipe

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Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Standlake Pit 60: 6th October

Courtesy of Jeremy Dexter
Spotted Redshank Still present. 11:30.
                                                     No sign of the Garganey (Jeremy Dexter)

Eds: To view pit 60 you will need to access the two superb hides which requires a key.
       This key will also allow you to access the hide at Rushy Common and is priced at £10.
       Contact The Lower Windrush Valley Project at 

Otmoor.A.M. 6th October.

Grot shot of Mandarin.

1 Mandarin Duck
1 Marsh Harrier
1 Kingfisher
1 Dunlin
1 Water Rail (H)
3 Cettis Warbler (H)
Lots of Snipe.

per TJ AT DQ PG.

Rushey Common lake,6th October

Kingfisher 1 adult + 2 juvenile


Monday, 5 October 2015

Standlake Pit 60: PM 5th October

Spotted Redshank still present in SE corner
1 x Snipe
1 x Common Sandpiper

Record shot of Spotted Redshank © Jim hutchins

Farmoor 5th October

Red-necked Grebe still present on F1.
3 Rock Pipits along the causeway.
Cormorant Otmoor courtesy of Del Boy

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Banbury: 04th October

Redwing, call of a bird flying over at c.22:10

Churn: 4th October

Merlin: m. On prey in stubble field for at least 30 mins.
11 Grey Partridge
40 Lapwing: c.40. Distant, probably somewhere near Woodway.

Mark Merritt

Wether & Ridgeway Downs: 04 October AM

5 Common Crossbill, seen feeding and then to fly high NW.
3 Grey Partridge
2 Raven
1 Stonechat (m)
16 Lapwing
Loose, mixed finch & bunting flock in stubble field and adjacent hedgerow;
c.50 birds inc. Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Corn Bunting, Reed Bunting & Yellowhammer

Farmoor 4th October

Grey Wagtail © Jim Hutchins

Grimsbury Reservoir: 4th October

Grimsbury Reservoir
2 Willow Tit: In the centre of the wood.

Gareth Blockley

Grimsbury Birds

Otmoor RSPB 4th October

Short-eared Owl 2 over Greenaways c18:00-18:17
Marsh Harrier

(per Peter Law)

Buckland 30th September

Belated report of Redwing on Wednesday at Buckland (per MRO)

Standlake Pit 60 4th October

Record shot Spotted Redshank by Badger.

Spotted Redshank still in S/E corner from the Langley Lane Hide 15:30 (per Jim Hutchins)
(Access to the hide requires a key)
Green Sandpiper 2
Snipe c4
Water Rail

Redpoll 18

(per Andy Last,Badger, 
SNT & Mark Merritt)

Garganey photo courtesy of Andy Last.

Garganey in the mist please view at 720p HD

Farmoor Res 4th October

Red-necked Grebe F2
Grey Plover flew over mid afternoon

(per Dai John)

The Insomniac Birders Farmoor Blog.

Rushy Common 4th October

Egyptian Geese Rushy Common by Badger.

Green Sandpiper
Egyptian Geese 2
Yellow-legged Gull 3+

Dix Pit

Red-crested Pochard 11+
Wigeon 300+
Egyptian Geese 2
Cetti's Warbler (per Dave Doherty)
Wheatear 2 (per Dave Doherty)

(Andy Last & Badger)

Standlake Pit 10

Egyptian Geese 2
Cetti's Warbler

(per Dave Doherty)

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Abingdon: Abingdon Sewage Farm: 3rd October

Abingdon: Abingdon Sewage Farm
Pochard: fem. 15:30.
Shoveler 15:30.
Green Sandpiper 15:30.
37 Lesser Black-backed Gull 15:30.
Kingfisher 15:30.
Cetti's Warbler: heard in song. 15:30.
4 Siskin 15:30.

Ian Elkins

Farmoor 3 Oct Late morning

1 Red-necked Grebe along W side of F2

Red-necked Grebe (c) Stephen Burch
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Farmoor Res 3rd October

0830 -1130hrs

Red necked Grebe 1 initially by sailing club on F2 but then flushed by yachts and possibly flew to F1

Little Grebe 24
Yellow legged Gull 10
Greater Black backed Gull 1
Common Tern 1 juvenile
Dunlin 1
Yellow Wagtail 1
Grey Wagtail 3
Rock Pipit 1
Meadow Pipit 10
Common Chiffchaff 3+
Swallow 6  -  2 parents plus 4 newly fledged young in the works complex

Otmoor Saturday 3rd am

Possible Black Kite seen at 10.30 this morning. Bird flew across Ashgrave the Closes and then off across Greenaways. It was pursued by corvids. Long winged, slightly notched tail and dark underneath. Seen by three observers.

Dunlin with Snipe

Marsh Harrier (f)
Ruff  2 (per Paul Greenaway)
Dunlin 1st scn
Golden Plover 25 (per Paul Greenaway)
Lapwing c200
Water Rail
Raven 2
Cetti's Warbler 2
Willow Warbler
Stonechat c6 (2 Lower Farm)

Chipping Norton: 3rd October

Chipping Norton
Raven: Over fields near Sarsgrove Farm. 10:30.

Steve Akers

Farmoor Res 3rd October

Red-necked Grebe still present on F2 near
yacht club this morning (per Ewan).

Standlake Pit 60 2nd October

2 Little Egret
2 Snipe

Friday, 2 October 2015

Otmoor 2nd October Evening

Short-eared Owl 2   MOD land  18.50


Lollingdon, 2nd Oct


Otmoor.A.M. 2nd October.

1 Marsh Harrier
1 Peregrine (per John Reynolds)
1 Sparrowhawk
3+ Stonechat
C.15 Snipe.
1 Willow Warbler.  

Peregrine above & Snipe photos courtesy of John Reynolds

Farmoor Res 2nd October

Red-necked Grebe F2 12:05 (per RBA) but no sign late afternoon (per Lee Evans)

Rock Pipit 2 along western bank of F2 late afternoon (per Dai)

Islip: 2nd October

2 Raven 18:00.

Bob Pomfret