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24th Aug 15 Sandwich Terns Farmoor Res...23rd Aug PURPLE HERON still Otmoor RSPB...Recently 20 Black Terns & Little Stint Farmoor Res...Autumnal waders continue to filter back through the county...

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Farmoor 24th August.

Sandwich Terns courtesy of Tezzer

Sandwich Tern 15 S/W corner of F2 until 15:36 then flew off high S/W (per Ewan)

-Present at 12:45 in S/W corner of F2
-Along northern bank of F1 at 08:46 (per Steve Young, Dai, Terry Sherlock)

 Greenland Wheatear this morning (per Jim Hutchins)

1 Greenland Wheatear (per Jim Hutchins) 
4 Common Tern
6 Dunlin
3 Ringed Plover
2 Ruff (juv m)
1 Whimbrel
6 Common Sandpiper
8 Yellow Wagtail
2 Spotted Flycatcher

(per Ewan Urquhart, Dai, et al)

Ruff above and below courtesy of Ewan

Sandwich Tern courtesy of Tezzer
Some of the 14 Sandwich Terns, seen resting on the Northern edge of F1
Courtesy of Tezzer.

Sandwich Tern courtesy of Ewan

Port Meadow: 24th August

Port Meadow
15 Yellow Wagtail

Adam Hartley

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Lollingdon Hill nr Cholsey 23rd August

Redstart 2

+Clouded Yellow Butterfly

(per Paul Chandler)

Cholsey Wildlife

Otmoor RSPB 23rd August

PURPLE HERON (juv) flew over Ashgrave then dropped down in northern phase
of reed beds 14:58.
-Also seen at 13:00 when it flew from ditch by footpath to Greenaways (per RBA)

Sparrowhawk courtesy of Terry Sherlock

Marsh Harrier
Hobby Oddington side (Badger)
Greenshank over the reedbeds (per Tezzer)
Mandarin 6 1st scn
Water Rail
Little Egret
Yellow Wagtail 6 heading towards the reed bed (per Tezzer)
Whinchat 4 Oddington side (Badger) 

(per Terry Tossell)

Ashgrave: 16:50

Black-tailed Godwit
Common Sandpiper
Lapwing 60+


Young Starling and chum courtesy of Terry Sherlock

Banbury: 23rd August

Green Sandpiper: Flew south over town. 07:00.

Grimsbury Reservoir    Grimsbury Birds

Common Sandpiper 2
Redstart (h)
Yellow Wagtail 3

(Gareth Blockley)
Wheatear at Farmoor courtesy of Andy Last

Wheatear courtesy of Andy Last

Wheatear courtesy of Dominic Norris

Stonesfield: Stonesfield Common: 23rd August

Stonesfield: Stonesfield Common
2 Redstart: 1 male.
2 Whinchat
Spotted Flycatcher
Lesser Whitethroat
6 Whitethroat

Paul Wren

Farmoor Res 23rd August

Turnstone courtesy of Mark Chivers

Turnstone 2
Dunlin 1
Common Sandpiper 8
Common Redshank 1
Peregrine 1 juvenile

Common Tern 2
Yellow legged Gull 6+
Little Egret 3
Common Pochard 1m currently flightless

Spotted Flycatcher 1
Lesser Whitethroat 1
Yellow Wagtail 4
Grey Wagtail 1
Northern Wheatear 1

                                             Spotted Flycatcher

                                              Common Redshank

Rushey Common main lake, 23rd August

Family open day 9am - 3pm
common sandpiper
green sandpiper
black tailed godwit
ringed plover

Clackers/ David Rolfe

Farmoor (8-10am) August 23rd

Turnstone - 2
Dunlin - 3 Juvs
Common Sand - 4 (res), 7 (settling ponds - Dai)
Ringed Plover - 1 (flew through as per Dai)
Lesser Whitethroat - 3
Swift - 1
Yellow Wag - 4
Pochard - 1 male

Harwell Laboratory: Rutherford Laboratory: 23rd August

Harwell Laboratory: Rutherford Laboratory
Wheatear: f.
Willow Warbler: m. singing.

Mark Merritt

Monday, 22 August 2016

Otmoor 22nd Evening

1 Greenshank
1 Common Sandpiper
1 Marsh Harrier (f)
1 Turtle Dove adult (per Pete & Steve Roby)
8 Mandarin
3+ Water Rail
Tawny Owl (h)

Farmoor Reservoir: Causeway: 22nd August

Farmoor Reservoir: Causeway
Greenshank 10:35.
5 Dunlin 10:35.

Michael Hunt

Farmoor Reservoir 22nd August

Little Stint 2 (both juvs) again along the causeway 18:30.

Farmoor Res 22nd August


Dunlin 5 all juveniles
Common Sandpiper 11
Yellow Wagtail 7
Grey Wagtail 1
Common Tern 2
Juvenile Dunlin

Kingston Bagpuize: 22nd August

Kingston Bagpuize
2 Hobby: 1 Juv.

Jed Cleeter

Otmoor RSPB 22nd August

Black-tailed Godwit
Common Sandpiper

(per Fergus)

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Sanderling at Farmoor courtesy of Jon Mercer

Port Meadow: 21st August

Port Meadow
22 Lapwing
7 Yellow Wagtail

Port Meadow: Burgess Field Nature Park
Garden Warbler
2 Whitethroat
Spotted Flycatcher
Redstart: male. moulting.
2 Green Woodpecker

Ian Elkins

Otmoor RSPB 21st August

PURPLE HERON (juv) 16:45 flew from Greenaways towards Oddington flood field.

(Terry Sherlock, Paul Lansdown)

Farmoor 21st

Evening 5:30pm - 8pm

22 Ringed Plover in one flock through south
2 Black Tailed Godwit through west
3 Greenshank (per Dai)
5 Dunlin
100+ Sand martins
c40 Swallows through

Morning 8am - 11.30am

10 Black Tailed Godwit flew through, circled F1 then left to South
1 Sanderling
3 Dunlin
2 Ringed Plover
2 Whinchat on Shrike meadow
3 Yellow Wagtail
2 Common Tern (per Dai)
3 Common Sandpiper

No sign of the Little Stints.

Black Tailed Godwits silhouetted into the sun over causeway


Saturday, 20 August 2016

Farmoor Res 20th August


Common Greenshank 2
Little Stint 2
Dunlin 1
Common Sandpiper 2
Common Tern 2
Little Egret 3
Yellow legged Gull 3+
Whinchat 2
Sand Martin 500+
Swallow 30+
House Martin 10+
Common Swift 2
Willow Warbler 1m singing!

Common Greenshank


Standlake Pit 60: 20th August

10:00 -12:30

3 Common Sandpiper
Little Egret
Little Grebe

Common Sandpiper

Farmoor Reservoir 20th August

Little Stint 2 (both juvs) along the causeway
Dunlin 2
Common Tern 2
Yellow Wagtail 4

(per Nick Truby) 11:45

Otmoor RSPB 20th August

PURPLE HERON (juv) in flight from 2nd screen 06:00 (per Dave Horton)

Purple Heron Otmoor RSPB taken recently courtesy of Paul Brennan 

Friday, 19 August 2016

Farmoor. Evening. 19th. August.

20 Black Terns, present on F2 until 8.05pm, then drifted off to the West.

Arctic Tern 3 (1 ad)
Common Tern 90+ early pm
Little Stint (both juvs) still early pm

Per. DJ.  T.S.

Black Tern.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Farmoor Res 18th August

Little Stint 2
Dunlin 7
Common Sandpiper 4
Common Greenshank 1 flyover heard only

Little Egret 2
Yellow legged Gull 6+
Greater Black backed Gull 1 adult

Otmoor Thursday 18 August

PURPLE HERON (juv) still 18:00 flew over reed beds (per Ron Louch)

Bar-tailed Godwit c7 reported in flight from 1st screen p.m

2 Bittern
2 Green Sandpiper
1 Common Sandpiper
6 Greenshank in front of hide (per Andy Last)
11 Snipe
3 Little Egret
2 Marsh Harrier
1 Peregrine
1 Hobby
4 Kestrel
1 Whinchat
2 Redstart
3 Spotted Flycatcher
15 Yellow Wagtail
2 Jay

(per Paul Tomlinson et al)

Farmoor:am 18th August

Little Stints courtesy of Peter Law

Ramblings and Scribblings

2 Little Stint (both juvs) still present 13:00
5 Yellow Wagtail
9 Dunlin
4 Common Sandpiper
2 Whinchat: Feeding from new fencing posts behind Shrike Meadow.

(per Jim Hutchins,Stephen Lockey,Dai,Terry Sherlock)

Blenheim Lake 18th August

2 Reed Warbler
Little Egret
8 Teal
3 Bar-headed Goose (feral)
4 White-fronted Goose: white-fronted type geese (feral)

Bob Pomfret