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17th April Bonaparte's Gull again... Talks: RSPB "In a Nutshell" 4th May ... see Forthcoming Events for more info.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Banbury: 26th April

Wood Warbler: Still, in Spiceball park showing well and singing regularly near northern footbridge in copse on east side of river. 12:30.  per John Friendship-Taylor

Still present: very vocal and showing well at 6 p.m. per Gareth Blockley

Farmoor Reservoir: Farmoor II: 26th April

Farmoor Reservoir: Farmoor II
Bonaparte's Gull: On raft and flying around with A.A R.S. And 7 others some from Berkshire. 10:55.
4 Common Sandpiper 10:55.

Ralph Watts

Standlake Pit 60: AM 25th April

4 Little Ringed plover
3 Common Sandpiper
2 Oystercatcher


Spiceball Park

Wood Warbler still at 2.45pm but not singing

Farmoor: Weds 26th, am.

1st/s Bonaparte's Gull S side F2
Little Tern 8am per Dai
8 Artic Tern,
"Channel" Wag, Causeway,
6 Common Sands.

Richard's Pipit: Lollingdon Hill 24th Apr

As requested a couple of pics of the Richard's Pipit on Lollingdon Hill.

see Richard's Pipit account

Banbury 26th April

A WOOD WARBLER has been found singing in Banbury in Spiceball Park near the northern footbridge over the river on the west side. Found at 06:45 and still singing at 07:25

per Colin Wilkinson and Gareth Blockley

Wood Warbler courtesy of Colin Wilkinson

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Risinghurst, Headington 24th April.

Belated report of 6 Waxwing outside local house on 24th April a.m. Waxwing were seen here 2 or 3 years ago in the same garden by me.

Farmoor: pm 25th April

In addition to postings below

Channel Wagtail

Channel Wagtail

Otmoor: am 25th April

In addition to posting below

Winchat (Noke)
3 Grasshopper warblers ( 2 near car park, 1 showing well on path to first screen)
Sedge Warbler

Common Whitethroat

Lesser Whitethroat

Bicester Wetlands

Swift 2 flew through in heavy shower

Farmoor. Afternoon. 25th.April.

Little Tern.  Southern edge of F. 2.  Flying (in company with Bonaparte's Gull).

Per. Dai.

Lollingdon Hill. 24th. April.

RICHARD'S PIPIT yesterday, 11.15 - at Lollingdon Hill. Then flew off over hill.

per Paul Chandler

See his blog for details

Otmoor: 25th April

3 separate Cuckoos along the bridleway
Common sandpiper and Black-tailed godwit on Big Otmoor
3 Hobbies over Greenaways
3 Wheatear in the sheep fields at Noke
4 Yellow wagtails feeding along the reedbed bund

Rushey Common lake/ Farmoor, 25th April

Rushey Common lake

CommonSandpiper 2
Green Sandpiper
Ringed Plover 2
Little Ringed Plover
Little Gull
Good numbers of Sand Martins , Swallows, + few House Martins


Yellow Wagtails 6 on slope to offices f1
Bonapartes Gull  between bus shelter and boat platforms



2 Ring Ouzel: 1 Lollingdon (PC) and 1 Cholsey Meadows (TW).

Harwell Lab: 25th Apr

2 Ring Ouzels this morning; no general access.

...and a proper photo! Courtesy and copyright of Stephen Collier

Monday, 24 April 2017

Standlake Pit 60: 24th April

Standlake Pit 60
5 Yellow Wagtail: in front 0f N Hide. Begining to wonder if there's not a roost of wags in the reeds here. 20:00.
Cuckoo: m. singing a lot. 20:00.

Mick Cunningham

Standlake: 24th April

Cuckoo: m. singing late pm behind rack end. 20:05.

Mick Cunningham

Farmoor 24th April

1330-1500hrs  southern side of Farmoor 2 reservoir


Bonaparte's Gull 1
Black Tern 2
Common Tern 14+
Great Black backed Gull 2
Herring Gull 3

Sand Martin 100+
Swallow 10+
Common Swift 1
Common Sandpiper 1

Little Egret 1


Kingston Bagpuize: 24th April

Kingston Bagpuize
Hobby: Fast & low over garden and continued NNE. 19:00.

Jed Cleeter

Farmoor Reservoir: Farmoor II: 24th April

Farmoor Reservoir: Farmoor II
2 Black Tern 16:30.

Peter Law

Cholsey Marsh: Osprey

a flyover Osprey at 08:20 this morning, continued upriver towards Wallingford. per Tony Williams.

Farmoo 24th April

3 Ringed Plover: 3 brought in by rain landed on causeway. Flew n but possibly still around. 10:30.
Dunlin: Causeway. 13:26.
Curlew: Pair flew w c10 30. 13:26.
Yellow Wagtail: 2m minim causeway. 13:30.
Common Sandpiper: 4 minim causeway. 13:32.
Goosander: ad f. One with dodgy wing still present. 13:33.

Mick Cunningham

Bonaparte's Gull reported still on RBA at the bus stop on F2

Some superb video footage of our star Gull taken by Paul Wren (c)

Otmoor.A.M. 24th April.

1 Hobby
1 Common Sandpiper
3 Oystercatcher
2 Marsh Harrier (m).

Cuddesdon/Little Milton: 24th April

Female Redstart in hedgerow near the River Thame, approximately half way between Cuddesdon and Little Milton, 10am.

Standlake Common: am 24th April

Pit 60
Male Cuckoo calling from tree on south bank, female then flew in and they immediately mated
2 Little ringed plover
2 Oystercatcher
2 Dunlin
4 Redshank
Garden Warbler

Pit 38
Egyptian Goose

Thames fields
2 Curlew


Linkey Down 23 April - Ring Ouzel

Male Ring Ouzel at bottom of slope near bushes.

Record shot using phone through bins!

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Preston Crowmarsh: 23rd April

Preston Crowmarsh
Swift: Heading South!.

Thomas Stevenson

Fyfield Wick: 23rd April

Fyfield Wick
2 Grey Partridge

Jed Cleeter

Standlake: 23rd April

Cuckoo: m. Singing frequently from Hunts Pond area. Possibly 2.
4 Garden Warbler: m. all in song, only 1 seen. Newly in?.
Kingfisher: Flew along R Windrush at bottom of garden (Rack End(. House tick for new house. Same bird seen several times on edge of village . Rather than fly low along roadbrdige, or under it, It vaults skyward over tops of trees and back down to river!.

Mick Cunningham

Aston Upthorpe: Juniper Valley: 23rd April

Aston Upthorpe: Juniper Valley
Curlew: heard calling at south end of valley. 11:30.

Andrew Taylor

Kingston Bagpuize: 23rd April

Kingston Bagpuize
Peregrine: fem. Circled high with Hobby then flew West. 16:40. Hobby: 2nd of the afternoon. Circled very high on a thermal above Peregrine then flew NE. 16:40.
Hobby: Straight over the garden and continued North...nice. 16:07.
Little Gull: Adult circled then flew North. 15:40.
2 Raven: Circling on thermal. 15:40. 

Jed Cleeter

Otmoor 23rd April a.m.

Noke wheatears (c) Bark

10 Wheatears (3 by farm at Noke 7 on sheepfields by Sally's Field)
1 Common Tern
1 Common Sandpiper
3 Marsh Harriers
5+ Groppers including one very obliging one along track to first screen.
2+ Garden Warblers
6+ Golden Plover
1  Blackwit
2 Cuckoos
Drumming Snipe
Booming Bittern

Farmoor - Pinkhill & Pinkhill Reserve: 23 April

 11.15am to 1.30pm
1 male cuckoo - heard calling for some time on other side of Thames, then glimpsed from Pinkhill reserve hide
1 grasshopper warbler - reeling then glimpsed in area between Pinkhill reserve & Pinkhill lock
1+ reed warbler(s) heard from Pinkhill hide
Lots of whitethroats, chiffchaffs & sedge warblers everywhere!
4 common terns heading for the reservoirs

Dix Pit: 23rd April

Dix Pit
7 Reed Warbler: 4 singing 3 seen same time. New in overnight?.
Sedge Warbler: Singing. Inc 3 not here yesterday.

Mick Cunningham

A329 near Moulsford: 23rd April

A329 near Moulsford
Corn Bunting: Male, with atypical song, perched in hawthorns on E edge of grassy-ley. SU5985. 08:40.

Mike Amphlett

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Good day out, Big day on foot from home. 47 miles walked or ran! Abingdon, Drayton, Radley, Bagley, cumnor, farmoor, port meadow, otmoor. 101 species.
Mostly per blog plus


Unseasonal siskin

3 whimbrel
1 grasshoppers warbler pinkhill

Thank you very much for all who helped today.



Otmoor, Saturday 22 April am

Garden Warbler along the bridleway.
Male blackcap along the bridleway doing a bittern impression.

Radley GP: 22nd April

Radley GP
2 Little Egret: flew off at 17:15.
Common Sandpiper: at Thrupp Lake.

Ian Elkins

A329 near Moulsford: 22nd April

A329 near Moulsford
2 Grey Partridge: 2 birds flew from cart track directly toward me on Silly bridge, stopped short then foraging on track. Possibly a 3rd bird on t'other side of fence. SU5885. 09:50.

Mike Amphlett

Standlake: 22nd April

Garden Warbler: Singing north footpath pit 60. 12:00.
Lesser Whitethroat: Pit 60 singing from adjacent caravan site. 12:00.

Mick Cunningham

Otmoor 22nd April am.

2 Cuckoos
3 Groppers  (1 midway along bridle way to Noke others carpark field)
8 Wheatears (3 in field just beyond Lower Farm 5 in sheepfield west of Sally's Field)
13 Summer plumage Golden Plover Big Otmoor
1 Blackwit also Big Otmoor


Great Haseley: 22nd April

Typically uncooperative Ring Ouzel (fem) about 200yds Nth of Great Haseley rec.

Also in general area;

Yellow Wagtail
2 Singing Corn Bunts
2 Grey Partridge

Standlake Common:am 22nd April

Cuckoo (H/O on Thames Fields)

Farmoor Reservoir 22nd April


Bonaparte's Gull-Second calendar year

White Wagtail - female

Northern Wheatear-female



Bonaparte's Gull 1 2nd calendar year
Yellow legged Gull 1 2nd calendar year
Greater Black backed Gull 1 2nd calendar year
Common Tern 6

Northern Wheatear 1f
White Wagtail 6+
Yellow Wagtail 2
Swallow 2

Common Sandpiper 6+

Rushey Common area, 22nd April

Tar Lakes area
Willow Warbler 2 singing
Sedge Warblers at least 5 singing and displaying

Conveyor Belt lake
Common Tern
Green Woodpecker
Cuckoo in trees back of lake

Rushey Common
Green Sandpipers 3
Common Sandpiper
Little Gull  on sandy island. seems to like this spot

Clackers & Mrs Clackers

Farmoor Reservoir: 22nd April

Farmoor Reservoir
2 Common Sandpiper: on causeway.
2 Dunlin: on causeway.
Wheatear: on east side of F1.
Cuckoo: heard from western end of causeway.

Ian Elkins

Grimsbury Reservoir: 22nd April

Redstart, male (per (Colin Wilkinson)
3 Common Sandpipers
2 Little Ringed Plover
4+ Whitethroat

Farmoor 22nd April

1s Bonaparte's Gull on F2 by the "bus stop" at 9 a.m.


Friday, 21 April 2017

Kingston Bagpuize: 21st April

Kingston Bagpuize
Hobby: Called 3 separate times at 21:55 and sounded like it was heading North....nocturnal migration. 21:55.

Jed Cleeter

A329 near Moulsford: 21st April

A329 near Moulsford
Corn Bunting: Heard only, single burst of song, S beyond Silly bridge. SU5885. 19:20.

Mike Amphlett

Standlake: 21st April

Whitethroat: m. singing near Hunts Corner. SP368071.
Kingfisher: River near Rack End. SP368071.

Mick Cunningham

Rushy Common: 21st April

Rushy Common
Whitethroat: male. my first of year. singing - was actually some way past Rushy Common towards Dix Pit. SP395086. 09:45.
Whitethroat: m. first of year for me - singing from roadside. Actually was some way past Rushy Common on Cogges Ln towards Dix. SP395086. 09:45.

Mick Cunningham

Banbury: Hanwell Fields: 20th April

Banbury: Hanwell Fields
Grasshopper Warbler: 1+ Grasshopper Warbler reeling from scrub behind Hanwell Fields estate sports pavilion. 20:00.

Tony Clark

Bicester Wetlands 21st April

Green sandpiper
Little ringed plover
Common snipe (2)
Sand martin (20+)
House martin (50+)
Sedge warbler
Swallow (20+)

Otmoor.A.M. 21st April.

13 Ruff
1 Black-tailed Godwit
2 Oystercatcher
1 Raven (over)
1 Hobby (reported).

Sparsholt: Sparsholt Firs/Tower: 21st April

Sparsholt: Sparsholt Firs/Tower
Yellow Wagtail: By road towards Red Barn.
9 Corn Bunting

Colin Vickers

Thursday, 20 April 2017

A329 near Moulsford: 19th April

A329 near Moulsford
2 Grey Partridge: On track from Silly bridge, around 250m out; foraging on edge of cereal crop, then dust-bathing in the cart tracks. (Skylarks all around, but no Wheatears this time). SU5885. 09:30.

Mike Amphlett

20th of April Stratfield Brake

Cetti's Warbler
Reed Warbler
Sedge Warbler
Willow Warbler

Standlake: 20th April

Sedge Warbler: Singing from reeds beside Thames.

Mick Cunningham

Standlake Pit 60: 20th April

Standlake Pit 60
2 Reed Warbler: singing.

Mick Cunningham

Farmoor 20th April

 Bonaparte's Gull

Standlake Pit 60:am 20th April

4 Redshank
4 Little Ringed Plover
3 Common Sandpiper
5 Snipe
2 Common Tern
Large mixed flock of Sand Martin, House Martin & Swallow


Common Sandpiper

Common Sandpiper

Otmoor Thursday 20 April, a.m.

2 Marsh Harrier
1 Hen Harrier (reed bed)
4 Black Tailed Godwit (over reed bed)
3 Cuckoo
4 Grasshopper Warbler
2 Snipe (drumming over Greenaways)
3 Lesser Whitethroat
1 Common Tern (reed bed)
3 Oystercatcher
1 Shelduck (reed bed)
1 Stonechat (cattle pens)
2 Wheatear (Noke Sides)
2 Kestrel (Greenaways)
50+ Swallows/House Martins over the reed bed
Cetti's Warbler along the path to the 2nd screen

Stonechat at the cattle pens
Common Tern at the first screen

Grasshopper Warbler in Car Park Field

Otmoor: RSPB reserve: 20th April

20th April

Otmoor: RSPB reserve
Greenshank: mobile around reserve.
Whinchat: at Noke End. 08:30.

Peter Law

Otmoor Noke end 19th April evening

Blackcap (c) Bark

Cetti's Warbler (c) Malcolm Barnicoat

Big Otmoor
11 Golden Plover    
2 Little Ringed Plover

Sheep Fields:
3 Wheatear
1 Mistle Thrush