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Grey Phalarope still at Farmoor Res 25th Nov + Red-necked and Blacked-necked Grebes...Black Redstart Wallingford 25th Nov...Oxford RSPB: Winter Warmer Thurs 3rd Dec...See Forthcoming Talks for more info...

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Grimsbury Res 25th November

Goosander 2 still present today
Lesser Redpoll

(per Gareth et al)

photo (c) John Frienship-Taylor

Wallingford 25th November

Black Redstart @ St Mary-le-More Church late morning.


Standlake pit 60 : AM 25th November

Marsh Tit
60+ Gadwall
Little Egret
4 Pochard
Large mixed flocks of Redwing and Fieldfare
Bullfinch © Jim Hutchins

Wallingford 25th November

           Black Redstart again in the Churchyard of St Mary-le-More 
           and on the Corn Exchange roof 10:00 Hrs.

Witney 25th November

Again no sign of probable Yellow-browed Warbler this afternoon off of Station Lane near Tesco Express
(per Roger Wyatt).

Farmoor Reservoir 25th November

Grey Phalarope F1 in S/E corner 14:30
Black-necked Grebe 2 still in middle of F2 (15:15)
Red-necked Grebe in S/W corner of F1 (15:15)

Yellow-legged Gull 4+ in the roost this afternoon.

(per Gareth Blockley)

Grey Phal photo courtesy of Jon Mercer.
Black-necked Grebe courtesy of Nick Truby.
Goldeneye courtesy of J.R

Otmoor.A.M. 25th November.

2 Marsh Harrier
1 Peregrine (F)
3 Water Rail (H)
1 Yellowhammer
1 Stonechat
550+ Lapwing
250+ Golden Plover
Lots of Fieldfare.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Black Redstart - Wallingford

A Black Redstart around St Mary-le-more Church in the centre of Wallingford today, on the church and in the graveyard. (per RB).

 Photo courtesy of Grzegorz Hebda

Abingdon STW 24th November

Siberian Chiffchaff

Siberian Chiffchaff
Siberian Chiffchaff (P. collybita tristis) among 10 Chiffchaff (P. collybita)

Witney 24th November

No further sign of probable Yellow-browed Warbler this afternoon off of Station Lane
near Tesco Express and surrounding areas. (per Clackers & Ewan)
Please respect residents privacy.

Farmoor Res 24th November

Courtesy of Ewan

Grey Phalarope 1 still on F1 at 12:45 (per RBA)
Black necked Grebe 2 on F1 off of causeway still at 12:40 (per RBA)
Red necked Grebe 1

(c) Jim Hutchins

Common Goldeneye 3
Northern Shoveler 6

(c) Jim Hutchins

Grey Wagtail 4

Pinkhill Lock

Fieldfare 200+
Redwing 30+
Linnet 120+
Goldfinch 20+

Black-necked Grebes (c) Jim Hutchins

Grey Wagtail courtesy of Ewan

Rushey Common area/ Witney 24th November

Rushey Common area
Redpoll 2
Green Sandpiper
Yellowhammers 2m
Egyptian Geese 2

Edge of Witney sewage works
Grey Wagtail

Witney Lake
Kingfisher 2
Little Egret
Chiffchaff 2
Grey Wagtail



Black Necked Grebes. 

Cassington GP's

Belated report of 9 Whooper Swans briefly at Cassington gravel pits recently.

Monday 23rd November Witney

We've received a report of a Yellow-browed Warbler seen well at close quarters on Monday for about 5 minutes in a private garden in Witney off Station Lane near the Tescos Express. We're just firming up details but there seems to be a path that runs along the back of the gardens which might give some access. As always, please respect people's privacy if looking for it. More details to follow.

Monday, 23 November 2015

Farmoor 23rd November

Grey Phalarope please view at 720p or 1080p HD

Courtesy of J.R

Otmoor 23 November

3 Brambling from hide in mixed finch flock
2 Stonechat
Marsh Harrier


Farmoor Res 23rd November

Monday 23rd: Chilton Downs, South Oxon.

Great Grey Shrike.
The wintering Bury Down/Cow Down bird was north of the Ridgeway, just in Oxon at Grims Ditch at lunch time.

Great-grey Shrike courtesy of The Gun-Slinger

Blenheim Park 23rd November

Shelduck 2
Pintail 2
Yellow-legged Gull
Water Rail
Cetti's Warbler recently

(per Dave Doherty)

Farmoor 23rd November

Grey Phalarope along northern shore of F1 14:30 and showing well
(per Ewan, R.Watts,R.Sajdak,A.A)

Red-necked Grebe
4 Redshank
1 Dunlin
1 Kingfisher
2 Grey Wagtails

courtesy of Gnome

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Ewelme Cress Beds 22nd November

Mandarin Duck
Green Sandpiper
Little Egret

(per Tom Stevenson)

Farmoor Reservoir: 22nd November

Above & below Grey Phalarope pictures courtesy of Tezzer.

Grey Phalarope still present at 15:26 on F1 (per Tezzer)  

Red-necked Grebe F1
10 Goldeneye (2m)
2 Goosander: Flying west. 08:20.
3 Redshank 10:44
2 Grey Wagtail
Redpoll over

(Mike Youngman et al)

Goldeneye courtesy of Andy Last

Otmoor 22nd November

One of the two Brambling present this afternoon adjacent to the Wetlands Watch hide.
Please click the cog and view at 1080HD.

Courtesy of Andy Last

Marsh Harrier 2
Sparrowhawk m
Brambling 2 from the Wetlands Watch hide.
Cetti's Warbler 2+

Large Starling roost but with birds once again opting for settling straight away in the reed beds.

Sandford-on-Thames: 22nd November

Cetti's Warbler
Siskin 5

D Moden

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Otmoor 21st November

Marsh Harrier 2
Wigeon c100
Brambling 2 from the Wetlands Watch hide

(per Bark)

Short-eared Owl 2 yesterday (per Chris Coppock)
Sprawk Otmoor courtesy of J.R

Grove Airfield area 21st November

No sign of the Great-grey Shrike
Grey Partridge 2
Redwing 100+
Fieldfare 50+

Shotover 21st November

Report of a Rough-legged Buzzard at Brasenose Wood SP560054

(Andy Gosler on the OOS sightings page)

Rushey Common Lake, 21st November

Shoveller c 14m 7f
Green Sandpiper
Heron with large vole, a la the recent Otmoor picture
Little Grebe 4


Friday, 20 November 2015

Cholsey 20th November

Short-eared Owl near Cholsey at The Leys
(per Paul Chandler).

Cholsey Wildlife

Otmoor 20th November

Courtesy of J.R

1 Brambling from the wetlands watch hide (per Jon Reynolds)
3 Cettis
2 Stonechat
2 Water rail
1 Marsh Harrier
3 Redpoll
c300 Lapwing
c300 Golden Plover
2 Yellowhammer
9 Snipe
Redwing and Fieldfare numbers are building up


Courtesy of J.R

South Leigh: 20th November

South Leigh
Woodcock 16:50.

Jeremy Dexter

Chimney: Chimney Meadows: 20th November

Chimney: Chimney Meadows
Brambling: f.

Mark Merritt

Standlake Pit 60: PM 20th November

Kestrel © Jim Hutchins

Kestrel © Jim Hutchins

Port Meadow: 20th November

Egyptian Goose: The leucistic bird again.
Lots of Wigeon & Teal back on the floods
10 or so Lapwing
Good numbers of Linnet, Meadow Pipit and Pied Wagtails also about

Adam Hartley

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Otmoor: AM 18th November

Stonechat (path to first screen)

First Screen

2+ Raven
Breakfast on Otmoor © Jim Hutchins
2 Marsh Harrier (both untagged)
12+ Snipe (over)

Windy Stonechat © Jim Hutchins

Marsh Harrier © Jim Hutchins

Marsh Harrier © Jim Hutchins

Fieldfares in the wind © Jim Hutchins