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April 14th BONAPARTE'S GULL Blenheim Park still, 13th LITTLE BUNTING, Farmoor...8th Arctic Skua Farmoor Res...7th WHITE STORK Otmoor... 2nd Osprey Farmoor...1st Ring Ouzel Linky Down...Whooper Swan UCV...March 31st...Garganey Port Meadow...3 Cranes Woodstock...22nd Avocet Farmoor Res

Friday, 19 April 2019


1 Yellow Wagtail
1 Lesser Whitethroat
1 Willow Warbler
3 Common Whitethroat
2 Raven
c20 Fieldfare

Standlake: 19th April

Cuckoo: male. Singing at back of house this evening. 21:02.

Mick Cunningham

Northmoor 19th April

Cuckoo, Curlew and Whitethroat at Northmoor this morning.

Per Dave Doherty

Otmoor Long Meadow 19th April


Per Kyle Smith

Ring Ouzel

courtesy Kyle Smith

Sonning Eye GPs: 19th April

Sonning Eye GPs
3 Mandarin Duck: 2m+1f. 17:19.

Marek Walford

LWV Pit 10: 19th April

LWV Pit 10
Reed Warbler: Foy. 16:19.

Mick Cunningham

Standlake: West Oxon Sailing Club Lake: 19th April

Standlake: West Oxon Sailing Club Lake
3 Black Tern: This is pit adjacent to LWVP 10 also 2 common Terns. 16:09.

Mick Cunningham

Otmoor 19th April


Garganey (m)

Mediterranean Gull (2)

Oystercatcher (2)
Bittern (2)
Cuckoo (3)
Grasshopper Warbler (2)
Lesser Whitethroat (3)
Sedge Warbler (10+)
Reed Warbler
Garden Warbler

Old Caley's Diary

Farmoor - Fri 19th

In addition to Dave's earlier report -
10 Little Gulls thru north at 11.50

Upper Cherwell Valley: 19th April

Upper Cherwell Valley
Whooper Swan: Still in the field NE of the Borrow Pit pool. 11:22.

Gareth Blockley

Farmoor April 19th (7-11:20)

Greenshank - 1 north at 8:30
Med Gull - 1 2CY F1 then north at 8:40
Little Gull - 1 2CY
Cuckoo - 2
Oystercatcher - 2
Dunlin - 1
Grasshopper Warbler - 1
Yellow Wag - 1
White Wag - 4
Lesser Whitethroat (h)
Whitethroat - 1

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Standlake Pit 60: 19th April

Standlake Pit 60
Greenshank: Foy here Also redshank and cuckoo. 10:51.

Mick Cunningham

Balscote: Balscote Quarry: 19th April

Balscote: Balscote Quarry
Lesser Whitethroat: Male singing. Also single sand martin. 08:00.

Steve Holliday

Bicester Wetland Reserve 19th April

1 Common Sandpiper
3 Lapwing
2 Green Sandpiper
4 Sedge Warbler

Alan Peters
Key Holder Reserve

Baulking Pit:19th April

Common Sandpiper
Green Sandpiper
Yellow Wagtail
Shelduck (flyover)
2 Grey Partridge

Thursday, 18 April 2019

Port Meadow: 18th April

Port Meadow
7 Oystercatcher
Yellow Wagtail
3 House Martin
17 Golden Plover: Flew in at dusk.
2 Common Tern

Adam Hartley

Farmoor F1: 18th April

1st Summer Little Gull

Lark Hill 18th April

3 Wheatear
2 House Martin
5 Swallow
Yellow Wagtail
2 Common Whitethroat
Willow Warbler

Farmoor: 18th April

In addition to Jeremy's post below

2 med Gull
2 Wheatear
3 Yellow Wagtail

(JD & JDH)

Med Gulls

Little Gull

Linky Down: 18th April

Linky Down
3 Ring Ouzel: Still at least 3, 2m,1f, at 9AM flew from right I.e. motorway side across path . No sign of RBS. 19:40.

Mark Mckeown

Otmoor Thursday 18 April

Grasshopper Warbler  2
Peregrine  1
Jay  1
Cuckoo  2
Common Tern  1
Lots of other warblers

Blenheim 18th April

Bonaparte's gull showing well from the boathouse at Blenheim.

(You need a pass to enter the formal gardens to get to the boathouse.)

Farmoor Reservoir: 18th April

Farmoor Reservoir
Marsh Harrier: Pinkhill. 11:52.
2 Cuckoo: Pinkhill. 11:52.
2 Grasshopper Warbler: Pinkhill. 11:52.
Little Gull: 1st winter. 11:52.

Jeremy Dexter

Sonning Eye GPs: 18th April

Sonning Eye GPs
2 Mandarin Duck: m+f.

Marek Walford

Henley Road GPs: 18th April

Henley Road GPs
Shelduck: fem.
Reed Warbler

Marek Walford

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Waterstock: River Thame: 17th April

Waterstock: River Thame
2 Mandarin Duck 09:00
Whimbrel: On floodplain with curlew. Private site. 09:00.
Green Sandpiper 09:00.
Raven 09:00.

Nick Marriner

Port Meadow: 17th April

Port Meadow, evening
2 Dunlin 21:51.
6 Oystercatcher 21:51.
Golden Plover 21:51.
Redshank 21:51.

Adam Hartley

Aston Rowant: Aston Rowant NNR: 17th April

Aston Rowant: Aston Rowant NNR
Probable Red-backed Shrike: Looking for Ring Ousel Linkey Down with colleague n fairly confident of sighting. 18:00.

Adrian Johnstone

Farmoor. 17th April.

2. Little Gull.
2. Dunlin.
Grasshopper Warbler.  Per. S.Y.
Common Sandpiper.
White Wagtail.

Otmoor 17th April



Short-eared Owl (2)
Marsh Harrier (m)
Cuckoo (h)

Blenheim: Blenheim Lake: 17th April

Blenheim: Blenheim Lake
Bonaparte's Gull: On the South Lake west of the bridge as previously reported; observed 1030-1100. 13:19. Derek Evans

Still present this afternoon. Best viewing spot is about here. (Gnome)

drake Mandarin Duck
2 Shelduck
2 Common Tern
25+ Sand Martins flew through

Standlake Pit 60: 17th April

Standlake Pit 60
Garden Warbler: South end of shifford lane. Possibly 2. My foy. 16:23.

Mick Cunningham

Otmoor: 17th April

Reed Warbler: Near the far screen. 16:18.

John Edwards

Forest Hill: 17th April

Forest Hill
Wheatear: Breach Farm. 10:30.

David Brown

Standlake Pit 60: 17th April

10:00 -12:00
Common Whitethroat
Common Sandpiper
2 Little Ringed Plover
3 Oystercatcher

Higher res pic here

Aston Rowant 17th April

Ring Ouzel 2 males and a female

Linky Down area. In scrub field past the sheep field on the right as you walk down and overlooking the M40. Not seen in Linky Down valley but easily could be there later.

: 17th April

Shenington Airfield
Wheatear: A male in recently ploughed field with a White wagtail in same field. SP367432. 11:11.

Steve Holliday

Blenheim Palace 17th April

BONAPARTE'S GULL still present this morning on the Queen's Pool near the boardward

6 Little Egrets
2 Shelduck

per Dave Doherty

Port Meadow April 17th

6 Oystercatcher
5 Dunlin
9 Golden Plover
1 Ringed Plover
1 Little Ringed Plover
1 Redshank
2 Common Sandpiper
1 Common Tern
House Martin, Sand Martin and Swallow passing through.

University Parks: 17th April

University Parks
Barnacle Goose: Single bird on duckpond, seemingly in company with a hybridized individual; neither seen there before today-probably an escape. 08:40.

J. W. Dent

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Farmoor 16th April late afternoon

 In addition to Geoff's earlier posting

Arctic Tern 6  
Green Sandpiper 1
Common Sandpiper 1

Grey, White, Yellow and Pied Wagtail together

Port Meadow: 16th April

Port Meadow
5 Redshank
6 Oystercatcher
Little Ringed Plover
4 Swallow
8 Golden Plover
2 Curlew, dropped in briefly
3 Common Tern

Adam Hartley, Ian Lewington

Courtesy of Ian Lewington

Blenheim Lake - 16th April

The Bonaparte's Gull has moulted it's head feathers quickly over the last five days and is now practically in full summer plumage
16th April 
12th April

Standlake Pit 60: 16th April

Standlake Pit 60
Barnacle Goose 17:09.

Mick Cunningham

Standlake Pit 60: 16th April

Standlake Pit 60
Common Sandpiper: On north shore 16 45 pm. FOY? 16:56.

Mick Cunningham

Blenheim 16th April

BONAPARTE'S GULL on the old shooting hide by the boardwalk on Queen's Pool this morning

Still present this afternoon, on the South Lake west of the bridge


Arctic Tern
Great White Egret
2 Mandarin

per Dave Doherty, Johnny Eclipse

Farmoor - Tues 16th, 8.30-12.30

7 Little Gulls, 5 ads, 1 1st w/s, 1 2nd w/s.
1 Common Tern,
2 Oystercatcher,
Goosander, f,
4 Shoveler,
5 Yellow Wags,
1 White Wag,
Grasshopper Warbler nr river in scrubby area between F1 and the lock.
Sedge Warbler,
Lesser Whitethroat,

standlake pit 60: 16th April

10:30 -12:00

5 Little ringed plover


Wootton nr Woodstock: 16th April

Wootton nr Woodstock
2 Ring Ouzel: ad. SP444197. 12:20.

Malcolm Barnicoat

Linky Down Ring Ouzel

Courtesy of Kyle Smith

Monday, 15 April 2019

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Blenheim 15th April

Main Lake 1100-1500hrs

Bonaparte's Gull 1 Ad summer

Great White Egret 1
Little Egret 1
Common Sandpiper 1
Common Shelduck 2
Mandarin Duck 2 male and leucistic female


Bonaparte's Gull

Farmoor Reservoir: River Thames: 14th April

Farmoor Reservoir: River Thames
Lesser Whitethroat: south of shrike meadow.
6 Willow Warbler: singing in various places.

Alan Horsley

Farmoor Reservoir: Causeway: 14th April

Farmoor Reservoir: Causeway
Sparrowhawk: male. on bank near hide feeding on sand martin it had caught.
6 Yellow Wagtail: male.
White Wagtail

Farmoor Reservoir: Farmoor II
Common Sandpiper: on south shore.

Alan Horsley

Farmoor Reservoir: Farmoor I: 15th April

Farmoor Reservoir: Farmoor I
2 Oystercatcher

Farmoor Reservoir: Farmoor II
2 Little Ringed Plover
3 Common Sandpiper
9 Little Gull

Derek Evans

Otmoor 14th April

male Redstart

Linky Down: 15th April

Linky Down
7 Ring Ouzel: male and fem. At least seven birds. males and females. Whilst watching four birds in bushes at the top of the valley another three flew in from the right. Looked at the valley bottom but could find no others. 11:45.

John Edwards

Port Meadow: 15th April

Port Meadow
2 Redshank 11:38.
2 Oystercatcher 11:38.

Adam Hartley

15th April, BLenheim Palace Lake

BONAPARTE'S GULL still off the half-timbered boat house as viewed from the bridge mid morning

per RBA

Sunday, 14 April 2019

Applefor New Working: 14th April

Appleford New Workings
Redshank: SU519939. 14:00.
Oystercatcher: SU519939. 14:00.
3 Little Ringed Plover: SU519939. 14:00.

Michael Violette

Cornwell Estate: 14th April

Little Egret: In small brook alongside the Cornwell Estate - first ever sighting in an area I have been birding for over 20 years. An exciting development. SP283268. 18:00.

2 Raven: pair. SP283268. 18:00.
Snipe: SP283268. 11:00.
4 Teal: 2 drake, 2 duck. SP283268. 11:00.
3 Swallow: SP283268. 11:30.

Steve Akers

Little Owl, Stonesfield

Courtesy of Paul Wren

Port Meadow: 14th April

Port Meadow
4 Oystercatcher 18:35.
4 Redshank 18:35.
Dunlin 18:35.
5 Shelduck 18:35.
Common Tern 18:35.

Adam Hartley

Sonning Eye GPs: 14th April

Sonning Eye GPs
2 Mandarin Duck: drk. 18:10.

Marek Walford

Lark Hill 14th April

2 Redstart (m+f)
5 Wheatear (4m, 1f)
5 singing male Corn Buntings
Still 20+ Meadow Pipits with some in song

Farmoor Reservoir: 14th April

Farmoor Reservoir
8 Little Gull 08:15.
2 Oystercatcher 08:15.
Dunlin 08:15.
Yellow Wagtail 08:15.

Mike Youngman

Otmoor: 14th April

Cuckoo: Heard only. SP569126. 16:18.

Paul Churchill

Blenheim: 14th April

Bonaparte's Gull: As previously reported on Main Lake; observed 1050-1135.

Derek Evans

Aston Rowant: Aston Rowant NNR: 14th April

Aston Rowant: Aston Rowant NNR
6 Ring Ouzel: Six birds showing well from 12:00 till 1:15 Still there when we left. 12:00.

Ralph Watts

Farmoor April 14th (7-11:40)

Little Gull - 12 (9ad, 2 2nd CY, 1 3rd CY) on F2
Wheatear - 1 male
Yellow wagtail - 5 male
Common tern - 6

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Upper Cherwell Valley 14th April

Whooper Swan with Mute Swans on the Borrow Pit early morning, at 07:35 flew with the other swans towards field in Upper Cherwell Valley viewable from A361.

Saturday, 13 April 2019

Blenheim Park 13th April

Bonaparte's Gull still on Main Lake 15:25

Blenheim Park 13th April

Bonaparte's Gull (Great bird - well done Nic Hallam)

Bicester Wetlands 13th April

Black-tailed Godwit 
Little-ringed Plover 
Green Sandpiper 

(per Nick Truby) 

Key holder reserve. 

Otmoor. Evening, 13th. April.

Short Eared Owl.

2. Bittern,( Greeenaways,) and I heard only,  (reedbed).

2. Short Eared Owl, (Greenaways.)


Per.  E.C.  S.P.  R.L.  T.S.

Yarnton Mead: 13th April

Yarnton Mead
9 Egyptian Goose: Adult pair with 7 young.
2 Oystercatcher

Derek Evans

: 13th April

2 Swallow: First Swallows of the year together with first House Martins flying over stables just outside Kingham on road to Churchill. SP265245. 15:30.

2 House Martin: SP265245. 15:30.

Steve Akers

Bonaparte's Gull, Blenheim Park, 13th April

Showing rather nicely between 13:30-14:30

Linky Down 13 April, c. 13:00

Ring Ouzel. Probably at least 2 males, 1f on slope at head of the valley

Ring Ouzel (c) Stephen Burch
For a somewhat larger image, click here

Otmoor: N (Fencott S): 13th April

Otmoor: N (Fencott S)
2 Short-eared Owl 15:20.
Redstart: m. 15:20.

Barry Batchelor

Linky Down: 13th April

Linky Down
3 Ring Ouzel: SU727964. 07:30.

Jez March

Farmoor April 13th (07:00 - 11:45)

LITTLE BUNTING - 1 showed well by wooden gate 30m north of pinkhill hide at 09:30, for about 2 minutes and then again for a few seconds at 09:50

Whimbrel - 1 east at 08:30
Redwing - 1
Channel Wagtail - causeway 08:30
Yellow wagtail - 2 males
White Wagtail -2
Little Gull - 1 second calendar year (F2)
Snow Goose and Barnacle Goose - 120 feral flock south end of F2

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Farmoor 13th April

Marsh Harrier over Pinkhill Reserve


Otmoor April 13th am

Redstart    nice male in long meadow

Aston Upthorpe 13th April

Redstart: male. By entrance to Oven Bottom. 11:07.

Michael Pocock

Blenheim Park 13th April

BONAPARTE'S GULL (adult) still present 12:03 on the main lake viewable from the bridge (per Nic Hallam, RBA).

Farmoor Reservoir 13th April

LITTLE BUNTING Pinkhill reserve 09:30 (per Dave Lowe).

No further sign by 12:30.

West Ginge & Wether Downs

Brambling - in the beeches on West Ginge down
Whitethroat - singing from scrub a few hundred yards away on Wether down.

Unlikely Oxon bedfellows!

3 Corn Bunting

Aston Rowant 13th April

Ring Ouzel 2+ at Linky Down this morning (per RBA)