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13th August Osprey Stanton Harcourt and Otmoor...11th August Adult WHITE-WINGED BLACK TERN Farmoor Reservoir...Great White Egret Ewelme Cress Beds...29th July Juvenile Mediterranean Gull Pit 60...Bitterns breed successfully for the second year running at Otmoor RSPB...Marsh Harriers also successfully breed on Otmoor RSPB for third year running...

Monday, 21 August 2017

Lollingdon Hill 21st August

Redstart 5
Spotted Flycatcher 3
Whitethroat 3
Lesser Whitethroat
Blackcap 5
Sedge Warbler
Willow Warbler 2
Chiffchaff 10+
Bullfinch 5
Little Owl

(per Paul Chandler)

Cholsey Wildlife

Lark Hill 21st August

4 Whinchat
4 Redstart
2 Wheatear
6 Yellow Wagtail
5 Willow Warbler
12+ Corn Bunting

Otmoor. Evening. 21st. August.

Whinchats on a dull day Otmoor courtesy of Badger please view at 1080p HD

3. Green Sandpiper.
2. Common Sandpiper.
14. Snipe.
3. Greenshank.
2. Whinchat.
2. Common Crane.

Per.  S.P.  L O'B  T.S.  P.R.  S.R.


Green Sandpiper.

Chinnor: Cement Works: 21st August

Chinnor: Cement Works
Spotted Flycatcher: On trees east of Lake 2B. SU760999.
Green Sandpiper: North east corner of Lake 2B. .

David Stracey
Grey Heron Langel Meadows Witney courtesy of Diana Blackman.

Otmoor.A.M. 21st August.

1 Peregrine
1 Marsh Harrier (m)
C.135 Lapwing
1 Greenshank
2 Common Sandpiper
6+ Yellow Wagtail
1 Kingfisher
2 Common Cranes
1 Hen Harrier (imm. male).

per Jane & PG.

Rushy Common - 21st August am

1 Black tailed Godwit (Juv)
2 Common Sandpiper
Ringed Plover (heard)
1 Peregrine (Juv - probably female)

Standlake Pit 60: 21st August


Green Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper
Little Egret

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Farmoor Res 20th August

Northern Wheatear-juvenile


Northern Wheatear 1 this juvenile is different bird to the two yesterday
Common Sandpiper 6
Yellow Wagtail 3

Egyptian Goose 1
Ruddy Shelduck 1
Yellow legged Gull 4

Rushey Common lake, 20th August

At 2pm
Common Sandpiper 3
Green Sandpiper
Little Egret
Chiffchaff 4+
Common Whitethroat 3

Thanks to Jeremy D for heads up on a Rushey waderfest !!

Clackers & Mrs Clackers

Standlake Pit 60: 20th August

Standlake Pit 60
3 Green Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper

Antony Collieu

Otmoor RSPB 20th August

Greenshank 2
Green Sandpiper 2
Common Sandpiper 2
Snipe c15
Marsh Harrier (juv)
Water Rail (juv)
Wheatear (Lower Farm)
Whinchat 3 (Lower Farm)
Yellow Wagtail 8+
Cetti's Warbler

Lark Hill 20th August

4+ Redstart
2 Whinchat
Lesser Whitethroat
4 Willow Warbler

Also an intriguing heard-only over with a rasping, House Sparrow-like call (recalling Richard's Pipit somewhat), but couldn't pick up on the bird.

Farmoor Reservoir 20th August

Ringed Plover
Dunlin 6
Wheatear 2
Spotted Flycatcher (nr pinkhill)

(per George Best, Dai)

Kingston Bagpuize: 20th August

Kingston Bagpuize
Hobby: Flew low & fast North, rounded up 20+ Swallows, 2 missed attempts and then caught a juv & flew back South. 08:50.

Jed Cleeter

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Chinnor Quarry 19th August

Green Sandpiper courtesy of Jez March

2 Green Sandpiper: Lake 2B.
Mandarin Duck Lake (ecl m)  2B

Jez March  SU751997. 07:00.

Rushy Common: 19th August

Rushy Common
Ringed Plover: juv.
Green Sandpiper

Mick Cunningham

Farmoor 19th August

Northern Wheatear courtesy of Ewan Urquhart

Northern Wheatear 2
Yellow wagtail 3
Dunlin 4
Ringed Plover 2
Common sandpiper 5

Dunlin courtesy of Nick Truby

Common Sandpiper courtesy of Nick Truby

Common Swift 238 steady passage SSW for four hours
Swallow 300+ also SSW in four hours
House Martin 20+
Eurasian Sparrowhawk 2
Common Buzzard 2
Yellow legged Gull 6
Ruddy Shelduck 1
Egyptian Goose 1
Little Grebe 6

(per Nick Truby, Ewan Urquhart)

Ducklings courtesy of Ewan Urquhart

     Swift courtesy of Nick Truby

Bicester Wetland Reserve 19th August

1 Hobby
2 Snipe
4 Green Sandpiper
3 Little Egret
3 Heron
6 Gadwall
4 Chiffchaff

key holder reserve
Alan Peters

Otmoor RSPB 19th August

Whinchat 4 (nr Wetlands Watch Hide)
Wheatear 7 (5 nr Lower Farm)
Greenshank 2
Green Sandpiper 2
Common Sandpiper 2
Ringed Plover 2 (evening)
Snipe 15
Marsh Harrier (juv)

(per Bark, George Best, Luke OByrne)

Friday, 18 August 2017

Otmoor 18th August

Long Meadow 1630-1745 hrs

Common Redstart 7

Farmoor 18 August

2 Turnstone
5+ Common Sandpiper
1 Ringed Plover
4 Dunlin
9 Little Grebe
10+ Swift
4 Yellow Wagtail
1 Sparrowhawk   ( seen daily over the last month )
1 Wheatear Juv.




Kingston Bagpuize: 18th August

Kingston Bagpuize
Peregrine: male. Flew fast SW locked on to something distant. 13:20.

Jed Cleeter

Otmoor.A.M. 18th August.

1 Hen Harrier (imm. male)
2 Whinchat
2 Common Crane
1 Turtle Dove
2 Green Sandpiper
2 Common Sandpiper
2+ Greenshank
C.10 Snipe
1 Redshank
C.40 Lapwing.

per Andy, Dave, P.G.  et al.

Kingston Bagpuize: 18th August

Kingston Bagpuize
2 Yellow Wagtail: Flew low South past the garden calling. 07:50.

Jed Cleeter

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Otmoor.A.M. 17th August.

Cranes courtesy of Norman Smith

1 Turtle Dove
2 Crane (per Norman Smith)
3+ Marsh Harrier
1 Kingfisher
1 Raven (over)
1 Common Sandpiper
10+ Snipe
3 Greenshank (per Norman Smith)
1 Redshank (over, calling)
1 Hen Harrier (male imm.)
C.10 Yellow Wagtail.

Greenshank courtesy of Norman Smith

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Otmoor 16th evening

In addition to post below:
Hen Harrier (m) over Greenaway's then flew over big otmoor
2 Common Cranes
11 Snipe
3 Common Sandpiper

Per TS, MC & AL, DL

Sutton Courtenay: Sutton Courtenay Old Pits: 16th August

Sutton Courtenay: Sutton Courtenay Old Pits
4 Little Egret: On partly drained pit 11:30.
3 Green Sandpiper: on partly drained Hanson pit. SU514940.

Gerry Quinn
Juvenile Bullfinch Otmoor RSPB courtesy of Andy Last.

Rowstock: 16th August

Marsh Harrier: fem/juv. SU472892.

Mark Merritt

Farmoor Reservoir 16th August

Little Tern c18:40
Common Sandpiper 10
Redshank 6

(per Dai)

Otmoor 16th August

Whinchat  2 adults  2 juveniles  Greenaways
Stonechat  1 juvenile with the Whinchats 
Greenshank  2
Common Sandpiper at the 1st screen
Kestrel  7
Marsh Harrier  adult male and female plus one juvenile
Green Sandpiper 1 per PG


Long-tailed Tit Otmoor RSPB courtesy of Andy Last.

Rushey Common lake, 16th August

Common Sandpiper 2
Egyptian Goose
Willow Warbler
Chiffchaffs 3

Clackers & Mrs Clackers

Stanton St. John: 16th August

Stanton St. John
Spotted Flycatcher: One again today. 13:00.

David Brown

Farmoor 15th August

A fairly reasonable roost at last including 44+ Yellow-legged Gulls.

Letcombe Bassett: Ridgeway above Letcombe Bassett: 15th August

Letcombe Bassett: Ridgeway above Letcombe Bassett
2 Redstart

Letcombe Bassett: Gramps Hill
Redstart: m.
Wheatear: f.
Yellow Wagtail

Mark Merritt

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Otmoor 15th August


2 Wheatear
5+ Yellow Wagtail (juvs)

First Screen:
2 Greenshank
1 Green Sandpiper
1 Common Sandpiper
Water Rail

Wood Pigeon.

Rushy Common: 15th August

Rushy Common
Black-tailed Godwit

Jeremy Dexter

15th August Bicester Wetland Reserve

7 Green Sandpiper
8 Teal
2 Gadwall
2 Heron
1 Green Woodpecker
5 plus Chiffchaff

key holder reserve
Alan Peters

Stanton St. John: 15th August

Stanton St. John
4 Spotted Flycatcher: Four again today in the garden. 12:25.

David Brown

Farmoor Reservoir 15th August

Ruddy Shelduck still present (per RBA).