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6 Bewick's Swans Pit 60 11th Dec...Glaucous Gull & Iceland Gull Farmoor Reservoir 1st December...Oxford RSPB 'Winter Warmer' Thursday 7th Dec see Forthcoming Events for more details... 8th November Nine Pink-footed Geese Otmoor RSPB...3rd Nov Water Pipit Farmoor Res...28th Oct Hawfinch everywhere...Great White Egret Stanton Harcourt...15th Oct Yellow-browed Warbler Lark Hill...November Talks: RSPB 2nd, OOS 8th

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Kennington 17th December

Brambling in garden (per Mark Chivers)

Otmoor 17th


2 Hen Harriers (both 2ndW males - flying closely together over northern reedbed for 15-20mins before appearing to go to roost in reeds at 3:55pm)

2 Marsh Harrier
1 Bittern at second screen
2 Sparrowhawk
Water Rail
Cettis Warbler
5 Bullfinch

Sonning Eye GPs: 17th December

Sonning Eye GPs
Yellow-legged Gull: ad.
Caspian Gull: ad. Small bird, presumably female.

Marek Walford

Swyncombe: Swyncombe Church: 16th December

Swyncombe: Swyncombe Church
2 Raven: In valley just beyond church. Cronking hrd, then seen making some strange sounds as they flew down the valley on 'stiff. wings. Big shoot very close-by, hope they survived!. SU6789. 14:00.

Mike Amphlett

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Woodstock: Glyme valley: 16th December

Woodstock: Glyme valley
Great White Egret

Bob Pomfret

Ewelme: Cress beds: 16th December

Ewelme: Cress beds
Green Sandpiper

Thomas Stevenson

Ewelme: Grundons: 16th December

Ewelme: Grundons
2 Raven: In valley beyond church, cronking and displaying. SU6789. 14:45.

Mike Amphlett

: 16th December

River Thames by Port Meadow
4 Goosander: fem. Swimming and diving down to feed. SU495077.

Andrew Siantonas

Friday, 15 December 2017

Port Meadow: 15th December

Port Meadow
Yellow-legged Gull: ad. In a reasonable sized gull roost this evening.
9 White-fronted Goose: The feral hybrid birds again.
Bar-headed Goose: With the White-fronts.

Adam Hartley

Chipping Norton: 15th December

Chipping Norton
5 Golden Plover: small group huddled in largest field SW of CN. 09:00.

Steve Akers

Farmoor - 15th December.

The juvenile Iceland Gull was back in the roost this evening after being absent Wednesday and Thursday.

Standlake Common: 15th December

09:30 Great White Egret again pit 38

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Cowleaze Wood 12th December

Hawfinch 1+ this morning (per RBA)

Farmoor Reservoir 12th December

ICELAND GULL (juv) again amongst the Gull roost 15:50 (per RBA)

Harwell Lab: 12th December

Hawfinch this morning.

Oxford: Aston's Eyot: 12th December

Oxford: Aston's Eyot
Willow Tit: Very unexpected! Intermittent good views - pale wing patch, fuzzy bib, rich buff underparts, so not Marsh Tit.

Anthony Cheke

Farmoor Reservoir 12th December

Common Scoter (f)
Hybrid Aythya still present Friday.

Ducklington: 12th December

Hawfinch: Flew from yew back of St Bartholemew's church over cottage called Old School Place.

Mick Cunningham

ACCESS TO OTMOOR Tuesday 12th December

We have been advised by the RSPB that Otmoor Lane is extremely hazardous today due to snow and ice. It will be harder coming back up than going down! Pedestrian access to the reserve is of course open. Using quad bikes and 4x4 vehicles the RSPB staff will continue the winter feeding programme.

As soon as the situation on Otmoor Lane is easier we will post information here.

Standlake Pit 60 12th December

No sign of the Bewick's Swans on Pit 60 or Pit 38 by 10:50 (per Peter Law).

Monday, 11 December 2017

Standlake Pit 60 11th December

6 Bewick's Swans still present at 16:00 (Badger)
ad. Asleep on n shore. Phoned badger who's there now so expect a decent pic.

Mick Cunningham

Chipping Norton 11th December

Chipping Norton: The Leys

3 Blackcap (1f)

(Steve Akers)

Bicester Wetland Reserve 11th December

2 Little Egret
1 Heron
30 Teal
Almost all water still frozen at 13.00

Key Holder Reserve
Alan Peters

: 11th December

Hawfinch: At least. One flying low W - appeared to land around the area of the old school - and then the same (or another) perched in treetop outside village shop. SU432884. 13:00.

Leo Bateman
Fieldfare on Otmoor RSPB courtesy of Tezzer.

Otmoor Monday 11th December

6 Bewicks Swans all adult . Over and descending towards the west of the moor. Re identified after listening to calls.
2nd winter male Hen Harrier (per Fergus)