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24th October Waxwing Aston Rowant NNR...23rd Oct Grey Phalarope Farmoor Res...Hen Harrier Otmoor RSPB...16th Oct Great White Egret and Scaup Dix Pit Stanton Harcourt...Talks: OOS 9th Nov "Starling Murmurations"; 12th Nov "Birds & Climate Change"

Monday, 24 October 2016

Stanton Harcourt 24th October

GREAT WHITE EGRET Dix Pit at the Stanton Harcourt end 15:30 (per Phil Brown).

Farmoor Res 24th October


Grey Phalarope  1st winter @ west end of Causeway on Farmoor One

Rock Pipit 3
Meadow Pipit 8
Grey Wagtail 3+
Yellow legged Gull 2
Little Grebe 11


Otmoor. Morning. 24th. October.

150 Lapwing.      Per.  P.G.  T.S.

Farmoor Reservoir 24th October

Grey Phalarope 1stw still N/W corner of F1 this morning (per RBA).

Aston Rowant 24th October

Waxwing Aston Rowant NNR at Stokenchurch gap 10:00

(per RBA)

Oxford Cowley 24th October

Black Redstart no further sign by 12:00 (per Phil Barnett, Peter Law et al)
On roof of Isis Care home Cornwallis road Cowley Oxford at 10:25.

(per John Uren)

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Sunday, 23 October 2016

Otmoor 23rd October PM

Hen Harrier (Ringtail) hunting over the reed bed 16:30
Marsh Harrier 2
Merlin: flew through twice attacking the Starlings at roost
Fieldfare 40
Pied Wagtail: around 50 at the roost
Tawny Owl: car park field

(per Steve & Pete Roby)

Bittern: at second screen. 13:45.
4 Water Rail: heard at various points around the reserve.
Grey Wagtail: at second screen.
2 Fieldfare: at the hide.
Cetti's Warbler: heard from second screen.

(per Ian Elkins)

Both photos courtesy of Pete Roby.

Ardley 23rd October

No sign of the Whooper Swan near Ardley this afternoon (per Peter Law)

I checked out two pits between M40 and A43 just north of J10 at SP547282, and one to south at SP548262 accessed along footpath from motorway bridge in Ardley Road SP548272. There is another pit south of Ardley at SP543251, accessible by footpath from B430, that I didn't have time to visit (Peter Law).

Farmoor Reservoir 23rd October

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Grey Phalarope 1stw along west end of causeway at 16:00
Please view at a sensible distance.

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Ardley 22nd October

Whooper Swan 1 this morning on pit adjacent to the M40 (per Paul Edwards).

Benson: Hale Farm: 22nd October

22nd October

Benson: Hale Farm
2 Stonechat 16:00.

21st October
2 Stonechat 16:00.

Thomas Stevenson

Farmoor Reservoir: 22nd October

Farmoor Reservoir
Grey Phalarope: Very photo genic close in down to about 2 feet away at times. 15:35.
Yellow-legged Gull 15:35.

Ralph Watts

Farmoor Reservoir 22nd October

Grey Phalarope still in the N/W corner of F1 10:25 (per Dai).

Friday, 21 October 2016

Farmoor 21st October

Farmoor Res 21st October


Grey Phalarope 1 juvenile moulting into first winter

West bank of Farmoor One - present until at least 1630

Farmoor, Friday

Grey phalaropes still f1 

Clackers & Mrs Clackers

Farmoor 21st October

Grey Phalarope on west shore of Farmoor 1 at 13:40

per Ewan

courtesy of Richard Tyler

Devil's Punchbowl: 21st October

Devil's Punchbowl
4 Corn Bunting
4 Stonechat
Raven: 1.

Colin Vickers

Stratfield Brake: 15th October

Stratfield Brake
Purple Heron: Observed for approx 2 mins in clear view by the central islands of the main lake. 07:30 on 15th October


Thursday, 20 October 2016

A329 near Moulsford: 20th October

A329 near Moulsford
Yellow Wagtail: Heard over sheep field nr Silly bridge... it's late October, has it no home to go to?! :-). SU5985. 09:30.

Mike Amphlett

Kingston Bagpuize: 20th October

Kingston Bagpuize
Peregrine: fem. 1 SW early am and east late pm.
8 Brambling: Flew South early am.

Jed Cleeter

Otmoor Thursday 20 October (a.m.)

Marsh Harrier  1
Goldcrest         1
Stonechat         3
Cetti's Warbler 3 (heard)
Fieldfare          14 (flock at second screen)
Snipe               25 (first screen)
Goldcrest nr feeders

Stonechat along path to first screen
Long Tailed Tit at hide

: 20th October

Balscote Quarry
40 Golden Plover: SP3942.

Roger Evans

A329 near Moulsford: 19th October

A329 near Moulsford
Yellow Wagtail: In muddy puddle on Silly bridge - a real surprise but definite - called as it flew off. Heard again over sheep field, adjacent cropped maize field. SU589854. 09:30.

Mike Amphlett

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Otmoor.A.M.19th October.

Otmoor Shoveler courtesy of John Reynolds
2 Marsh Harrier
4 Stonechat
2 Water Rail (h)
4 Cettis Warbler (h).