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Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Farmoor Reservoir: 28th April

Farmoor Reservoir
Whinchat 11:00.
2 Dunlin 11:00.
Little Ringed Plover 11:00.
5 Common Sandpiper 11:00.

James Evry

Rushey Common area, 28th April

Green Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper 2
Garden Warbler
Grasshopper Warbler 1 reeling and showing well, field behind main lake from bridleway.
Common Whitethroat 5
Common Tern 9


Farmoor Reservoir: Farmoor I: 28th April

Farmoor Reservoir: Farmoor I
Little Gull 08:00.

Neil Hammatt

North Oxfordshire

Barn Owl courtesy of John Reynolds

Monday, 27 April 2015

Grimsbury Reservoir: 27th April

Yellow Wagtail - John Reynolds
Oystercatcher (per JFT)
Yellow Wagtail
2 Common Tern
2 Common Sandpipers

Farmoor Reservoir: 27th April

courtesy of John Reynolds
Farmoor Reservoir
2 Ringed Plover 06:00.
2 Dunlin 06:00.
11 Common Sandpiper 06:00.

Erik Sandvig

Otmoor: 27th April

5 Ringed Plover
2 Dunlin

RSPB Otmoor

Port Meadow: 27th April

Port Meadow
3 Egyptian Goose
Common Sandpiper

Trap Grounds
Reed Warbler

Burgess Field
Sedge Warbler

James Evry, Liam Langley & Adam Hartley

Standlake Pit 60: 27th April

Standlake Pit 60
2 Ring-necked Duck
2 Oystercatcher

Jim Hutchins

Otmoor: Roman Road to Pill Ground - 27th April

2 Grasshopper Warbler
4 Lesser Whitethroat and another in car park
1 Cuckoo calling from Closes area

Letcombe Bassett: Gramps Hill: 27th April

Letcombe Bassett: Gramps Hill
2 Corn Bunting

Colin Vickers

Otmoor.A.M. 27th April.

5 Curlew
3 Black-tailed Godwit
2 Hobby
1 Raven.

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Port Meadow: 26th April

Port Meadow
2 Common Sandpiper
2 Little Ringed Plover
4 Yellow Wagtail

Oxford: Walton Manor

More at Port Meadow Birding

Adam Hartley & Steve Lavington

Otmoor. 26th April.

2 Little-ringed Plover
5 Dunlin (sum plum).

Otmoor: 26th April

2 Crane: In the middle of Flood Field in and around the small sunken reed bed, viewable from Oddington path. Couldn't see the legs clearly but both handsome enough to be Wycliffe. 16:30.

Simon Ramm

Garsington: 26th April

Spotted Flycatcher: Brief glimpses of an active bird. Interestingly just over the road from my September sightings. 17:00.

Stephen Lockey

Sonning Eye GPs: 26th April

Sonning Eye GPs
Arctic Tern: at least one.

Marek Walford

Balscote Quarry: 26th April

3 Dunlin

(per Steve Holliday)

Farmoor 26th April

5 Arctic tern
3 Turnstone
2 Sanderling
2 Whimbrel
3 Dunlin
17 Common Sandpiper

water treatment works:
2 Wheatear (m&f)
2 Yellow Wagtail
1 Grey Wagtail

Per Andy Last & Peter Law

Standlake, 26th April

Ring-necked Duck 2m 1f
Bar-tailed Godwit 1
Whinchat 2
Green Sandpiper 1
Common Sand 4
LR Plover 2
Oystercatcher 3
Curlew 1
Little Egret 3
Lesser Whitethroat 1
Garden Warblers, Reed, Sedge etc.
 - all pit 60

Stanton St. John: 26th April

Stanton St. John
Garden Warbler 07:10.

David Brown

Grimsbury Reservoir: 26th April

Little Egret, over north east
2 Common Sandpiper
c.50 Swallow and 40 House Martin
Willow Tit, singing in the wood (still no female)
Garden Warbler (Ian Rowe)
2 Common Terns (Steve Holliday)

Hanwell Fields: 26th April

Grasshopper Warbler, reeling near the Cricket Club

(per Clive Payne)

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Otmoor 25 April

 Common Crane the same two birds with radio transmitters and rings as seen on the 22nd April.


Oxford: Oxford Canal: 25th April

25th April

Oxford: Oxford Canal
Grasshopper Warbler: heard in field west of the canal, to the north of the Trap Grounds. 17:00.

Port Meadow: Godstow
Cuckoo 18:00.

James Evry

Balscote Quarry: 25th April

1 Common Sandpiper

(per Allan Jones)

Grimsbury Reservoir: 25th April

2 Common Sandpiper
2 Little Ringed Plover
5 House Martin

Farmoor 25th April

Arctic Tern 1
Dunlin 5
Whimbrel 1
Common Sandpiper 4
Garden Warbler 1

Tom and Dai.

Sonning Eye GPs: 25th April

Sonning Eye GPs
Common Sandpiper: on the triangle.

Henley Road GPs

Marek Walford

Farmoor 25th April

White wagtail on causeway
3 common sandpiper
17+ Common tern over F2

Linky Down: 25th April

Linky Down
7 Ring Ouzel: In field at top of path down to Hill Farm. 13:00.

Neil Hammatt

Port Meadow: 25th April

Port Meadow
3 Egyptian Goose

Port Meadow: Burgess Field Nature Park
2 Garden Warbler: m.

Trap Grounds
Reed Warbler: m.

Adam Hartley

Otmoor Sat 25th morning

Crane from last Sunday (c) JR
2 possibly 4 Common Cranes mobile between MOD, Reserve and adjacent farmland.
4 Sum Plum Golden Plover Noke sides
3 Ruff Noke Sides
3 Wheatear Lower farm Noke
4 Whinchat Pill Ground
1 drake Garganey 1st screen
poss Tree Pipit 100 acre

courtesy of Nick Truby
Lesser whitethroat (3)
Meadow pipit (5 in greenaways with cattle)
Cetti’s warbler (between screens)
Red Leg Partridge (2)
Wheatear (2 Noke sides)
Black tailed Godwit (3 sum plum)
Oystercatcher (field west of 2nd screen)
Sand martin (5)
Swift (10+)
House Martin (10+)
Cuckoo (2)

Peter Barker & Nick Truby

Chimney: Chimney Meadows: 25th April

Chimney: Chimney Meadows
Cuckoo 08:00.
3 Grasshopper Warbler 08:00.
6 Curlew 08:00.

Jeremy Dexter

Stanton St. John: 25th April

25th April

Stanton St. John
8 House Martin: Back at nest sites. 07:12.

Stanton St. John: Stanton Great Wood
Cuckoo 08:10.

David Brown

Sandford-on-Thames: 25th April

Cuckoo 05:00.
Grasshopper Warbler 05:00.

D Moden

Friday, 24 April 2015

Grimsbury Reservoir: 24th April

1 Common Tern, briefly
4 Common Whitethroat
Yellow Wagtail, over
Little Ringed Plover

Benson: 24th April

2 Grey Partridge

D Moden

Harwell Lab: 24th April

2 Black Redstarts at Harwell Lab first thing.

also Singing Corn Bunting and Grey Partridge heard 'kerrick'ing.

Henley Road GPs: 24th April

Henley Road GPs

Marek Walford

Port Meadow: 24th April

Port Meadow
3 Egyptian Goose

James Evry

Otmoor: RSPB reserve: 24th April

courtesy of Jim Hutchins
Otmoor: RSPB reserve
6 Wheatear
3 Jack Snipe

RSPB Otmoor

24th April Faringdon

Belated news of a Pied Flycatcher yesterday only, seen by Barry Hudson at Faringdon.

Otmoor Reserve A.M. 24th April.

3 Black-tailed Godwit
2 Wheatear
2 Common Tern
1 Oystercatcher
2 Little-ringed Plover
4 Swift
1 Raven.
Willow Warbler.


Otmoor: NE: 24th April

Otmoor: NE
3 Whimbrel
Wheatear: m.
Whinchat: m.
Water Rail

Barry Batchelor

Little Owl

Little Owl back at a traditional nest site courtesy of John Reynolds

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Farmoor 23rd April

Arctic Tern 2
Greenshank 3

Grimsbury Reservoir: 23rd April

Grimsbury Reservoir
Reed Warbler: Male singing from scrub by the river, near the car park. Quite a rare bird for here, found by JFT.

Gareth Blockley

Stanton St. John: Stanton Great Wood: 23rd April

Stanton St. John: Stanton Great Wood
Cuckoo: One singing in the Great Wood. 18:55.

David Brown

Otmoor 23 April pm

Whimbrel Oddington end
3 Ruff Big Otmoor
1 Grey Plover briefly Big Otmoor
(Per PRB)

Port Meadow: 23rd April

Port Meadow
2 Little Ringed Plover 13:30.
2 Ringed Plover 13:30.

Stephen Lockey

Farmoor Reservoir: Farmoor II: 23rd April

Farmoor Reservoir: Farmoor II
2 Redshank 11:30.
Black Tern 11:30.

Stephen Lockey

Otmoor 23rd April

Lesser Whitethroat- on way to 2nd screen
Reed Warbler at least 3 singing
Marsh Harrier
Swift- 1 with Sand Martins from 1st screen
Willow Warbler- at least 6 singing
Common Whitethroat- 1 in car park field
Snipe- at least 2 drumming


Oxford: Oxford Canal: 23rd April

23rd April

Oxford: Oxford Canal
Grasshopper Warbler: Singing from high in a small shrub in a field west of Oxford canal near Burgess Field. SP502087. 11:00.

Port Meadow
3 Egyptian Goose 11:30.

Steve Goddard

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Port Meadow: 22nd April

Port Meadow
2 Ringed Plover
2 Little Ringed Plover
12 Yellow Wagtail
18 Whimbrel: Found by Roger Wyatt.

Adam Hartley

Photo courtesy of Roger "The Gunslinger" Wyatt

Linky Down: 22nd April

Linky Down
Ring Ouzel: Very elusive.

D Moden

Otmoor 22 April

Common Crane
Two new Cranes found by Geoff Wyatt this Morning. Maple Glory (the female on the left) and Wycliffe (male). Both the birds hatched May 2012 and were released on the Somerset Levels in September 2012. (See

Black Tern


Grafton: 22nd April

2 Yellow Wagtail: over Asgrave. 10:00.

Jim Hutchins

Otmoor: 22nd April

22nd April

3 Black-tailed Godwit 08:30.
Black Tern: From first scene. 10:00.
Sedge Warbler 10:00.
3 Blackcap 10:00.
Reed Warbler 10:00.

Jim Hutchins

Kingston Bagpuize: 22nd April

Kingston Bagpuize
Peregrine: fem. From west then stooped to the north. 19:15.

Jed Cleeter

Reeve's Pheasant

Standlake Pit 60: 22nd April

Standlake Pit 60
2 Bar-tailed Godwit
Ring-necked Duck
18 Whimbrel: Very distant high up -approx number.

J Dexter

Otmoor Reserve. A.M. 22nd April.

courtesy of Jim Hutchins
1 Black Tern (Reedbeds)
10+ Swallow
1 L.R.Plover (Big Otmoor)
2 Greenshank (Greenaways)
3 Blackwits (Closes).

Otmoor 22nd April

2 Common Cranes Otmoor. Landed in field north of rifle butts briefly before flying low east at 09:45. They are colour ringed on right legs: from top - Yellow White Blue and 2nd bird, green white Blue. Both have transmitters on left leg.

Also Cuckoo, Gropper, Lesser 'throat among the usual.

per Geoff Wyatt

Abingdon 22nd April

Two Firecrests at undisclosed location near Abingdon this morning (heard singing).