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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, 19 November 2017

Betterton: 19th November

Hawfinch: From the car parking area. Also a very fleeting glimpse of what was likely a further 6-7 birds in flight. 10:45.

Leo Bateman

Woodstock: Glyme valley: 19th November

Woodstock: Glyme valley
2 Great White Egret: very active but didn't seem to be travelling far. 07:30.
2 Kingfisher: At least two on the water meadows close to Black Prince pub. 07:30.

Bob Pomfret

Farmoor Reservoir 19th November

LESSER SCAUP (drk) 11:30 on F2 off South bank.
Common Scoter 2 (f)
Goldeneye 7
Goosander 2

Waterstock: 18th November

3 Hawfinch: Flew from copse by Mill. 10:00.

Nick Marriner

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Blenheim Eatate 18th November

Hawfinch 1+ at Glyme Bridge in trees by road between bridge and cattle grid (per RBA).

Farmoor Reservoir 18th November

LESSER SCAUP (re-identified from photos) still at Farmoor Reservoir today.

All photos courtesy of Thomas Miller.

Woodstock Glyme Valley 18th November

Great White Egret 2 15:45
Little Egret 2
Grey Heron 8
Kingfisher 1+

(Tezzer, Badger)

Over Norton 18th November

Brambling 80 at Over Norton Park (per R. Broughton)

Standlake Pit 60: 18th November

Great White Egret along north shore 14:44
Dunlin: Flew west. 14:47.
Goosander: male. Flew in from WSW @ 15.50 pm. Used to ignore these in Yorkshire. Patch tick! ;.
127 Teal: Only half counted until something unseen flushed everything from N shore.

Mick Cunningham

Barnard Gate: 18th Nov.


At least 14 Hawfinches (Mark Merritt)
A flock of 7 seen again c14:45 (Tezzer, Badger)

Otmoor 18th

2 Marsh harrier
1 Peregrine
1 Water rail
Cetti's warbler


Cetti's warbler

Standlake, 18 Nov

Hawfinch 1, St Giles church, in trees on sw side
Great White Egret, 1 pit 60

Friday, 17 November 2017

Farmoor Reservoir 17th November

Caspian Gull (ad) on F2 in roost (per RBA).

Farmoor Reservoir: 17th November 2017

Scaup- 1m
Goldeneye- 2 (1m,1f)
Common scoter- 2f
Tufted duck-584
Coot- 271
Great crested grebe- 55
Little grebe- 19

Standlake Pit 60: 17th November

17th November

Standlake Pit 60
Little Egret
39 Mute Swan
Great White Egret 11:00.

Antony Collieu

Otmoor rspb. PM.

Hen Harrier.
2+ Sparrowhawk.
2. Marsh Harrier.
2. Stonechat.
5. Goldcrest.

Otmoor.A.M. 17th November.

1 Peregrine
1 Merlin
1 Bittern
1 Marsh Harrier (dark bird).

Wheatley 17th Nov

Peregrine flew low over London road
Stonechat (m) in disused field

East Lockinge 17th November

Lesser-spotted Woodpecker near church 10:40 (per Jon Prowse).

Kingston Bagpuize: 17th November

Kingston Bagpuize
Hawfinch: Flew East @09:08.
2 Brambling: Vis-Mig 2 flew West @08:10 with Redwings.

Jed Cleeter

Kingston Bagpuize: 17th November

Kingston Bagpuize
4 Hawfinch: 2@07:15, singles 07:22 & 07:38. All landed in trees behind Hinds Head Pub.

Jed Cleeter

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Sarsgrove: 16th November

2 Raven: ad pair. Flying E over Sarsgrove Wood. SP303252. 08:00.
Lapwing: Solitary bird flying over high up heading W toward Churchill calling constantly. SP303252. 08:00.
Sparrowhawk: ad fem. Flying at near ground level persued by two Carrion Crow. SP303252. 08:00.

Steve Akers

Stonechat Radley courtesy of Eddie McLaughlin.

Hatford : 16th November

2 Raven 
1 Peregrine (Juvenile with pale vent area ?) 

Cote: 16th November

Peregrine: fem. Carrying large prey early pm.

Jed Cleeter

Cumnor Redwing

Courtesy of John Workman

Oxford 16th November

Hawfinch 2 over Headington Hill c12:50 (per Dave Doherty).

University Parks: 16th November

University Parks
2 Hawfinch: Super views, seemed well settled perched in higher trees on northern edge of parks. SP514074.

Simon Myers

Kingston Bagpuize: 16th November

Kingston Bagpuize
6 Hawfinch: Singles SE 07:31 & 08:08, 3 NE 09:03 and 1 landed in tree behind Hinds Head Pub 09:07.

Jed Cleeter

Harwell Lab: 16th Nov.

Woodcock flushed
Gulls on the playing fields comprised 4 Common, 35 B-H and 1 LB-B.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Farmoor 15th November

Common Scoter 1
Goldeneye 12
Barn Owl 1

Port Meadow: 15th November

Port Meadow
24 Lapwing
2 Teal

Adam Hartley

Otmoor: 15th November

4 Water Rail
2 Marsh Harrier: male+female.

Simon Myers

Kingston Bagpuize: 15th November

Kingston Bagpuize
2 Hawfinch: Singles South at 11:01 & 12:24.

Jed Cleeter

Bicester Wetland Reserve 15th November

3rd day of digging work on the reserve to improve shallow scrapes and remove unwanted Hard Rush has meant displacement of most wildfowl in the short term. Still some good birds.

1 Redshank
2 Green Sandpiper
1 Little Egret
1 or 2 Water Rail
1 Cetti's Warbler

Alan Peters and  Bill Foley
Key Holder Reserve

Oxford 15th November

Hawfinch flew north low over New College in central Oxford at 8:59 a.m.

per Will Langdon

Woodstock 15th November

Great White Egret 2 c100yrds from the Black Prince Pub on Glyme Meadows 09:50 (per Dave Doherty).

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Great Rollright: 14th November

Great Rollright
Merlin: Flying rapidly over wood near crossroads between Rollright Stones and Great Rollright near Butlers Hill Farm. SP315312. 09:30.

Steve Akers

Otmoor RSPB 14th November

Whooper Swan (juv) courtesy of Barry Neale.

Cumnor Fieldfare

Courtesy of John Workman

Otmoor. 14th. November.

2. Marsh Harrier.  m. and f.
Hen Harrier. m.  (reported)
Whooper Swan.  juv.  first screen.  (reported)
Marsh Tit.


Kingston Bagpuize: 14th November

Kingston Bagpuize
2 Hawfinch: Further singletons SSW at 13:20 and 13:58.

Jed Cleeter

Farmoor Reservoir: 14th November

Farmoor Reservoir
Kingfisher: From Shrike Meadow hide. SP446064.
5 Kingfisher: From Shrike Meadow hide. SP446064.
Water Rail: Pinkhill. SP446064.
Redshank: FI north side. SP446064.

Brian Walker

Kingston Bagpuize: 14th November

Kingston Bagpuize
Hawfinch: Flew SSW. 10:10.

Jed Cleeter

: 14th November

Quarry Road Hornton
2 Raven: Flew in and landed in tree in field in front of my house. SP381455. 10:00.

Mike Prentice

Kingston Bagpuize: 14th November

Kingston Bagpuize
8 Hawfinch: 2 07:29, 2 08:15 SW and 4 08:22 NW.
2 Raven: Low South at 06:50 1 calling.

Jed Cleeter

Oxford 14th November

Hawfinch flew over Headington Hill 07:55 (per Dave Doherty).

Monday, 13 November 2017

Ewelme: Cress beds: 13th November

Ewelme: Cress beds
Green Sandpiper

Thomas Stevenson

Cholsey 13th November

Yellow-browned Warbler reported along the Wallingford Road (T.R)

Chinnor: Cement Works: 13th November

Chinnor: Cement Works
Green Sandpiper: On the eastern side of lake2b.

David Stracey

Kingston Bagpuize: 13th November

Kingston Bagpuize
2 Brambling: Vis-Mig 2 singles flew West before 08:00.

Jed Cleeter

Farmoor Res & Pinkhill 13th November



Water Rail 2
Cetti's Warbler 2
Great Spotted Woodpecker 3

Farmoor Res


Common Scoter 1 f
Yellow legged Gull 1 ad
Greater Black-backed Gull 1 ad
Little Grebe 6+

Cowleaze Wood 13th November

Brambling 12 in mixed finch flock (per Jackie Newcombe)

standlake Common: 13th November

09:30 Great White Egret still north shore of pit 38

Otmoor.A.M. 13th November.

2 Marsh Harrier (m/f)
1 Bittern
2 Stonechat (m/f)
1 Sparrowhawk
3 Marsh Tit
1 Coal Tit.

Farmoor Reservoir 13th November

Common Scoter still present on F2 09:45 (per Dai)

Wantage: Market Square: 13th November

Wantage: Market Square
2 Hawfinch: Over, heading South. 07:20.

Mark Merritt