Sightings and Photos

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May 16th Black-necked Grebe Farmoor Res...9th RED-RUMPED SWALLOW Grimsbury Res... 1st GREY-HEADED WAGTAIL Port Meadow...April 14th BONAPARTE'S GULL Blenheim Park still, 13th LITTLE BUNTING, Farmoor...8th Arctic Skua Farmoor Res...7th WHITE STORK Otmoor...

Sunday, 16 June 2019

Blenheim: Grand Bridge: 16th June

Blenheim: Grand Bridge
30 Sand Martin: Colony very busy, lots of activity around the nest holes on the Bridge. 12:30.
Little Grebe 12:30.

Bob Pomfret

Blenheim: Queen Pool: 16th June

Blenheim: Queen Pool
4 Shelduck: 2 adults with 2 young (about 1 week old) on the water behind the jetty. 12:30.
32 Gadwall 12:30.

Bob Pomfret

Saturday, 15 June 2019

Friday, 14 June 2019

Standlake Pit 60: Friday 14 June am

2 Common Tern
2m Teal (early or late?!)
Swifts, Sand Martin

Little Ringed Plover (c) Stephen Burch
For a larger image go to this page on my website

Thursday, 13 June 2019

Port Meadow: 13th June

Port Meadow
2 Oystercatcher: On the re-formed floods. 08:29.
20 Black-headed Gull: ad + 1 juv. First juvenile bird of the year. 08:29.

Adam Hartley
Barn Owl courtesy of Brian Walker.

Wednesday, 12 June 2019


2 Spotted Flycatcher
2 Lesser Whitethroat
1 Raven
1 Little Owl
1 Willow Warbler

Bicester Wetland Reserve Wednesday 12 June

2 Oystercatchers- first of the year at reserve
7 Lapwing
1 Little Grebe
20 plus Gadwall

Alan Peters
Key Holder Reserve

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Ringed Dunlin – 25 May - Farmoor Reservoir

I’ve mixed views on ringing,  initially wondering why 3 rings then becoming increasingly curious what history may be available – I can’t have it both ways.  Just received the following response from the Mid Wales Ringing Group 

>>> This is the first report since it was ringed (BT74263) as a juvenile on 19th September 2016 at Ynyslas National Nature Reserve near Aberystwyth, Wales
The colour-ringing is part of a project aiming to study the origins, destinations and turn-over rates of Dunlin using this important (RAMSAR designated) migration stop-over site on the West Wales coast. In the last three years over 4,000 Dunlin have been individually colour-ringed with many sighting reported around Britain and Ireland as well as movements recorded to or from Greenland, Iceland, Faero Islands, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, Mauritania, Senegal and The Gambia. <<<

Port Meadow: The Perch: 11th June

Port Meadow: The Perch
Oystercatcher: Seen at different points on or close to river bank between the Perch and sailing club. 14:15.

Andrew Siantonas

Sunday 9th June, Port Meadow

Three Gargeney, courtesy of Matthew Lloyd
Belated report of 3 Garganey (2 male, 1 female) on the riverbank at Port Meadow opposite Medley Sailing Club early Sunday morning before being flushed.

per Matthew Lloyd

Grimsbury Reservoir 11th June

Kittiwake (ad) 12:58-13:15 but no further sign since (per JFT)

Bicester Wetland Reserve Tuesday 11th June

5 Lapwing
26 Gadwall
20 House Martin feeding low over water in rain
Reed Warbler, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Blackcap
2-3 Reed Bunting

Alan Peters
Key Holder Reserve

Monday, 10 June 2019

Thame: Cuttle Brook: 10th June

Thame: Cuttle Brook
Little Egret: Flying around the Cuttle Brook area for approx. 30 minutes. SP700059. 17:30.

Mike Bond

Otmoor: RSPB reserve: 10th June

Otmoor: RSPB reserve
7 Redshank 15:00.
2 Shelduck: pair. 15:00.
Marsh Harrier 15:00.
2 Cuckoo: One over Moorleys; one calling from large tree close to 2nd screen adjacent to path. 15:00.
6 Sedge Warbler: At least six singing males. 15:00.

Steve Akers