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Saturday, 24 March 2018

Farmoor. 24th. March.

2. Common Scoter.  1m.  1f.,  8.45am,  Southern end of F.2.

Per.  Dai.

Friday, 23 March 2018

Farmoor: 23rd March

Kittiwake on F1 -  Departed at 5.00 in the direction of  Port Meadow (NH/JD)

For Info - I believe there is a major fishing competition on F1 this weekend (around £16K prize money!)  Likely to be busy

Standlake: 23rd March

Brambling: ad male. At my rack end garden feeder. No Moult limit or retained covs/flights. More advanced towards sum plum than previous week's but could still be one of same individuals having Moult further.

Mick Cunningham

Brambling near Kiddington.
Courtesy of Colm O'Brien.

Marcham: 23rd March

20 Siskin: Many Siskin's still in and around my garden. Too many to count with any accuracy but at least 20 at any one time. Great to see. 10:30.

Dave Higginson

Farmoor Reservoir 23rd March

Kittiwake (ad) F1 14:40
Common Scoter (drk) F2 c14:40
Snow Geese c80
Barnacle Geese 22

(Per A.Wole, Tom Bedford, Peter Law)

Witney 23rd March

Hawfinch in garden in Deer Park (Per Dave Doherty).

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Woodstock: Woodstock Water Meadows: 22nd March

Woodstock: Woodstock Water Meadows
Water Rail: SP444170.
2 Chiffchaff: In song. SP444170.

Derek Evans

Otmoor.A.M. 22nd March.

2 Dunlin
Bittern ( 1 heard Booming, 1 seen flying,earlier)
1 Oystercatcher
2 Shelduck
1 Raven (over,calling).

per T.S.  P.G.

Shelducks courtesy of John Workman.

Woodstock: Disused railway: 22nd March

Woodstock: Disused railway
2 Hawfinch: Only found two this morning, there may be more, flying back and forth between the reserve on the old railway line, Sansom's Lane and the housing estate next door. SP457172. 08:00.

Bob Pomfret

A329 near Moulsford: 22nd March

A329 near Moulsford
Brambling: Fem still here! Foraging with Chaffinches. SU5985. 07:30.

Mike Amphlett

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

E-Petition to Ban driven grouse shooting.

Dear Oxfordshire bird watchers,

I'm asking a favour. 
I'd be very grateful if you were able to forward this email on to birders in your patch please.

A guy called Gavin Gamble started an e-petition in favour of banning driven grouse shooting before Christmas and it now has just a couple of weeks left to run. I'm trying to give his petition lots of support.  It has already passed 37,000 signatures (which is very good for these things) and is likely to reach 40,000 or more before it closes.  

The more support, the more likely it is for politicians, now or in the future, to tackle wildlife crime against birds of prey and unsustainable management in the uplands.

So my request is simply to pass on this email so that the word spreads among birders, and that if you are sent this email then please send it on to others. The closing date for signatures is 2 April so we need to use these last couple of weeks well.

Many thanks for any help you can give (and thank you to those who have laready taken action).

best wishes and please forgive the cheek of this request

Dr Mark Avery

Please Sign here

Our beautiful Hen Harrier is protected whilst it remains on the Otmoor rspb reserve,
please help the fight to keep it safe in the U.K when it eventually spreads its wings and leaves us.

Photo courtesy of Terry Sherlock.

Swyncombe 21st March

Hawfinch male

Hawfinch female

Farmoor Reservoir 21st March

Kittiwake Sleeping on raft at southern end of F2. First spotted by RM. Photo to follow. 11:30.

David Hampton

Eynsham 21st March

2 Whooper Swan 2 birds present feeding on Kale in fields just north of Eynsham and the A40
to the east of Lower rd. 11:30.

David Hampton

21st March, North Oxon

Barn Owl hunting this morning

Crowmarsh Gifford: 21st March

Crowmarsh Gifford
Black Redstart: female-type. At private site near Crowmarsh Gifford at 11.30, but no further sign at 12pm or 5pm. TL0438. 11:30.

Michael Pocock

Cogges: Hill Farm: 21st March

Caspian Gull: 2cy. In same field as med gull though constantly flushed by workers.
Mediterranean Gull: ad 99 per cent s/p. In field entrance to beef unit farm at West end of cogges lane beyond rushy common.

Mick Cunningham

Otmoor. Morning. 21st. March.

2. Barn Owl.
4. Marsh Harrier.  (1.m  2.f.  1. imm.)
2. Oystercatcher.
6. Pintail.
2. Shelduck.

Per.  P.G.  T.S.  et al.

Oystercatchers.  Left hand bird has metal leg ring.

Ardington churchyard 21st March

26+ Hawfinch
c20 Greenfinch

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Yarnton Mead: 20th March

Yarnton Mead
Jack Snipe: Completely invisible till I flushed it by the Thames river bank above King's Lock. Clear view of golden markings on its back as it flew low a few yards along the bank before dropping into the reeds. SU478105. 17:00.

Andrew Siantonas

Stratfield Brake: 20th March

Stratfield Brake
10 Gadwall
Pintail: drk.
12 Shoveler
10 Teal
Water Rail
2 Lesser Redpoll

Derek Evans

Otmoor rspb 20th March

Barn Owl up to 5 hunting in Morleys late afternoon (per Terry Tossel, Ron Louch).

Port Meadow: 20th March

2 Goosander: m & f.
18 Golden Plover
Barn Owl: Flew over the floods into Burgess Field.
4 Common Gull: In the gull roost this evening.

Adam Hartley

Wolvercote: Oxford Canal
2 Barn Owl: Quartering over field by Oxford Canal opposite Duke's Cut. Lovely views from the towpath as first one then a second appeared flying low over field. SU489106. 17:20.

Andrew Siantonas

Woodstock 20th March

Hawfinch 12 still at 2pm around nature reserveand disused railway line (per Justin Taylor)

Woodstock: Disused railway
12 Hawfinch: Numbers keep growing. At least a dozen birds today. Very active but easy to find, flying back and forth between the reserve on the old railway line and Sansom's Lane. SP457172. 08:00.

Bob Pomfret

Eynsham: A40 roundabout: 20th March

Eynsham: A40 roundabout
2 Whooper Swan: Still present on kale fields. SP437115. 14:00.

Meaghan Mcblain

Ardington 20th March

10+ Hawfinch in the churchyard at 1300, some feeding on the grass under the yews

Piddington Wood: 20th March

Piddington Wood
Woodcock 12:15.

Colin Oram

Farmoor Reservoir 20th March

No sign of the adult Kittiwake or Little Gull
Snow Geese (feral) 89 (per RBA).

Monday, 19 March 2018

Grimsbury Reservoir (Banbury): 19th March

1 male LRP this evening along western shore

Otmoor rspb. 19th. March. Evening.

Whooper Swan.

Hen Harrier.  m.
Marsh Harrier.  imm.
2. Oystercatcher.
Whooper Swan .  imm.
7. Redshank.
Ruff.  m.

Per. P.T.  P.R.  R.L. et al.

Whooper Swan from second screen.

Farmoor 19 March

Record shot taken from over the fence, as Farmoor was closed today because of bad weather.

Yarnton Mead: 19th March

Yarnton Mead
3 White-fronted Goose: Feral.
3 Bar-headed Goose
2 Curlew

Yarnton: Yarnton Manor
8 Siskin

Derek Evans

Eynsham 19th March

Whooper Swan still at least one visible in kale field with Mute Swans just north of Eynsham and A40, to the east of Lower
Lane c16:15 (Per Peter Law).

Oxford: Aston's Eyot: 18th March

18th March

Oxford: Aston's Eyot
Merlin: brief overfly, left northwards.

19th March
2 Goosander: pair. on Cherwell.

Anthony Cheke
Male & Female Red-crested Pochards Rushy Common courtesy of Anthony Morris.

Farmoor Reservoir 19th March

Kittiwake (ad) F2 in S/W corner
Little Gull (ad) F2 in S/W corner

The car park at Farmoor is closed.

Dix Pit: 19th February

2 Black-necked Grebe:
Female Scaup:
3 Snipe
15 Siskin
2 Bullfinch

In like a Lion.

Redwing Bicester courtesy of Nick Truby
Fieldfare Kingham courtesy of Ewan Urquhart

Magpie Bicestercourtesy of Nick Truby
Rook Bicester courtesy of Nick Truby

Balscote: Balscote Quarry: 19th March

Balscote: Balscote Quarry
Brambling: Male under feeders. Also 6 reed buntings. 11:00.

Steve Holliday

Bicester Wetland Reserve 19th March

1 Green Sandpiper
1 Little Egret
6 Tufted Duck
6 Gadwall
1 Little Grebe
2 Mute Swan

Alan Peters

Key Holder Reserve

Blenheim Estate 19th March

Shelduck 2
Little Egret

(per Dave Doherty)

Woodstock: Disused railway: 19th March

Woodstock: Disused railway
9 Hawfinch: At least 9 birds, very active flying between Old Woodstock Line reserve and Sansom's Lane, 400 m north of Woodstock swimming pool. 08:30.

Bob Pomfret

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Worton: 18th March

3 Pintail: SP461113.

Malcolm Teal

Souldern: 18th March

6 Pintail: 4m2f. 4 male, 2 female Pintail at Souldern Wharf. Also good numbers of Teal, Wigeon and Shoveler on remaining floodwater. SP4929. 17:00.

Tim Clark

Standlake: 18th March


Kingham 18th March

Fieldfares and Redwings back in the garden with the snow

Marcham: 18th March

10 Siskin: In my garden. They (m/f) have been constant visitors for two to three weeks. Sometimes very feisty, fighting for their place on the feeders. 15:00.

Dave Higginson

Standlake: 18th March

Brambling: f.
Redwing: Stuck in working all weekend. Enlivened by brambling and redwing visiting feeder outside study window. Neither a usual garden visitor in Rack End according to my neighbour Jim Hutchins!

Mick Cunningham

Blenheim: Blenheim Lake: 18th March

Blenheim: Blenheim Lake
13 Shoveler
26 Teal
46 Gadwall
36 Tufted Duck
3 Pochard
120 Mallard
17 Grey Heron
15 Great Crested Grebe
3 Little Grebe

Bob Pomfret

Woodstock: Disused railway: 18th March

18th March

Woodstock: Disused railway
3 Hawfinch: at least 3, possibly, 5. Actively moving back and forth between the Old Woodstock Line (OWL) reserve and Sansom's Lane about 400 m north of the swimming pool. 16:00.

Blenheim: Blenheim Lake
3 Sand Martin: busy over the lake, slightly surreal against the backdrop of snow. What can they be feeding on? 14:00.

Bob Pomfret

Dix Pit Stanton Harcourt 18th March

Goldeneye 6
Water Rail
Snipe 2
Lesser Redpoll 7

No sign of the Black-necked Grebes or Scaup

(per Dave Doherty)

Otmoor 18th March

Curlew 23 in one flock
6+ Yellowhammer
Marsh Harrier
150+ Golden Plover


Sonning Eye GPs: 18th March

Sonning Eye GPs
3 Black-necked Grebe: s/p. 13:15.

Marek Walford

Farmoor from track out of Whitley Wood

Goosander male 1
Ringed Plover on perimeter Rd
Peregrine over F2
Rock Pipit 1
Marsh Tit 2 in wood

Snow drifts up track from wood knee deep and wind howling across the reservoir.

Also saw the Whoopers near Eynsham

Thame: Cuttle Brook: 18th March

18th March

Thame: Cuttle Brook
40 Fieldfare: Flying East. 08:00.
2 Raven: Flying North East. 09:00.


Eynsham 18th March

Whooper Swan 2 still present just north of Eynsham and the A40 to the east of Lower Lane, in kale field with Mute Swans 11:20.

(per Vic Wren)

Stratfield Brake 18th March

Pintail (dk)
Shoveler 17

Risinghurst A.M. 18th March.

C.50 Fieldfare (over).

A329 near Moulsford: 18th March

A329 near Moulsford
Brambling: Fem under feeders. SU5985. 06:40.

Mike Amphlett