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26th July...Honey Buzzard Abingdon...25th July...White Stork Otmoor...Great White Egret Pit 60...Marsh Harriers breed successfully at Otmoor RSPB for the second consecutive year... Early autumnal waders start to filter back through the county...

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Standlake Pit 60 28th July


Great White Egret

Judging by the fresh plumage and slight black tip to the upper mandible it is a juvenile

Otmoor 28th July pm

Great White Egret on Ashgrave 17:30 but distant. (per  Terry Sherlock )

Port Meadow 28th July

Yellow Wagtail 2+
Willow Warbler

(per Dave Doherty)

Farmoor 28th July

Turnstone  1
Common Sandpiper  6
Dunlin  4
Redshank 1
Sanderling 1
Little Egret 12+

Standlake Pit 60: AM 28th July

Great White Egret
3 Little Egret
Barn Owl
2 Egyptian Goose
2 Raven
Common Sandpiper
Green Sandpiper
3 Oystercatcher

Bicester Wetland Reserve 28th July

1 Common Sandpiper
9 Green Sandpiper
1 Little Egret
1 Teal

Alan Peters

Otmoor. Morning. 28th. July.

Cuckoo, (juv.)
Wood Sandpiper.  (First Screen.)
2 Common Crane.
Spotted Flycatcher.
2  Cetti's Warbler, (juv.)

Per.  P.G.  R.C.  T.S.

Wood Sandpiper.

Otmoor RSPB 28th July

Wood Sandpiper in front of the first screen 10:20 (per Terry Sherlock).

Kingston Bagpuize: 28th July

Kingston Bagpuize
Hobby 07:00.

Jed Cleeter

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Cholsey 27th July

Redstart courtesy of Paul Chandler

Redstart c3 (2 on Lollingdon Hill)
Lesser Whitethroat
Corn Bunting

(per Paul Chandler) Cholsey Wildlife

Farmoor: pm 27th July

6 Dunlin
4 Common Sandpiper
+10 Common Terns


Rushey Common lake,27th July

Common Sandpipers  5
Hobbies  2


Juvenile Little Owl hunting Cockchafer beetles.
Please view at 720p HD

Standlake Pit 60:am 27th July

Great White Egret
Black Tailed Godwit
2 Common Sandpiper
3 Oystercatcher
3 Common Tern
Little Egret

Farmoor 26th July 19.30 - 21.30

Caspian Gull  -  3rd summer Polish ringed. I can only be sure of this bird's age because I saw it as a 1st summer at Sutton Courtenay on 24th July 2014 (when it appeared to have mixed characters with mich). Awaiting details from the Polishing Bird Ringing Centre
Yellow-l Gull  - 25+ (on FI)
Great B-b Gull  -  2
Common Gull  -  1sts
Common Tern - 30
Sanderling  - 2

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Farmoor 26th July

Common  Sandpiper 14
Turnstone 15:00 (per Mark Ribbons)
Sanderling 1


Otmoor.A.M. 26th. July.

1 Peregrine
1 Kingfisher
1 Water Rail (h)
1 Bittern
2 Hobby.

Long Meadow (per Terry Tossel)

2+ Redstart (1m)
1 Spotted Flycatcher
1 Garden Warbler

Bittern on Otmoor courtesy of Norman Smith

Abingdon 26th July

Honey Buzzard S/W of Abingdon nr A34 junction being mobbed by crows c08:00
(per Steve Roby)

Monday, 25 July 2016

Otmoor RSPB 25th July

White Stork 'Z1213' Otmoor RSPB courtesy of Elementerry


White Stork present at Noke near Lower Farm in freshly cut field 17:10 but then flew off and no further sign by 18:10 (per Terry Sherlock et al) the bird has a green ring (see below).

From car park follow the bridleway west for c1mile then take left hand track past farm buildings.
Found this afternoon on Ashgrave by Furgus.

Seen earlier today over Cumnor (per Pete Alan)

Video below courtesy of Furgus.


A White Stork’s Story  Taken from the superb Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust website:

by Allan Hale & Stewart South
Picture the scene; it is early morning on 21st June 2011 and Polish bird ringer Krzysztof ZaƂuski is making his way to the village of Kleszewo in the province of Mazowieckie, some 70km due north of Warsaw. Krzysztof’s mission is to ring a brood of White Storks in the village. He climbs up to the nest and finds a brood of four healthy youngsters. He fits each of the young birds with a metal ring on one leg and a plastic colour-ring on the other. The purpose of the colour-rings being to enable the bird to be identified with the aid of a pair of binoculars, rather than having to capture it. One of the colour-rings was Green Z1213, and that particular bird is the subject of this story.
White Stork Otmoor RSPB courtesy of Elementerry
This unfortunate bird, along with 21 other White Storks, collided with power lines on migration south from Poland in, it is believed, 2014. In the same year Shorelands Wildlife Gardens, based at Dickleburgh, near Diss, imported all of these wild and injured White Storks from Poland to their centre amidst fears, apparently, that the Polish winter would be too cold for these birds, At Dickleburgh, the birds were being rehabilitated under the care and treatment of staff at Shorelands. And in November 2015 Shorelands were delighted to announce that several of the birds had recovered sufficiently to take to the air once again. Shorelands thought they would now have to decide if these White Storks should be transported back to Europe in spring 2016 to join the migration north or whether to wait and see what the birds decided to do?
As for Green Z1213 he (apparently it is a male bird) made his own mind up and decided to go wild again, without any human assistance. After departing Shorelands, it made its way across Norfolk to the Wildfowl & Wetland Trust at Welney where it was first seen on 27th February 2016. It lingered at Welney until 29th February when it flew off north at 10.25am. A mere 25 minutes later it was seen flying over Downham Market. It was located again on 4th March at Lyng, where it remained for three days, before going missing again.
On 10th March a posting on the NarVOS e-group alerted subscribers to the fact that a White Stork had just been seen at Nar Valley Fisheries. Allan and Stewart were among the early observers. And, of course, we know it’s the same White Stork as referred to above because its colour ring Z1213 could be read quite easily through a telescope. It was then that Allan, a licensed bird ringer, decided to seek out the ringing information about this bird. Stewart, for his part, Googled ‘White Stork Green Ring Z1213’ and that is how, between them, they have pieced together this fascinating tale On their sighting reports Birdguides and Rare Bird Alert identify this bird as an Escape, which is technically true. But this is no reared-in-captivity bird. This was once truly wild and it looks as if it is trying to become so again.
There have been further sightings of Z1213, at Wormegay High Bridge on 11th March, then at West Winch Common on 13th, at Blackborough End on 14th and at Setchey on 15th. The last confirmed sighting (at the time of writing) of Z1213 was near the River Nar at Wormegay High Bridge on 19th and again on 21st March. The White Stork sighting on the Isle of Wight on 17th March was clearly not the same bird.
White Stork Otmoor courtesy of Elemeterry
What will happen to Z1213? Will it hang around locally? Will it have the strength or impulse to migrate back to Poland? Will it breed in the wild, in the UK? It’s got to find a mate first, of course! The last British White Stork breeding record is claimed to have been in Edinburgh in 1416. Six hundred years on, who knows what could happen?
In addition to this we know this bird has been seen in Herefordshire recently.

Find out more about becoming a member of the brilliant Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust HERE

Port Meadow: 25th July

Port Meadow
Yellow-legged Gull: 3cy or sub-adult.
4 Oystercatcher
6 Common Tern: ad & juv.
2 Yellow Wagtail

Adam Hartley

Oxford 25th July

"Crane" reported flying west from Oxford over Raleigh Park, North Hinksey at 15:45 then turned North West towards Cumnor. SP489054. 

per I K Marriott via Going Birding

Actually, looking at Pete Allen's report from Cumnor, this may have actually been the White Stork

Otmoor July 25th

Turtle Dove
2 Cranes
Marsh Harrier
Bittern - reported early morning over reed-bed
2 Redstart -Long Meadow
1 Spotted Flycatcher - Long Meadow
Yellowhammer - Long Meadow
Hobby being mobbed by Swallow with young.


Farmoor 25th July

3 Redshank
3 Dunlin
6 Common Sandpiper
2 Oystercatcher

(per Dai John & Ian Marriott)

Standlake Pit 60 25th July

Great White Egret still present at 10:30 am

(per Jim Hutchins)

Devil's Punchbowl: 25th July

Devil's Punchbowl
Redstart: m. Along Ridgeway, just to the south of the Punchbowl. 06:20.
2 Yellow Wagtail 06:20.
4 Corn Bunting 06:20.

Colin Vickers

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Farmoor Reservoirs: 24th July lunchtime

Turnstone - F1/causeway
6+ Common Sandpiper - F1
c.11/12 Yellow-legged Gulls over both reservoirs.

Gareth Blockley and Daniel Watson

Standlake Pit 60:am 24th July

Great White Egret

Great White Egret
Little Egret

Standlake Pit 60 Sunday 24th July

Great White Egret just flown into pit 60 at the Langley hide end 10:10 a.m.

(per Clackers)

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Standlake Pit 60 23rd July

Great White Egret still present at 8.45pm
1 Snipe
1 Barn Owl

Farmoor Reservoir: 23rd July

Farmoor Reservoir
Probable Turnstone: SP444060.

James Wainscoat

STandlake Pit 60 23rd July

Great White Egret back again and present up to 11.30 am when I left . There is some suggestion it goes to roost somewhere else and comes back to feed which it was doing keenly.
4 Little egrets
31 Lapwing
2 Gadwall
1 Little Grebe
4 Common Tern
1 Oyster catcher

Standlake Pit 60 23rd July

No sign of the Great White Egret by 09:40
(per The Wickster et al)

Friday, 22 July 2016

Port Meadow Friday 22nd July

1 Greenshank
1 Common Sandpiper
1 Oystercatcher

Adam Hartley

Otmoor.A.M. 22nd July.

2 Water Rail (h)
10+ Little Egret
2 Marsh Harrier
2 Hobby
C. 100 Lapwing
2 Grasshopper Warbler
1 Stonechat (male reported from yesterday).

Standlake Pit 60:am 22nd July

GREAT WHITE EGRET still present at Pit 60
from Langley hide at 14:00 (per Peter Law).

Please park in the village and walk to hides.
The hides require a key to access.

Little Egret

Great White Egret

Great White Egret