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9th August ROSEATE TERN Farmoor Reservoir...6th August PECTORAL SANDPIPER Appleford...1st June Pied Flycatcher Grimsbury Reservoir......

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Sutton Courtenay GP 15th August

Green Sandpiper 7
Common Sandpiper 1
Snipe 1

Appleford New Workings: 

Green Sandpiper 1
Lapwing c200 
Common Tern 4 (2 juv) 

Farmoor Reservoir 15th August


Common Swift 1
Sand Martin 3
Swallow 4

Common Sandpiper 6
Common Tern 5
Yellow legged Gull 1

Bicester Wetland Reserve 14th August

10 Green Sandpiper
6 Snipe
3 Heron
2 juv Little grebe
11 Teal

1 Stoat
Most waders at Cattle Bridge Pool
Alan Peters
Key Holder Reserve

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Worton: 14th August

Bar-headed Goose
9 White-fronted Goose (feral)
10 Barnacle Goose

SP460112. 20:30.

Malcolm Teal

Wantage: Lark Hill: 14th August

Wantage: Lark Hill
Whinchat: juv. 12:30.
Spotted Flycatcher 12:30.

Leo Bateman

Stratfield Brake 14th August

Spotted Redshank on main pool then flew and appeared to land on smaller hidden pool 10:25.No further sign by 14:00 on any of the pools.

Green Sandpiper
Little Egret 2
Teal c10
Gadwall c10

Monday, 13 August 2018

Worton: 13th August

14 White-fronted Goose: SP460112. 20:40.
16 Barnacle Goose: SP460112. 20:40.
Bar-headed Goose: SP460112. 20:40.
3 Egyptian Goose: SP460112. 20:40.

Malcolm Teal

Otmoor.A.M. 13th August.

1 Swift
1 Raven
2 Cettis (calling).

Appleford New Workings 13th August

Little-ringed Plover (juv) 
Green Sandpiper

Sutton Courtenay 13th August

Hanson's Gravel Pits -Sutton Courtenay

1 Common Sandpiper
5 Green Sandpiper: through large green gates south of the B4016 between Appleford and Sutton Courtenay. First pit on left. SU516940.

Gerry Quinn

Standlake Pit 60: am 13th August

YL Gull
Water Rail
2 Common Sandpiper
2 Snipe
(Bar-Headed Goose)


Farmoor. 13th. August.

Black Tailed Godwit.
Black Tailed Godwit.
3.+ Common Sandpiper.
4.+Yellow Legged Gull.

Per.   D. J.  P.L.  T.S.

Port Meadow: 13th August

Port Meadow
3 Yellow Wagtail
8 Lapwing

Adam Hartley

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Otmoor: RSPB reserve: 12th August

Otmoor: RSPB reserve
3 Hobby: One Hobby chased a House Martin over Greenaways, suddenly joined by two others and one Hobby took the martin in the air and flew off with it.

Suzanne Parrott

Farmoor 12th Aug

1 Wheatear
4 Common Sandpiper

Sent from my iPhone
Swallows north Oxon courtesy of Norman Smith.

Bicester Wetlands 12th August


Green Sandpiper (10)
Common Snipe (4)
House Martin (20+)

Old Caley’s Diary

Baulking Pit: 12th August

2 Common Sandpiper
1 Green Sandpiper
1 Hobby
1 Yellow Wagtail
1 Yellow-legged Gull
3 Reed Warbler
3 Lesser Whitethroat

Saturday, 11 August 2018

Farmoor 11th Aug am

Courtesy of Martin Swannell

1 Sanderling
Turnstone: On causeway - 3:30pm (per Dan Fletcher)
2 Wheatear
2 Dunlin
1 Ringed Plover
2 Common Sandpiper

Per Dai, Tezzer, Andy last.

Sent from my iPhone
Ringed Plover courtesy of John Workman

Courtesy of Martin Swannell

Chinnor 11th August

Spotted Flycatcher courtesy of Jez March

Spotted Flycatcher: Family brood of approx 6 - 8 including adults in trees at southern end of lake 2B. SU750994
Grey Heron: First year juvanile
2 Buzzard: Circling over lake 3A landing on the cliffs occasionally

Jez March

Standlake Pit 60: 11th August

Standlake Pit 60
Yellow Wagtail: juv >1w. A very fresh juvenile was the only thing downed by heavy rain between 6 45 and 7 30 pm apart from c500 hirundines, mostly HM and SM and a single swift.

Mick Cunningham

Farmoor Reservoir 11th August

Northern Wheatear 
Common Tern

Otmoor: 11th August

Spotted Flycatcher
Redstart  4 including a male 
Marsh Tit  2  feeding on thistle seed 
Goldfinch  flock of around 70 in Otmoor Lane
2 Green Sandpiper flew North from dried up pool on Greenaway's 17:40 (per Andy Last)


Lockinge: 11th August

11th August

Redstart: Heard, moving away through trees towards West Lockinge. 13:00.
Hobby: Female Pied Fly still around at 13:30. 13:30.

Leo Bateman

Churn: 11th August

Whinchat: Perched on a bush by start of gallop. SU524825. 09:30.

Brian Walker

Standlake Pit 60: 11th August

Standlake Pit 60
Common Sandpiper
34 Long-tailed Tit: The guy flock contained 7 willow warblers inc white bellied adults and yellow bellied 1w, WW singing too : I once read only juvs sing Autumn. In same flock min 3 chiffchaffs ( 1 in moult with the 'greyish' headed appearance that always looks a bit like Nashville Warbler!) Also a Reed Warbler a lesser Whitethroat and blackcap in same flock. Nice cameo.
3 Snipe
3 Water Rail: On view for once.

Mick Cunningham

Lockinge: 11th Aug.

Female Pied Flycatcher still present until 08:20 at least. Evasive.

6+ spotted flycatcher (2 broods?)
2 Garden Warbler
2+ Willow Warbler
30+ Swallows

On permissive footpath, SU425878.

Friday, 10 August 2018

Bicester Wetlands Reserve, 10th August



Green Sandpiper (7)

Common Snipe (4)
Stock Dove (2)

Old Caley's Diary

Lockinge 10th August

Pied Flycatcher (f) - flew in from E at 13:20, making "pwit" call and landed in top of distant tree; couldn't refind as of 13:30. Landed at approx SU425878.

Also in immediate area:
7+ Spotted Flycatcher (at least 5 juvs)
6 Blackcap
3+ Willow Warbler

Farmoor Reservoir 10th August


No sign of yesterday's Roseate Tern

CommonTern 13
Dunlin 5 all adults
Common Redshank 1
Common Sandpiper 2

Common Swift 6
Sand Martin 60+
House Martin 30+
Swallow 10+

Sparrowhawk 1

Greater Black backed Gull 1
Lesser Black backed Gull 1
Yellow legged Gull 8
Herring Gull 1

Standlake Pit 60: 10th August

Standlake Pit 60
Common Sandpiper

Mick Cunningham

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Farmoor: 9th August evening

Roseate Tern (c) Stephen Burch
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Farmoor Reservoir: 9th August

Roseate Tern

Farmoor. 9th August.

Roseate Tern, eastern side of F1 on tower.
Per. Jeremy Dexter.  

Farmoor Reservoir: 9th August

Farmoor Reservoir
Roseate Tern: F1.

Jeremy Dexter

Farmoor: 9th August 08:30-11:30

3 Dunlin
3 Common Sandpiper
1 Redshank (flew in as I was leaving)
1 Yellow Wagtail (on causeway when I arrived, not later)
Plenty of Sand Martins; House Martins; Swifts & the odd Swallow

Common Sand (c) Stephen Burch

Standlake Pit 60: am 9th August

Black-Tailed Godwit
Common Sandpiper

RSPB Otmoor, security in the car park

Unfortunately a car in the RSPB car park was broken into last week, it was a visitor who was visiting the reserve for the first time.  This is a very rare occurrence on Otmoor but it does happen occasionally.  The person had left valuables in view in the car, which made them an easy target.  

Please do not leave valuables in your car, but if you have to, make sure that they are out of sight. You may want to consider leaving your glove box open so that potential thieves see that there is nothing in there.

We would also ask that if anyone notices anything suspicious in the car park that might relate to this, please report it to the RSPB office on 01865 351163, or email at