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Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Farmoor 31st August

juv. black tern still
2 juv. ringed plover
2 common sandpiper
c. 10 yellow-legged gulls (mostly juv.s)

Gnome & Badger

Otmoor.A.M. 31st. August.

Pill Ground:
1 Whitethroat
2 Whinchat

1 Sparrowhawk
1 Wheatear

Long Meadow:
4+ Redstart
1 Spotted Flycatcher
1 Marsh Tit

Grove Airfield 31st August

3 Redstart
2 Lesser Whitethroat
6 Swift

Grimsbury Reservoir: 31st August

Grimsbury Reservoir
Willow Tit: Along the river near to the wood.
3 Yellow Wagtail: 2 at the reservoir and 1 flew over.
Ringed Plover: Flew over. Calls heard but not seen.

Gareth Blockley

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Kidlington Corncrake

No sight or sound of the reported Corncrake north of St Marys church in Kidlington
this afternoon. (per Steve Young)

Otmoor: Noke Farm: 30th August

Otmoor: Noke Farm
2 Whinchat: On fence at Lower Farm, Noke. 3 Snipe on Malt Pit lagoon.

Joe Harris

Juv Whinchat on Otmoor photo (c) Jonathan Mercer

Monday, 29 August 2011

Peregrine & Hobby 29th August

Near Wadley Manor south east of Faringdon Peregrine over the nearby sand pits later from the Rushey Common hide Hobby hunting in front of the hide across the water over South Leigh bridle track.

Otmoor 29th August

4+ Whinchat still nr Noke Farm.
30+Yellow Wagtail

2 Redstart (ad male + juv male) Muswell Hill
Whinchats & Wheaters 27th August Lower Noke Farm Otmoor (c) Pete Barker
All the news from the Moor including 'Saxicola-rarma' at the superb....

Farmoor 29th August

An Osprey went through Farmoor a 8:35 this morning before heading south
(per Jeremy Dexter) + Ringed Plover.

photo (c) Jonathan Mercer

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Wantage: 27th August

2 Raven: Lark Hill, south of reservoir.

Leo Bateman

Greenshank & Dunlin Farmoor Res 28th August (c) Jonathan Mercer

Rushy Common: 28th August

Rushy Common
Green Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper

Simon Bradfield
There was a noticeable passage of Yellow Wagtails south over Tetsworth this
morning, totalling over 25 birds, but most unusual was a party of 4 Ruff
which flew west towards Oxford.

(per LGRE Oxonbirds)

Farmoor 28th August

2 Greenshank
9 Common Sandpiper
5 Dunlin
3 Ringed Plover
4 Common Tern
1 Black Tern
1 Little Egret
2 Grey Wagtail
20+ Yellow Wagtail
50+ Swift

No sign of Curlew Sandpiper
or Little Tern.

Otmoor 28th August

c15 Whinchat
c5 Wheatear

nr Noke Farm

(per Pete Barker & Paul Greenaway)

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Farmoor 27th August Curlew Sandpiper

(c) Jeremy Dexter

Curlew Sandpiper Farmoor 27th August (c)

Curlew Sandpiper, Hobby, 2 Common Sandpiper, Black Tern, several Yellow wagtail.

Farmoor F1 c14:00 - 17:15 Saturday

Sun, downpours, windy and calm weather made for an interesting visit. The Curlew Sand was joined by at least 4 Dunlin and 4 Common Sands, mainly along the north shore and NW corner of F1 (northerly basin). The same corner around 15:10 saw a Hobby catching insects before gliding east and north. The wooded hills to the north had up to 6 Buzzards slope soaring joined by 2 Kestrels at times. One Red Kite slowly moving SE made one of the rare days when Common Buzzards earned their proper name relative to the normally ubiqitous Spanish imports. The singleton Common, Black and Little Terns tended to feed in the SW corner when not perched out in the middle. In the post-downpour period they were joined by around 600 Sand Martin simiialry feeding facing into the wind, before dissapearing in the calm sunny periods. A range of ages in Yellow-legged Gulls included an adult bird perching frequently and often closely in the SE corner, displaying their yellowish legs - normally well hidden in the roost flocks. Around 17:00 swifts appeared in this corner and increased to at least 8 birds feeding along the east bank of F2 as I left. Many 10's of Pied Wagtails along the east banks shared ground around the sewage works grassland in particular with some 30 Yellow Wagtails, with a single Grey Wagtail at the waters edge.
All in all a very pleasant, unplanned, visit producing two personal county ticks. Thanks to the dedicated Farmoor birders, rare bird finders and helpful text alerts.

Farmoor 27th August

juv Curlew Sandpiper on north-west shore of FI
(per Dave John)

Still present 13:10 + Little Tern and black tern still (F1)
(Badger, Gnome et al.)

Still present 18:38 on West shore of F1
(per Badger)

Juv Curlew Sandpiper found by Jeremy Dexter
Photo (c) Dai John

Otmoor: RSPB reserve: 27th August

Otmoor: RSPB reserve
2 Whinchat: on E side of hide at 13:00.

Peter Law

Rushy Common 27th August

Common Sandpiper

(per Clackers and Prowsey)

Stonesfield: Stonesfield Common: 27th August

Stonesfield: Stonesfield Common
Sedge Warbler
Yellow Wagtail

Paul Wren

Aston Rowant: 27th August

Aston Rowant
2 Redstart: 1 male, 1 fem. In hedge alongside the Ridgeway.

Jackie Newcombe

Friday, 26 August 2011

Radley GP: 26th August

Radley GP
Grey Partridge: Flushed from scrub in 'lake' (!) H/I.
Green Sandpiper: Shore of lake M.
Ruff: In with Lapwing, lake H.

Mark Merritt

Otmoor 26th August evening

Yellow Wagtail at least 120 roosting in the reed bed

Raven 2

Greenshank 1

Green Sandpiper 1

Tawny Owl 1

Barn Owl 1

Hobby 1

Sparrowhawk 1

Little Egret 3

Peter Law and Steve Roby

Also seen

Wheatear 1

Black-tailed Godwit 1

(Per Eric and Sheila Dunford)

Farmoor Terns

Some video footage of the juv. little and black terns at Farmoor today

Muswell Hill nr Piddington: 26th August

Muswell Hill nr Piddington
3 Redstart: 1 male 2 female/juvs.

Colin Oram

Farmoor 26th August

Little Tern
Arctic Tern
Black Tern 6
still this evening 18:00
(per B.B)

1 Little Tern ( Juv)
1 Arctic Tern (Juv)
1 Black Tern
2 Common Tern
1 Whimbrel
1 Dunlin
7 Black-tailed Godwit

Peter Allen & Dai

Otmoor.A.M. 26th. August.

4 Whinchat ( Ashgrave by hide )
3 L. Egret
1 Greenshank

1 Wheatear
1 Common Tern
20+ House Martin
1 Green Sandpiper
4 Gadwall
2 Wigeon

Dipper 26th August 2011

Local resident Derek Woodcock telephoned this morning to say the Dipper was on the Windrush in the same location at the concrete lasher near Witney.
Barry Hudson.

Farmoor Reservoir: 26th August

Little Tern feeding on F1 with Common Tern. 4 Common Sandpiper on west side of F1. ~200 Coot roosting on causeway with Greater Black-backed Gull, 1 Grey Wagtail & at least 20 Yellow Wagtails.

Joe Harris

Carswell Marsh 25th August

Lesser spotted Woodpecker
Yellow Wagtail 20+
Common Sandpiper

(per Mike Shurmer oos)

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Farmoor 25 August

In addition to the evening ternfest there were also the following
Swift 12
Yellow Wagtail 2
Coot 220

Rushy Common 25th August

Ruff 1
Little Egret
Shoveler 2
Green Woodpecker

(per Clackers)

Otmoor at Dusk

50+ Yellow Wagtails going to roost

Cholsey: 25th August

2 Spotted Flycatcher

Paul Chandler

Oystercatcher south Abingdon (c)

Grimsbury Reservoir: 25th August

Grimsbury Reservoir
Oystercatcher: On jetty.
Yellow-legged Gull: On jetty but mobile at times.

Tom Coyne

Farmoor Reservoir: Farmoor I: 25th August

25th August

Farmoor Reservoir: Farmoor I
3 Greenshank: on N shore at 15:50.
2 Little Tern: flew in when I was watching other Terns. Seen in same view for size comparison.
Black Tern: 1 matched to RW's photo + 2-3 other Terns that I couldn't PI with binoculars.
Yellow-legged Gull: + 1 on F2 earlier.

Peter Law

1 Little Tern still present c20:00
3+ Black Tern
3 Greenshank still
Tawney Owl calling from trees in the N/E corner of the main car park at dusk.



Circa 40 Tree Sparrows Eynsham area
Barry Hudson

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Farmoor 24 August

A good passage of Terns today 2 Little Tern, 10 Arctic Tern, 30+ Black Tern and 8 Common Tern.
Common Tern
Black Tern

Little Tern juv

Little Tern juv

Farmoor 24th August

2 Little Tern 16:20
(per Dai)

1 still at 17:58 though no sign of any black terns
(per Badger)

Farmoor yesterday and today

juv Arctic Tern; a poor effort in the gloom

At Farmoor yesterday evening:
1 juv Arctic Tern
5 (2 juv, 3 ad) Common Terns
1 Greenshank
1 juv Dunlin
c20 Y-l Gulls
4 GB-b Gulls
1 juv Common Gull
c30 Yellow Wags

Geoff and Roger Wyatt have just updated today's birds:
1 juv Little Tern
3 juvs 1 ad Arctic Terns
30+ (4 ads) Black Terns
1 Oystercatcher
1 Greenshank
4 Wheatears
1 juv Dunlin

Otmoor. A.M. 24th. August.

2 Turtle Dove
2 Greenshank
1 Snipe
2 Green Sandpiper
2 or 3 Hobby
C. 500 Rook
3 L. Egret
5+ Kestrel

Farmoor 24th August

Little Tern F2
Black Tern c30
(per Dai & Roger Wyatt)

16 Black Tern on F2 09:10 (per Dai)

Monday, 22 August 2011

Muswell Hill nr Piddington: 22nd August

Muswell Hill nr Piddington
3 Redstart: 1 male 2 fem. Yesterday 2 Male.
3 Spotted Flycatcher
Green Sandpiper: Flyover.

Colin Oram

HD at 720p

Drayton 1066: 22nd August

Drayton 1066
7 Green Sandpiper: At least 7.
Stock Dove

Adam Hartley

Otmoor Sun 21st & Mon 22nd August

Brown Hawker


Little Egret

Migrant Hawker

All Photo's (c) W.P.Bull

Otmoor.A.M. 22nd. August.

Turtle Dove (c) W.Bull

2 Turtle Dove (1 juv,1juv 1st. w.)
2 Greenshank.
20+ Swallow (heading South)
3 Hobby.

Stonesfield Common 21st August

Grasshopper Warbler (c) Paul Wren.

Grasshopper Warbler 2
Common Whitethroat 7
Reed Bunting 2
Chiffchaff 4
Little Egret 2 (over on the 20th)

Paul Wren.

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Osprey 20th August

Osprey yesterday 5mls south of Banbury flew
over the M40 at 10.30a.m.
(per RBA)

Crog hill: 21 August

Crog Hill is near Seven Barrows and just in Oxon!

Whinchat 3

Rushy Common 21st August

2 Greenshank
1 Black-tailed Godwit
1 Green Sandpiper
1 Little Egret

(per Clackers)

Otmoor 21st August

Green Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper
Redstart 10+
Whinchat 4+
(short hedge on the left just before the Pill)
Wheatear 3
Spotted fly-catcher 1+
Lesser Whitethroat
+5 Brown Hairstreaks

more at

Wantage: 21st August

5 Swift

Paul Chandler

Muswell Hill 21st August

Spotted Flycatcher Juv 2
Garden Warbler 1
Whitethroat 2

Muswell Hill nr Piddington
6 Raven
2 Redstart

Colin Oram

Farmoor 21st August

1 Ruff causeway
1 Greenshank
6 Common Sandpiper
20+ Yellow Wagtail

Grimsbury Reservoir: 21st August

Grimsbury Reservoir
Common Sandpiper
4 Yellow Wagtail
45 Pied Wagtail: at least.

Gareth Blockley

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Farmoor 20th August

1 Redstart
1 Spotted Flycatcher
1 Juvenile Med Gull in roost.


9 Common Sandpiper on Northern bank of F1,
1 Wheatear,
a lone Swift over
5+ Yellow Wagtails.

Joe Harris

Port Meadow: 20th August

Port Meadow
Egyptian Goose: leucistic individual with the Greylags.
10+ Yellow Wagtails,
~40 Linnet,
5 Sand Martins,
1 Common Tern,
35 Lapwing.

Joe Harris

1 common sandpiper along river shore
1 golden plover with the lapwing
1 swift over Kingston Road

Adam Hartley (Gnome)

Photo (c) Gnome

Otmoor 20th August

6 Whinchat this morning near the Pill
(per Pete Barker)

Cholsey: Lollingdon Hill: 20th August

Cholsey: Lollingdon Hill
2 Redstart
Corn Bunting

Paul Chandler

Aston Upthorpe: Juniper Valley: 19th August

Aston Upthorpe: Juniper Valley
Whinchat: juv.

Mark Merritt

Friday, 19 August 2011

Another pale Buzzard Friday 19th August

Eynsham area - 1 Marsh Tit & 1 Common Buzzard

Barry Hudson

Port Meadow: 19th August

Port Meadow
30 Yellow Wagtail: mix of ad & juvs. At least 30.

Adam Hartley

Drayton 1066: 19th August

Drayton 1066
Common Sandpiper
11 Green Sandpiper

Gavin Paterson

Cholsey: Lollingdon Hill: 19th August

Whinchat (juv)
2 Raven


Corn Bunting
Raven: flew south over Cholsey Church.

Paul Chandler

Radley Gravel Pits 19th August

Southern Hawker (female)

Migrant Hawker

Common Darter

1 Little Grebe

2 Buzzard

1 Peregrine Falcon

2 Green Sandpiper

1 Ruff

18 Lapwing

2 Common Tern

8 Stock Dove

2 Sedge Warbler

Photo's (c) W.P.Bull

Otmoor.A.M. 19th. August.

2 Turtle Dove (1 juv) Ashgrave
3 L. Egret (Ashgrave)
40+ Lapwing (Reedbeds)
1 Kingfisher (Reedbeds) flying with fish in beak
1 Wheatear ( Noke end by Black Sheep)
3 Hobby (Greenaways)

Farmoor 19th August

3 Little Gull (juvs)
1 Greenshank
1 Redshank
6 Common Sandpiper
1 Wheatear

Dave Daniels Keith Clack & Dai.

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Farmoor Reservoir: 17th August

Farmoor Reservoir
12 Yellow-legged Gull: mix of ad & juvs. Approx count.
5 Common Sandpiper
6 Yellow Wagtail: Approx count.

Adam Hartley
c80 Tree Sparrow Chimney Meadow 17/8 (per Ala oos)

Peregrine (c) Jeremy Dexter

Otmoor.A.M. 17th August.

6 Yellow Wagtail ( Ashgrave )
1 Redshank ( Ashgrave )
3 Hobby ( Greenaways )

1 Greenshank
1 Green Sandpiper
1 Kingfisher
( per Terry Sherlock & Roger Green.)

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

16th August Otmoor

1 Egyptian Goose (Ashgrave)
1 Common Sandpiper (1st screen)
1 Greenshank (1st screen)

Farmoor Reservoir: 16th August

Farmoor Common Sandpiper (c) Pete Styles

Farmoor Reservoir
Egyptian Goose
5 Dunlin
4 Ringed Plover
Common Sandpiper
2 Yellow-legged Gull: Probably more, but didn't go through all the gulls carefully.

Sydney Penner

Monday, 15 August 2011

Farmoor Reservoir: Causeway: 15th August

Farmoor Reservoir: Causeway
2 Turnstone
3 Dunlin

Photo (c) Pete Styles

Farmoor Reservoir: Farmoor I
Common Sandpiper
Egyptian Goose
Ringed Plover
12 Yellow Wagtail

Mike Flemming

Photo (c) Mike Flemming
(c) Mike Flemming

Head profile comparison photo of Cormorant and Shag at Farmoor.

Dorchester: Dorchester complex: 15th August

Dorchester: Dorchester complex
2 Egyptian Goose
2 Common Sandpiper

Thomas Stevenson

Famoor: 15 August

One of 2 Turnstones today. Click here for hi res version

Swift taken on Saturday
Photos (c) Stephen Burch

Otmoor. A.M. 15th. August.

1 Sparrowhawk
1 Tree Pipit ( Saunders Field )
3 Redstart ( Long Meadow )
1 Hobby

Farmoor 15th August

2 Turnstone
2 Dunlin
1 Common Sandpiper
1 Greenshank
1 Redshank
1 Ringed Plover

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Farmoor Aug 14th (18:45 - 21:00)

Ringed Plover - 2
Dunlin - 1
Common Sand - 1
Common Tern - 14
Yellow Wag - c30
YLGull - c5
Shovelar - 4
Common Gull - 1 (2nd sum)

(Dave & Tom)

East Hendred: East Hendred Downs: 14th August

East Hendred: East Hendred Downs
13 Grey Partridge: 11 juv.

Mark Merritt

Otmoor 14th August

Migrant Hawker

Long tailed tit

Blue Tit

Photo's (c) W.P.Bull

1066 14th August

1 Wood Sandpiper
2 Greenshank
5 Green Sandpiper
1 Redshank
1 Snipe
1 Water Rail

Saturday, 13 August 2011

1066 13th August

1 Wood Sandpiper
5 Green Sandpiper
2 Redshank
1 Water Rail

Farmoor: 13 August

Ruff 1
Dunlin 2
Shag (juv) 1
Many Swifts & hirundines

Click here to enlarge above.

Ruff photos (c) Stephen Burch .