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July 6th Garganey Appleford GPs...Quail Segsbury...June 23rd 3 Quail Crog Hill...16th Garganey Farmoor Reservoir...May 18th HOOPOE Twyford...14th RED-FOOTED FALCON Piddington...Curlew Sandpiper Farmoor Reservoir...

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Farmoor 31st July

Med Gull 5 (ad +4 juv in roost) per RBA

Port Meadow: 31st July

Port Meadow
2 Wood Sandpiper
3 Redshank
12 Dunlin
5 Common Sandpiper
2 Little Ringed Plover
Mediterranean Gull: juv.

Adam Hartley

Farmoor 31st July

Greenshank 1
Redshank 1
Dunlin 2
Oystercatcher 2
Sanderling 2
Wheatear 1
Scaup centre of F1
Juvenile Cukcoo at Otmoor (c) Peter Coombes

Monday, 30 July 2012

Port Meadow: 30th July

Port Meadow
2 Black-tailed Godwit
13 Dunlin
3 Common Sandpiper
2 Wood Sandpiper

Paul Boult

1 Green Sandpiper
1 Oystercatcher
2 Common Gulls


Radley Gravel Pits 30th July

2 Little Grebe
4 Oystercatcher
1 Hobby
1 Peregrine (chased by hobby briefly)
1 kingfisher


Otmoor.A.M. 30th. July.

South Pill Ground:
   1 Turtle Dove (purring)
100 Acres:
   1 Whinchat.
(wellies essentail)
   2 Hobbys.

Cholsey: Lollingdon Hill: 30th July

Cholsey: Lollingdon Hill

Paul Chandler

Otmoor: 30th July

Cuckoo: juv. Spectacular views of juvenile being fed by Reed Warblers.
Turtle Dove: On wires near carpark.
Grasshopper Warbler
Raven: Big Otmoor.

Peter Coombes

See also Peter's great new blog: The Otmoor Blogger


Sunday, 29 July 2012

Cowlease Wood: 29th July

Cowlease Wood
Spotted Flycatcher

Steve Roby

Port Meadow 29th July

In the company of Jarrod Hadfield:

2 wood sands
2 green sands
2 common sands
2 blackwits
1 oystercatcher
13 dunlin
3 redshank


Otmoor. A.M. 29th. July.

1 Kingfisher ( Noke End )
1 Snipe
2 Common Tern
1 Redstart

Farmoor 29th July

Redshank 5
Sanderling 1
Turnstone 3
Dunlin 2
Common Sandpiper 2
Wheatear 1
Redstart 1

Saturday, 28 July 2012

Farmoor & Otmoor

A Greenshank reported at Otmoor & a Sanderling at Farmoor

Port Meadow Saturday 27th July

2 Wood Sand
3 Common Sand
6 Black-tailed Godwits
1 Dunlin
27 Little Egrets
2 Little Ringed Plover

per Justin Taylor

3 green sand - S over, calling
1 redshank (briefly on floods)
1 oystercatcher
per Jarrod Hadfield

Otmoor 28th July am

Sedge Warbler


Photos (c) Nigel Forrow

Watlington Hill 28th July

Port Meadow 28 July

Wood Sandpiper (c) Stephen Burch

Otmoor: 28th July

Greenshank: Greenaways scrape.

Peter Coombes

Letcombe Bassett: Ridgeway above Letcombe Bassett: 28th July

Letcombe Bassett: Ridgeway above Letcombe Bassett
2 Corn Bunting

Mark Merritt

Friday, 27 July 2012

Farmoor, 27th July

A very recently fledged juvenile Northern Wheatear at Farmoor this morning, probably not travelled very far. Also 5 juvenile Yellow Wagtails. Adult Black Tern.

Port Meadow 27th July

Black-tailed Godwit

Black-tailed Godwit
Wood Sandpiper

Wood Sandpiper
Some of the waders reported from Port Meadow today.

Port Meadow 27th July

Wood Sandpiper 2 (still present in N/W corner at 17:15 per Peter Law
& The Wickster)
Green Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper 2
Ringed Plover 1 (juv)
Little ringed Plover
Sanderling (still present 17:15)
Black-tailed Godwit 2
Snipe 3
Little Egret 24

(per Jarrod Hadfield & Badger)

Farmoor 27th July

Redstart still along the west side of F2 nr Buckthorn Meadow
Wheatear 2 along west side of F1
Whimbrel yesterday

The Insomniac Birder

Otmoor. A.M. 27th July.

2 Hobby
2 Common Terns
1 Whinchat
1 Wheatear

Cholsey: Cholsey Marsh Nature Reserve: 26th July

Cholsey: Cholsey Marsh Nature Reserve
Grasshopper Warbler: On sth side of reserve, nr boat-launch - ca. 30m out, singing loud and well for 20 min's, prob low-down in the large willow.
Grasshopper Warbler

Mike Amphlett

Port Meadow: 27th July

Port Meadow
2 Wood Sandpiper
Green Sandpiper
2 Black-tailed Godwit
Little Ringed Plover
2 Common Sandpiper

Jarrod Hadfield

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Farmoor 26th July

66 Yellow-legged Gulls counted on F.1 this evening + 2 juvenile Mediterranean Gulls

The  second summer Mediterranean Gull (2XA5) seen last week was ringed at Sandycove, County Dublin in November 2011. It wintered in southern Portugal and was back in Dublin three days after it's last appearance at Farmoor.

Otmoor.A.M. 26th July.

1 Grasshopper Warbler ( 100 Acres )
3+ Redstart
1 Raven ( calling )

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Kingham 25 July

At least 2 pairs of Spotted Flycatchers in the village
Also 67 bats of unknown species seen flying out of a residents chimney at Dusk

Farmoor 25th July

Turnstone 1
Dunlin 1
Common Sandpiper 2
Oystercatcher 1
Ringed Plover 1
Little Egret 2
Pochard 1

Warburg Reserve 25th July

4 Spotted Flycatcher Adults feeding juv's seen from visitor centre hide.
(Per Geoff Emmett)

Richard Marsh

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Farmoor, 24th July

Huge increase in numbers this evening. 3+ Mediterranean Gulls (adult + 2+ juveniles). 45+ Yellow-legged Gulls

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Farmoor, 22nd July

The colour-ringed second summer Mediterranean Gull again in the roost as well as an adult. Yellow-legged Gulls at their peak at the moment with 30+ (mostly adults) at 21.00, and probably a lot more by dusk.  A juvenile Common Gull  plus 5 adults.

Black Tern Farmoor Res (per RBA)

Otmoor 22nd July

Redstart 4
Grasshopper Warbler 2+
Hobby 2+
Little Egret 2

Otmoor Birding

Bernwood Forest 22nd July

Spotted Flycatcher

Purple Emperor 6+ (per Ewan et al)
White Admiral 4
Silver-washed Fritillary 
Common Lizzard

Purple Emperor on Oliver Coopers hand
(c) O.Cooper

Some Video of some of the Bernwood Butterflies Here 

North Abingdon

Spotted Flycatcher (per Peter Law)

White Stork Deddington 21st July

Winston Churchill had a White Stork thermalling over Deddington at 3.35pm today (21st) before drfting south.

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Eynsham: Chil Brook: 21st July

Eynsham: Chil Brook
Tree Sparrow: 2, male and fem.

Thomas Stevens

Wantage: 21st July

Spotted Flycatcher: In Betjeman park.

Mark Merritt

Otmoor 21st July

Green Sandpiper
Hobby 3+
Grasshopper Warbler 4

Otmoor Birding

Bernwood 21st July

Crossbill 2+
Yellow Wagtail
Marsh Tit

Purple Emperor 8+ (along the main track from the car park 10:45-14:30)
White Admiral 
Silver-washed Fritillary  6+
Emperor Dragonfly
Brown Hawker
Southern Hawker

Port Meadow: 21st July

Port Meadow
Green Sandpiper

Jarrod Hadfield

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Port Meadow: 19th July

Port Meadow
Mediterranean Gull: 2s.
3 Oystercatcher

Adam Hartley

Farmoor 19th July

The gulls are roosting on the causeway currently, unless there is a lot of disturbance, then they go over onto F.1. Three Mediterranean Gulls this evening; adult, juvenile and the above British ringed second summer. Also a few Yellow-legged Gulls, including the first juvenile of the autumn. + 1 Black-tailed Godwit.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Farmoor 17th July

Sanderling 7
Turnstone 2
Redshank 2
Dunlin 2
Common Sandpiper 1
Oystercatcher 2
Ringed Plover 1

The Insomniac Birder

Bernwood 17th July

Peter Law reports that there are two Purple Emperors at Bernwood Forest near the log stacks presently. A total of 7 has been reported today so it's obviously a good day for them.

 Purple Emperor (c) Peter Law

Otmoor: 17th July

juv Turtle Dove (c) Pete Coombes

3 Hobby
Raven: On post on big Otmoor.
3 Turtle Dove: Two juveniles and one adult. On wires near cattle pen.
2 Grasshopper Warbler: One near carpark and another near feeders.

Peter Coombes

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Otmoor 15th July

female Redstart (c) Badger

3 Redstart: 1m/2f (et al)
Black-tailed Godwit: Flying (Big Otmoor).
Cuckoo: juv. Being fed by Reed warblers in reeds in front of first screen.
Grasshopper Warbler

(Peter Coombes)

Otmoor Birding

Purple Emperor Bernwood Forest again along the main track from the car park 
mid-morning. More at Black Audi Birding

Grimsbury Reservoir: 15th July

Grimsbury Reservoir
Yellow Wagtail: Over south.

Gareth Blockley

Farmoor 15th July

Sanderling photo taken in 2011

Redstart 3
Dunlin 7
Sanderling 1
Oystercatcher 1
Common Sandpiper 1

(c) Badger

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Farmoor 14th July

Male Redstart Shrike Meadow.
Little Owl Buckthorn Meadow.

Silver-washed Fritillary near Bushy Leaze Copse. 

Otmoor 14th July

The Public (burger filled) face of Otmoor Birding...

Redstart 3
Snipe 6

(per Bark)

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Farmoor 12th July

Whimbrel over F2 20:00
Redstart (f) near Shrike Meadow this morning
+Silver-washed Fritillary near Bushy Leaze Copse.

(per Dai)

The Insomniac Birder

Wantage 12 July

What a great summer!
(c) Stephen Burch

Port Meadow: 12th July

Port Meadow
9 Little Egret
2 Black-tailed Godwit
3 Oystercatcher
31 Lapwing: At least, difficult to count in the long grass.
Red Kite: Over west.

Gareth Blockley

Otmoor 12th July

(c) Pete Coombes
Redstart 2 (m/f) on Otmoor this morning (per Paul Greenaway)

Purple Emperor Bernwood forest about 200 yards along main footpath just past the log stacks and before the second crossroads c11:45a.m (per Gnome & Peter Law)

 Purple Emperor at Bernwood Forest (c) Gnome

More photos of the Purp here

Peregrine family in Oxfordshire

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Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Willow Tits

Two Willow Tits at Grimsbury reservoir today, in the Woodland. Both were loosely associated with a family group of Great tits in the scrubby northern edge of the wood (along the railway embankment).

Port Meadow: 11th July

Mediterranean Gull: 2s. Found by Jarrod Hadfield.
Black-tailed Godwit: ad. s/p.
5 Oystercatcher
Common Sandpiper: Heard only.

Adam Hartley

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Farmoor 10th July

A first summer Common Tern this afternoon, an unfamiliar plumage at Farmoor. The juvenile Mediterranean Gull again in the roost, presumably this bird hasn't travelled too far......
5 summer plumaged Black-tailed Godwits.

Otmoor 10th july Tree Pipit

Terry Tossel has seen and heard a Tree Pipit, including a display flight. Starting in the carpark field and then moving along the Closes side of the hedgerow towards the hide. He looked for it further but had not relocated it by four pm.

Otmoor 10th July early morning

Normal stuff still around with the addition of a Whinchat in the hedge just before the turing to the hide.

Farmoor Roost

21:40 25 common Terns roosting on eastern most floating perch line on F1. Minimum of 3 Yellow-legged Gulls; 10 plus L B-b 's; 1 adult Common Gull and c1000 B H Gull's. Redshank and Oystercatcher both heard only. Pied wagtails numbers building now.. c 40 plus? in SE of f1 around 8pm Only <10 Swift. All in all very quiet although the mobile red van Bird observatory may have seen more.....

Monday, 9 July 2012

Otmoor 9/07

3 Black-tailed Godwits
4 Redshank
Around 100 Lapwing
2 Common Terns
Pochard with chicks
Little Egret
Grasshopper Warbler
Red Kite
Sedge Warbler
Reed Warbler
Stock Dove

Charlotte Rogers

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Port Meadow: 8th July

Port Meadow
2 Common Sandpiper

Adam Hartley

A4260 Rowsham Gap: 8th July

A4260 Rowsham Gap
3 Raven

Nick Suckling

Otmoor 8th July

Black-tailed Godwit 2 (Ashgrave)
Green Sandpiper 2+
Little Ringed Plover
Redshank 10+
Lapwing c120
Teal 30+
Little Egret 7
Hobby 2+
Grasshopper Warbler 3 (2 in car park field)

Otmoor Birding

   Gropper in the Car park field on Otmoor unfortunately it remained distant.

Gropper (c) Paul Greenaway

Saturday, 7 July 2012