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Thursday, 30 May 2013

Farmoor Reservoir 30th May


Yellow Wagtail 4
These were in two pairs.
One a normal pair and the other the male Channel Wagtail displaying and paired to a normal female Yellow Wagtail

Dunlin 1
Common Swift 300+
Common Cuckoo 2 (both males)
Barn Owl 1
Grey Wagtail 1

Port Meadow: 30th May

Port Meadow
2 Ringed Plover

Adam Hartley

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Colour ringed Sanderling at Farmoor

This Sanderling was on the causeway this morning. The unique combination of colour rings has enabled the bird to be traced back to its original ringing date when it was ringed as a nesting female at Zackenberg in northern Greenland on 8th July 2011 as part of a scientific study. It has not been sighted away from the breeding grounds.

Matt Prior

Otmoor 29th May

Osprey actively hunting over Greenaways, Big Otmoor & the reed beds 15:30.

(per the RSPB)

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Otmoor: RSPB reserve: 22nd May

Otmoor: RSPB reserve
Bearded Tit: Heard ' pinging' from the ditch by the bridleway between the seat and the pumping station on 22 May but not seen. Presumably same as seen over the Bank Holiday weekend. Apologies for the late submission.

John Edwards

Stanton St. John: Stanton Great Wood: 29th May

Stanton St. John: Stanton Great Wood
Cuckoo: He's at it again in the great wood from early doors, 04.30 am.

David Brown

Sonning: 29th May

3 Little Ringed Plover: Workings opposite Lafarge main entrance.
2 Redshank

Richard Marsh

Farmoor 29th May 08:30hrs-09:30hrs. .

Red-crested Pochard 6
Turnstone 2
Dunlin 3
Curlew 1
Sanderling 5
Ringed Plover 1

Spotted Flycatcher  seen near Pinkhill Lock mid afternoon.

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Farmoor Reservoir 28th May

Early evening

Arctic Tern 9
Common Tern 4
Great Black backed Gull 2

Common  Swift 150+
House Martin 120+

Sanderling 12



Stanton St. John: Stanton Great Wood: 28th May

Stanton St. John: Stanton Great Wood
Cuckoo: One calling constantly from 04.30am and still going strong now 19.00.

David Brown

Farmoor 28th May

12 Sanderling
"Channel Wagtail"

Monday, 27 May 2013

Battle Farm, Preston Crowmarsh: 26th May

Battle Farm, Preston Crowmarsh
2 Grey Partridge

Thomas Stevenson

Benson & Ewelme Wildlife
Turtle Dove Otmoor 27th May (c) T.S

Sonning: 27th May

2 Little Ringed Plover: Workings opposite Lefarge main entrance.
2 Yellow Wagtail

Richard Marsh

Otmoor 27th May

Marsh Harrier (f) still over reed beds and Greenaways
Turtle Dove 3+ Cattle pens and along the main bridleway
Hobby 7 early afternoon (per Gareth)
Golden Plover 1
Snipe (drumming)
Little Egret
Yellow Wagtail 3+
No sign of the Bearded Tit this morning

Hairy Dragonfly along the Roman Road

Minster Lovell 25th-27th May

Quail (m) calling from a field on the outskirts of Minster Lovell for the past two nights

(per Andy Shirley)

Sunday, 26 May 2013

Standlake Pit 60 26th May

Turnstone 1
Shoveler 2
Teal 3
Pintail 1
Red crested pochard 3

Otmoor Sunday 26th May Bearded Tit

Found a female Bearded Tit along the bridleway this morning at about 10.30.
Ian Lewington cannot remember any  other spring or summer record in oxon for this species.
Lets hope it hangs around and finds a friend.

Beardie both pics above (c) Bark

(c) T.S

Otmoor Birding 

Farmoor 26th May

Oystercatcher 6
Dunlin 1
Sanderling 1
Common Sandpiper 1
Common Tern 6
Greenshank 1

Devil's Punchbowl: 26th May

Devil's Punchbowl
Wheatear: f.
3 Meadow Pipit
2 Corn Bunting
2 Yellow Wagtail
2 Raven

Mark Merritt

Saturday, 25 May 2013

Friday, 24 May 2013

Farmoor 24th May

Common Swift


Juvenile Swallow

Vile weather all day but great conditions for watching hirundines and swifts. Most surprising was a juvenile Swallow. Hard to imagine where this individual has come from, surely too cold and too early in the year for a UK bred bird....

8 Common Tern, 3 Whimbrel, 4 Ringed Plover & 2 Turnstone.

The Channel Wagtail is visiting the reservoir regularly but is flying off over to fields adjacent to the B4044 where it is perhaps breeding......

Port Meadow: 24th May

Port Meadow
26 Ringed Plover
2 Gadwall
Common Tern

Adam Hartley

Farmoor Reservoir 24th May

Swallow 400+ a number sheltering and feeding on mossy ground under wave wall by Causeway hide
also one Swallow in apparent juvenile plumage
House Martin 250+
Sand Martin 20+
Common Swift 150+

Yellow Wagtail 1m
Channel Wagtail 1m
White Wagtail 1m

Common Tern 2

Swallow in juvenile plumage

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Port Meadow: 23rd May

Port Meadow
26 Ringed Plover

Adam Hartley

Otmoor: 23rd May

Marsh Harrier: f/j.
2 Turtle Dove: In tree above feeders then flew to ground around cattle pens.

Alex Martin

Common Tern Otmoor (c) Peter Coombes

Farmoor 23rd May

Shelduck 2
Barnacle Goose 2
Ringed Plover 14
Turnstone 1
Dunlin 2
Common Sandpiper 1
Arctic Tern 1
Common Tern 5
Common Swift 1500
House Martin 100+

Dai, Ewan & Clackers

Barnacle Geese

Dunlin Farmoor 23rd May (c) Ewan

Blenheim 23rd May

Wheatear in field near North Lodge

(per Paul Wren)

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Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Farmoor 22nd May

More photo's here from Farmoor.... and beyond....

Sanderling 2
No sign of the Black necked Grebes
(per Andy Last et al)
Both Photos (c) Andy Last

Port Meadow: 22nd May

Port Meadow
2 Ringed Plover

Alex Martin

Port Meadow: 22nd May

Port Meadow
11 Ringed Plover

Adam Hartley
2 of 5 Turtle Doves this evening near the Cattle Pens on Otmoor (c) The Early Birder

Tackley: Tackley Wood: 21st May

Tackley: Tackley Wood
Cuckoo: Per D Langston.

Michael Hunt

Balscote Quarry: 22nd May

Garganey m. Early am, flew off.
Shelduck (Roger Evans)

Mark Ribbons
Redshank Otmoor (c) The Early Birder

Wolvercote: 22nd May

Oystercatcher: One flying over my back garden! alerted to it by its call. SP490099.

Steve Goddard

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Port Meadow: 21st May

Port Meadow
2 Ringed Plover
2 Shelduck

Adam Hartley

Farmoor 21st May

Black necked Grebes still present on F2 early evening

Probable Whiskered Tern early evening seen briefly but looked good.
Picked up as it flew over the western end of F2 and the causeway 
before dropping out of sight below the horizon. Despite subsequent
searching there was unfortunately and frustratingly no further sign.

Common Swift 500+
House Martin 50+
Dunlin 1
Common Sandpiper 1
Great Black backed Gull 2  (1st summer & 4th summer)
Common Tern 2

Sanderling 5 evening (Badger)

Tuesday 21st May Farmoor

2 Black-necked Grebes still 12:41at eastern side of F2 near the causeway and showing well (per Peter Law)

on F1 near the causeway at the east (car park) end. (per Dai John)

Otmoor: 21st May


Marsh Harrier: fem. Over reed bed.
4 Turtle Dove
3 Hobby
2 Oystercatcher: Ashgrave.
5 Common Tern: Two on raft. Three over.

Peter Coombes The Otmoor Blogger

Grasshopper Warbler
Little Egret 5

(per Terry Tossel)

Both photos (c) Peter Coombes

Monday, 20 May 2013

Port Meadow: 20th May

Port Meadow
Yellow Wagtail
2 Shelduck

Adam Hartley

Grimsbury Reservoir: 20th May

Grimsbury Reservoir
Little Ringed Plover

Gareth Blockley

Chadlington: 19th May

Quail: calling male. One calling male near Lower Court Carp Lakes. SP321212.

William Lishman

Otmoor 20th May

Marsh Harrier over Greenaways 15:45
Hobby 4
Turtle Dove 2
Grasshopper Warbler c/p field

(per Ewan)

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Sunday, 19 May 2013

Port Meadow: 19th May

Port Meadow
5 Ringed Plover
2 Little Ringed Plover
2 Dunlin
2 Shelduck

Adam Hartley

Otmoor 19th May

Hobby 12 reported at midday
Turtle Dove 2
Grasshopper Warbler 1+ cp/field
Lesser Whitethroat

Full weekend round up on Otmoor Birding
Yellow Wagtail (c) Peter Law

Sonning Eye GPs: 19th May

Sonning Eye GPs
2 Oystercatcher: on the new workings.
4 Little Ringed Plover: on the new workings.

Marek Walford

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Port Meadow: 18th May

Port Meadow
4 Ringed Plover

Port Meadow: Burgess Field Nature Park
Cuckoo: per Alex Martin.
2 Grasshopper Warbler: per Alex Martin.

Adam Hartley

Farmoor 18 May

In addition to below:
Snow Goose - 1 over Shrike Meadow!
Barn Owl - hunting as late as 11am
Cuckoo - heard but not seen
Yellow Wagtail - 1 female - causeway early on
Swift - loads low over the water & causeway!
Large Red Damselfly - 1 at Pinkhill despite cool conditions

Reed Warbler (c) Stephen Burch
Probable Montagu's Harrier (m) through a.m
Ringed Plover 2
Oystercatcher 4
Little Gull

(per The Wickster & Dai)

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Otmoor 18th May


Turtle Dove

(per Andy Last)

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photo (c) Andy Last

Friday, 17 May 2013

Farmoor 17th May

This evening

Sanderling 2
Turnstone 2

(per Andy Last)

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Otmoor.A.M. 17th May.

4+ Snipe
2 Turtle Dove
1 Cuckoo
2 Common Tern (on raft)
3 Curlew (displaying)
3 Stock Dove
1 Hobby.

East Hendred: East Hendred Downs: 17th May

East Hendred: East Hendred Downs
Quail: heard.

Mark Merritt

Venn Mill: 17th May

Venn Mill
2 Curlew

Mark Merritt