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Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Farmoor 31st July

Dunlin 4
Turnstone 3 
Sanderling 2
Ringed Plover 2
Common Sandpiper 5
Yellow Wagtail 4

Grimsbury Reservoir: 31st July

Grimsbury Reservoir
2 Common Sandpiper

Peregrine: Flew low south over Warwick Road/Southam Road crossroads.

Gareth Blockley

Buscot 31st July

Turtle Dove by the shop and tea room in Buscot this afternoon (per Jon Prowse)

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Farmoor 30th July

Dunlin 10
Common Sandpiper 6

(per Andy Last)

Dunlin photo courtesey of Peter Law

Otmoor 30th July

Dunlin 4
Green Sandpiper 7
Redshank 3
Little Egret 3

Monday, 29 July 2013

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Aston 28th July

Redstart 1 (Just tail views in hedgerows near Great Brook)

(per J.Dexter)


Rushey Common 28th July

Sightings from this morning

3+ Green Sandpiper
1 Common Sandpiper
2 Ringed Plover
1 Dunlin
2 Little Egret

Per Clackers

Sonning Eye GPs: 27th July

Sonning Eye GPs
21 Egyptian Goose: on the new workings.
Common Sandpiper: on the new workings.

Marek Walford

Saturday, 27 July 2013

Farmoor 27th July 2013

8 Common Sandpiper
3 Dunlin
2 Redshank
Yellow Wagtail
Matt Prior

The Downs 27th July

                                          Juvenile Yellow Wags;
                                          at least 21 present, more than half of which were juveniles.

Friday, 26 July 2013

Otmoor. 26th July.

Long Tailed Tit.
Early evening:  Greenaways, Kingfisher, two together.  Ashgrave, Greenshank. Little Egret x 9.

Farmoor 26th July

Whimbrel F2 tho mobile 09:25 (per Dai)

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Thursday, 25 July 2013

Farmoor 25th July

Sandwich Tern 1
Turnstone 1
Sanderling 2 along the Causeway 10 a.m

(per Dai) The Insomniac Birder


Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Grimsbury Reservoir: 23rd July

Grimsbury Reservoir
2 Common Sandpiper
Little Ringed Plover

Mark Ribbons

Redstart: Lollingdon hill

Redstart seen and heard this afternoon in the hedge that leads south towards the A417.

Monday, 22 July 2013

Farmoor, 22nd July - 20.00 - 21.00

Five Sandwich Terns (adults). Three Mediterranean Gulls (adults). 1 Black Tern (adult). 50+ Yellow-legged Gulls. 15 Common Terns.

Otmoor. 22nd. July.

One of two Bearded Tits seen on edge of reedbeds,  8.20am.

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Sonning Eye GPs: 21st July

Sonning Eye GPs
2 Common Sandpiper
Mandarin Duck 6(3fem+3juv) Well grown juvs - on the new workings

Henley Road GPs
2 Egyptian Goose
Marek Walford

Farmoor 21st July

Common Scoter (m) F1 07:50 (per Dai)

The Insomniac Birder

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Devil's Punchbowl: 20th July

Devil's Punchbowl
2 Wheatear: 1 juv, 1 unresolved flying black t.
4 Corn Bunting

Mark Merritt

Friday, 19 July 2013

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Farmoor 18th July

Greenshank 1
Turnstone 1
Common Sandpiper 2
Little Ringed  Plover 1

The Insomniac Birder


                                                      Corn Bunting.

Otmoor: RSPB reserve: 18th July

Otmoor: RSPB reserve
2 Greenshank: On pool by cattle pens.
2 Quail: One calling by cattle pens, the other by the first screen.

John Edwards

Bernwood Forest 18th July

Common Crossbill 1
Raven 5

and 2 Purple Emperor at least

More from Burnwood here

Otmoor.A.M. 18th July.

2 Turtle Doves
1 Marsh Harrier (F)
1 Quail (still calling)
1 Greenshank.
3 Redshank (J).

2 Yellow-legged Gull Ashgrave (Badger)

Big Wild Sleepout

Join us on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th August at Wytham Woods to camp out at the Oxford University's famous research woodland! Go badger watching, bat detecting and find out what else may be active in the wood at night. There will be a bbq and a campfire to sit around, tell wildlife stories and toast marshmallows. 4pm saturday to 11am sunday and costs members: Adult £30/child £18 and Non members: Adult £38/child £22.
For more information
This is an exciting and unique opportunity to visit the woods and see the residents that make it such a special place.

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Otmoor 17th July

Water Rail
Turtle Dove 2
Redshank 4
G.B.B.Gull 4

(per Mark Merritt)

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Standlake Pit 60 July 16th

Standlake Pit 60 July 17th

Common Tern  21 incl 8 juv
Curlew 2
Lapwing c180
Little Egret 9
Mute Swan 57
Coot 141
Oyster Catcher 4
Teal 3
Great Crested Grebe 10 (including 2 newly hatched yesterday and today, ? one more to come)

Islip: 17th July


Michael Hunt

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

M40 Junction 6: 16th July

M40 Junction 6

Alan Stevens

Linky Down: 16th July

Linky Down
Redstart: male. In the top scrub, showing well and calling near the gate.

John Edwards

Monday, 15 July 2013

Farmoor 15th July

Photo courtesey of Andy Last
Common Scoter (m) F2 early evening but no sign of the female (per Andy Last)
Also 2 Yellow-legged Gulls

Otmoor. 15th July

 Early morning Reed Warbler
Juvenile Sedge Warbler

Otmoor 15th July

2 Green Sandpiper: On Scrape Grenaways.
Turtle Dove
11 Little Egret
Kingfisher: Along ditch Greenaways.
2 Redshank

(Peter Coombes) Otmoor Blogger

Greenshank flew into hide ponds stayed 10 minutes and then flew east.
2 Turtle Dove: two flying together but saw single birds for the 2 hours I was there.

(Rod Scaife)

Raven courtesey of Peter Coombes

Farmoor 15th July

Common Scoter (f) still present this morning on F2 (per Dai)

The Insomniac Birder

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Lockinge: 14th July

Hawfinch Flying between trees along main road through Lockinge, moving north.
Also heard calling. SU424877.

Leo Bateman

Farmoor 14th July

Photo courtesey of Dai The Insomniac Birder
Photo courtesey of Peter Law

Female Common Scoter on F2 per Dai still present this evening + 2 Dunlin

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Saturday, 13 July 2013

Ipsden: 13th July


Sonning Eye GPs
Common Sandpiper: On the new workings.
4 Little Ringed Plover: 1ad+3juv. On the new workings.

Marek Walford

Chimney: Chimney Meadows: 13th July

Chimney: Chimney Meadows
Grasshopper Warbler

Mark Merritt

Friday, 12 July 2013

What do you call two crows on a branch? Attempted murder.

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Otmoor.A.M. 10th July.

3+2 (J) Turtle Dove
2 Quail
1 Sparrow-Hawk (F)
1 Curlew (calling)
1 Marsh Harrier (F)
1 Green Sandpiper
2 Raven.

Juv Turtle Dove Otmoor
(c) Paul Greenaway.

 More about the juvenile Turtle Doves on Joe's fantastic RSPB Otmoor Blog

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Letcombe Bassett: Gramps Hill: 9th July

Letcombe Bassett: Gramps Hill
12 Yellow Wagtail: inc. several juveniles. SU368838.

Mark Merritt

Hanwell: 9th July

2 Spotted Flycatcher: pair. breeding pair at the church. flycatching in churchyard.

Gareth Blockley

Monday, 8 July 2013

Sunday, 7 July 2013

Saturday, 6 July 2013

Farmoor 6th July

Common Tern Farmoor 6th July (c) M.Chivers
More superb photos from Mark at

Farmoor 6th July

5 Common Sandpiper

(per Justin)

Otmoor 6th July am

Green sandpiper 3
Bearded tit 1f along bridleway
Garganey 2
Hobby 2
Turtle dove 1
Kingfisher 1
Curlew 1

Friday, 5 July 2013

Standlake Common, 5th July

Marsh Harrier 1m
Little Egret 4
Oystercatcher 2
Pintail 2
Teal 5
Lesser Whitethroat 1
Common Tern 2

Otmoor.A.M. 5th July.

    Roman Road:

2 Tree-creepers
2 Tawny Owls (calling 12:15 P.M.
they sounded like juveniles).
2 Turtle Dove.

Churn: 5th July

7 Corn Bunting: Good numbers of these were singing, a couple carrying food.

Steve Goddard

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Otmoor 4th July

1 Dunlin
1 Green Sandpiper
4 Redshank

No sign of yesterdays Black-wits.

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Sonning Eye GPs: 4th July

Sonning Eye GPs
Little Ringed Plover: Off the B478 Playhatch road Lafarge new working pits .

Ralph Watts

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Bicester Wetlands Reserve 3rd July

4 Little Ringed Plover
3 Green Sandpiper

(per Alan Peters)

This superb little reserve is owned and managed
by the Banbury Ornithological Society and accessed only by key.

Oxford 3rd July

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Photo courtesey of T.S

Otmoor late afternoon 3rd July

6 Black Tailed Godwits ( 5 in full summer plumage)
5 eclipse Wigeon
12 Teal
1 Garganey
7 Redshank
6 Green Sandpipers

Otmoor.A.M. 3rd. July.

Common Tern & chick

 1 Marsh Harrier (F)
2 Bearded Tits ( from 1st screen)
1 Kingfisher
3 Common Tern + 1 chick.

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

South Stoke

House Martin

House Martin

These builders needed a little rain today.

Mistle Thrush

Mistle Thrush family Kidlington Courtesey of Joanna Harding

Monday, 1 July 2013

June Round Up

Hobby by Andy Last

In what would normally be the start of the summer birding doldrums June delivered what was quite possibly the biggest county bird news of the century... The female Bearded Tit seen on Otmoor at the start of the month was considered by most as unseasonal however on the 10th the thinking rapidly changed with the discovery of two juvenile birds.Young birds moult in to their adult plumage through July with a post breeding dispersal taking place within the following autumn and winter. There have been disputed historical records of breeding pairs along the Thames prior to 1838, however if it could be proven, this would constitute the first breeding record within Oxfordshire.

one of two juvenile Bearded Tits on Otmoor (c) T.S

A Hoopoe was reported near Marston in flight over the A40 on the 2nd with a possible  sighting earlier in the day at Stanton St John. 

Five Black Terns graced Farmoor Reservoir on the 7th in what has so far been a poor year for these enigmatic birds. A singing Tree Pipit near Pishill on the 10th was a surprise discovery of what is now sadly, a difficult bird to catch up with in the county.

Eclipse Garganey Otmoor (c) Pete Barker

A Dipper was reported near the Cascade within the Blenheim Palace gardens towards the end of June
and it's easy to speculate that this is possibly the bird displaced from Crawley Wier/Witney over the winter. The female Marsh Harrier was seen throughout the month on Otmoor with a second bird in the south of the county seen intermittently until the 29th at least.

Quail numbers gradually increased through June with up to 9 birds heard in various locations on the Downs and at least two calling males 'wet lippin' at Otmoor RSPB. Turtle Doves continued to enthral visitors to the moor with numbers peeking at four.

A returning female Redstart found at Farmoor on the 29th reminds us that at least for some within the avian world, autumn is just around the corner.

Back in Time – Chumming for Black Grouse

by Paul Chandler

On the 6th March 1993 our team took a late winter trip to Scotland on a twitch for a Ross’s Gull near Inverness but unfortunately after the long journey north it turned out not to be there (though fortunately I had seen one in 88 in Devon). We hired a car from a local dealer where my daughter then worked, a Ford Granada automatic, a bit of a novelty back then so we all had a drive of it during our trip. Geoff and Roger Wyatt, Martin Hallam, Justin Taylor and myself all went north and decided to make a week end of it so after dipping the gull we continued up to Grantown on Spey to clean up on some Scottish specialities.

We arrived at Grantown and booked in to a B&B and then went to one of the local hotels to get some food and a few beers, as luck would have it there was a two piece band performing in the hotel that night complete with a drum machine, guitar etc, doing covers of pop songs from the 60’s and 70’s which fortunately or unfortunately (depending on your view) we all knew the words to, so as the beer flowed so did our vocal prowess led by our choirmaster Geoff. We even complimented vocally the drum machine intros and sang along with just about every track they played and at one point the guitarist broke a string but we managed to fill in on the song until the guitar was restrung. Come the end of the night we even got applause from band themselves and some of the audience - needless to say we were well oiled!

This was one of several trips to Scotland we made for various rarities and we must admit that apart from the birds (‘cos they are in our notebooks) the memories of the rest of the trips tend to be rather vague and especially as influenced by alcohol. On one trip we camped in Grantown cemetery for a night as we could not get a B&B, luckily it was not Halloween that night.

Anyway, the following morning we are out early, all with various degrees of a hangover and Roger being particularly worse for wear. One of our target species was Black Grouse as Justin had not seen them before so we started a tour of potential sites. Every now and again we would have to stop for one of the passengers to get out of the car and regurgitate some of the previous nights intake. Now at one point Roger said “stop the car”, he opened the passenger door and immediately regurgitate and at that point two male Black Grouse flew from right to left over the car that proves the point that “chumming” and for Black Grouse inland can work. Some irony here also as in the back seat Martin was sat on one side of the car and saw them, me sat on the other side saw them but Justin sat in the middle missed them and he was the one who needed to see them! However we did see some more on the trip so Justin did get his Black Grouse. 

Overall we had a pretty good week end with Crested Tit, Scottish Crossbill, Golden Eagle, Ptarmigan, Red Grouse, Black Grouse, Snow Bunting, Iceland Gull, Goshawk, Hen Harrier, Capercaillie, thousands of Pink-footed Geese, a Snow Goose, many Common Eider and a several Red Squirrel.

Thanks to Geoff Wyatt for his input on this one.

Kingham 01st July

Great Spotted Woodpeckers currently providing entertainment in our garden