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Sunday, 29 September 2013

Farmoor, 29th September pm

Slavonian Grebe, F2 west end of causeway
Photo (c) Nigel Forrow
Slavonian Grebe on F2 from causeway
Black-necked Grebe still

Little Stint (per Jonathan Mercer)
Black Tern F2
Rock Pipits 2 on the causeway

(per Dai)

Little Stint photo courtesey of Dai The Insomniac Birder
Rock Pipit photo (Badger)


Radley 29th September

Juvenile Osprey at Lake M Radley today (Mike Kosniowski)
Red Kite
Buzzard c2

'The Osprey had just caught a fish, and took it to the top of the tree to have a snack'.

All pictures by kind permission of Mike Kosniowski

Saturday, 28 September 2013

Farmoor 28th September

Black-necked Grebe still 3p.m
Rock Pipit 2

(per RBA)

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Lark Hill 28th September

Tree Pipit around gallops and track through "Goddard's Brook" valley this morning, approx 1km S of West Lockinge
Stonechat (f)
Lesser Whitethroat
3 Corn Bunting
8+ Chiffchaff
6 Blackcap
c60 Meadow Pipit

Chimney: Chimney Meadows: 28th September

Chimney: Chimney Meadows
2 Stonechat: m,f.

Mark Merritt

Friday, 27 September 2013

Farmoor Reservoir: Farmoor II: 27th September

Farmoor Reservoir: Farmoor II
2 Black-necked Grebe: Still present.
2 Common Sandpiper

Jonathan Mercer

Otmoor.A.M. 27th September.

1 Water Rail
2 Turtle Dove (juv)
C. 15 Yellow Wagtail
1 White Wagtail
C. 50 Wigeon.
Yellow Wagtail.

Farmoor 27th September

Black -necked Grebe 2
Common Tern 2
Rock Pipit 1 ( Matt Prior )

Steve Young and Dai. 

Rushy Common 27th September

2 Dunlin 
1 Water Rail

per John Prowse

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Farmoor 25th September

2 Caspian Gulls (ad & juv) in the roost this evening (Nic Hallam)

Otmoor.A.M. 25th September.

4 Chiffchaff
4 Snipe
1 Sedge Warbler
1 Raven
3 Turtle Dove (2 juv)
This I think constitutes the third brood
of the season.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Farmoor 24th September

Ruff along causeway this a.m (per Dai)
Common Sandpiper
Belated report of a Rock Pipit on Sunday (per Matt Prior)

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Otmoor Kestrel Courtesey of Andrew Marshall
More of Andrews great pictures here

Monday, 23 September 2013

Stonesfield: Stonesfield Common: 23rd September

Stonesfield: Stonesfield Common
Reed Warbler
6 Bullfinch
4 Chiffchaff
Reed Bunting
2 Blackcap
2 Meadow Pipit: Over.

Paul Wren

Bicester Wetlands Reserve 23rd September

      Photo courtesey of Alan Peters

2 Ruddy Shelduck at B.W.R today and still present at 17:00 (per Alan Peters)
Both birds are unringed.

This brilliant little reserve near Bicester is owned and managed
by the Banbury Ornithological Society and is only accessed via
a key available through membership to the society.

Otmoor: NW: 23rd September

Otmoor: NW
Redstart: f.
2 Raven

Barry Batchelor

Otmoor.A.M. 23rd September.

1 Turtle Dove
2 Stonechat
1 Kingfisher
2+ Hobby
2 Snipe.

Turtle Dove photo courtesey of Derek Woodard.

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Port Meadow: 22nd September

Port Meadow
75 Golden Plover
6 Yellow Wagtail
10 Meadow Pipit

Adam Hartley

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Otmoor.P.M. 21st September.

1 Stonechat
1 Whinchat
1 Redstart
1 Barn Owl
c1500 Startling in roost
2 Hobby
2 Raven
1 Little Egret

Devil's Punchbowl 21st September

Wheatear (f) Devil's Punchbowl courtesey of Mr Merritt

Meadow Pipit 55
Probable Merlin

Farmoor 21st September

Marsh Harrier ( f ) over Shrike Meadow  09:00 hrs. 

The Insomniac Birder

Pit 60 21st September

Black-tailed Godwit 12
Common Sandpiper
Pintail 2

(Andy Last & Badger) 13:00

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Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Devil's Punchbowl: 18th September

Devil's Punchbowl
15 Grey Partridge: approx count.
2 Wheatear

Peter Law
Buzzard courtesey of The Early Birder

Otmoor The Pill 18th September

Whinchat 1
Yellow Wagtail 10
Common Snipe 9
Sparrowhawk 1

Radley 18th September

Green Sandpiper 3
Teal 6

Farmoor 18th September

Wheatear 2
Whinchat 1
Raven 1
Peregrine 1
Hobby 1
Meadow Pipit 3
Lesser Whitethroat 1
Common Sandpiper 3
Ringed Plover 2
Dunlin 1
Pintail 1
Yellow Wagtail 1

Dave Daniels and Dai.



Otmoor.A.M. 18th September.

1+ Turtle Dove
15 Meadow Pipit
16 Wigeon
2 Raven
1 Hobby
3 Snipe.
Turtle Dove with tattered tail.

G.C.Grebe with one of two chicks.
Chiff-chaff on Otmoor courtesey of The Early Birder

Monday, 16 September 2013

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Grimsbury Reservoir: 15th September

Rock Pipit
3 Meadow Pipit
Yellow Wagtail
Common Sandpiper

(per Clive Payne)

Farmoor Open Day with Oxford Ornithological Society

Strong SW winds providing a low covering layer of Hirundines over both Reservoir basins, but the forecast rain appeared only towards 1pm and then soon died out as wind speed increased. Peregrine hunting provided the best show with an amazing 6 Meadow Pipit the first of the Autumn for many. Morning's event species list is
Thank you to all who turned up and the volunteer team who did all the work.

Otmoor 15th September

Bittern flew from 1st screen towards 2nd screen c14:15 (per John & Peter Tucker)                              
Whinchat 1  (July's Meadow)
Wheatear (Noke Farm)
Black-tailed Godwit 11
Snipe 2
Common Gull
Turtle Dove

Lots of Hirundines over the reserve
Full weekend round-up on Otmoor Birding

Rushey Common & Tar Lakes 15th September

Dunlin 7
Curlew 2
Snipe 2
Green Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper
Good numbers of House Martins
Swallow 20+

(per Clackers)

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Pit 60 Standlake 14th September

Marsh Harrier (f)
Sparrowhawk (m)
Black-tailed Godwit 3
Ruff 2
Green Sandpiper 2
Common Sandpiper 3
Mandarin on island on the jet ski lake
Blackcap 2

Stanton Harcourt

Marsh Harrier (f) between Vicarage Pit & Dix Pit probably the same female from Pit 60

Rushey Common

Dunlin 2
Common Sandpiper 2
Lapwing c250
Red-crested Pochard 11
Pintail 3
Yellow-legged Gull 5


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Radley GP: 14th September

Garganey f. Lake M (Orchard Lake) flighty and vocal.
Green Sandpiper: Lake M.

Mark Merritt

Friday, 13 September 2013

Port Meadow: 13th September

Port Meadow
Egyptian Goose: leucistic bird.
Common Sandpiper: Along the river.
20 Yellow Wagtail: in amongst the horses

Adam Hartley

Farmoor Reservoir: Causeway: 13th September

Farmoor Reservoir: Causeway
6 Dunlin
4 Ringed Plover
Yellow-legged Gull
Yellow Wagtail

Peter Law

Bicester Wetland Reserve 13th September

Late morning

Green Sandpiper 8
Common Sandpiper 1
Common Snipe 1
Kingfisher 1
Teal 30+
Mallard 20+
Gadwall 1
Tufted Duck 2
Grey Heron 4

Otmoor.A.M. 13th September.

4 Snipe
4 Wheatear
3 Whinchat
1 Hobby
1 Turtle Dove

1066 13th September

Marsh Harrier (f) heading towards Abingdon Marina 13:18 (per Pete Roby)
Green Sandpiper 6

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Thursday, 12 September 2013

Standlake 12th September

Marsh Harrier
Black-tailed Godwit 3
Ruff 2
Green Sandpiper 1
Common Sandpiper 1
Little Egret 4

(per Brian Wyatt)

Garsington: 12th September

4 Spotted Flycatcher: Maybe more than 4,playing,chasing and catching insects in Hawthorns in the company of other migrants.

Stephen Lockey
Little Owl west Oxon photo courtesey of Andrew Marshall.
More of Andrew's brilliant bird & wildlife photo's  Here

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Bury Down 10th September

Honey Buzzard & Hen Harrier on Berks/Oxon border this morning (per RBA)

Bury Down

Farmoor 10th September

Yellow-legged Gull
Dunlin 5+
Ringed Plover
Yellow-legged Gulls
Spotted Flycatcher 3 nr Shrike Meadow this morning (per Dai)

Otmoor.A.M. 10th September.


2 Whinchat
1 Greenshank
2 Hobby
1 Sparrowhawk
2 Yellow Wagtail
2 Turtle Dove

Noke Farm

9 Yellow Wagtail

Whinchat Otmoor (Badger)

Monday, 9 September 2013

Farmoor Evening Causeway

Dunlin 5
Sanderling 1
Ringed Plover 1 Juv
Common Tern 4
Grey Wag 1
Pied's - c30 (increase on last few days?)
Mandarin 1 following Male Mallard along NE bank of F1
House Martin couple over F1
Sandwich Terns - No Show!

Port Meadow: 9th September

Port Meadow
Little Egret
10 Golden Plover
2 Yellow Wagtail

Adam Hartley

Standlake Pit 60 9th September

11.30am  Sandwich tern x 3  flew off S as soon as rain stopped. Sorry about the quality but on x200 zoom.  Yellow tip to rh bird's  beak was visible in scope

1x Marsh harrier

Adam Bassett writes:
Hi - are you sure that your Sandwich Terns were an adult and 2 juvs? I had 3 Sandwich Terns arrive at Little Marlow GP in S. Bucks at 2pm on the 9th, which could be coincidental, or they may have been the same birds. They were all adults, though 2 were very white-headed in winter plumage and one had more of a black crest. None showed any juv plumage and they all had yellow tipped bills. I think your bottom photo left bird may show a yellow tipped bill. Record shots of one bird only from Little Marlow are here. Let me know what you think - my bird looks quite similar to your white headed above, but is an adult in winter plumage.

Antony Collieu replies:
No you are right.  I have just gone back to my shots and found one of the third bird which looks just like yours. The trouble is it was raining heavily and the birds were viewed on a rocky outcrop behind an island with lush vegetation on it making viewing very difficult.  Also it is only the second time I have seen Sandwich Terns and so I am not an expert.  Thanks for pointing this out. I have amended my post.

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Standlake Common, 8th Sep

Marsh Harrier 1f
Green Sand 2
Common Sand 2
Snipe 2
Kingfisher 1
Little Egret 3
Pintail 1
& usual wildfowl but few passerine migrants today

Farmoor 8th September

Sanderling courtesey of Peter Law

9 Dunlin
Yellow-legged Gull

(per Peter Law)
Ringed Plover & Sanderling below
courtesey of Mark Chivers
More of Marks superb pictures at  The Early Birder

Lark Hill 8th September

3 Whinchat
5 Wheatear
4 Corn Bunting
c20 Skylark

Saturday, 7 September 2013

Farmoor 7th September

1 Curlew Sandpiper through this evening (per Dai)
6 Dunlin on causeway number rising to 14 by early evening (Badger)
4 Sanderling (Badger)
1 Ringed Plover
Common Terns

Dunlin & close up above - (Stephen Burch) - 
Dunlin & Sanderling (Badger)

(c) Stephen Burch

Sanderling (Badger)

Chimney: Chimney Meadows: 7th September

Chimney: Chimney Meadows
Peregrine: m.
Little Owl

Mark Merritt

Lark Hill 7th September

2 Whinchat near the reservoir
Whinchat (c) Stephen Burch

Grimsbury Reservoir: 7th September

Grimsbury Reservoir
Redstart: f/j. In the large hedge through the cattle field.
2 Raven
Grey Wagtail: Over high going south. Not sure if local or a migrant.
4 Chiffchaff: Many more than 4 around but 4 singing.

Gareth Blockley

Common Sandpiper (per Mark Ribbons)

Otmoor 7th September

Whinchat 12
Wheatear 2
Spotted Flycatcher
Raven 2
Hobby 2

(per the Otmoor massive)

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Farmoor 6th Sept

Common Tern juv begging for food.

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Farmoor 5th Sept

Black Tern

Black Tern

Curlew Sandpiper

This bird was only seen in flight.