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Saturday, 30 November 2013

Farmoor 30th November

Red-necked Grebe F2
Redshank 4

(per B.B)

Otmoor 30th November

Hen Harrier r/t Greenaways
Ruff 5 Ashgrave
Golden Plover c25
Wigeon c1000
Pintail 1 dk 2nd sc
Stonechat 2 nr hide
Marsh Tit nr feeders

Photo courtesey of Mark Chivers

Friday, 29 November 2013

Port Meadow: 29th November

Port Meadow
8 Yellow-legged Gull: 4xad, 3w, 2w, 2x1w.
3 Dunlin

Adam Hartley

Otmoor. PM. 29th November.

Hen Harrier.  Ashgrave.
Snipe.     14.   Overhead.
Lapwing. 500+
Golden Plover  50+
Pintail. (m).  2nd screen.

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Port Meadow: 28th November

Caspian Gull: ad.
4 Yellow-legged Gull: 3ad & 1w.
5 Dunlin

More details at Port Meadow Birding

Adam Hartley

Farmoor 28th November

Caspian Gull 2nd w at 16:00   (Nic Hillam)

Farmoor. PM. 28th November.

Rock Pipit.

From Causeway.

Otmoor.A.M. 28th November.

20+ Snipe
1 Peregrine
1 Chiffchaff
600+ Lapwing (one flock).

Paul Greenaway

2 Hen Harrier: Western and eastern edges of Greenaways at the same time.
Merlin: Greenaways.
Pintail: male.
Green Sandpiper: 2nd screen briefly.
60 Golden Plover
12 Yellowhammer

Peter Coombes

Kite on a kill.

Farmoor 28th November

1 Rock Pipit
8 Meadow Pipit
1 Common Sandpiper
1 Dunlin
3 Redshank
1 Shelduck
8 Goldeneye
12 Pochard
350+ Tufted Duck
Red-necked Grebe still present on F2.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Balscote Quarry 27th November

Great Grey Shrike still present at Balscote Quarry B.O.S today (per Roger Evans)

27th November Otmoor Dusk

Starling roost now estimated at over 40,000 birds.
Very mobile between northern and southern reedbeds but no massive display.
Sparrowhawk x 2

Otmoor.A.M. 27th November.

1 Tree Sparrow (feeders per Jack)
1 Ringtail Harrier (per Jack)
C. 50 Yellowhammer ( by new hide)
6+ Bullfinch.
1 Marsh Tit.
1 Kingfisher (per Alec Nightingale)

photo courtesey of Alec Nightingale

Port Meadow: 27th November

Port Meadow
5 Dunlin
2 Yellow-legged Gull

Adam Hartley
Wigeon & Teal  on Port Meadow (c) Adam Hartley

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Sonning Eye GPs: 26th November

Sonning Eye GPs
Scaup: drk.

Henley Road GPs
Red-crested Pochard: drk.
Goosander: fem.

Hugh Netley
This Grey Heron was observed hunting Voles on Otmoor this week.
Both photos courtesey of Mark Chivers.

Otmoor: 26th November

2 Woodcock: out of Moorleys at dusk.
Sparrowhawk: male. on Greenaways.

Peter Law

Balscote/Alkerton: 26th November

Balscote -
Great Grey Shrike seen briefly on hedge near village (c.SP389421)
Golden Plover c.200

Balscote Quarry -
48 Snipe, 17 Wigeon and 12 Teal reported in logbook

Alkerton -
Mixed flock of 50 Skylark and 80 Linnet (c.SP383433)
Great Spotted Woodpecker

East Hanney: A338: 23rd November

East Hanney: A338
Merlin: fem. Perched in low scrub beside A338, south end of the village.

Leo Bateman

Monday, 25 November 2013

Standlake 24 and 25th November

Goosander x1 (3rd day of visit)
Pintail x1  the oversummering  bird
Pochard x5
Peregrine x1
Little Egret x1

Curlew x 1 an unseasonal visitor
Goldeneye x2  Back again after a short absence
Gadwall x55

Balscote/Alkerton 25th November

Great Grey Shrike
Bird was in the centre of the
disused quarry at SP386431
then flew S over road.

Nick Suckling

photo Badger

Otmoor: 25th November



Hen Harrier fem. Ashgrave.
300 Fieldfare: 300 plus.
Redwing: 50.
Treecreeper: Car Park.
70 Golden Plover: Over.
Green Sandpiper: 2nd screen.
4 Stonechat
Marsh Tit

Peter Coombes

The Otmoor Blogger

Devil's Punchbowl: 25th November

Devil's Punchbowl
Greenshank: Over to South-West. Quite a double take when I heard the call!.

Mark Merritt
Stonechat on Otmoor courtesey of Alec Nightingale

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Bagley Wood 24th November

Woodcock (per The Wickster)

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Henley Road GPs: 24th November

Henley Road GPs
Scaup: drk. On the pit behind the garden centre.

Marek Walford

Henley Road GPs

Churn: 24th November

15 Corn Bunting

Peter Law

Banbury: 24th November

Peregrine: Flew south over warwick road.

Gareth Blockley
Common Buzzard Otmoor

Farmoor 24th November

Red-necked Grebe still on F2 in N/E corner
Goosander (m)

(per Dai)

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Port Meadow: 24th November

Port Meadow
3 Dunlin
1000 Golden Plover
Yellow-legged Gull

Adam Hartley

Ridgeway above Letcombe Bassett: 24th November

Ridgeway above Letcombe Bassett
21 Corn Bunting
2 Stonechat

Devil's Punchbowl
Merlin: m.
80 Linnet

Mark Merritt

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Balscote 23rd November

Great Grey Shrike

Great Grey Shrike again between Balscote and Alkerton 13:50-14:20
About here

Take A422 from Banbury then take the first left after the Balscote Quarry turn
signed to Alkerton. View quarry from first set of double gates on the right.

This afternoon the Shrike spent much of its time hunting along the far hedge which
borders the quarry and the A422.
Also Merlin (m)

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Otmoor 23rd November

Bearded Tit 1+
Hen Harrier r/t Greenaways
Water Rail
Little Egret
Stonechat 2

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Woodcock flew from Morleys (car park field) to The Closes c16:45
Tawny Owl (h)
Starling c20,000 in the roost late p.m in the reed beds.
nb the walk from the car park to the reed beds takes 20-30 mins.


Friday, 22 November 2013

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Otmoor: 21st November

Woodcock: flew out of Moorleys to The Closes.

Peter Law

Otmoor. Early PM.

Starling.  Morleys.

Male Shoveler.  2nd screen/hide.
Starlings.        Large flocks throughout reserve.

Flood Field.    Perigrine.  2.  1m.  1f.

2nd Screen/hide.  Kingfisher.

Ashgrave.  Stonechats.  1m. 1f. still active around hide.

Otmoor.A.M. 21st November.

1 Peregrine
C. 20 Golden Plover
1 Sparrowhawk
1 Hen Harrier (reported)

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Port Meadow: 19th November

Port Meadow
750 Golden Plover
2 Pintail
2 Yellow-legged Gull

Adam Hartley

Otmoor: 19th November

Woodcock: commuting between Moorleys and the Closes at dusk.
Tawny Owl: calling from Roman Road area.

Peter Law

Farmoor 19th November

Red-necked Grebe F2
Common Sandpiper
Redshank 3

(per Wayne Bull)

Wayne Bull's Wildlife Blog

Otmoor.A.M. 19th November.

1 Bittern (per T.J.)
1 Merlin (per Zoe & P.C.)
2 Kingfishers
Several Hundred Lapwing.
Kingfisher looking for dinner

Lapwing facing the cold wind

Monday, 18 November 2013

Balscote 18th November

Great Grey shrike still between Balscote Quarry & Alkerton (per Banburybirds)

Farmoor 18th November

Goldeneye 8
Shoveler 5
Stonechat 2
Little Owl 1
Fieldfare and Redwing 100s
Little Grebe 15
Great Crested Grebe 90+
Red-necked Grebe still present on F2.

 Red-necked Grebe


Farmoor Reservoir: 18th November

Farmoor Reservoir: Farmoor II
Common Sandpiper
Goldeneye (f)

Stephen Lockey

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Lockinge: Lockinge Lake: 17th November

Ardington Lake
Green Sandpiper: Possibly two. SU4288.

Lockinge: Lockinge Lake
4 Mandarin Duck: 2m, 2f.

Leo Bateman

Foxholes Reserve: 17th November

Foxholes Reserve

Peter Law

Port Meadow, 17th November

Mediterranean Gull
Redshank 2
Pintail 4 (2m & 2f)
Yellow Legged Gull
Golden Plover 1000+

Alkerton: 17th November

Great Grey Shrike still present Alkerton/Balscote Quarry area
c. 12:00 seen by Clive Payne at Two Tims Farm near road
c. 13:35 seen by me between the tip and disused quarry here

Also Raven, 20 Teal, 4 Wigeon, Siskin, several Snipe and Tree Sparrows.

Farmoor 17th November

Caspian Gull (ad)
Merlin (per NJH)

Red-necked Grebe  F2 (per Mike Youngman)
Shelduck 4 (per Dai)
photo (c) Dai


Saturday, 16 November 2013

Otmoor, 16th November

Stonechat - pecking at its own reflection in a hide window
Stonechat - ejecting what looks like a berry stone - Hide
Grey Herons in a flap - Greenaways
Plenty of Fieldfares about - 2nd screen
Photos (c) Nigel Forrow

Sparsholt: Sparsholt Firs/Tower: 16th November

Sparsholt: Sparsholt Firs/Tower
Brambling: Squawking among chaffinches.
2 Raven: Cronking from treetop.

Ridgeway Down
8 Grey Partridge: SU430845.

Mark Merritt
Oxon Kites courtesey of Andrew Marshall

Otmoor 16th November

Hen Harrier r/t
Pintail 3
Bearded Tit 2
Stonechat 3

(per The Wickster)

Snipe over Otmoor courtesey of Peter Coombes



Cothill Fen, 16th November

Firecrest 1
Tawny Owl
Treecreeper 3
Great Spotted Woodpecker 3
Green Woodpecker 2
Song Thrush 3

(per Andy Last & Terry sherlock)

Farmoor, 16th November

3 Redshank
5 Goldeneye
Common Sandpiper

(per Andy Last & Terry Sherlock)

Grey Wagtail
Red-necked Grebe showing well close to the causeway on F2

Phil Brown

Photo (c) John Edwards

Stonesfield Common 16th November


Paul Wren

Friday, 15 November 2013

Farmoor: 15th November - Caspian Gull

This 2nd winter Caspian Gull was a surprise find seeing as there were so few gulls in the roost.

                                                           2nd winter Caspian Gull (IL)

                                                       Nice wing shot (Nic Hallam)

                                                         2nd winter Yellow-legged Gull

                                               Bar-tailed Godwit - rare bird in November

Oxford, 12th November - Black Redstart

A female Black Redstart was seen briefly by Martin Townsend (the county moth recorder) in his garden in south-east Oxford on Tuesday. It may be worth checking out some likely spots near by.

Otmoor.A.M. 15th November.

1 Kingfisher
4+ Stonechat
1 S.E.Owl (very light coloured)
1 Peregrine (juv on ground)
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail)
Several hundred Fieldfare.
    (per S.R. & P.G.)

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Otmoor 14th November

No sign of male Hen Harrier today.

Hen Harrier

Hen Harrier


Otmoor. 14th November. P.M.

Stonechat.  Near first screen.

Bittern.  From second screen.

Bittern climbing the reeds.
Hen harrier.
Sparrow hawk......Both seen at Starling roost.

Black tailed Godwit....5........Flying out from Greenaways.

Farmoor Thursday evening

Courtesey of Derek Woodard

R.N.Grebe 1 on west side of F1
Dunlin 1 on causeway
Redshank 3 in SE of F1
Common Gull still a good number of larger much darker birds - L. c. heinei race?
L B-b Gull Some extremely dark birds of the intermedius race

Birds and their photography the talk by Roger Wyatt


'Birds and their photography 
Wednesday 13th November 2013 at 7:45pm

Otmoor.A.M. 14th November.

1 Bittern
2 Sparrowhawk
1 Redpoll
14+ Snipe
1 Dunlin (yesterday)

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Dorchester: Dorchester complex: 13th November

Dorchester: Dorchester complex
7 Egyptian Goose

Thomas Stevenson

Balscote Quarry 13th November

Great Grey Shrike recorded in the log book this morning (3/4 hedges back from the reserve), but no sign early afternoon
also 53 Common Snipe

Port Meadow: 13th November

2 Dunlin
3 Pintail
1 ad. Yellow-legged Gull

Gnome & Liam Langley

Farmoor 13th November

Red-necked Grebe still on F2 this morning (per Dai)

Otmoor 12th November

Just had a late report of a male Hen Harrier seen yesterday. Worth looking out for.

Otmoor: 13th November

Pintail: male. In front of 1st screen.
Marsh Tit
27 Snipe
4 Stonechat

Peter Coombes

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Farmoor Roost 12th November

Adult Med Gull courtesey of Nic Hallam

Caspian Gull (ad)
Mediterranean Gull (ad)
Yellow-legged Gull 5

(per NJH)