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Monday, 31 March 2014

Wroxton: 31st March

Shelduck just north west of Wroxton on flooded arable field by Ironstone Lane (per Allan Jones)

Oxon Downs 31st March

Iceland Gull

Iceland Gull


Farmoor 31st March

Little Gull 18 (10 still present at 15:30)
Willow Warbler 2

(per Dai & Steve Young)

Shoveler courtesey of Dai
The Insomniac Birder

Otmoor 31st March

Reed warbler (heard and seen) beyond second screen
Bearded tit (f) in hedge behind 2nd screen.
Hen harrier (r/t) over flood field
Oystercatcher x 2 flying over north reedbed

(per Richard Ebbs)

6 Redshank         John Gough
Marsh Harrier    Neil Hammatt
Sand Martin 18 
Kestrel courtesey of Jeremy Dexter

Grimsbury Reservoir: 31st March

Grimsbury Reservoir
Curlew: Over south.
2 Blackcap: m.

Gareth Blockley

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Farmoor 30th March


Dunlin 1
Rock Pipit 1
Swallow 1
Common Goldeneye 2
Gadwall 2
Great Crested Grebe 35

Nuthatch Farmoor courtesey of Mark Chivers

South Leigh: 30th March

South Leigh
2 Raven

Richard Catling

Otmoor 30th March

Cuckoo h (per Bark)
Bearded Tit f
Hen Harrier r/t late p.m
Oystercatcher 2
Curlew h
Golden Plover c100
Shelduck 2

Full weekend round up tomorrow on
Otmoor Birding

Bearded Tit courtesey of Peter Law

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Pusey Common Wood: 29th March

Pusey Common Wood
Raven: In flight.

Jonathan Mercer

Farmoor 29th March

White Wagtail 1 nr eastern treatment works
Rock Pipit 2 along causeway

Port Meadow 29th March

Iceland Gull juv 13:13 (per RBA)

Sent from my iPhone

Otmoor 29th March

Chiffchaff courtesey of Andy Last

Marsh Harrier
Hen Harrier r/t
Wheatear 3
Bearded Tit (f)
Sand Martin

Friday, 28 March 2014

Port Meadow: 28th March

Port Meadow
17 Shelduck
 5 Oystercatcher

juv Iceland Gull at 11:30 am (per RBA)

Adam Hartley

Farmoor 28th March

Willow Warbler
Swallow 2
Sand Martin c40
Rock Pipit
Little Egret

(per Dai)

Otmoor.A.M. 28th March.

1 Marsh Harrier (Imm. M)
Hen Harrier r/t from the 2nd screen at 11:15 (per RBA)
1 Marsh Tit
2 Curlew
1 Merlin
1 Nuthatch
1+ Treecreeper
1 Bearded Tit (per Jack Davies et al).
Goldcrest Blenheim Park courtesey of Nick Truby

Grove: Airfield: 28th March

Grove: Airfield
2 Yellowhammer
Reed Bunting: male.
10 Linnet
Kestrel: male.
4 Lapwing

Amanda Brown

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Farmoor - 27th March

 2  Rock Pipits in very different plumage on the causeway

Juvenile Iceland Gull and first winter Caspian Gull at 17.45 in F.2. roost. Adult Little Gull. 2+ Rock Pipits, Oystercatcher, 2 Swallows.

Port Meadow: 27th March

Port Meadow
5 Oystercatcher
13 Shelduck
3 Goosander

Adam Hartley

Lollingdon Hill

Iceland Gull, 1 with Lesser Blackbacks on flood.
6 Wheatear
Raven flew south.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Farmoor Roost

2 Iceland Gulls (both juvs). 1st w Mediterranean Gull. 3 Shelduck

Port Meadow: 26th March

Port Meadow
13 Shelduck: also the exotic Cape Shelduck.
8 Oystercatcher

Peter Law

Farmoor 26th March

Couldn't get near the Little Gull, but one of the Rock Pipits and the Dunlin were more co-operative. 

Farmoor Res 26th March

Little Gull (ad) this afternoon (per Dai)


Dunlin 1
Swallow 1 (resting on filters in works compound)
Kingfisher 1 (crossing Farmoor 1)
Common ChiffChaff 3
Black headed Gull 600+
Gadwall 1m
Common Goldeneye 5

Henley 26th March

Ring-necked Parakeet 3 Fair Mile Henley c14:40 (per Mark Chivers)
Corn Bunting The Ridgeway March
Courtesey of Mike Kosniowski

Farmoor 26th March

Rock Pipit 3 along causeway (per Dai)

Otmoor: 26th March

Marsh Harrier courtesey of T.S

Marsh Harrier: fem. Over reed bed.
2 Dunlin
3 Pintail
400 Golden Plover

Peter Coombes
Sparrowhawk Otmoor
Courtesey of Andy Last

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Farmoot Gull Roost Extras

Add to the gull roost: -
Leaving the 'common' birds for Nick to find.... The rarest bird of the roost.... a Black-headed Gull with partial albino plumage; completely white flight feathers and wing coverts. 2nd only such plumage I have noted in 40 years of gulling !
L B-Backed: Few 100 of both L.f. intermedius and Dutch intergrade 'races'
Yellow-legged: Few 10's
Herring: few 10's
Roost well worth a look; especially if you have a bright Swarovski scope (like Nick); which I do not...damn it !
Also 1 Mipit

Farmoor - 25th March

F.2 Roost:
First winter Caspian Gull (different to last weeks bird).
Juvenile Iceland Gull.

2 adult Little Gulls on F2 @ 16.45.

Monday, 24 March 2014

Otmoor: 24th March

Hen Harrier

Joe Harris

Port Meadow 24th March

  Little Ringed Plover  (2 today)

Shelduck (1 of 13)

Oystercatcher (3 of the 4)

Farmoor Roost

2 Iceland Gulls ( adult & juvenile) roosted on F.2.

Otmoor. PM.

Great Crested Grebe.

    Peregrine.       2.
 Little Egret.     7.
Snipe.             9.
Redshank.       9.
 Linnet.             8.

Port Meadow: 24th March

Port Meadow
13 Shelduck
4 Oystercatcher
3 Redshank
OTHER SPECIES: Cape Shelduck.

Adam Hartley

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Stonesfield: Stonesfield Common: 23rd March

Stonesfield: Stonesfield Common
20 Snipe
45 Fieldfare: Over.
2 Reed Bunting

Paul Wren

23rd March Oxon Downs

Iceland Gull 1st winter on flooded fields on the downs.
Iceland Gull 1st winter


Common Buzzard

Port Meadow: 23rd March

Port Meadow
2 Oystercatcher
5 Redshank
2 Goosander
16 Shelduck
Yellow-legged Gull: 3w.

No sign of any Iceland Gulls by 6:30 pm

Adam Hartley

Farmoor 23rd March

 Red-breasted Merganser
Male Red- breasted Merganser still present at 09:20 at least on F2
But no further sign by late afternoon
Oystercatcher 2 causeway
Sand Matin 80+
Swallow 1  
Rock Pipit courtesey of JT

Short clip of the Merg.

Letcombe Bassett 23rd March

Ring Ouzel, 2nd bird, also male, seen at Sparsholt Firs

                         Wheatear, one of 17+ in the Letcombe Bassett / Devil's Punchbowl area this morning.

2 Raven
2 Corn Bunting (singing male)
120 Linnet
105 Fieldfare
Kites and Buzzards ubiquitous as ever.

Grimsbury Reservoir: 23rd March

Grimsbury Reservoir
Willow Warbler: m. Singing.
Blackcap: m.
White Wagtail

Gareth Blockley
Wheatear Otmoor 23/3
Courtesey of Andy Last

Rushey Common 23rd March

Little-Ringed Plover (conveyor belt lake)
Black-tailed Godwit
Sand Martin 50+

(per Clackers)
Mute Swan courtesey of John Reynolds

Cholsey 23rd March

Wheatear 9 at Lollingdon Hill nr Cholsey this morning (per Paul Chandler) Cholsey Wildlife

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Port Meadow: 22nd March

2 ICELAND GULL: 1w & 2w.
3 Oystercatcher
11 Shelduck
2 Goosander: m & f.
2 Pintail

Adam Hartley

Grimsbury Reservoir: 22nd March

Grimsbury Reservoir
2 White Wagtail: With 40 plus pied wags.
6 Sand Martin

Gareth Blockley

Bushy Leaze Copse 22 March

Marsh Tit (c) Stephen Burch

Cholsey 22nd March

Wheatear 7 (5m) Lollingdon Hill

(per Paul Chandler) Cholsey Wildlife

Otmoor 22nd March


Little-Ringed Plover (Big Otmoor)
Black-tailed Godwit 3 (Big Otmoor)
Bearded Tit 1f
Wheatear 7+
Sand Martin 3+
Little Egret 12+
Shelduck 3 (Ashgrave)

They Came...

Sand Martin courtesey of Andy Last
Wheatear courtesey of Mark Chivers

Farmoor 22nd March

Swallow 2
Sand Martin 100+

(per Dai)

The Imsomniac Birder
Sparrowhawk Bicester courtesey of Nic Truby

Friday, 21 March 2014

Port Meadow: 21st March

ICELAND GULL from 17:45 to 18:15 at least (per Steve Goddard)

10 Shelduck
6 Oystercatcher
Black-tailed Godwit
2 Pintail
several Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs singing along the canal

Adam Hartley

Frilford Friday Chiffchaff

Chiffchaff singing in Frosts Garden Centre, Millets Farm, near Abingdon

Grimsbury Reservoir: 21st March

Grimsbury Reservoir
Probable White Wagtail: 1 probable with 27 pied wags this evening.

Gareth Blockley
Radley Thrupp Lake
Courtesey of Mark Chivers

Cholsey: Lollingdon Hill: 21st March

Cholsey: Lollingdon Hill
2 Wheatear: m. South side of hill - sheep field.

Gareth Blockley

Otmoor. AM.

Chiff Chaff.  First screen.

Lone Bearded Tit (f.).  First Screen.

Wheatear.  Ashgrave.
Ashgrave.                Wheatear.        3.
                               Redshank.        Displaying.

Reedbeds.              Bearded Tit.

Noke End.              Wheatear.        4.    
                              Mistle Thrush.   2.    (per Jack Davies.)

Big Otmoor.           Golden Plover.  500.  approx.

Grimsbury Reservoir: 21st March

Grimsbury Reservoir
16 Sand Martin

Gareth Blockley

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Brightwell-cum-Sotwell 20th March

Wheatear 5 Bightwell-cum-Sotwell (per Brian Wyatt)

Otmoor.A.M. 20th March.

2 Nuthatch (Sling Copse)
3 Shelduck
1 Black-tailed Godwit
C.250 Golden Plover
5 Stock Dove.

Below: Hen Harrier 19/3 courtesey of Mike Flemming


Farmoor 20th March

Wheatear (per Steve Young)
Shelduck 2
Egyptian Goose 2

(per Dai)

Sent from my iPhone

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Wheatear, Lollingdon Hill

Courtesey of Paul Chandler

1 Wheatear, initially found by TW, present along track leading away south from the hill.

Cholsey Wildlife