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April 9th Avocet & Great white Egret Port Meadow...6th Ring Ouzel...3 Little Gull Radley GPs...March 16th Wheatear Letcome Bassett...Garganey Pit 60...15th BLACK-THROATED DIVER Farmoor Res...Black Redstart Oxford...14th Little-ringed Plover Grimsbury Res... 3 Avocet Appleford... 12th CATTLE EGRET Pit 60...8th March Kittiwake Waterstock...

Saturday, 31 May 2014

Otmoor. Evening.

Whitethroat,  Morleys.
Garganey.   (drake).   Viewed in right hand channel from second screen.
                               Per. Sally Taylor and Tezzer.

Farmoor 31st

Rare Tern at Farmoor!  1st Summer Arctic Tern this afternoon.

Black Stork Warkwickshire

A Black Stork was report on RBA as flying SE over Leek Wootton in Warks. at midday today. If it carried on in that direction it certainly would have flown through Oxon airspace. It's worth keeping a look out for it.

Beckley: 31st May

Little Owl: on pole at a corner on B4027; flew off into tree in field.

Bill Trumble

Otmoor 31st May

Glossy Ibis still in N/E corner of The Closes at 16:20 tho elusive.
Little Egret c12
Turtle Dove 3+
Cuckoo 3+
Hobby 3+

M.o.D. Land
2 Curlew
1 Turtle Dove (calling)
1 Raven
1 Tawny Owl (M. calling at 11:00 a.m.)
2 Cuckoo (m&f).

(per Paul Greenaway)

Turtle Dove courtesey of Mark Chivers

Farmoor 31st May

Oystercatcher 2
Ringed Plover

(per Dai)

Otmoor 30/05/14

Otmoor Birds (c) Martin Chapman

Friday, 30 May 2014

Otmoor Friday 30th May: Glossy Ibis Still

Glossy Ibis still at Otmoor on the Closes 17:10 (per Andy Last)
In front of the hide at 9:20 am  (per Richard Ebbs)
At Blenheim
All photos courtesey of John Reynolds

Belated Hoopoe Report

Dai John has had a belated credible report of a Hoopoe c2 weeks ago on a farm near Witney.

Sent from my iPhone

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Otmoor. Evening.

Reed Warbler.  Closes.

Gargany  (drake).    Greenaways.  On scrape.    Per. Luke Harmons.
Glossy Ibis.             Closes.  (north east corner.)

Farmoor 29th May: Roseate Tern

Roseate Tern (c) Tezzer

Seen from West Bank of F2 . at Mid-day.
But no further sign by 16:00.

Otmoor.A.M. 29th May.

1 Glossy Ibis ( Closes)
2 Oystercatcher
2 Turtle Dove
2 Snipe
3 Cuckoo.

Redshank Otmoor courtesey of John Reynolds

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Port Meadow: 28th May

Port Meadow

Adam Hartley

Abingdon's Leucictic Starlings 28th May

The White (leucistic) Starling, which has been visiting my garden since 2008 and has bred on three previous 
occasions, has now bred to produce two white offspring. 

I first saw the three birds yesterday (27th May) and finally succeeded in getting a photo of all three 
together, this afternoon.

All photos courtesey of Mike Flemming
More of Mike's superb wildlife pictures at Mike Flemming's Natural History Photos

Horley: 28th May

Cuckoo (Michael Hunt)
Cuckoo m Shrivenham (Gareth)

Otmoor.A.M. 28th May.

2 Turtle Doves
2 Snipe (drumming)
1 Oystercatcher
Lots of House Martins.
Cuckoo Seen twice (per John Gough)

Turtle Dove courtesey of Jon Mercer

Monday, 26 May 2014

Chimney: Chimney Meadows: 26th May

Chimney: Chimney Meadows
3 Curlew
Grasshopper Warbler
Barn Owl

Mark Merritt

Claywell Hill 26th May

Spotted Flycatcher SP348054. (Mike Youngman)
Spotted Flycatcher 2 yesterday Wantage SU396879  (Mark Merritt)

Otmoor 26th May

Great white Egret still present this morning until 07:50 when it flew off high and to the east
(per Ewan Urquart)

Glossy Ibis
Turtle Dove 2 showing very well and purring on telegraph wires and dead tree
stump by path adjacent Moorleys.
Redshank 10

(per Stephen Akers)

     Sedge Warbler Otmoor courtesey of Mark Chivers

Bruern 26th May

Little Owl 1

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Otmoor 25th May. Great White Egret

Chipping Norton: 25th May

Chipping Norton
Raven: SP303252.

Stephen Akers

Otmoor. Evening.

Glossy Ibis and chums.
Glossy Ibis.  Closes.  Viewed from Wetland Hide.
Great White Egret.    Reported flying from Big Otmoor in the direction of Jacobs Stone.

Otmoor Great White Egret 25th May

Great White Egret c14:00-c15:00 then flew south and appeared to land somewhere on the RSPB reserve.
Found by Barry Bachelor in the field north of the Jacob Stone. there is a large pool in this field that dries out during the summer but is still quite full. Jacob Stone is along the bridleway between the 100 acre and Oddington (Bark)

 Great White Egret filmed through a hedge.

Glossy Ibis on Greenaways today
though mobile
Marsh Harrier (per Allan Jones)
Ruff male nr sum plum (per Geoff Wyatt)
Dunlin (per Dave Lowe)
Turtle Dove 2
Cuckoo 2+
Hobby c5
Mistle Thrush 14

No sign of yesterdays Bee-eater.

Downy Emerald 2 (per Geoff Wyatt)
Hairy Dragonfly 5+

Hobby this afternoon 
courtesey of The Early Birder.

Complete weekend round-up tomorrow
on Otmoor Birding

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Otmoor 24th May - Bee-eater

A Bee-eater was reported on RBA flying over Otmoor marsh at 6:30 pm.

We interrogated spoke to the finder who saw the Bee-eater, he is familiar with the species and was unaware of the significance of his record in Oxon as these birds are fairly common back home in Hungary. Apparently seen over Big Otmoor heading from west to east, it flew over low and called twice. There was no further sign by 20:40.

Ruff (m) nr summer plumage on Big Otmoor c 20:40
Turtle Dove 2

Hobby Otmoor courtesey of Mark Chivers

Farmoor 24th May late am/early pm

1 Whimbrel on causeway briefly
6 Turnstone
Whimbrel (c) Stephen Burch
Turnstone (c) Stephen Burch

Arncott 24th May

Wood Pigeon & Turtle Dove courtesey of Nick Truby

Turtle Dove perched on lights above hanger at old firing range 16:45.
(per Nick Truby)

Farmoor 24th May

0830-0930 In the rain!

Turnstone 1
Common Sandpiper 1
Common Tern 4
Yellow Wagtail 1m
House Martin 200+
Common Swift 100+
European Swallow 20+
Sand Martin 5
Cuckoo 1m

Friday, 23 May 2014

Farmoor 23rd May ( some flight shots)


Sanderling & Dunlin

Otmoor. Evening.

Linnet. Greenaways.

Bullfinch. (f)  Greenaways.

Bullfinch.  (m).  Greenaways.

Cuckoo.  Morleys.

Port Meadow: 23rd May

Port Meadow
Little Ringed Plover
Ringed Plover

Adam Hartley

Farmoor 23rd May

Sanderling 6+
Dunlin 8+
Oystercatcher 3
Turnstone 1

Tezzer and Dai.

also 2 Little Ringed Plover and 1 Common Sandpiper reported.

Rushey Common 23rd May

Little Egret 2
Good numbers of House Martins,Swallows & Swifts

(per Clackers)

Otmoor.A.M. 23rd May.

1 Ruff (showing well)
1 Oystercatcher
1 Dunlin
1 Snipe
Lots of Swift.
Garden Warbler Otmoor courtsey of John Reynolds

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Port Meadow: 22nd May

Port Meadow
2 Little Ringed Plover
2 Ringed Plover

Adam Hartley

RSPB Otmoor 22nd May

2 oystercatchers
1 ruff (male in amazing breeding plumage)
6 ringed plover

Also; 2 purring turtle doves, cuckoos everywhere, kingfisher, 2 hobbies, 2 common terns

North Newington: 22nd May

North Newington

Michael Hunt

Farmoor 22nd May

Sanderling 8 along causeway 08:09 (per Dai)

Sent from my iPhone
Sedge Warbler courtesey of Mark Chivers

Bucknell 22nd May

Hobby feeding over Bucknell to Ardley road @07:45 (per Nick Truby)

Sent from my iPhone

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Farmoor 21st May

Sanderling this evening (per RBA)

Sent from my iPhone

Otmoor.A.M. 21st May.

2 pairs of Turtle Doves.

Glossy Ibis
3 Snipe (drumming).
5+ Hobby.
1 Oystercatcher.
6 Little Egret.
Pair of G.C.Grebes + 3 Chicks.
4 Common Terns.
2 Raven.
4+ Cuckoo..

South Leigh: 21st May

Cuckoo (also present yesterday).

Richard Catling

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Upton House: 20th May

Upton House
4 Spotted Flycatcher: Two pairs on site - first pair close to the Reception hut, look to be building a nest in an ivy covered tree - have been in and out with nesting material. Second pair in the Wild Garden. If visiting remember it is National Trust and an entrance fee is charged, free if a NT member.

Graeme Porter

Otmoor 20th May

Sanderling from 2nd screen on Tern raft (R.E)

North of Burford 20th May

Montagu's Harrier 1f  - over downs a few miles north of Burford

Farmoor 20th May

    Sanderling courtesey of Dai

Black Tern 2 c13:45-c18:20
Sanderling 3
Ringed Plover

09:30 (per Dai & Steve Young)

Monday, 19 May 2014

Farmoor Reservoir: Causeway: 19th May

19th May

Farmoor Reservoir: Causeway
2 Ringed Plover
Little Stint

Farmoor Reservoir: Pinkhill
Sedge Warbler
Cuckoo: (heard).

Lia Verhoeff

Broughton: Broughton Park: 19th May

Broughton: Broughton Park
Redstart: Probable Male. Brief view on road near wooded copse between Broughton & Broughton Grounds today. Grey back & Orange Tail flying off the road.

Mark Ribbons

Otmoor 19th May

Glossy ibis 15:30 (on Flood field earlier over Greenaways P.G)
Pair of garganey.
2 ringed plover.

2 Raven.
1 Curlew (calling).
2 Cuckoo 1 seen in trees bordering car park and MoD land, 2nd seen from top hide on telegraph wires.
2 Turtle Dove

(per Paul Greenaway & Graeme Porter)

Turtle Dove at Asham Meads BBOWT Reserve this morning (per Tim Dixon)

"Two Turtle Doves" Otmoor courtesey of Stephen Collier

Caversfield: 19th May

Cuckoo: Heard.

John Gough

Farmoor. AM. 19th May.

House Martins.

Collecting nesting material.
Two Common Sandpiper.      Causeway.
Arctic Tern.      F2.  Southern edge

Per. Dai, and T.S.

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Otmoor 18th May

Montagu's Harrier (m) flew over Greenaways towards the Pill being mobbed by gulls c08:10
(Pete Barker et al)
Glossy Ibis courtesey of Mark Chivers

Glossy Ibis still at 05:55 from the Wetland Watch Hide and showing well (RBA) 
And again in flight c09:15.
Hobby 4+
Garganey drake
Ruff nr sum plum
Turtle Dove 2

Full weekend round up tomorrow on Otmoor Birding

Chipping Norton: 18th May

Raven 2 pair. SP303252. (per Stephen Akers)
Raven Great Rollright (per Thomas Steven)
Turtle Dove Otmoor courtesey of Mark Chivers