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Sunday, 31 August 2014

Chipping Norton: 31st August

2 Wheatear
2 Raven

Stephen Akers

Grimsbury Reservoir: 31st August Evening

Black Tern - Juvenile present till 20:05 when it flew off high to south west
Common Sandpiper - Upper Cherwell Valley 'new pool' (Mark Ribbons)
2 Common Gull - adult and 1st winter

The wing stretch shortly before departure!

Otmoor 31st August

Redstart 4+ Long Meadow
Whinchat 4+ South Pil
Lesser Whitethroat 5+ Long Meadow
Whitethroat 4
Black Cap 2+
Chiffchaff 4
Willow Warbler 4
Raven 2

All the weekend highlights tomorrow
on Otmoor Birding

Redstart picture courtesey 
of Stephen Collier.

Farmoor 31 August morning

Curlew Sandpipers (c) Stephen Burch

Farmoor Aug 31st (06:45 - 10:50)

© Dave lowe - handheld iPhone scoped Curlew Sand

Curlew Sandpiper - 2 Juvs
Redshank - 10
Common Sandpiper - 2
Dunlin -15
Ringed Plover  - 1 Juv
Black Tailed Godwit - 1 Juv (islandica)
Little ringed Plover
Wheatear - 1 Juv
Yellow wag - 2
Swift - 1
Meadow Pipit - 1 (s)
Common Tern - 1 juv
Barn Owl - 1
Reed Warbler / Lesser Whitethroat / Sedge Warbler
Yellow Legged Gull - 1 ad
Teal - 1

(Dave Lowe, Dai John Gough & Stephen Collier)

Upper Cherwell Valley: 31st August

Upper Cherwell Valley
Probable Tree Pipit: Heard only and only once.

Gareth Blockley
Yellow Wagtail Farmoor courtesey of Mike Kosniowski

Kingsmere Pools

Pools near the Middleton Stoney Road on the new Kingsmere Estate

Kingfisher  1
Little Egret  1
Green Sandpiper  1

Grimsbury Reservoir: 31st August

Black Tern: Juvenile still present.
Spotted Flycatcher
Willow Tit 2
Yellow Wagtail 14

(per Gareth Blockley & Andy Last)

Both photo's courtesey of Andy Last

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Farmoor Roost 30th August

All the waders still present at dusk plus . . .

Med Gull 3 juv/1st winter
Common Gull ad and juv
Yellow-legged Gull 26
Black Tern 1 ad
Common Tern 1 1st summer
Barn Owl

Farmoor Waders by Badger

Otmoor 30th August

Osprey flew over Otmoor RSPB at 12:20 (per RBA)

Sent from my iPhone

Begbroke: Spring Hill: 30th August

30th August

Begbroke: Spring Hill
3 Spotted Flycatcher
Redstart: fem.

Simon Dowell

Farmoor Reservoir: 30th August

Farmoor Reservoir
Osprey: Flew in from the east + circled for about 20 mins hovering a couple of times before being mobbed by gulls and heading off south west.

Alan Petherbridge

Lockinge: 30th August

5 Spotted Flycatcher: 2 ad, 3 juv.

Leo Bateman

Otmoor 30th August

Whinchat 10 Noke Farm
Redstart 4 Long Meadow
Spotted Flycatcher 6 100 Acre
Yellow Wagtail 6+ 100 Acre


Grimsbury Reservoir 30th August

Black Tern still 11am (per Justin)
Greenshank 2
Little ringed Plover juv
Common Sandpiper
Whinchat 2
Willow Tit 2

(per Gareth & Mike Pollard)

Sent from my iPhone

Farmoor 30th August

Courtesey of Peter Law
Curlew Sandpiper 2
Black-tailed Godwit
Ruff 3
Dunlin 15+
Ringed Plover
Redshank 3
Common Sandpiper 10+
Redstart m nr Shrike Meadow
Yellow Wagtail

(per The Wickster, Dai, Dave Lowe, Mike Kosniowski & Peter Law)

Curlew Sand & Whinchat courtesey of  Mike Kosniowski

Nutwood Down: 30th August

Nutwood Down
2 Spotted Flycatcher
2 Corn Bunting

Mark Merritt

Friday, 29 August 2014

Grimsbury Reservoir: 29th August

Courtesey of Mike Pollard

Black Tern: imm. (Mike Pollard)

Lollingdon Hill 29th August

Redstart 2
Spotted Flycatcher 4
Chiffchaff 5+

(per Paul Chandler)
Cholsey Wildlife

Farmoor 29th August

                               Curlew Sandpiper 2 N/W corner of F1 19:30
                               Black Tern 2 09:55
                               Black-tailed Godwit
                               Dunlin 19
                               Ringed Plover
                               Common Sandpiper

Both pictures courtesey of Mark Chivers

Farmoor 29th August

3 Black Terns at 15:37 but no further sign early evening.

per Phil Barnett

Farmoor Reservoir 29th August


Curlew Sandpiper 2
Dunlin 16
Black tailed Godwit 1
Ringed Plover 1
Common Sandpiper 6
Yellow Wagtail 1

Otmoor.A.M. 29th August.

1 Marsh Harrier
1 Water Rail
1 Kingfisher
4 Whinchat
2 Hobby
1 Spotted Flycatcher.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Otmoor August 28th - evening

Marsh Harrier - male and female roosted in the reed bed
Greenshank - 1 Greenaways
Shelduck - 1 flying over Greenaways
Yellow Wagtail - good numbers following cattle around the reserve. 55 seen going to roost
Water Rail 2
Sparrowhawk 1 perched on far spit, from the first screen
Tawny Owl 1 male calling


Lollingdon Hill 28th August

Spotted Flycatcher 6
Wheatear 2
Chiffchaff 5
Willow Warbler
Whitethroat 2
Yellow Wagtail

(per Paul Chandler)
Cholsey Wildlife

Farmoor 28th Aug this evening

Curlew Sandpiper still F1 along the causeway at Farmoor (per Justin)
                         and showing well (18:30)

Ruff (RW)

Curlew Sandpiper (RW)

Curlew Sandpipers & Black-tailed Godwit please view at 720p or 1080p HD 
Curlew Sandpiper (RW)

Curlew Sandpiper courtesey of Mark Chivers

Otmoor 28th August

Green Sandpiper
Water Rail
Spotted Flycatcher x 5
Marsh Harrier
Hobby x 3
Snipe c20

Clackers/ Phil Brown

4+ Redstart
5+ Lesser Whitethroat
1 Sparrowhawk
2 Raven (over).

(per Paul Greenaway)

Yellow Wagtail 5


Farmoor 28th August

Ruff along causeway courtesey of Peter Law

Dunlin 20
Ringed Plover 5
Black-tailed Godwit

(per Dai & Steve Young 10:15)

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Port Meadow: 27th August

Port Meadow
2 Golden Plover

Adam Hartley

Otmoor 27th Aug

Spotted Flycatcher
Willow Warbler

Grimsbury Reservoir: 27th August

Grimsbury Reservoir
Little Ringed Plover: juv.
Yellow Wagtail 5

Mike Pollard

Nature in the Heart of England

Balscote: Balscote Quarry: 27th August

Balscote: Balscote Quarry
Green Sandpiper: 2 recorded in log book.
Common Sandpiper: Recorded in logbook.

Balscote: Balscote Mill
2 Spotted Flycatcher: By pond along the path Balscote & Wroxton Mill.
2 Redstart: m&f. In hedges along the path between Wroxton Mill & ClaydonHill Covert.
Spotted Flycatcher: In hedges along the path between Wroxton Mill & ClaydonHill Covert.
Raven: Over Balscote Priory Farm.

Mark Ribbons
Cormorant at Farmoor courtesey of John Reynolds

Otmoor A.M. 27th August.

3 Hobby
2 Kingfisher
3 Green Sandpiper
1 Sparrowhawk
1 Barn Owl (1:30 p.m.)
1 Marsh Harrier

M.o.D. Land :
5 Spotted Flycatcher
C. 30 Yellow Wagtail
4 Whinchat.

(per RW SW PR PG Greame Porter & Badger).

Farmoor 27th August

Adult Ringed PLover courtesey of Tezzer

                                         Ringed Plover 2 ad + juv
                                         Dunlin 16
                                         Black-tailed Godwit still along causeway
                                         Bar-tailed Godwit reported
                                         Black Tern 2 (per B.B)

                                         (per Tezzer & John Gough)

Juvenile Ringed Plover courtesey of Tezzer

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Otmoor: 26th August

Greenshank 1st scn
Green Sandpiper
Marsh Harrier

(per Joe Harris & Andy Last)
Little Owls nr Somerton courtesey of Nick Truby

Lollingdon Hill 26th August

Redstart 2
Chiffchaff 4
Yellow Wagtail
House Martin 100+

(per Paul Chandler)
Cholsey Wildlife

Farmoor 26th August

Black-tailed Godwit
Ringed Plover
Green Sandpiper
Dunlin 15
Yellow Wagtail (per John Reynolds)

(per Phil Barnett 16:18)

Dunlin & Yellow Wag pictures 
courtesey of John Reynolds.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Farmoor 25th Aug

Black-tailed Godwit in the rain.

Otmoor 25th August

Sparrowhawk, eyeing the Starling roost.
Sparrowhawk, eyeing me!
                                                          100 Linnet (Otmoor Lane).
1 Marsh Harrier (Greenaways)
                                                          1 Redstart (F. Kissing Gate)
                                                          Dunlin (Reedbeds)
                                                         1 Kingfisher (Reedbeds)
                                                         1+ Spotted Flycatcher (Greenaways, East End)
                                                         Starling roost.   2000 plus.

 (per Andy Last Paul Greenaway and Tesser)
Grey Heron.  Supper time.

Bicester Wetlands Reserve 25th August

Green Sandpiper 2
Common Sandpiper

Lesser Whitethroat

Black Cap
All pictures courtesey of Nick Truby