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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Otmoor: RSPB reserve: 30th September

2 Stonechat

(RSPB Otmoor & Terry Tossell)

Farmoor 30th September

Courtesy of Helaine Cadman

Red-necked Grebe along S/W edge of F2 11:50 (per Steve Young)

Ruff (per John Reynolds)
Shelduck 3
Ringed Plover 2
Rock Pipit 3
Wheatear 2
Clouded Yellow

(per Dai & Justin)

Ruff photo courtesy of John Reynolds

Monday, 29 September 2014

Otmoor. Afternoon.

Kingfisher.  Back on "the post".

Grey Heron.   Swimming!

First Screen.           Sparrow Hawk.
                              Water Rail.  2.  1 adult, 1 juvenile.

Julys Meadow.      4. Stonechats.   (seen earlier on path to first screen.)

Per.  H.W.  R.L.  J.C.  T.S.

Farmoor 29th September

Rock Pipit 2 causeway
Stonechat 1
Whinchat 1


Farmoor Reservoir: Farmoor I: 29th September

Farmoor Reservoir: Farmoor I
Common Sandpiper
Ringed Plover
3 Shelduck

Stephen Lockey

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Otmoor 28th September

Cetti's Warbler nr 2nd screen
Hobby 2
Redwing 2

(per Bark)

Full weekend review
tommorrow on Otmoor Birding
Ringed Plover Farmoor courtesy of John Reynolds

Grimsbury Reservoir: 28th September

Grimsbury Reservoir
Siskin: over south.

Gareth Blockley

Farmoor 28th September

Red-necked Grebe (D.L) along western
edge of  F1 15:00 (per Dai)

Yellow-legged Gull
Shelduck 3
Ringed Plover 3
Whimbrel (h)
Common Sandpiper
Yellow Wagtail

Courtesy of John Reynolds

Please view at 1080p HD
Courtesy of Mark Chivers
Courtesy of John Reynolds

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Chimney Meadows: 27th September

5 Stonechat: 3m2f.
Little Owl
Water Rail: (h).
36 Meadow Pipit

Mark Merritt

Lark Hill 27th September

Merlin (m)
c120 Golden Plover
6 Wheatear
5 Chiffchaff

Churn 27th September

Stonechat 3
Meadow Pipit c60
Corn Bunting 4
Yellowhammer 10+
Mistle Thrush 4

Stonesfield Common: 27th September

Firecrest: Briefly before going over common boundary on Ashford Mill side.
2 Blackcap
4 Chiffchaff
7 Bullfinch
2 Reed Bunting
3 Meadow Pipit
10 Skylark: Over.
7 Goldfinch

Paul Wren

Rushy Common: 27th September

(c) Martyn Roper

Great White Egret Rushy common Tar lakes area.

Martyn Roper

27th September Farmoor

Ringed Plover 2
Common Sandpiper 3

Keith Clack / Dai

Otmoor 27th September

Cetti's Warbler 2nd screen.
Heard calling three times (per Chris B)

Stonechat 7
Returning Wigeon Otmoor

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Farmoor 25th September

Red-necked Grebe courtesy of Dai

Red-necked Grebe No sign early evening-dusk on F2
11:15 and showing well (per RBA)
(Found by Tom & Greg Mabbett)

Little-ringed Plover reported
Common Sandpiper 2
Shelduck 3 (per Mark Chivers)
Tawny Owl (h)

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Farmoor Reservoir: Farmoor II: 24th September

Farmoor Reservoir: Farmoor II
2 Sandwich Tern: feeding for 1hr+.
Common Sandpiper
Green Sandpiper
Black Tern

Adam Salmon

Lollingdon hill; 24th Sep

4 Wheatear
5 Stonechat
1 Pied Wagtail
1 Chiffchaff
c300 Swallow averaging 100 per hour passing overhead.
1 Hobby

Otmoor: RSPB reserve: 24th September

Otmoor: RSPB reserve
4 Whinchat
3 Stonechat
2 Sparrowhawk
6 Yellow Wagtail
50 Meadow Pipit

RSPB Otmoor

Bicester Wetlands 24th September

Ruff juv 1 still present
Green Sand 5+
Snipe 10+

Access to the reserve requires a key.

Grimsbury Reservoir: 24th September

Grimsbury Reservoir
Yellow Wagtail
Probable White Wagtail

Gareth Blockley

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Otmoor 23rd September

Water Rail courtesy of Helaine Cadman

Marsh harrier 1
Buzzard 4
Sprawk 1
Hobby 2
Kestrel 2
Kingfisher 1
Water rail 1

(per Terry Tossell)

Jays & Lollingdon Hill 23rd September

1 Stonechat
1 Redstart
2 Wheatear
4 Chiffchaff
At least 14 Jay (12 also noted by TW yesterday flying high south near Cholsey Marsh)

Rushey Common area 23rd September

Snipe 7
Common Sandpiper
Green Sandpiper
Chiffchaffs c 10
Willow Warbler
Lesser Whitethroat
Stock Doves 8

Keith Clack

Monday, 22 September 2014

Combe: 22nd September

Hobby (per Adrian and Sandra Bletchley)

Enstone: 22nd September

Raven: North of Enstone flying over A44.

Stephen Akers

Otmoor 22nd September

Hen Harrier (ringtail) Ashgrave 17:20
  Then over the reed beds 17:40 & 18:40

                                                      Bittern 1st screen this morning & early evening.
                                                      4 Water Rails
                                                      1 Dunlin
                                                      2 Raven
                                                      1 Sparrowhawk (F)
                                                      (per Paul Greenaway)

Rough clips of the Ringtail please view at 1080p

Farmoor Reservoir: Causeway: 22nd September

Farmoor Reservoir: Causeway
Little Ringed Plover

John Gough
Cormorant at Farmoor courtesy of

Grimsbury Reservoir: 22nd September

Grimsbury Reservoir

Gareth Blockley

Bicester Wetlands Reserve 22nd September

                                     Ruff courtesy of Justin Taylor

Ruff  juv  1
Green Sandpiper 5
Snipe  8
Little Egret  1
Sparrowhawk 1

Nb: Entrance to the reserve requires a key.
Spotted Flycatcher Harwell Woods courtesy of Stephen Collier

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Chipping Norton: 21st September

Chipping Norton
2 Raven: pair. one alighted temporarily atop a telegraph pole dwarfing two Woodpidgeons on nearby telegraph wires - calling constantly. SP303252.

Stephen Akers

Grimsbury Reservoir: 21st September

Grimsbury Reservoir
Redstart: f. Along fencing dividing the reservoir from the field of cows near hawthorn bush after the bench.

Mark Ribbons

Lockinge: 21st September

21st September

2 Raven

Wantage: Lark Hill
Marsh Harrier: fem. Drifting east.
3 Whinchat
13 Wheatear
2 Stonechat: fem.
Hobby: juv.

Leo Bateman

Letcombe Bassett 21st September

3 Grey Wagtails
1 Kingfisher
1 Sprawk
Grey Wagtail (c) Stephen Burch

Pit 60, Standlake - Sunday 21st

Little Stint 1 juv (colour ringed)
Dunlin 1
Snipe 1
Green Sand 1
Common Sand 3
Pintail 1
Little egret 1

Otmoor 21st September

Grey Plover from the 1st screen 10:39 (per Graham Coleman)

No further sign by early afternoon.

Marsh Harrier
Water Rail
Snipe 10+
Wigeon 8
Whinchat 3
Stonechat (per Andrew Marshall)

Grey Heron courtesy 
of Mark Chivers
Chats courtesy of Andrew

Grimsbury Reservoir: 21st September

Grimsbury Reservoir
5 Yellow Wagtail
Spotted Flycatcher: In wood with tit/warbler flock.

Gareth Blockley
Otmoor Pheasant courtesy of John Reynolds

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Otmoor 20th September

Marsh Harrier
Turtle Dove briefly purring from hedge alongside bridle way but not seen. Chiffchaff lots

(per Nick Truby)

Farmoor 20th September

Little Gull 1 juv
Yellow Wagtail 4
Common Gull 5
Yellow-legged Gull 4

Little Gull photo courtesy of Lew

Grimsbury Reservoir: 20th September

Grimsbury Reservoir
2 Dunlin
Yellow Wagtail

Gareth Blockley

Friday, 19 September 2014

Otmoor 19th September

Marsh Harrier being mobbed by corvids over Big Otmoor
Whinchats m & 2f on visitor trail to first screen
Bittern flew over the bund between the reed beds from north to south then towards the ditch on the Greenaways side of the visitor trail (per Carolyn Whenman) 
Several chiffchaffs, some flying with mixed flocks of long tail tits and blue tits

(per Richard & Lyn Ebbs)

Farmoor 19th September

Curlew Sandpiper along causeway
Ringed Plover 5 13:15 (per Ewan)
Common Tern 2
Black Tern F1 11:50 (per Tezzer)

08:58 (per Dai)

Black Tern photo courtesy of Dai

The Insomniac Birder

Muswell Hill nr Piddington: 19th September

Chiffchaff/Willow Warbler 30+ within a large feeding group.
Raven 2

Colin Oram

Radley 19th September

No further sign of the Wryneck by early evening.

                                                   Stonechat along perimeter fence of H/I 
                                                   Cetti's Warbler
                                                   Kingfisher H/I
                                                   Green Sandpiper (per Ben Carpenter)

Oxford: 17th September

NB Two Days Ago
Probable Honey-buzzard: An individual much paler than nearby Buzzards, with 'stripes' on wings, dark carpals, head held out prominently, quite long tail. It flew off on its own in a roughly eastward direction. SP523094.

Steve Goddard

Grimsbury Reservoir: 19th September

2 Dunlin
Common Sandpiper
8+ Chiffchaff
Lesser Whitethroat

Thursday, 18 September 2014

18th September Radley GP - Wryneck!

Wayne Bull has found a Wryneck at Radley GP near the SE corner of lakes H & I between the perimeter fence and the train track (see map here)

Still present 18:30 (per Dominic Noris)

First seen at 12:55,  it has been seen several times since then.though elusive.

Sparrowhawk 2
Little Egret
Cetti's Warbler (Orchard Lake)

From Radley, drive down Thrupp Road/Lane.  Park here at shaded junction just after passing entrance to aggregates plant .  Walk SSE alongside Thrupp Lake to junction of lane with old railway line.  Follow cycleway WSW to next junction with very large metal gate on left side.  Turn left here and 'Lakes' H/I are one - continuous - area of developing shrub & woodland of birch and willow, surrounded by the chain-link fence on an embankment ahead; with the un-fenced Orchard Lake below.  Follow the chain-link fence past Orchard Lake and continue to follow as it turns left.
After c300metres, a wide level track (shown on map) is visible, with a small reedbed immediately beyond (shown as tiny lake on the map).  Still following the chain-link fence, continue c150 metres to reach the area where the Wryneck is frequenting.  Between here and on to just beyond the series of galvanised railings on the embankment.  It flies into the larger willows when not feeding on the well vegetated slope of the embankment.  To return to car, follow the fence line anti-clockwise back to the old railway line and on to the cycleway..

Otmoor 18th September

Whinchat 4

(per Phill Barnett)

Garsington Churchyard 18th September

Spotted Flycatcher 2
Chiff/Willow 6+
Goldcrest 3

(per Colin Oram)

Grimsbury Reservoir 18th September

Common Sandpiper

17:24 (per Gareth)

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Letcombe Regis - 17th September

A Wryneck was reported at Letcombe Regis allotments this afternoon but no sign this evening.

Otmoor RSPB 17th September

Grey Heron with small Pike see full story @

Marsh Harrier 2 (1 juvenile)
Hobby 2
Eurasian Sparrowhawk 1
Common Buzzard 2
Red Kite 10+

Little Egret 2
Grey Heron 4
Raven 1
Golden Plover 1 flew over calling

Green Sandpiper 1
Common Snipe 4
Kingfisher 2
Whinchat 5

(Per Ewan R.L.  T.S)

Flood Field
Green Sandpiper
Marsh Harrier

(RSPB Otmoor)
Whinchat photo courtesy of Tesser

Grimsbury Reservoir: 17th September

Ruff: imm.
Dunlin: ad.
Common Sandpiper

(Mike Pollard)

Ruff & Dunlin photo
courtesy of Mike Pollard.

Nature in the Heart of England

Blewbury 17th September

Juvenile Cuckoo Blewbury please view at 720p HD

                                              Mistle Thrush 25+
                                              Meadow Pipit 100+ in two flocks

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Otmoor: RSPB reserve: 16th September

Otmoor: RSPB reserve
2 Bittern: Reported early pm.

RSPB Otmoor

Otmoor 16th September

Marsh Harrier  juvenile; unsuccessfully hunting around the starling roost


(per Pete Roby)

5 whinchats on track to 1st screen
1 marsh harrier
2 hobbies
1 Sparrowhawk
1 buzzard
1 kingfisher
1 water rail heard from hide
2 ravens over Greenaways

(per Terry Tossell)

Bicester Wetlands Reserve 16th Sept

Little Stint (juv) still 13:30 (per J.T)

Access to the reserve requires a Key.
Photo courtesy of Nick Truby.

Watlington Hill. 16th September.

Sparrowhawk bathing.

Sparrowhawk bathing.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Moulsford 15th September

A329 nr Moulsford
2 Raven: Flying N over fields adjacent R. Thames - seen a couple of times prev - distant, but got a good look this time and confirmed. Tumbling around as they flew, not uttering the usual 'kronk', but a lighter, more crow like call. SU5985.

Mike Amphlett

Farmoor 15th September

Ruff 2
Common Sandpiper 
Yellow-legged Gull

(per Tracy Winkworth)
Photo courtesy of T.W

South Newington: 15th September

South Newington

Michael Hunt

Otmoor. Evening.


From the first screen.
               Also;        Green Sandpiper.

               Per.  A.L.  J.C.   M.C.   R.L.   T.S.

Bicester Wetlands Reserve 15th Sept

Little Stint (juv) still from Tower Hide.
Green Sandpiper 4
Snipe 8+

(per Nick Truby & JT)

Access to the reserve requires a key

Otmoor: RSPB reserve: 15th September

Otmoor: RSPB reserve
3 Whinchat

RSPB Otmoor

Otmoor.A.M. 15th September.

1 Tawny Owl (calling C.8:00)
3+ Water Rail
1 Raven (over)
1 Peregrine
1 Green Sandpiper
3+ Hobby
1 Whinchat.
Jay courtesy of John Reynolds

Lockinge: 14th September

Raven: At least one bird appears to be roosting in the village - calling from a tree until dusk.

Leo Bateman

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Hempton: 14th September

2 Raven

Stephen Akers

Chipping Norton: 14th September

Chipping Norton
Whinchat: f. A beautiful female sharing top of trimmed hedge near Sarsgrove Farm with Chiffchaff - very good close views. SP303252.
Raven: SP303252.

Stephen Akers

Bicester Wetlands Reserve 14th September

                               Little Stint
                               Green Sandpiper 2
                               Little Egret

                               Access to this fantastic B.O.S reserve is via a key.

Cumnor 14th September

Merlin ( male )

Farmoor 14th September


Little Stint 1 juvenile
Ruff 2 juvenile m & f
Dunlin 5 (John Gough)
Common Sandpiper 2

Yellow legged Gull 1 ad

Common Whitethroat 1m
Blackcap 4+
Common Chiffchaff 6+
Goldcrest 2
Tree Creeper 1
Swallow 2
European Stonechat 1m
Great Spotted Woodpecker 1
Redstart (per Dai)

Little Stint courtesy of Mark Chivers

Muswell Hill 14th September

Chiffchaff c6
Raven 6+

Raven photo courtesy
of Andy Last.

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