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Sunday, 30 November 2014

Otmoor 30th November

Bearded Tit 


Marsh Harrier

© Roger Wyatt

Farmoor: 30th November, morning

Pintail 1m
Little egret
Grey wagtail 2
Meadow pipit 2

iphone scoped kingfisher

Standlake, 30th November

Smew, 1m pit 27
Little Egret 2
RC Pochard 4
Stonechat 3
Siskin 2
Duck numbers building up, eg 400+ Teal
Lots of winter thrushes in the hedgerows

Chimney: Chimney Meadows: 30th November

Chimney: Chimney Meadows
15 Tree Sparrow
4 Water Rail: Heard.
4 Snipe
15 Golden Plover
8 Teal
600 Fieldfare: Conservative estimate.
100 Redwing

Mark Merritt

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Stonesfield: Stonesfield Common: 29th November

Stonesfield: Stonesfield Common
2 Mistle Thrush
106 Redwing
42 Fieldfare
2 Goldcrest
2 Reed Bunting
5 Bullfinch

Paul Wren

Otmoor: South Pill Ground: 29th November

Otmoor: South Pill Ground
2 Water Rail: Heard. 15:00.
Whinchat: Still present. 15:00.
3 Stonechat 15:00.
2 Raven 15:00.

Barry Batchelor

Friday, 28 November 2014

Port Meadow: 28th November

Port Meadow
4 Dunlin 15:00.
4 Redshank 15:00.
Black-tailed Godwit 15:00.
Pintail: fem. 15:00.
3 Yellow-legged Gull: ad. 15:00.

James Evry

Otmoor 28th Nov

Marsh harrier
Peregrine (m)
Many more ducks than recently (including about 20 shovelers) on view from north screen.
Golden Plover c2000
Lapwing c2000
Cetti's Warbler h 2nd scn
(per C.Whenman)
Yellowhammers (per J.Davies)
Mobile flocks of redwings, fieldfares and starlings all round the reserve.

(per Lyn & Richard Ebbs)

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Henley Rd GP's : Thursday 27th Nov.

R.B. Merganser (f) On south western lake from the hide.
Cetti's Warbler, 2,
Water Rail.

Port Meadow: 27th November

Port Meadow
4 Redshank
Black-tailed Godwit
2 Snipe
4 Pintail
Yellow-legged Gull

Adam Hartley

Otmoor.A.M. 27th November.

2 Barn Owl (flying together, carpark field) per N.W.
1 Bittern (reedbeds) per N.W.
4 Yellowhammer (carpark field)
1 Marsh Harrier (reedbeds)
1 Sparrowhawk (Greenaways)
1 Water Rail (reedbeds)
2 Stonechat (Greenaways)
40+ Snipe (reedbeds and Ashgrave)
1 Raven (over)
Lots of Winter Thrushes flying.

Reed Buntings courtesy of Tezzer

Lockinge: Lockinge Lake: 27th November

Lockinge: Lockinge Lake

Leo Bateman

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Port Meadow: 26th November

Port Meadow
4 Yellow-legged Gull: ad.
2 Shelduck
Redshank: heard only.
200 Lapwing

Adam Hartley

Otmoor. Afternoon. 26th. November.

Marsh Harrier. (distant)
Marsh Harrier.
Red Kite.    3.
Buzzard.     2
Stonechat.   2  (m + f)
Golden Plover.  800. plus.
Lapwing.  600. plus.

Per.  R.L.  T.S.

Rushey Common 26th November

Fieldfares and Redwings several hundred feeding around lakes
Feral Greylag Geese 155
Golden Plover c250 with 32 Lapwing over


Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Port Meadow: 25th November

Jack Snipe Feeding and sleeping on the far edge of the floods with several common snipe. 15:30.
2 Yellow-legged Gull: both ad. 14:15.

James Evry

Otmoor 25th November

Peregrine Ashgrave
Barn owl Morleys at 4.30

Courtesy of Andrew Marshall (old photo)

Starling roost started about 3.30 estimated at 40,000 plus.

(Terry Tossel and Ron Louch)

Grimsbury Reservoir: 25th November

Grimsbury Reservoir
Goosander: drk.

Gareth Blockley
Shoveler Otmoor courtesy of Tezzer

Monday, 24 November 2014

Little Bourton 22nd Nov

Belated report of a Short-eared Owl Little Bourton near the old lock keepers cottage on Saturday 22nd
(per Tim Clark) no sign yesterday.
But 2 Barn Owls (per Gareth Blockley)

Farmoor Reservoir: Farmoor II: 24th November

Farmoor Reservoir: Farmoor II
Red-necked Grebe: chased off by a GCGrebe, whereas conspecifics tolerated as usual. 11:00.
Goosander: male. 11:00.

Anthony Cheke

Cholsey Marsh 24th November

Again no sign of the reported Shrike sp this morning (per T.W)

Port Meadow: 24th November

Port Meadow
2 Dunlin

Adam Hartley
Male Stonechat on the Downs courtesy of Mark Merritt

Otmoor.A.M. 24th November.

1 Bittern (from second screen)
1 Cettis  Warbler (from second screen)
1 Marsh Harrier (from first screen)
1 Sparrowhawk (from first screen)
4 Stonechat
C.19 Snipe
2 Raven (over).

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Yarnton: 23rd November

2 Tawny Owl 23:00.

Nick Suckling

Otmoor: RSPB reserve: 23rd November

Otmoor: RSPB reserve
Marsh Harrier: active over reed bed 15:00-16:00.
Barn Owl: Moorleys from 16:30.
Woodcock: out of Moorleys at 16:38.

Peter Law

Cholsey Marsh 23rd Nov

No sign of reported Shrike sp this morning in bad weather,
or this afternoon by 16:30.
70+ Corn Bunting in the roost
2 Water Rail (per P.C & T.W).

(Andy Last, The Wickster, Gun-slinger, Badger)

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Stonesfield: Stonesfield Common: 22nd November

Stonesfield: Stonesfield Common
4 Reed Bunting
6 Bullfinch
95 Redwing
12 Goldfinch

Paul Wren

Cholsey: Cholsey Marsh Nature Reserve: 22nd November

Cholsey: Cholsey Marsh Nature Reserve
Great Grey Shrike: think it was a lesser grey shrike. I have a photograph. 15:00.

Mark Fox

Port Meadow: 22nd November

Port Meadow
Yellow-legged Gull: ad.

Adam Hartley

Didcot Landfill 22nd Nov

Green Sandpiper
Lapwing c75
Shoveler 6

Otmoor 22nd Morning

1 Marsh Harrier
1 Peregrine
1 Stock Dove
Great spotted woodpecker
Ross's goose in with greylag flock

Pill Ground:
Red Legged Partridge
100+ Fieldfare & Redwing

Broughton: Broughton Castle: 22nd November

Broughton: Broughton Castle
Osprey: Over low mobbed by corvids Per mr m tapper. 09:45.

Michael Hunt

Friday, 21 November 2014

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Port Meadow 20th November

1 adult Caspian Gull & 1 adult Yellow-legged Gull in the roost this evening.

Adult Caspian Gull

More details at Port Meadow Birding

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Dix Pit 20th November

Yellow legged Gull 7

Otmoor.A.M. 20th November.

2 Raven (over car park)
1 Sparrowhawk (bridleway)
2 Kingfisher (reedbeds)
12 Snipe (reedbeds)
1 Bittern (from 1st screen per N W)
1 Marsh Harrier (from 1st screen per N. W.)
1 Cettis Warbler (heard at second screen per R. C.)

Grimsbury Reservoir: 20th November

Grimsbury Reservoir
Willow Tit: In wood along river with the tit flock.

Banbury: Spital Farm Lake
2 Chiffchaff: 2 (possibly 3) between here and the sewage works.

Gareth Blockley

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Cropredy: 19th November

3 Raven: Some Rolling activity.

Michael Hunt

Otmoor.A.M. 19th November.

Ross's Goose.
1 Bittern (briefly from first screen)
3 Stonechat
10+ Snipe
1 Kingfisher
3 or 4 Yellowhammers (car park field)
1 Water Rail (calling)
1 Raven (heard Kronking)
Lots of winter thrushes.
1 Cettis Warbler (calling at second screen).

Farmoor Reservoir: Farmoor II: 19th November

Farmoor Reservoir: Farmoor II
Red-necked Grebe: Floating half-asleep by the boat launch area.Had moved on 2hrs later. 10:00.
Redshank 3 F1

Stephen Lockey

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Shoveler Grimsbury Reservoir courtesy of Bruce Hendrie

Monday, 17 November 2014

Port Meadow: 17th November

Caspian Gull: 1w. Briefly in the roost late evening before flying off. 16:35.
Yellow-legged Gull: ad. 16:35.
2 Redshank

Liam Langley

1 or 2 Short-eared Owls in Burgess Field   (Mary MacDougall)

Pit 60 16th Nov

Belated report of a Caspian Gull 3rdw
at Pit 60 Standlake on Sunday.

Caspian Gull 2 (ad + 4thw) on Dix Pit on the 15th.

(per SNT)

: 16th November

Raven: SU427846. 12:00.

Amanda Brown

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Saturday 15th November Port Meadow

1w Caspian Gull (c) Erik Sandvig
A belated report from Erik Sandvig of a 1w Caspian Gull on Port Meadow on Saturday afternoon. More details at Port Meadow Birding.

Farmoor Roost

Second winter Caspian Gull F.2.  Adult Mediterranean Gull.  8+ Yellow-legged Gulls

Dix Pit 16th Nov pm

Goldeneye 2 (1m & 1f)
Kingfisher 2

Blenheim Park 16th Nov am

Lesser Redpoll
Marsh tit
Tree creeper 5+
Great spotted woodpecker

Farmoor Reservoir: 16th November

Farmoor Reservoir
Red-necked Grebe: in NW corner of F2.
Redshank: F1/causeway.

Gareth Blockley

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Farmoor Roost

Massive roost on F.2. including 2 Caspian Gulls (2nd winter, left & fourth winter).

Blenheim Park 15th Nov

Lesser-spotted Woodpecker c30yards inside the park from the Combe gate entrance with Tit flock.
This morning.

(per Nick Truby)

Otmoor 15th November am

Marsh harrier
Stonechat 2
Snipe 5+ (1 drumming)
Golden plover 150+
Water rail
Cetti's warbler (h) at second screen (per Chris)

Farmoor 15th November

Red necked Grebe 1
Little Grebe 11
Common Goldeneye 3

Common Chiffchaff 1
Grey Wagtail 1
Meadow Pipit 4

Fieldfare 150+
Redwing 30+

Friday, 14 November 2014

Balscote Quarry 14th Nov

Possible Brent Goose at Balscote Quarry on far pool at 16:15 (per G.Porter)

Port Meadow: 14th November

Port Meadow
10 Golden Plover
600 Wigeon
50 Lapwing
100 Mallard
1000 Starling: Flew over east (presumably to roost at Otmoor).

Adam Hartley

Farmoor. Afternoon. 14th. November.

Pied Wagtail.

Attracted to its reflection.

Rock Pipit.  2.  Causeway.

Devil's Punchbowl: 14th November

Devil's Punchbowl
Woodcock: Flushed from long grass on high ground near to beech stand at Northern end. Most unexpected!. 08:00.
Raven 08:00.

Mark Merritt

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Stonesfield: 13th November

Barn Owl

Victoria Wren

Farmoor Reservoir 13th November

Red necked Grebe 1 west side of Farmoor 2
Little Grebe 6
Common Coot 136

Common Redshank 1
Common Snipe 7 Shrike Meadow
Kingfisher 2
Grey Wagtail 2

Redshank courtesy of Steve Lockey

Otmoor. Morning. 13th November.

Grey Heron, hunting for Voles.
Golden Plover.    700.
Lapwing.             500.
Snipe.                  10.
Stonechat.           6.    3. in Southern Pill Ground, 3 from Wetland hide.
Marsh Harrier.

Per.  P.G.  T.S.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Grimsbury Reservoir 12th November

Black Redstart Still at water treatment works 15:20 but very mobile

(per Gareth Blockley & Justin Taylor)

2 Peregrine: Flew over east at 10:50.

Picture courtesy of John-friendship-Taylor

Blenheim Palace

Unconfirmed report of two Black Redstarts recently on and around Blenheim Palace.

Moulsford 12th November

A329 nr Moulsford
8 Grey Partridge: 8+ birds flew from track alongside railway to centre of field opposite 'Little Willows' nursery. Flew too quickly in two groups to make a perfect count. SU592854. 14:20.

Mike Amphlett

Otmoor.A.M. 12th November.

1 Short-eared Owl (Greenaways being mobbed)
1 Sparrowhawk
1200+ Golden Plover (Noke End)
4 or 5 Stonechat.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Grimsbury Reservoir: 11th November

Courtesy of John Friendship-Taylor

Black Redstart: Grimsbury Water treatment works north side busy flycatching 14:00
(per Michael Hunt)

Still present - seems to be doing a circuit around the water treatment works - disappears for 10 mins or so then reappears 12:15 (per Graeme Porter)

Still present this morning (per Gareth Blockley)

Bicester Wetlands

Stonechat. 1 in Meadow
Little Egret
Shoveler. 12
Green Sand. 1

Monday, 10 November 2014

Banbury: 9th November

250 Pied Wagtail: 250+ Pied Wagtail going to roost in a small tree at the junction of Cherwell Street and Bridge Street.

Tom Coyne

Grimsbury Reservoir: 10th November

Black Redstart (first winter male?)

At the water treatment works near to the sailing club. Quite mobile in the area and often out of view for several minutes at a time.

No sign late afternoon after 4pm.

Balscote Quarry 10th November

Tree Sparrow 20+
Common Snipe 3
Lapwing 65
Sparrowhawk 1
Kestrel 1
Farmoor Meadow Pipit

Otmoor 10th November.

1 Jack Snipe (per RSPB)
2000+ Goldies (farmland west of reserve)
c1000 Golden Plover in field S of Islip to Merton road, 1/2 mile E of Islip (per Nick Suckling) 
750+ Lapwing (farmland west of reserve)
1 Kingfisher
1 Marsh Harrier
1  Peregrine
Fieldfare (hundreds coming in from the east).

Reed Bunting on Otmoor courtesy of Mark Chivers

Grimsbury Reservoir: 10th November

Grimsbury Reservoir
Probable Black Redstart: 1w male. Still present & showing well.

John Friendship-Taylor
A 'flight' or a 'gulp' of Cormorants at Blenheim courtesy of John Reynolds

Farmoor Reservoir 10th November

Grey Plover flew over this morning (per Dai)
Redshank: Far side of 1.

(John Gough)

Grimsbury Reservoir 10th Nov

Black Redstart on water treatment works 11:52 ( per Gareth Blockley).

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Devil's Punchbowl: 9th November

Devil's Punchbowl
3 Short-eared Owl

Victoria Wren

Rushey Common area 9th November

Chiffchaffs 3
Egyptian Geese 2
Lapwings c250
Golden Plover c100
Goldeneye 3f


Farmoor 9th November

Red-necked Grebe still at Farmoor today  photo courtesy of John Reynolds

Otmoor 9th November

Jack Snipe - From hide
Peregrine - Big Otmoor
Marsh Harrier
Lapwing c400
Golden Plover c1000

Letcombe Bassett: 9th November


 Distant record shots of an uncooperative Ring Ouzel

    Brambling (h)
Bullfinch 7
           Yellowhammer 30
       Corn Bunting 8
  Redwing 30
    Fieldfare 550

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Stonesfield: Stonesfield Common: 8th November

Stonesfield: Stonesfield Common
Blackcap: male.
100 Redwing: Plus.
15 Fieldfare
8 Skylark: Over.
7 Goldfinch
2 Meadow Pipit
Raven: Ashford Mill.
15 Yellowhammer: New Yatt.

Paul Wren

Farmoor Roost

2 Caspian Gulls (first winter & adult)
Adult Kittiwake

Shirburn Hill: 8th November

Great Grey Shrike Landed in a bush next to the path, only stayed a few seconds then flew off east. Not relocated, hopefully it was sheltering somewhere from the wind and rain.

Jackie Newcombe

Otmoor 8th Nov

Marsh Harrier
Stonechat  3+

Farmoor 8th November

Red-necked Grebe
7 Brambling flying west off the southern edge of Farmoor F2
at 07:25 (per Gareth)
Mandarin Duck (per Dai)

Mandarin courtesy of Dai

Devil's Punchbowl: 8th November

Devil's Punchbowl
2 Merlin: Enthusiastically harassing the Peregrine.
3 Stonechat
200 Linnet

Mark Merritt

Friday, 7 November 2014

Benson 7th November

No further sign of the two Swift sp by late afternoon (per Tezzer & The Wickster).
No sign Lollingdon Hill this afternoon (per Paul Chandler)

Forwarded from Cholsey Wildlife

Just now (12:20 pm), from my office window, I've seen two swift spp. heading south slowly over Benson Lane, in Crowmarsh. I had no binoculars, and by the time I got some they had gone, but I had fairly good views at moderate range for about a minute. All I can say is that they looked big, and I don't think they were Common Swifts due to the size and different flight action (but they were going into a strong headwind). If I had to put a name to them I'd say Alpine Swifts, but without a better views I can only say for sure that they were 'swifts', and 'they didn't look like Common'. (per RB).

Farmoor. Early Morning. 7th. November.

Great Northern Diver.

Great Northern Diver southern end
Of F2 until c09:00 then flew off N/W

Otmoor: RSPB reserve: 6th November

Otmoor: RSPB reserve
Merlin: Seen over Big Otmoor and Ashgrave.

RSPB Otmoor

Thursday, 6 November 2014

The Downs 6th November

Merlin hunting 

Barn Owl


Grey Partridge

Large flocks of Fieldfare today.