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Saturday, 31 January 2015

Otmoor. 31st. January.

Marsh Harrier. 
Marsh Tit.  2.
Merlin.     (Morleys.)

Per.  The Otmoor M.

Standlake Pit 60 31st January

1 Long-tailed Duck - very difficult to see as it was spending nearly all its time diving
1 Little Egret
Long-tailed Duck record shot 
(c) Stephen Burch

Bicester Wetlands

Water Rail 2
Grey Wagtail
Little Egret 3

Sutton Courtenay 31st January

Caspian Gull 1st winter at Sutton Courtenay this afternoon but very few other gulls.

Please view at 720p HD

Foxholes BBOWT 31st January

4 Woodcock

Nutwood Down: 31st January

Nutwood Down
80 Corn Bunting 08:00.
2 Raven: Displaying. 08:00.

Mark Merritt
Golden Plover courtesy of Stephen Lockey

Friday, 30 January 2015

Ewelme: Rumbolds Copse: 30th January

Ewelme: Rumbolds Copse
17 Grey Partridge

D Moden

Port Meadow: 30th January

Port Meadow
Yellow-legged Gull: 3w.
2 Shelduck
6 Pintail
2 Goosander

Adam Hartley

Otmoor.A.M. 30th January.

Marsh Tit this afternoon  Morleys. (car parking area) courtesy of Tezzer.

3 White-fronted Goose

(Paul Boult)

125+ Linnet (path by hide)
1 Sparrowhawk (path by hide)
1 Marsh Tit (car park)
1 Merlin (Otmoor Lane).

Kingston Bagpuize: 30th January

Kingston Bagpuize
Peregrine: fem. Circling after putting up c300 Woodpigeon then flew west. 11:55.

Jed Cleeter
Otmoor Geese courtesy of Martin Chapman

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Port Meadow 28th January

1w Caspian Gull
adult Yellow-legged Gull
2 Shelduck
+ Pintail (which I didn't count)


1w Caspian Gull (c) Gnome

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Lower Radley 28th January

Whooper Swan 2 still in field to the north of Radley College Boatyard 10:20 (per RBA)

Otmoor.A.M. 28th January.

1 Marsh Tit (Feeders)
1 Marsh Harrier (Reedbeds)
1 Ross's Goose (Farmland).


2 Grey Partridge
24 Golden Plover

Henley Road GPs: 27th January

1 Red-breasted Merganser (f)
1-2 Smew (rh)
7 Goosander (5m, 2rh)
7 Goldeneye (including 2m)
Cetti’s warbler-1 singing

Pochard, Tufted duck, Gadwall, Shoveler, Mallard, Teal, Wigeon, Little Grebe, Great crested grebe, Coot, Grey Heron, Cormorant, Water rail

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Grimsbury Reservoir: 27th January

Willow Tit
Siberian Chiffchaff
2 Chiffchaff
7 Wigeon (over)
c.100 Lapwing (over U.C.V.)

More at Grimsbury Birds

A34: 27th January

3 Barn Owl: Dead. 3 Botley, Kidlington & Nr M40. All on Northbound side...horrendous :-(. 07:42.

Peregrine: male. 3 miles south of Bicester exit over M40. 07:42.

Jed Cleeter

Otmoor 27th January

Marsh Harrier
Peregrine 2
White-fronted Geese 3
Ross's Goose (feral)
Woodcock 1
Stonechat 2
Linnet c200
Reed Bunting c50

(per Phil Barnett,John Reynolds,Terry Tossell & Ron Louch)

Stonechat courtesy of John Reynolds
Marsh Harrier courtesy of Martin Chapman

Monday, 26 January 2015

Iffley: Wet Wood: 26th January

Iffley: Wet Wood
Cetti's Warbler: heard from Thames path near Hinksey stream.

Iain Dykes

Tubney: Tubney Wood: 26th January

Tubney: Tubney Wood
6 Raven: Flying north in a loose flock just west of the wood. 16:00.

Jed Cleeter

Otmoor. Afternoon. 26th. Jan.

Marsh Harrier in conflict with Crow over Reedbeds.

No sign of yesterdays reported Cirl Bunting
Marsh Harrier
Stonechat 2
Reed Bunting c60
Sparrowhawk from the Wetlands Watch Hide this morning.
(Something else with a keen interest in the Bunting flock)
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Blenheim Great Park: 26th January

2 Raven - displaying
41+ Gadwall
45+ Tufted Duck
9+ Heron - heronry very active
28+ Cormorant
6 Marsh Tit
11+ Coal Tit
10+ Nuthatch
3 Mistle Thrush - singing
2 Siskin

Photos taken in an area with a large flock of tits and a few finches - including 8+ Coal and 4 Marsh Tits together

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Grimsbury Reservoir: 25th January

Siberian Chiffchaff
Willow Tit
Red Kite
and 2 Otters!

(per Colin Wilkinson)

Grimsbury Birds

Otmoor: RSPB reserve: 25th January

Unconfirmed report of a male Cirl Bunting in with a mixed flock of 40/50 Reed Bunting, Chaffinch and Goldfinch seen from the hide at 14:45.

Farmoor 25th PM


Cassington GP's 25th Jan

Wigeon c300
Shoveler 70+
Teal 80+
Goldeneye c15
Green Sandpiper

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Iffley Meadows 25th January

9 common snipe
1 Jack Snipe
per Steve Jennings

Lower Radley 25th January

2 Whooper Swans in field nr Radley boathouse
2 Goosander flying S along Thames

per Steve Jennings

Enstone 25th January

No sign of the Great grey Shrike North of Enstone Airfield 09:30-15:30

Henley Road GPs: 25th January

Henley Road GPs
Red-breasted Merganser: f. On the hide lake. Couldn't find the Shelduck seen here earlier by G. Emmett. 10:30.
2 Goosander: m./f. Near the heronry. 10:30.

Richard Marsh

Otmoor 25th January

Marsh Harrier

(per Bark)

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Enstone 24th Jan

Great grey Shrike still present North of Enstone Airfield and east of the B4022.
Along hedge line just north of the VMS sign 13:30 and still present at 16:00 (per J.R)

Found: Scope and tripod at the Shrike site this afternoon please contact John at

Chipping Norton: 19th January

Chipping Norton
Peregrine: juv. location witheld. 13:00.

Steve Akers

Boarstall Decoy: 24th January

Boarstall Decoy
9 Woodcock 11:00.

Colin Oram





Common Buzzard



Henley Road GPs: 24th January

24th January

Henley Road GPs
2 Smew: drk & rh.
Goosander: drk.

Sonning Eye GPs
3 Goosander: 2m & 2 rh.
Mediterranean Gull: 2w.
Red-breasted Merganser: fem.
Bittern: In the reedbed. 16:45.

Marek Walford


Lower Radley 24th Jan

Whooper Swan 2 still in field just north of Radley College Boatyard.
15:10 (per Phil Barnett)

Otmoor 24th January

White-fronted Geese 3
Bearded Tit 3 Noke end then again along path to 1st screen
Peregrine 2
Pintail 10+

(per The Wickster)

Reed Bunting picture 
courtesy of Andy Last.

Grimsbury Reservoir: 24th January

Siberian Chiffchaff - fairly elusive today
2 Common Chiffchaff
Raven - over

Grimsbury Birds

Friday, 23 January 2015

Dix Pit 24th January

Caspian Gull (ad) at Dix Pit photographed by visiting birder.

Henley rd GP's & Sonning : Friday, 23rd Jan.

Smew 3,  a pair on the 2nd lake, west of access road to the rowing club and a male on the water ski lake to the east of access rd.

R.B. Merganser, f, on Water Ski lake.

Goosander, 4.

Ring-necked Parakeet, a pr at nest hole in small wood on Thames path just north of Sonning bridge.

Otmoor. Afternoon. 23rd. January.


Bittern (2nd scn)
Merlin (Otmoor Lane)
2 Peregrine (m/f, Big Otmoor)
1 Sparrowhawk (Reedbeds)
Cetti's Warbler.  Heard and glimpsed.
2 Yellowhammer (m/f, by hide bridge)
Bullfinch (Morleys) Small flock very active in car park field.
12 Snipe (Reedbeds)
Water Rail.
1 possible Chiffchaff calling (Bridleway).

(Per. R.W. and Sue,  J.R.  T.S. & P.G)


Enstone Great Grey Shrike

Courtesy of John Reynolds

Still at 11.45 along road North of Enstone Airfield on western side of rd 100 yards North of VMS entrance sign but mobile

Kingston Bagpuize: 23rd January

Kingston Bagpuize
Peregrine: fem. Flew south. 07:40.

Jed Cleeter

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Oxford: University Parks Mesopotamia: 22nd January

2 Goosander: male. 14:15. (Lia Verhoeff)
All pictures courtesy of Lia Verhoeff

Sonning Eye & Henley Rd GP's 22nd January

3 Smew (2 drk) SU7475. 09:00.
3 Goosander (2drk)
Pintail (drk)
3 Egyptian Goose

(per Hugh Netley) 

Enstone 22nd January

Courtesy of John Reynolds

Great grey Shrike still just north of Enstone Airfield in scrub near the entrance of Wood View Farm c14:00 and showing well.

(per Phil Barnett)

Grimsbury: 22nd January

3 Shelduck - John Friendship-Taylor
Tufted Duck and Goosander - Tim Clark / JFT

Grimsbury Birds

Standlake 18th January

Belated report of a Hen Harrier at LWV Pit 15 on the 18th (per LEb)

LWV GP's Site Map

Otmoor 22nd January

Snipe c8
Reed Buntings 85+
Linnets 30+
Stonechat m
Bearded Tits 3 - originally seen by Robert Widdows in small reed bed in corner by bridge to wetlands hide, then later by me across the path in the reed bed on the way to the first screen.


Otmoor: Roman Road
2 Woodcock 11:00.

(RSPB Otmoor)

B.O.S Bicester Wetlands Reserve 22nd January

Jack Snipe (7) on reserve this morning
Snipe (30+)

Please note this is a key holder reserve

Justin Taylor and Alan Peters

Banbury Ornithological Society

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Ewelme: Cress beds: 20th January

Ewelme: Cress beds
Green Sandpiper 09:30.

Thomas Stevenson
Two of the three Goosander Port Meadow today
Courtesy of Alec Nightingale

Otmoor 21th January.

Starling roost. c. 30,000
Re-located.  Most birds roosting in bridleway hedgerow.
Best viewed from or near Wetland Hide.

Per.  P.B.  R.L.  T.S.

1 Merlin (hunting on Closes)
1 Goldcrest (bridleway)
1 Treecreeper (bridleway).

Tuesday 20th January

James Evry found a nice 1w Caspian Gull yesterday morning (20th) on the ice at Port Meadow.

1w Caspian Gull (c) James Evry

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Whooper Swans Lower Radley 20th January

Whoopers and Mutes north of Radley boat house.

Upper Lambourn: 20th January

Upper Lambourn
80 Corn Bunting: Minimum. Flock in flight. 16:00.

Jed Cleeter

Farmoor 20th January

    Barnacle Geese c45 on F2 10:15  (photo courtesy of Dai)

Enstone: 20th January

Great Grey Shrike
Still present along B4022, c. 2km north of Enstone about here - moving up and down western hedge line using the tall trees

(per Simon Parker)

Otmoor 20th January

Merlin seen twice
Water rail
Little egret
White fronted goose 3
C100 linnets

Starlings have moved to Ashgrave. 30000+ seen from hide and Noke track before
going to roost on tees and hedgerow along Noke track.

(per Terry Tossell, Ron Louch & John Reynolds)

A wisp of Snipe courtesy of
John Reynolds

Otmoor Birding

Lower Radley: 20th January

Lower Radley
2 Whooper Swan: near Thames, north of Radley College Boat House.

Gareth Blockley

Dorchester: Dorchester complex: 20th January

Dorchester: Dorchester complex
Long-tailed Duck 10:20.

Ralph Watts

Monday, 19 January 2015

RSPB Otmoor WeBS count 19/01/2015

Black-headed gull 36
Canada goose 382
Coot 30
Cormorant 6
Dunlin 1
Gadwall 43
Golden plover 3019
Great-crested grebe 1
Grey heron 6
Greylag goose 244
Kingfisher 1
Lapwing 928
Little egret 1
Little grebe 1
Mallard 143
Moorhen 4
Mute swan 14
Pintail 23
Pochard 3
Shoveler 16
Snipe 53
Teal 764
Tufted duck 6
Water rail 2
White-fronted geese 3
Wigeon 1304

Devil's Punchbowl: 19th January

Devil's Punchbowl
3 Raven

Anthony Cheke

Dorchester complex: 19th January

Long-tailed Duck 09:00 on the Sailing Club lake
2 Egyptian Goose 09:00.

Thomas Stevenson

Port Meadow 19th Jan

Barnacle Geese courtesy of Alec Nightingale

Barnacle Geese c72 all unringed and presumably from the Cat C population 13:30
Shelduck 4
Goosander 3 (2drk) on the river
Pintail 6

(per Phil Barnett & Stephen Lockey)

Female & Male Goosander courtesy of Stephen Lockey

Port Meadow Birding
Courtesy of Alec Nightingale