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Thursday, 30 April 2015

Port Meadow: 30th April

Port Meadow
5 Egyptian Goose 17:00.

James Evry

Otmoor: 30th April

5 Whinchat 18:30.
Wheatear 18:30.
3 Dunlin 18:30.
Curlew 18:30.

Sam Jones

30th April: Central Oxford

Male Red-footed Falcon reported over Meadow Lane car park (here) at 7:45 pm this evening before flying NE (per RBA)

Does anyone know anything more about this report?

Farmoor: 30th April

Little Gull, 1st summer - Farmoor 2 (ad. also reported, Graham Soden)
2-4 Arctic Tern - Farmoor 2
40+ Swifts (60+ reported earlier, Graham Soden)
White Wagtail - Water Treatment Works
Ringed Plover - Causeway (Graham Soden)
5 Dunlin - 2 Causeway & 3 Farmoor 2
11+ Common Sandpiper - causeway and Farmoor 2
3+ Yellow Wagtail - WTWs and Causeway

Farmoor Reservoir: Pinkhill: 30th April

Farmoor Reservoir: Pinkhill
Cuckoo: Repeatedly calling. 12:00.

Stephen Lockey

Otmoor. A.M. 30th April.

1 Garden Warbler (bridleway)
1 Garganey (reedbeds)
2 Common Tern (reedbeds)
1 Cetti's Warbler (reedbeds)
1 Raven (reedbeds)
5 Whinchat (4 Greenaways,1 Noke End)
3 Blackwits (Closes).

Farmoor Reservoir: 30th April

Farmoor Reservoir
4 Dunlin: Causeway. 10:30.
4 Common Sandpiper: F.1. 10:30.
5 Red-crested Pochard: F.1. (4male;1female). 10:30.

Stephen Lockey

Stanton St. John: 30th April

Stanton St. John
2 Coal Tit 12:25.
2 Marsh Tit 12:25.
Blackcap: Singing male. 12:25.

Stanton St. John: Stanton Great Wood
Cuckoo 12:25.

David Brown

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Otmoor 29th April Late Evening

Gargany (m) from 1st screen
3 Hobbies over reed bed
c6 Yellow Wagtail roosting in reeds
2 Common Terns

Port Meadow: 29th April

Port Meadow
5 Egyptian Goose
2 Common Tern
Oystercatcher: heard only.

Adam Hartley

Sandford-on-Thames: 29th April

Grasshopper Warbler 20:00.

D Moden

Otmoor Noke End 7.30pm

Whinchat  male 1
Wheatear male 1
Ruff 4 Big Otmoor

Lollingdon Hill, 29th Apr

3 Whinchat
2 Wheatear

Tackley: 29th April


Michael Hunt

Otmoor: 29th April

29th April

Grasshopper Warbler: heard from Roman Road reeling in car park field. 15:30.
6 Whinchat: from path to first screen. 16:45.
Tawny Owl: calling from MoD land. 17:20.

Peter Law

Farmoor: 29th April

2 Little Gulls - Farmoor 2 at 16:30

(per RBA)

Letcombe Bassett: Gramps Hill: 29th April

Letcombe Bassett: Gramps Hill
Whinchat: male. 07:15.

Colin Vickers

Otmoor 28th April evening

At least seven Hobbies feeding over 1st screen (per JR)

All pics (c) JR

Stanton St. John: 29th April

Stanton St. John
2 Blackcap: 2 singing males. 07:05.

David Brown

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Hanwell Fields: 28th April

Grasshopper Warbler, reeling at dusk

(per Kirsty Brannan)

Sandford-on-Thames: 28th April

Grasshopper Warbler 20:30.

D Moden

Port Meadow: 28th April

Port Meadow
3 Egyptian Goose
2 Common Tern

Adam Hartley

Stanton St. John: 28th April

Stanton St. John
Raven: One over calling. 16:45.

David Brown

Farmoor Reservoir: 28th April

courtesy of John Reynolds
Farmoor Reservoir
Whinchat 11:00.
2 Dunlin 11:00.
Little Ringed Plover 11:00.
5 Common Sandpiper 11:00.

James Evry

Rushey Common area, 28th April

Green Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper 2
Garden Warbler
Grasshopper Warbler 1 reeling and showing well, field behind main lake from bridleway.
Common Whitethroat 5
Common Tern 9


Farmoor Reservoir: Farmoor I: 28th April

Farmoor Reservoir: Farmoor I
Little Gull 08:00.

Neil Hammatt

North Oxfordshire

Barn Owl courtesy of John Reynolds

Monday, 27 April 2015

Grimsbury Reservoir: 27th April

Yellow Wagtail - John Reynolds
Oystercatcher (per JFT)
Yellow Wagtail
2 Common Tern
2 Common Sandpipers

Farmoor Reservoir: 27th April

courtesy of John Reynolds
Farmoor Reservoir
2 Ringed Plover 06:00.
2 Dunlin 06:00.
11 Common Sandpiper 06:00.

Erik Sandvig

Otmoor: 27th April

5 Ringed Plover
2 Dunlin

RSPB Otmoor

Port Meadow: 27th April

Port Meadow
3 Egyptian Goose
Common Sandpiper

Trap Grounds
Reed Warbler

Burgess Field
Sedge Warbler

James Evry, Liam Langley & Adam Hartley

Standlake Pit 60: 27th April

Standlake Pit 60
2 Ring-necked Duck
2 Oystercatcher

Jim Hutchins

Otmoor: Roman Road to Pill Ground - 27th April

2 Grasshopper Warbler
4 Lesser Whitethroat and another in car park
1 Cuckoo calling from Closes area

Letcombe Bassett: Gramps Hill: 27th April

Letcombe Bassett: Gramps Hill
2 Corn Bunting

Colin Vickers

Otmoor.A.M. 27th April.

5 Curlew
3 Black-tailed Godwit
2 Hobby
1 Raven.

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Port Meadow: 26th April

Port Meadow
2 Common Sandpiper
2 Little Ringed Plover
4 Yellow Wagtail

Oxford: Walton Manor

More at Port Meadow Birding

Adam Hartley & Steve Lavington

Otmoor. 26th April.

2 Little-ringed Plover
5 Dunlin (sum plum).

Otmoor: 26th April

2 Crane: In the middle of Flood Field in and around the small sunken reed bed, viewable from Oddington path. Couldn't see the legs clearly but both handsome enough to be Wycliffe. 16:30.

Simon Ramm

Garsington: 26th April

Spotted Flycatcher: Brief glimpses of an active bird. Interestingly just over the road from my September sightings. 17:00.

Stephen Lockey

Sonning Eye GPs: 26th April

Sonning Eye GPs
Arctic Tern: at least one.

Marek Walford

Balscote Quarry: 26th April

3 Dunlin

(per Steve Holliday)

Farmoor 26th April

5 Arctic tern
3 Turnstone
2 Sanderling
2 Whimbrel
3 Dunlin
17 Common Sandpiper

water treatment works:
2 Wheatear (m&f)
2 Yellow Wagtail
1 Grey Wagtail

Per Andy Last & Peter Law

Standlake, 26th April

Ring-necked Duck 2m 1f
Bar-tailed Godwit 1
Whinchat 2
Green Sandpiper 1
Common Sand 4
LR Plover 2
Oystercatcher 3
Curlew 1
Little Egret 3
Lesser Whitethroat 1
Garden Warblers, Reed, Sedge etc.
 - all pit 60

Stanton St. John: 26th April

Stanton St. John
Garden Warbler 07:10.

David Brown

Grimsbury Reservoir: 26th April

Little Egret, over north east
2 Common Sandpiper
c.50 Swallow and 40 House Martin
Willow Tit, singing in the wood (still no female)
Garden Warbler (Ian Rowe)
2 Common Terns (Steve Holliday)

Hanwell Fields: 26th April

Grasshopper Warbler, reeling near the Cricket Club

(per Clive Payne)

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Otmoor 25 April

 Common Crane the same two birds with radio transmitters and rings as seen on the 22nd April.


Oxford: Oxford Canal: 25th April

25th April

Oxford: Oxford Canal
Grasshopper Warbler: heard in field west of the canal, to the north of the Trap Grounds. 17:00.

Port Meadow: Godstow
Cuckoo 18:00.

James Evry

Balscote Quarry: 25th April

1 Common Sandpiper

(per Allan Jones)

Grimsbury Reservoir: 25th April

2 Common Sandpiper
2 Little Ringed Plover
5 House Martin

Farmoor 25th April

Arctic Tern 1
Dunlin 5
Whimbrel 1
Common Sandpiper 4
Garden Warbler 1

Tom and Dai.

Sonning Eye GPs: 25th April

Sonning Eye GPs
Common Sandpiper: on the triangle.

Henley Road GPs

Marek Walford

Farmoor 25th April

White wagtail on causeway
3 common sandpiper
17+ Common tern over F2

Linky Down: 25th April

Linky Down
7 Ring Ouzel: In field at top of path down to Hill Farm. 13:00.

Neil Hammatt

Port Meadow: 25th April

Port Meadow
3 Egyptian Goose

Port Meadow: Burgess Field Nature Park
2 Garden Warbler: m.

Trap Grounds
Reed Warbler: m.

Adam Hartley

Otmoor Sat 25th morning

Crane from last Sunday (c) JR
2 possibly 4 Common Cranes mobile between MOD, Reserve and adjacent farmland.
4 Sum Plum Golden Plover Noke sides
3 Ruff Noke Sides
3 Wheatear Lower farm Noke
4 Whinchat Pill Ground
1 drake Garganey 1st screen
poss Tree Pipit 100 acre

courtesy of Nick Truby
Lesser whitethroat (3)
Meadow pipit (5 in greenaways with cattle)
Cetti’s warbler (between screens)
Red Leg Partridge (2)
Wheatear (2 Noke sides)
Black tailed Godwit (3 sum plum)
Oystercatcher (field west of 2nd screen)
Sand martin (5)
Swift (10+)
House Martin (10+)
Cuckoo (2)

Peter Barker & Nick Truby

Chimney: Chimney Meadows: 25th April

Chimney: Chimney Meadows
Cuckoo 08:00.
3 Grasshopper Warbler 08:00.
6 Curlew 08:00.

Jeremy Dexter

Stanton St. John: 25th April

25th April

Stanton St. John
8 House Martin: Back at nest sites. 07:12.

Stanton St. John: Stanton Great Wood
Cuckoo 08:10.

David Brown

Sandford-on-Thames: 25th April

Cuckoo 05:00.
Grasshopper Warbler 05:00.

D Moden

Friday, 24 April 2015

Grimsbury Reservoir: 24th April

1 Common Tern, briefly
4 Common Whitethroat
Yellow Wagtail, over
Little Ringed Plover

Benson: 24th April

2 Grey Partridge

D Moden

Harwell Lab: 24th April

2 Black Redstarts at Harwell Lab first thing.

also Singing Corn Bunting and Grey Partridge heard 'kerrick'ing.

Henley Road GPs: 24th April

Henley Road GPs

Marek Walford

Port Meadow: 24th April

Port Meadow
3 Egyptian Goose

James Evry

Otmoor: RSPB reserve: 24th April

courtesy of Jim Hutchins
Otmoor: RSPB reserve
6 Wheatear
3 Jack Snipe

RSPB Otmoor

24th April Faringdon

Belated news of a Pied Flycatcher yesterday only, seen by Barry Hudson at Faringdon.

Otmoor Reserve A.M. 24th April.

3 Black-tailed Godwit
2 Wheatear
2 Common Tern
1 Oystercatcher
2 Little-ringed Plover
4 Swift
1 Raven.
Willow Warbler.


Otmoor: NE: 24th April

Otmoor: NE
3 Whimbrel
Wheatear: m.
Whinchat: m.
Water Rail

Barry Batchelor

Little Owl

Little Owl back at a traditional nest site courtesy of John Reynolds

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Farmoor 23rd April

Arctic Tern 2
Greenshank 3

Grimsbury Reservoir: 23rd April

Grimsbury Reservoir
Reed Warbler: Male singing from scrub by the river, near the car park. Quite a rare bird for here, found by JFT.

Gareth Blockley

Stanton St. John: Stanton Great Wood: 23rd April

Stanton St. John: Stanton Great Wood
Cuckoo: One singing in the Great Wood. 18:55.

David Brown

Otmoor 23 April pm

Whimbrel Oddington end
3 Ruff Big Otmoor
1 Grey Plover briefly Big Otmoor
(Per PRB)

Port Meadow: 23rd April

Port Meadow
2 Little Ringed Plover 13:30.
2 Ringed Plover 13:30.

Stephen Lockey

Farmoor Reservoir: Farmoor II: 23rd April

Farmoor Reservoir: Farmoor II
2 Redshank 11:30.
Black Tern 11:30.

Stephen Lockey

Otmoor 23rd April

Lesser Whitethroat- on way to 2nd screen
Reed Warbler at least 3 singing
Marsh Harrier
Swift- 1 with Sand Martins from 1st screen
Willow Warbler- at least 6 singing
Common Whitethroat- 1 in car park field
Snipe- at least 2 drumming


Oxford: Oxford Canal: 23rd April

23rd April

Oxford: Oxford Canal
Grasshopper Warbler: Singing from high in a small shrub in a field west of Oxford canal near Burgess Field. SP502087. 11:00.

Port Meadow
3 Egyptian Goose 11:30.

Steve Goddard

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Port Meadow: 22nd April

Port Meadow
2 Ringed Plover
2 Little Ringed Plover
12 Yellow Wagtail
18 Whimbrel: Found by Roger Wyatt.

Adam Hartley

Photo courtesy of Roger "The Gunslinger" Wyatt

Linky Down: 22nd April

Linky Down
Ring Ouzel: Very elusive.

D Moden

Otmoor 22 April

Common Crane
Two new Cranes found by Geoff Wyatt this Morning. Maple Glory (the female on the left) and Wycliffe (male). Both the birds hatched May 2012 and were released on the Somerset Levels in September 2012. (See

Black Tern


Grafton: 22nd April

2 Yellow Wagtail: over Asgrave. 10:00.

Jim Hutchins

Otmoor: 22nd April

22nd April

3 Black-tailed Godwit 08:30.
Black Tern: From first scene. 10:00.
Sedge Warbler 10:00.
3 Blackcap 10:00.
Reed Warbler 10:00.

Jim Hutchins

Kingston Bagpuize: 22nd April

Kingston Bagpuize
Peregrine: fem. From west then stooped to the north. 19:15.

Jed Cleeter

Reeve's Pheasant

Standlake Pit 60: 22nd April

Standlake Pit 60
2 Bar-tailed Godwit
Ring-necked Duck
18 Whimbrel: Very distant high up -approx number.

J Dexter

Otmoor Reserve. A.M. 22nd April.

courtesy of Jim Hutchins
1 Black Tern (Reedbeds)
10+ Swallow
1 L.R.Plover (Big Otmoor)
2 Greenshank (Greenaways)
3 Blackwits (Closes).

Otmoor 22nd April

2 Common Cranes Otmoor. Landed in field north of rifle butts briefly before flying low east at 09:45. They are colour ringed on right legs: from top - Yellow White Blue and 2nd bird, green white Blue. Both have transmitters on left leg.

Also Cuckoo, Gropper, Lesser 'throat among the usual.

per Geoff Wyatt

Abingdon 22nd April

Two Firecrests at undisclosed location near Abingdon this morning (heard singing).

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Stonesfield: Stonesfield Common: 21st April

Stonesfield: Stonesfield Common
4 Whitethroat
2 Marsh Tit

Ashford Mill
Wheatear: on short grass near railway bridge.

Paul Wren

Wantage: Lark Hill: 21st April

Wantage: Lark Hill
Raven 19:30.

Leo Bateman

Farmoor 21 Apr.

Arctic Tern

Arctic Tern

Common Tern

Common Tern

Little Gull


Wantage: Lark Hill: 21st April

Wantage: Lark Hill
Whinchat: male. 19:30.
3 Corn Bunting 19:30.
3 Grey Partridge 19:30.

Leo Bateman

Otmoor: Joseph's Stone: 21st April

Otmoor: Joseph's Stone
Short-eared Owl

Joe Harris

Farmoor : Tues 21st

8am - 3pm.
70 plus Arctic Terns,
numbers increased through the morning, spread over both res 1 and 2 so difficult to count, 70 very conservative total.
c25 Little Gulls,
2 Greenshank,
Prob Whimbrel on opposite side of F2 briefly on shoreline, not heard or seen in flight.

Dai John, Roger & Geoff Wyatt.

Otmoor April 21st AM

2 Common Cranes over reserve - Seen dropping over hedge around the flood field area 1pm
5 Ruff - Noke Sides, 2 on Big Otmoor
5 Little Egret
2 Cettis Warblers  - Calling towards second screen and near cattle pens
1 Grasshopper Warbler - heard calling from second screen
1 Oystercatcher - Big Otmoor
2 Drumming Snipe
5 Curlew
2 Cuckoo
3 Black Tailed Godwit - Closes

PR and O.U. Paul

Linky Down: 21st April

Linky Down
11 Ring Ouzel: 9 in the bottom of the valley and 2 on path down to Hill Farm. 12:30.

Neil Hammatt

courtesy of Neil Hammatt

South Leigh: 20th April

South Leigh
Cuckoo 11:00.

Richard Catling

Linky Down. Morning. 21st. April.

5. Ring Ouzel present.  Viewed on eastern slope amongst the Juniper bushes.

Monday, 20 April 2015

Otmoor. Evening. 20th April.

Yellow Wagtail.
Little Gull.  Ashgrave Lagoon.
Little Ringed Plover.

Green Sandpiper.  Over.
Yellow Wagtail.  17.  Noke End

Common Crane.  Heard bugleing to the North East, from the second screen.

Per.  P.B.  R.L.  T.S.

Aston Rowant: Aston Rowant NNR: 20th April

20th April

Aston Rowant: Aston Rowant NNR
Hen Harrier: m. Passed under the lookout heading north. 11:15.
2 Raven 11:45.

Les Blundell

Linky Down: 20th April

Linky Down
8 Ring Ouzel: Along fence line on northern side of the valley between 13:00-16:30.Viewed from the bench. 13:00.

Ashley Stow

Chinnor 20th April

Oxon White Stork reported Chinnor flew north from garden at 6:30am (per RBA)

Otmoor.A.M. 20th April.

1 Sparrowhawk
1 Cuckoo.
Mr.&Mrs. Linnet.

Henley Road GPs: 20th April

Henley Road GPs
Cuckoo 10:55.

Ralph Watts

Grimsbury Reservoir: 20th April

Grimsbury Reservoir
Common Tern

Gareth Blockley

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Sutton Courtenay: Sutton Courtenay Old Pits: 19th April

Sutton Courtenay: Sutton Courtenay Old Pits
3 Little Ringed Plover 18:00.
Common Sandpiper 18:00.

Tom Mabbett

Otmoor 19th April

Lesser Whitethroat

Grasshopper Warbler

Grasshopper Warbler
Plenty of warblers new in. Marsh Harrier and 2 Greenshank.


A belated report of a Hoopoe in a private garden in Cholsey this morning. Stayed for a couple of hours and eventually flew off to the North East.

                                   Photo © courtesy of Giuseppe Morlando.

Farmoor: 19th April

c.14 Common Terns across both reservoirs

Farmoor 1
2 Goldeneye (pair)

Farmoor 2
3 Common Sandpipers
Yellow Wagtail (over)

Pinkhill / River Thames area
Cuckoo (male calling)
4/5 Reed Warbler (singing males)
Several Sedge Warblers singing
Water Rail

Shrike Meadow
Common Whitethroat (male singing)

GB and Allan Jones

Linky Down: 19th April

10 Ring Ouzels
- along bottom of the northern slope along fence line

GB and Allan Jones

Farmoor Reservoir: 19th April

Farmoor Reservoir
2 Arctic Tern

Jonathan Mercer

Otmoor: 19th April

3 Black-tailed Godwit: On Greenaways briefly.
3 Greenshank: On Big Otmoor.
Little Egret: On Ashgrave.
4 Yellow Wagtail: On Big Otmoor.

Ian Elkins

Otmoor Sunday 19th April

2 Common Cranes left Ashgrave at 8.45
1 Swift over reedbed
15 Golden Plover Noke sides
Lesser Whitethroat bridle way

Otmoor. Morning. 19th. April.

Common Cranes.
The two Common Cranes, seen
on Ashgrave, from the Wetland hide,
before flying out to the North East,
at approx. 8.45 am.

Otmoor Sunday 19th April

2 Cranes still on Ashgrave from hide (RBA)

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Saturday, 18 April 2015