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July 6th Garganey Appleford GPs...Quail Segsbury...June 23rd 3 Quail Crog Hill...16th Garganey Farmoor Reservoir...May 18th HOOPOE Twyford...14th RED-FOOTED FALCON Piddington...Curlew Sandpiper Farmoor Reservoir...

Sunday, 31 May 2015

Wytham 31st May

2 Egyptian Geese: in field on the road to the Field Station
1 Cuckoo: heard calling near the Field Station

Adam Hartley

Aston Upthorpe 31st May

Quail male singing Aston Upthorpe Downs at Roden Downs in field south of Ridgeway at 18:00 though distant
SU. 530. 822 (per RBA)

Farmoor Reservoir: 31st May

Farmoor Reservoir
8 Sanderling 09:00.
2 Little Egret

Mike Youngman

Saturday, 30 May 2015

Kingston Lisle 30th May

Courtesy of Barry Hudson

                               Spotted Flycatcher 4 in private Garden (per Barry Hudson)
                               More pictures of these fantastic birds on Wings and Roundabout

Otmoor. Evening. 30th. May.

Turtle Dove

3. Turtle Doves.
5. Little Egret.
3. Cuckoos.
5. Drumming Snipe.

Waterperry: Waterperry Gardens: 30th May

Waterperry: Waterperry Gardens
Spotted Flycatcher 15:00.

Jan Marlowe

Blewbury: 30th May

Quail: Heard calling. SU530822. 13:00 (David Mercer)

Clip of a Quail giving the 'wet-my lips' call.
Courtesy of David Mercer.

Bicester: 30th May

Turtle Dove: Feeding in back garden again. 14:30.

John Gough

Otmoor Curlews...
Courtesy of Helaine Cadman.

Oxford 30th May

Crane/Stork 14:20 adjacent to A34/A4142 junc circling on thermals before drifting SSW.
Seen originally from car then distantly from the bridge over A34 to South Hinksey.

Otmoor: 30th May

Little Egret courtesy of Jim Hutchins

Marsh Harrier 2
Black-tailed Godwit
Ringed Plover 7 (Big Otmoor)
Raven 4
Cuckoo 2
Turtle Dove 2
Little Egret 6+
Cetti's Warbler

(Jim Hutchins, Bark & Badger)

Farmoor 30th May

11 Sanderling
6 Dunlin
5 Ringed Plover
1 Oystercatcher

Friday, 29 May 2015

Otmoor 29th May

Richard Ebbs recorded this clip of Hirundines feeding today on Otmoor.
                       Between the first screen and the corner by the Popular trees.  
This huge number of Hirundines included many House Martins & Swifts. 

Bicester: 29th May

Turtle Dove: Duxford close under my bird feeders 1st one seen in this area. 06:00 and again at 14:00

John Gough

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Standlake Pit 60: 28th May

2 Oystercatcher

Rushy Common
7 Red-crested Pochard

Jim Hutchins

Gadwall photo courtesy of Jim Hutchins

Farmoor 28th May

Ringed Plover
Yellow Wagtail 2

(per Andy Last et al)

Otmoor: RSPB reserve: 28th May

Otmoor: RSPB reserve
2 Turtle Dove 17:45.

Steve Goddard
Hobby over the reed beds at Otmoor

Courtesy of Nick Truby

Stanton St. John: 28th May

Stanton St. John
Cuckoo: One calling in Holly Wood this morning. 10:35.

David Brown

Farmoor 28th May

4 Arctic Tern
2 Egyptian Geese
1 Turnstone
1 Sanderling
1 Dunlin

Herons Otmoor courtesy of John Reynolds

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Farmoor Res 27th May


Arctic Tern 2
Dunlin 2

(per John Gough)


Sanderling 4
Yellow Wagtail 2mf
Grey Wagtail 1
Common Tern 5
Great crested Grebe 54
Little Egret 3

Otmoor.A.M. 27th May.

2 Turtle Dove
1 Marsh Harrier
Redshank (having a shouting Match).
2 Common Tern.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Farmoor Reservoir: 26th May

4 Yellow Wagtail 20:30.
Pied Wagtail: 30+ (incl 5 juv). 20:40.
Cuckoo: heard. 21:20 Pinkhill
3 Common Tern 20:50 F1
Kestrel: m. 20:55 Pumping station

Lia Verhoeff
Couckoo on Otmoor courtesy of John Reynolds

Piddington: 26th May

Cuckoo 19:30.

Colin Oram

Farmoor 26th May

7 Sanderling along the causeway.

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Bicester Wetlands Reserve 24th May

Red Necked Phalarope, found at 14:30 by the reserve warden Alan Peters and still showing well on main scrape from tower hide at 20:00.

Please only park in car park near Tower Hide and view from Tower hide. Key holder reserve but gate will be open until early evening. Do not park on access road.

Record vid of the Phalarope pleave view ay 720p

Heavily cropped photo's courtesy of Wayne Bull

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Aston tirrold 23rd May

Peregrine falcon 2, male and female on pylon.
Brian Wyatt

Otmoor RSPB: 23rd May

3 Turtle Doves
Marsh Harrier
3+ Hobby
5+ Cuckoo
4 Little Egret
3 drake Pochard
2 Common Tern
Garden Warbler
Lesser Whitethroat
Treecreeper 2

Hobby by Badger
Turtle Doves courtesy of  Jim Hutchins

Friday, 22 May 2015

Moulsford 22nd May

A329 nr Moulsford
Corn Bunting: Male heard calling nr Silly Bridge. Prob on fence line from there to Cholsey station. Not often heard here. SU5885. 09:45.

Mike Amphlett

Farmoor 22nd May

No sign of Black-throated Diver by 15:00.

Otmoor.A.M. 22nd May.

1 Kingfisher
2 Common Terns
1 Marsh Harrier
2 Oystercatcher
1 Turtle Dove
1 Yellowhammer (M).

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Moulsford 21st May

River Thames nr Moulsford
Cuckoo: Calling from S of 4-Arches bridge, prob nr Oratory School. SU5984. 21:40.

Mike Amphlett

Aston Rowant Nature Reserve 21st May

There is a nice female Reeves pheasant mooching about out woods at the moment.  If anyone is near Aston Rowant Nature Reserve or Aston Wood, keep a look out for it.  It's only the second one I have seen in 10 years in the woods.

(per Gaynor Olive)

Port Meadow: Burgess Field Nature Park: 21st May

Spotted Flycatcher: High up in trees, south-east corner of Burgess Field, active. 20:00.
Garden Warbler 2

Steve Goddard

Bicester Wetlands Reserve 21st May

Little-ringed Plover B.W.R courtesy of Alan Peters

Little-ringed Plover 3 at the B.O.S Bicester Wetlands Reserve.
Access to this superb little reserve on the outskirts of Bicester requires a key.
For more details contact The Banbury Ornithological Society

Sutton Courtenay 21st May

Sutton Courtenay -hanson gravel pits
4 Little Ringed Plover: Very active. SU513937. 19:15.

Gerry Quinn

Cholsey reed bed 21st May

Cuckoo 3, one male seen, two males heard calling, one female seen and heard calling,
Brian Wyatt
Reed Warblers on Otmoor courtesy of Helaine Cadman

Otmoor.A.M. 21st May.

1 Turtle Dove
2 Oystercatcher
1 Marsh Harrier
5 Ringed Plover
2 Common Tern.
Treecreeper Otmoor courtesy of Jim Hutchins

Otmoor: 20th May

Turtle Dove: male.

Leejiah Dorward

Wheatley 21st May

Cuckoo calling near high street early am

Farmoor Res 21st May

courtesy of Derek Lees
Black-throated Diver ad sum plum F2 16:05
Arctic Tern

(per RBA)

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Moulsford 20th May

River Thames nr Moulsford
Cuckoo: Calling from S of 4-Arches bridge, prob nr Oratory School. SU5984. 21:40.

Mike Amphlett

Rushey Common Area 20th May

Little Ringed Plover 4
Oystercatcher 3
Little Egrets 3


Farmoor Res 20th May

Black-throated Diver still present in N/W corner of F2 20:02 (per RBA).
Sanderling 2 along causeway (per RBA).

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Sutton Courtenay 19th May

Oystercatcher 1 Sutton Coutenay on banks of fishing lake

Farmoor Res 19th May

Arctic Skua (dark morph) over F2 15:45-15:49 before flying off following
the Thames South (per Phil Barnett).

No further sign of the Arctic Skua by 16:45 (per Tezzer)

Black-throated Diver still F2 16:00
There was a failed attempt by Tiggywinkles to take it in to care at 11:40.

Turnstone 2
Sanderling 2
Dunlin 6 (per Jim Hutchins)

photo courtesy of Derek Lees

Kingston Bagpuize: 19th May

Kingston Bagpuize
6 Little Gull: Flew South. 15:10.

Jed Cleeter

Otmoor.A.M. 19th May.

1 Turtle Dove
1 Oystercatcher
1 Marsh  Harrier (F)
2 Common Tern
100+ House Martin
1 Water Rail.
Swift courtesy of John Reynolds

Swift courtesy of Nick Truby

Monday, 18 May 2015

Moulsford 17th May

River Thames nr Moulsford
Cuckoo: Particularly vocal male calling between S side of Chosley Marsh and as far as 4-Arches bridge; seen perched in tall willows on the island nr bridge. SU5985. 10:30.

Mike Amphlett

Farmoor Res 18th May 15:45

Black-throated Diver still on F2 opposite Shrike Meadow Hide.
15:45 (per RBA)

Sanderling (a.m)
Whimbrel (a.m)
Cuckoo Otmoor courtesy of Moth Clark

Otmoor 18th May

Turtle Dove male singing 100 yards beyond car park at 11:30 (per RBA)

Souldern 18th May

2 Turtle Doves flying along hedge on South side of B4100 close to the Souldern turn c13:10 (per Nick Truby)

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Otmoor. Evening. 17th. May.

Turtle Dove.

                               Cuckoo.   2.
                               Marsh Harrier.
                               Four drumming Snipe.

Farmoor 17th May 18:12

Black-throated Diver in N/W corner of F1 18:12 (per RBA)
Red-crested Pochard 4 (3 Male) 17:00 (per Stephen Lockey)
Turnstone 6

Courtesy of Andrew Marshall Go Wild Wildlife Photography

Courtesy of Wayne Bull Wayne Bull's Wildlife Blog

Turnstone courtesy of Mark Chivers The Early Birder

Chimney: Chimney Meadows: 17th May

Chimney: Chimney Meadows
Whinchat: m.
2 Cuckoo: One seen briefly harassing a buzzard!.
2 Curlew
2 Tree Sparrow

Mark Merritt

Abingdon: Radley Road: 17th May

Peregrine: male. Flying SW. 13:35.
Hobby 12:25.

Jed Cleeter

Otmoor 17th May.

Hobby courtesy of  Kyle Smith

2 Hobby
2 Marsh Harrier
2 Oystercatcher
3 Ringed Plover (Big Otmoor)
2 Little-ringed Plover (Big Otmoor)
1 Dunlin (Big Otmoor)
4 Common Tern
3 Turtle Dove
2 Cuckoo
4 Raven
1 Cetti's Warbler
2 Treecreeper

(per P.G, J.H, A.L Badger)

Turtle Dove courtesy of Jim Hutchins

Courtesy of Andy Last

Wheatley: 17th May

Cuckoo: Heard from garden, on Ladder Hill. SP5905. 10:30.

Chris D'Agorne

Sandford-on-Thames: 17th May

Grasshopper Warbler 07:00.

D Moden

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Tadmarton: 16th May

Ring Ouzel, male at the B.O.S. Tadmarton Heath Reserve

(per Mike Pollard Nature in the Heart of England)

Black throated diver,Farmoor 16th May

 Black throated diver

 Black throated diver

Wayne Bull's Wildlife Blog

Shipton-under-Wychwood: 16th May


Paul Wren

Otmoor: 16th May

Turtle Dove: Showing really well in an oak tree.
2 Raven

Amanda Brown

Farmoor: 16 May

This photo unfortunately apparently shows a wound in the birds belly (lower right)
Black-throated Diver (c) Stephen Burch

Farmoor Res 16th May 15:30

Black-throated Diver ad Sum plum still on F1 15:30 (per RBA)
Sanderling 2

Courtesy of Mark Chivers

The Early Birder

Henley Road GPs: 16th May

Henley Road GPs

Marek Walford

Otmoor RSPB

Marsh Harrier
Otmoor RSPB
Courtesy of Moth Clark

Grimsbury Reservoir: 16th May


Gareth Blockley

Grimsbury Birds

Trap Grounds, Port Meadow 16th May

Male Cuckoo calling in the Trap Grounds at 9:55 a.m.

per Mary MacDougall

Rushey Common area 16th May

Red Crested Pochard several males, at least one female with c7 very small young
Sedge Warbler
Reed Warbler
Little Egret
Egyptian Geese 3
Whimbrel - flew in from west calling. settled for 2-3 mins and then chased off by Coots. Flew east along lake towards Dix.


Friday, 15 May 2015

Farmoor: 15th May evening

Black-throated Diver Still present F1 then F2 close to the causeway. 20:10 (per Simon Ramm)
There are some concerns to the health of the diver.

1 Dunlin
1 Sanderling
1 Ringed Plover
+ 1 unwell looking B T Diver

Ringed Plover (c) Stephen Burch

Swift c250
Swallow c10
House Martin c10
Sand Martin 1
Little Egret 4 feeding from vegetation filter bed.
G C Grebe 68 on F1 plus 87 on F2
Early pm - hirundines departed with cloud

(per Ian Smith)

Black-throated Diver (c) Stephen Burch

Sanderling 2 (per RBA)
Dunlin 2
Ringed Plover
Yellow Wagtail

(Per Badger, Ralph Watts et al)

Sanderling photo courtesy of Gareth Blockley

Dunlin courtesy of Jonathon Mercer