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Monday, 31 August 2015

Farmoor roost 6.30-8.20pm

                                                              22 Black Terns still

                                                            54 Yellow-legged Gulls

                                                                   1 juv Med Gull (in the dark!)
2 Great Black-b Gulls
11 Yellow Wagtails
Belated report: An ad Caspian Gull filmed in the dark on one of the towers on FII on Saturday (29th) before being booted off by a big Mich.

Upper Cherwell Valley 31st August

Osprey flew through south (per Tim Clark)

Grimsbury Reservoir: 31st August

Grimsbury Reservoir
Sanderling: per Ian Rowe.

Gareth Blockley


Black Tern
Black Tern
Little Gull

Lark Hill 31st August WRYNECK

Leo Bateman has just found a Wryneck at Lark Hill along the northern end of the reservoir 16:30.
Still present at 18:40 in scrub along northern end of the reservoir though elusive before going to roost in adjacent private gardens. Access road OX12 8PJ.

Redstart 2 heard along Icknield Way between Lark Hill and West Lockinge.
Whinchat 2
Wheatear 10+
Corn Bunting

Wryneck by Badger

Farmoor Res 31st August

Curlew Sandpipers  2 seen along the causeway late afternoon (per Dai)

Black Tern 26 by 12:54
Arctic Tern 3
Little Gull (juv)
Ringed Plover 3
Whimbrel over early a.m

(per Dai, Tezzer, Ewan & Mark Chivers)

Black Tern

Otmoor Long Meadow 31st August

Common Redstart 12
Lesser Whitethroat 5
Swallow courtesy of Terry Sherlock

Upper Cherwell Valley 31st August

Tree Pipit 2 still present feeding behind the E.A Borrow pool amongst Docks 17:05 (per Dave Lowe)
Whinchat 2

(per Gareth)

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Grimsbury Reservoir: 30th August

Spotted Flycatcher
Common Gull, juvenile (not Mediterranean)
Yellow Legged Gull, adult and juvenile
Ringed Plover
5 Swift
Ring-necked Parakeet

Upper Cherwell Valley

2 Tree Pipit
3 Whinchat

(GB and JFT)

Farmoor Reservoir 30th August

Black Tern 4
Little Gull 2
Greenshank 2 (per John Reynolds)
Dunlin 2
Common Sandpiper 5
Yellow Wagtail 10+

(per Dai)

Both photos courtesy of John Reynolds.

Sutton Courtenay 30th August

Ringed Plover
Green Sandpiper 3
Common Sandpiper 2
Little Egret 2
Wheatear Blewburton Hill courtesy of Moth Clark

Otmoor RSPB 30th August

Still no sign of the Wryneck by early evening.

Full account and weekend round-up tomorrow on Otmoor Birding

Bicester Wetlands 30th August

Wood and two Green Sandpiper courtesy of Nick Truby
Wood Sandpiper still this morning. Access to the reserve requires a key.

Common Sand 1
Green Sand 10+

Banbury Ornithological Society

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Otmoor Saturday 29th August - WRYNECK

Courtesy of  Mark Chivers
Mark Chivers found a WRYNECK feeding along the path between the kissing gate and the first screen at 13:16.

Generally elusive but showing occasionally, it was last seen at 4pm when it showed briefly but well. No further sign by 19:30

Bittern over reedbeds
Harrier sp ringtail reported
Marsh Harrier 2
Hobby 3
Whinchat 6+ along eastern edge of Greenaways 3 nr Julys Meadow.
Yellow Wagtail 20+ Lower Farm

(per Mark Chivers,Moth Clark et al)  
Wryneck courtesy of Tezzer
Whinchat Julys Meadow courtesy of Moth Clark

Sonning Eye GP's 29th August

Black Tern (juv) Sonning Eye GP 15:60 (per RBA)

Farmoor 29th August

Black Tern 4
Little Gull (juv)
Dunlin 3+
Common Sandpiper 2+

(per Chris Bottrel)

Stanton St John 29th August

Stanton St. John: Stanton St. John Pit
Redshank 14:00.

Friday, 28 August 2015

Lollingdon, 28th Aug

1 Common Redstart,
3 Wheatear,
1 Yellow Wagtail,
1 Blackcap,
1 Common Whitethroat (per TW),
1 Spotted Flycatcher (per TW),
1 Hobby.

Grimsbury Reservoir: 28th August

Grimsbury Reservoir
3 Yellow-legged Gull: adults/near adults.
8 Swift

Upper Cherwell Valley
Wheatear: (per Allan Jones).

Gareth Blockley

Otmoor 28th August

2+ Hobby
1 Marsh Harrier

Lower (Noke) Farm
5 Yellow Wagtail
1 Wheatear

Kingfisher at the first screen
left courtesy of Carl Gray.

Below left courtesy of John Reynolds.

First screen
2 Little Egret
3+ Snipe

Pill area
2 Winchat

Whinchat picture (c) Jim Hutchins

Juvenile Great Crested Grebe © Jim Hutchins

Rushey Common area, 28th August

Grey Wagtail 6
Common Sandpiper 4
Green Sandpiper 2
Egyptian Geese 3

Grey Wagtail Farmoor courtesy of the Gun-slinger

Harwell Laboratory 28th August

Harwell Laboratory: Rutherford Laboratory
Tree Pipit: Pick up by flight call, clearly a pipit when seen. Flew in a broad arc before being lost to sight behind tree-line. Not relocated. SU473857. 07:50.

Mark Merritt

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Farmoor 27th 0800-1445

Dunlin © Jim Hutchins
Forgot- Hobby, early pm
Common Sandpiper 12 in flock mid am
Dunlin 10 and a single throughout
Ruff (per Stephen Lockey)
Greenshank 2 (per Jim Hutchins)
Yellow Wagtail 13
Mixed flocks of Hirundines early morning and at times through to afternoon
Little Gull 1 juv
Black Tern 4 early then 5 juv by early afternoon
Great views of 4 juv Common Terns on causeway fed by adults
Little Egret 1
Sedge Warbler
Lesser Whitethroat 2 juv
Swift 4
Redstart (f)

Yesterday:  Osprey arrived F1 from NW and departed NW
(Dai & B.B. reports included)

Greenshank (c) Jim Hutchins

Grimsbury Reservoir: 27th August

13 Sand Martin (through in morning)

3 Spotted Flycatchers (lunchtime, per JFT)

2+ Yellow-legged Gulls
Greenshank (over)
Green Sandpiper (over)
Common Sandpiper
8 Swift

Upper Cherwell Valley: 27th August

3 Whinchat
2 Common Sandpiper
Yellow Wagtail

Lollingdon Hill 27th August

Whinchat 2
Wheatear 2
Little Owl (h)

(per Paul Chandler)

Cholsey Wildlife

Port Meadow: 27th August

Port Meadow
2 Common Sandpiper: Along the Thames.
2 Little Egret: Along the Thames.
Yellow Wagtail

Adam Hartley

Otmoor 27th August

1 Hobby
1 Marsh Harrier
7 Snipe
3 Swift
4 Raven
1 Kingfisher
2+ Yellow Wag (Noke)


Didcot: 27th August

2 Raven: ive seen a pair of raven every morning this week over ladygrove estate didcot, this morning one sat at the top of a pylon near the pub / shops, cronking for almost an hour , the pylon has nesting material too but not sure if this is related. 08:30.

Kev Town

: 26th August

3 Spotted Flycatcher: inc. 2 juv. SU396879. 17:30.

Mark Merritt

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Sutton Courtenay 26th August

Sutton Courtenay Old Pits
3 Green Sandpiper
Little Ringed Plover: juv.
2 Common Sandpiper
Tree Pipit: 4 over calling on 25/08 and c80 Linnet on wires.

Tom Mabbett

Farmoor 26th August

No sign of juvenile Red-necked Grebe by 20:00

Common Sandpiper 10
Ringed Plover 1
Dunlin 3+
Ruff 1

(Dai & Ewan, Badger,Lasty,Mark Chivers & Ian Smith)

Little Gull 1 (juv)

Med Gull (juv) this evening
Black Tern 4
Arctic Tern 1
Yellow Wagtail
Swift 6

Ruff and Black Tern pictures courtesy 
of Dai John.

Black Tern courtesy of Mark Chivers

Standlake Pit 60 16:00 26th August

2 Ruff
1 Greenshank
5 Common Sandpipers
1 Green Sandpiper

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Pit 60 Standlake Common 1720-2020

Ruff 1
Greenshank 1 
Common Sandpiper 6 (3+2+1)
Green Sandpiper 3 singles
Mute Swan 43 adults and 5 cygnets
Sand Martin c40
Greylag, with gammy left wing, paired with Canada Goose

Farmoor - 25th August

                                                 Red-necked Grebe (juvenile). Farmoor 2
                                                 near the southern end this evening. 

                                                 +Med Gull (juv)

Farmoor 25th August

Little Gull

Little Gull

Black Tern

Black Tern

Otmoor 25th August

1st Screen
5 Common Sandpiper
2 Green Sandpiper
3 Little Ringed Plover
2 Hobbies
1 Marsh Harrier
2 Kingfishers
2 Little Egret
9 Red Kite

Noke Sheep fields
20+ Yellow Wagtails

3 Swift
3 Kestrel


Farmoor 25th August

Dunlin © Jim Hutchins
Little Stint 2 08:30 along the causeway though mobile and no further sign by the afternoon.

Turnstone © Jim Hutchins
Black Tern 4 still 19:37 (per Andy Last)
Little Gull (imm)
Arctic Tern 2+
Turnstone 2
Ringed Plover (per Andy Last)
Dunlin 11
Common Sandpiper 2

(per Jim Hutchins,John Reynolds,
Tezzer & Dai John)

Little Gull picture courtesy of John Reynolds
Ruff picture (c) Jim Hutchins


Black Terns courtesy of John Reynolds

Bicester 25th August

Turtle Dove on wires with Collard Doves at grain store along Bucknell Road between Bicester and Bucknell
07:30 (per Nick Truby).
Snipe & Mallards 1st screen Otmoor courtesy of Neil Long

Grimsbury Res 25th Aug

Osprey flew south over the reservoir this morning
Greenshank through
Spotted Flycatcher 3
Ring-necked Parakeet

(per John Friendship-Taylor)

Grimsbury Birds

Monday, 24 August 2015

Otmoor RSPB 24th August

1st Screen a.m

Marsh Harrier
Green Sandpiper 3
Common Sandpiper
Ringed Plover

Whinchat (near Wetlands Watch Hide)

(per John Reynolds)

Photo courtesy of John Reynolds

Rushey Common Lake 24th August

Common Sandpiper minimum of 5
Egyptian Geese 3
Sand Martins 2


Farmoor 24 August



Arctic Tern F1 16:40
Black Tern (ad) 16:40

3 Turnstones on the
causeway at 12:15

Little Egret
Mixed hirundines 150+


Little Gull (juv) F1
Ringed Plover
Little-ringed Plover
Dunlin 2
Common Sands

(per Dai John & Badger)

Black Tern in the gloom this evening.

Standlake Pit 60 AM 24th August

3 Green Sandpipers
4 Common Sandpipers
1 Kingfisher
1 Greenshank (pit 26)