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Saturday, 30 April 2016

Otmoor RSPB 30th April

Peregrine 1f
Hobby 1
Marsh Harrier 1

Cuckoo 1m without a tail

Greenshank 1
Common Sandpiper 1
Common Snipe

Grasshopper Warbler 2m
Garden Warbler 4m
Cetti's Warbler 3m

also Common Whitethroat/Lesser Whitethroat/Blackcap/Sedge Warbler/Reed Warbler/ Willow Warbler/Common Chiffchaff

A very obliging Grasshopper Warbler

Port Meadow: 30th April

Port Meadow
3 Common Sandpiper
18 Ringed Plover
8 Dunlin
4 Oystercatcher
2 Shelduck
Yellow Wagtail
2 Common Tern

Adam Hartley

Balscote 30th April

Curlew Sandpiper 1 adult
Common Sandpiper 4
Little Ringed Plover 2

Otmoor Grasshopper Warbler

Courtesy of Nick Truby

Standlake Pit 60: am 30th April

Marsh Harrier
2 Shellduck
2 Oystercatcher
3 little Egret
3 Common Sandpipers

Distant record shot of Marsh Harrier

Devil's Punchbowl: 30th April

Devil's Punchbowl
Ring Ouzel 07:30.
Cuckoo 07:30.

Colin Vickers

Ironstone Lane 30th April

Curlew Sandpiper still at Ironstone Lane this morning

Now relocated to Balscote Quarry again

per Ewan Urquhart et al.

Friday, 29 April 2016

Grimsbury Reservoir: 29th April

Grimsbury Reservoir
7 Common Sandpiper: 8 this morning per JFT.
Little Ringed Plover

Upper Cherwell Valley
5 Common Sandpiper

Gareth Blockley

29th April: Balscote Quarry

Curlew Sandpiper still at Balscote Quarry this evening at Ironstone Lane

per Mike Pollard

Rushey Common 29th April

Sand martins investigating new banks in gravel extraction site opposite rushy common car park .
Also 2 swifts over tar lakes yesterday morning 9 am.

per John Prickett

Port Meadow: 29th April

3 Common Sandpiper
11 Ringed Plover
3 Little Ringed Plover
10 Dunlin
3 Oystercatcher
2 Shelduck
1 White Wagtail

Adam Hartley & James Every

Farmoor Res 29th April


Common Tern 24
Dunlin 3
Common Sandpiper 15 (incl. a flock of 12)

White Wagtail 4
Swallow 50+
House Martin 5
Common Swift 12+

Cuckoo 2m
Whinchat 1f
Common Redstart 1f
Garden Warbler 1m
Lesser Whitethroat 5+

Sarsden 29th April

Common Redstart 2f
with grateful thanks to Steve Akers for letting me know about them

South Leigh: 29th April

South Leigh
Cuckoo 08:00.

Richard Catling

Otmoor. Morning. 29th. April.

9 species of Warbler, including; Cetti's, Grasshopper, Lesser Whitethroat.
Grasshopper Warbler.

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Balscote Quarry: 28th April

Curlew Sandpiper (not Knot) at Balscote Quarry until 8:50 a.m. and then flew east

(Julie Parry, via Mark Ribbons)

courtesy of Julie Parry

Zoomed in version (per Ian Lewington)

Farmoor 28th April

Whimbrel at Farmoor Reservoir this morning

John Reynolds

Wardington: 28th April

Whinchat: male. By roadside after turn off A361 to WARDINGTON. 07:30.

Mike Pollard

Otmoor 28 April am

In addition to those sightings reported below:

2 Grasshopper Warbler (1 in CP field, 1 at 2nd screen)
2 Hobby (over Greenaways)
1 Marsh Harrier
1 Cetti's Warbler
2 Little Egret (The Closes)
Lots of hirundines over reed bed

Grasshopper Warbler at 2nd screen
Grasshopper Warbler at 2nd screen

Port Meadow: 28th April

Port Meadow
2 Garganey: m & f.
3 Common Sandpiper
5 Oystercatcher

Port Meadow: Burgess Field Nature Park
Lesser Whitethroat: male.

Adam Hartley

Otmoor. 28th.April. Morning.

Short Eared Owl.
3. Wheatear.
Many species of Warblers.
Per.  P.R.  T.S.
Lesser Whitethroat.


Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Otmoor Photos

Courtesy of Derek Latham

Chipping Norton: 27th April

Chipping Norton
Wheatear: m. SP301249. 09:00.

Steve Akers

Chipping Norton: 26th April

Chipping Norton
Wheatear: m. SP302249. 09:00.

Steve Akers

Bicester Wetland Reserve 27th April

1 Greenshank
2 Redshank
2 Common Sandpiper
3 Snipe
2 Lapwing
1 Little Egret
7 Gadwall
4 Teal
3 Sedge |Warblers

3 Roe Deer

Key holder reserve

Port Meadow: 27th April

Port Meadow
2 Garganey: m & f.
9 Ringed Plover
7 Oystercatcher
2 Common Tern
Lesser Whitethroat: m. in allotment hedge next to Burgess Field gate.
Adam Hartley

Standlake pit 60 :am 27th April

3 Little Egret
2 Oystercatcher
4 Common Sandpiper
1 LR Plover
1 R Plover
1 RC Pochard (m)
2 Egyptian Goose
1 Goosander
Multiple Blackcap, Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff
Record shot comparison of LR and R Plover
Mrs. Blackcap
Common Sandpiper

Egyptian Goose

Grimsbury Reservoir: 27th April

7 Common Sandpipers

No sign of the Garganey in U.C.V.

River Thames: Rushey Lock to Old Mans Bridge: 27th April

River Thames: Rushey Lock to Old Mans Bridge
2 Curlew 07:00.

Colin Vickers

26th April Farmoor Photos

Courtesy of John Reynolds

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Upper Cherwell Valley: 26th April

Garganey, drake on Borrow Pit Pool in evening


Balscote: Balscote Quarry: 26th April

Balscote: Balscote Quarry
Little Ringed Plover 15:00.
2 Little Ringed Plover: Sighted at Ironstone Lane not BQR. 15:00.
Ringed Plover: Sighted at Ironstone Lane not BQR. 15:00.

Mark Ribbons

Port Meadow 26th April

12 Ringed Plover
2 Little Ringed Plover
2 Garganey
6 Oystercatcher
2 Dunlin2 Common Tern
1 Yellow Wagtail
1 White Wagtail

per Dave Doherty & Gnome

Grimsbury Reservoir: 26th April

2 Hobbies, over c.11:30 (Adrian Bletchly)

4 Common Sandpipers
3 White Wagtails
3 Yellow Wagtails

GB and JFT

Otmoor: am 26th April

Sedge Warbler

Sedge Warbler

Balscote Quarry: 26th April

Ring Ouzel, reported (third hand news, via Jim Craik)

No sign at 3pm (Mark Ribbons)

Witney Lake 26th April

2 Cuckoos
1 Cetti's Warbler

per Dave Doherty

Farmoor. Morning. 26th. April.

6 Common Sandpiper.
3. Dunlin.
Common Terns.
Whinchat.    Found by Steve Young.
Lesser Whitethroat.
House Martins.
Sand Martins.
Per.  S.Y.  D.J.  T.S.


Otmoor Photos

Courtesy of Derek Latham


Courtesy of Mark Chivers

Monday, 25 April 2016

Standlake Common, 25th April

Garden Warbler- trees just past school
Little Egrets 2
Pintail m
Goosander m
Common Sandpiper 4
Sand Martins c200+ with small number of House Martins


Farmoor 25th April


Farmoor Res from Causeway

Arctic Tern 10+
Common Tern 20+
Common Sandpiper 6
Dunlin 1
Little Ringed Plover 1

Common Swift 11
House Martin 50+
Swallow 2

Yellow Wagtail 4

Thames Path

Cuckoo 2 both males
Common Snipe 2


Port Meadow: 25th April

Port Meadow
Bar-tailed Godwit 11:00.
3 Ringed Plover 11:00.
4 Little Ringed Plover 11:00.
2 Garganey: pair. 11:00.

Barry Batchelor

Standlake 25th April

Cuckoo in scrub adjacent pit 15

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Blewbury: 24th April

Whitethroat: On the western end of Blewburton Hill. 13:05.
Yellow Wagtail: In rape fields at the western end of blewburton hill. 13:00. 

Gerry Quinn

Iffley: 24th April

Cuckoo 11:00.

D Moden

Port Meadow 24th April


Garganey 2
Common Sandpiper 2
House Martin 2

also present

Northern Shoveler
Eurasian Teal


Aston Upthorpe: Juniper Valley: 24th April

Aston Upthorpe: Juniper Valley
2 Curlew: On Aston Upthorpe Downs, west of Juniper Valley. SU537829. 12:00.

Andrew Taylor

Standlake pit 60: 24th April

Common Sandpiper

Standlake Common, April 24th

All pit 60
Bar-tailed Godwit, 1
LR Plover 3
Common Sand 2
Whitethroat 2
House Martin 4
Reed Warbler 2
Willow / Chiff mixed singer, mostly willow phrases but with some Chiffy notes. Rather brown above, white below with hardly any yellow tones

Farmoor 24th

Little Gull 1 adult f2
30+ Arctic terns f2
2 oystercatcher
4 shelduck
100+ sand Martin over f1
8 common sandpiper

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Iffley: 23rd April

Grasshopper Warbler 20:00.

D Moden

Farmoor. Evening. 23rd. April.

Record shot of the Wood Warbler courtesy of Tezzer
Wood Warbler singing at Farmoor at Lower Whitely Farm this evening, found by Tom Wickens

Bicester Wetland Reserve 23 April

1 Common Sandpiper
1 Green Sandpiper
2 Redshank
5 Snipe
5+ Sand Martin
80+ Swallows and House Martins
11 Gadwall
4 Teal
Sedge Warbler, Blackcap, Willow Warbler

key holder reserve

Otmoor 23rd april am

2 Common Terns
3+ Groppers
2 Common Whitethroat
3+ Lesser Whitethroat
2 Cuckoos
3 Wheatears (Noke)
2 Raven
2 Male Redstart (Long meadow)
Greenshank in front of the hide
Congregation of 25 Redshank for five minutes on Big Otmoor (more details on Otmoor birding)
Marsh Harriers


Port Meadow: 23rd April

Port Meadow
6 Oystercatcher 14:15.
2 Garganey: 1m, 1f. 14:15.
2 Common Tern 14:15.
2 Little Ringed Plover 14:15.
4 Ringed Plover 14:15.

Steve Goddard

Farmoor Res 23rd April


Common Tern 37
Common Sandpiper 4
Dunlin 2
Oystercatcher 4

Sand Martin 400+
House Martin 15+
Swallow 10+
Common Swift 11

Yellow Wagtail 1
Grey Wagtail 3

Lower Witley Farm to Pinkhill

Willow Warbler

all singing males
Grasshopper Warbler 1
Garden Warbler 1
Common Whitethroat 4
Lesser Whitethroat 6
Cetti's Warbler 2
Reed Warbler 3+

Sedge Warbler/Common Chiffchaff/ Willow Warbler/Blackcap - abundant

Tree Creeper 1
Cuckoo 1m

Sandford-on-Thames: 23rd April

Grasshopper Warbler 06:00.

D Moden

Friday, 22 April 2016

Port Meadow: 22nd April

Port Meadow
Grey Plover
6 Little Ringed Plover
6 Oystercatcher
1 Yellow Wagtail
Good numbers of Hirundines hawking low over the floods in the rain

Adam Hartley

Farmoor Reservoir: Causeway: 22nd April

Farmoor Reservoir: Causeway 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m
Yellow Wagtail
Arctic and Common Tern
Sand Martin, Swift and House Martins. 
2 Dunlin
Common Sandpiper

John Gough

Grimsbury Reservoir: 22nd April

No sign of the Wood Warbler

Oystercatcher, lunch time
2 Common Sandpiper
3-4 Yellow Wagtails, over
20+ House Martin

GB and JFT

(Late News) April 20th Stanton Harcourt

Martin Cox reported an Osprey which flew over a fishing lake near Stanton Harcourt at 11 a.m. on Wednesday April 20th

Thursday, 21 April 2016

: 21st April

Cholsey, nr. Hillgreen Farm
6 Grey Partridge: 3 'pairs' of birds (2 pairs flew) on the patch of remnant maize cover. All too uncommon these days - a great bird. SU589879. 19:00.

Mike Amphlett

Otmoor evening 21st Apr

Very poor record shots of this unusual pair; Merlin chasing a Hobby over Large Otmoor this evening.

Linky Down: 21st April

Linky Down
2 Ring Ouzel

D Moden

Grimsbury Reservoir: 21st April

Grimsbury Reservoir
2 Swift

Gareth Blockley

Henley Road GPs: 21st April

Henley Road GPs
Arctic Tern: One on water ski pit with two Common Terns. 18:00.

Robin Dryden

Otmoor 21 April

Willow Warbler in full glorious song along the bridleway towards Noke this morning
Aggresive swans at the first screen