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Monday, 30 May 2016

Standlake: Caravan Site: 30th May

Standlake: Caravan Site
Probable Osprey: Diving on prey at Standlake Lakes. Moved off North towards Witney area. 13:00.

Nigel Payne

Abingdon 29th May

29th May

Stert river
Little Egret: not known. One white egret seen in the river stert behind Kingston close Abingdon

Selina Nisbett
Jay Otmoor courtesy of Derek Latham

Port Meadow: 30th May

Port Meadow
8 Oystercatcher
4 Shelduck

Adam Hartley

Otmoor RSPB 30th May

Turtle Dove near cattle pens
Marsh Harrier
Barn Owl
Cetti's Warbler
Grasshopper Warbler

No sign of yesterday's reported Wryneck

(per Nick Truby, Mark Chivers)

Turtle Dove courtesy of Nick Truby

Kingston Bagpuize: 30th May

Kingston Bagpuize

Jed Cleeter

Farmoor Reservoir 30th May

Osprey fishing 09:25 (per Dai)

Sunday, 29 May 2016

: 29th May

Steventon, North Star pub
12 Swift: <12> screaming, high over pub garden. SU467917. 19:00.

Mike Amphlett

Kingston Bagpuize: 29th May

Kingston Bagpuize
2 Spotted Flycatcher
6 Swift

Jed Cleeter

Otmoor RSPB 29th May

Unconfirmed report of Wryneck flew over path to hide and landed in Hawthorn 16:02.

(per RBA)
Kestrel Farmoor Reservoir courtesy of Mark Chivers

Stanton St. John: 29th May

Stanton St. John
Cuckoo: One calling in Holly Wood. 05:45.

David Brown

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Arncott 28th May

Turtle Dove 4+ all males calling on M.O.D land at Arncott (per RBA)
Curlew Otmoor RSPB courtesy of John Reynolds

: 28th May

Hobby: Hunting by River Thame. SP600002. 11:30.

Stephen Lockey

Stanton St. John: Stanton Great Wood: 28th May

Stanton St. John: Stanton Great Wood
Cuckoo: One calling in the Great Wood. 13:15.

David Brown

Otmoor Cuckoo

Courtesy of Barry Neale

28th May

Honey Buzzard flew north over Frilford (west of Abingdon) at 9:42 a.m.

per Jed Cleeter

Stanton St. John: 28th May

Stanton St. John
Cuckoo: One calling in the garden of Keepers Cottage, then moved to Holly wood, still calling.

David Brown

Friday, 27 May 2016

Milton Park: 27 May

1 Quail briefly calling from the grassy field north of the business park (c. SU494924) at about 13:00.

Probably just passing through as one did a year or two ago

Garsington: 27th May

Probable Ring Ouzel: male. Probable. Brief glimpse of bird with conspicuous white bib before it disappeared into heavy undergrowth. Could back up an unconfirmed sighting in November. Is this too late though?.

Stephen Lockey
Common Terns Radley GPs 27th May
Courtesy of Derek Latham

Otmoor :am 27th May

2 Turtle Dove
4+ Hobby
2+ Cuckoo
2 Oystercatcher
Marsh Harrier
Plus lots of Snipe drumming by cattle pens early am


Turtle Dove

Otmoor.A.M. 27th May.

4+ Cuckoo
6+ Little Egret
1 Marsh Harrier
3 Snipe (drumming)
4 Water Rail (H)
1 Kingfisher
1 Oystercatcher
3+ Hobby.
Swallow Farmoor Res courtesy of Norman Smith

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Port Meadow: 26th May

Port Meadow
2 Little Ringed Plover
10 Oystercatcher
2 Shelduck

Adam Hartley

Otmoor Thursday 26 May am

6 Hobby (over Greenaways)
6 Snipe (drumming over Greenaways and The Closes)
3 Cuckoo
2 Turtle Dove (car park field)
An assortment of warblers

Otmoor RSPB 26th May

Turtle Dove 2 in Oak tree along bridleway at 3pm
Cuckoo 3
Hobby 8
Marsh Harrier
Common Tern 4
Grasshopper Warbler reeling The Closes

(per John Reynolds, Andy Last)

Standlake Pit 60:am 26th May

3+ Hobby
Egyptian Goose
3 RC Pochard
3 Oystercatcher
3 Common Tern

Egyptian Goose

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Cholsey 25th May

track to station from A329
Corn Bunting: Male singing from fields beyond Silly Bridge. SU5885. 19:45.

Mike Amphlett

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Farmoor 24th May evening

Little Egret, F1 from causeway
House Martin, causeway
Juvenile Pied Wagtail, causeway
Swift, over causeway

South Leigh: 24th May

Barn Owl 20:00 also present on the 23rd

Richard Catling

Nightingale on territory recorded singing in Oxon May 2016.
Sadly now only one of a handful of birds recorded in the county this year.

Otmoor: RSPB reserve: 24th May

Turtle Dove courtesy of Norman Smith

Garganey (dk) from 1st screen at 12pm (per John Edwards)
2 Turtle Dove: One feeding on the ground behind the gate as one sat atop the telegraph pole purring. Then at 1511 the one flew down from the pole to chase the other one off. 14:30.
4 Hobby: sat on posts. 14:30.

Michael Hunt

Drake Garganey courtesy of John Edwards

Rushey Common area, 24th May

Egyptian Goose 2 + juv
Hobby 2
Oystercatcher 2 +1juv

Cuckoo Otmoor RSPB courtesy of Derek Latham

Standlake pit 60:am 24th May

Goosander (M)
2 Oystercatcher
Little Egret
2 Common Tern
Common Sandpiper
Hobby Otmoor courtesy of John Reynolds

Monday, 23 May 2016

: 23rd May

Cholsey, nr Hillgreen Farm
Grey Partridge: Single bird flew from recently ploughed patch. SU5987. 20:00.

Mike Amphlett

Wallingford 23rd May

Spotted Flycatcher 2 (per The Wickster)

Thorney Leys Witney:

Spotted Flycatcher 2 (per Dave Doherty)

Otmoor.A.M. 23rd May.

Common Tern courtesy of Alec Nightingale

5 Common Tern
2 Curlew (over)
1 Marsh Harrier
4 Snipe
4 Hobby
2 Turtle Dove
3 Cuckoo.

Middleton Cheney: 23rd May

Middleton Cheney
Yellow Wagtail

Michael Hunt

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Great Rollright 22nd May

Ring Ouzel NNW of Chipping Norton flew SW over Rollright Stones (per RBA).

Deddington Dotterel 22nd May

Dotterel (found by Andy Turner) NW of Deddington at Barford St. John (about here) at 8:50 a.m. then flew north

No further sign by 11:45 a.m.

 Photos courtesy of Richard Hazel

Port Meadow 22nd May

Spoonbill (juvenile) over the Trap Grounds at around 8 a.m. this morning (per Tom Evans)
though no sign on the floods at 8:30 (Gnome)

1 Dunlin
3 Oystercatchers
5 Shelduck

Otmoor RSPB 22nd May

Turtle Dove 2
Marsh Harrier 2
Grasshopper Warbler

(per Mark Chivers et al)

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Farmoor 21st May

Turnstone courtesy of Nick Truby

Turnstone 4
Sanderling 15 early on 3 remaining

Sanderling courtesy of Jon Mercer

Sanderling courtesy of Nick Truby

Common Tern 20+

11:50 (per Nick Truby, Pete & Steve Roby)

Sanderling courtesy of Nick Truby

Upper Cherwell Valley: 21st May

Grasshopper Warbler, male reeling

Steve Holliday

Bicester 21st May

Turtle Dove nr Bicester on M.O.D site (per RBA)

Friday, 20 May 2016

Port Meadow: Aristotle Lane: 20th May

Port Meadow: Aristotle Lane
10 Shelduck
4 Oystercatcher
2 Little Egret

Adam Hartley

Minster Lovell, 20th May

Spotted Flycatcher - behind Ruins, flycatching over  River Windrush at 2.10

Clackers & Mrs Clackers

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Otmoor Thursday 18 May a.m.

6 Hobby (over Greenaways)
2 Cuckoo
2 Turtle Dove
2 Little Grebe (at 2nd screen)
4 Little Egret (Ashgrave)
4 Common Tern (Reed beds)
1 Marsh Harrier
1 Oystercatcher (Ashgrave)
Lots of warblers

one of many vocal sedgies at Otmoor

Farmoor Reservoir 19th May

Sanderling 4
Oystercatcher 2
Dead Whimbrel nr sailing club
Spotted Flycatcher
Cetti's Warbler 2

13:45 (per Ewan, Dave Doherty)

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Farmoor Reservoir 18th May

Little Terns at Farmoor. Present for about an hour at midday (NJH)

Sanderling 14
Oystercatcher 3
Ringed Plover 2

(per Dai)

Otmoor: 18th May

Young Thrush along the Roman Road courtesy of Barry Neale

2 Turtle Dove: one calling in ash tree on main path and one calling from near car park ~ at the same time.

16th May
3 Cuckoo: All calling at same time. One near car park one over Noke side and one over far side.

(Mary Clifton)

Moorhen with chicks courtesy of Stoneshank

Water Rail courtesy of Stoneshank

Monday, 16 May 2016

Farmoor Reservoir: Farmoor I: 16th May

courtesy of Norman Smith

4 Ringed Plover: on the edge of the causeway. Allowed good close views.

(Ian Cavey)

courtesy of Norman Smith
courtesy of Ian Cavey

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Balscote: Balscote Quarry: 15th May

Balscote: Balscote Quarry
3 Dunlin: ad. Also 2 little ringed plover and 3 lapwing.

Dan Watson

Sandford-on-Thames: River Thames: 15th May

Osprey Flew low north along Thames. Viewed from Heyford Meadow. Second fly past of the species for the site in two years!. 19:42.

Colin Williams

Otmoor 15th May

Barn Owl courtesy of Mark Chivers

Turtle Dove 2
Oystercatcher 2
Marsh Harrier 2
Hobby 15+ over Greenaways c14:30 viewed from the cattle pens (per John Taylor)
Barn Owl
Raven 3

(Per Bark, Mark Chivers, Badger)

Dry Sandford Pit: 15th May

Dry Sandford Pit
2 Peregrine: pair circling high overhead. 11:00.

Ian Elkins
Grey Heron courtesy of Derek Latham

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Farmoor Reservoir 14th May

18 Black Tern 18:00.
7 Arctic Tern 18:00.
Dunlin 18:00.

James Evry


Black Tern
Arctic Tern 5
No sign of the Knot

(per Dai, The Wickster, Mark Merritt)

Belated report of Red-breasted Merganser
Thursday 12th (per Steve Young).

Port Meadow: 14th May

Port Meadow
11 Greenshank
Ruff: male.
5 Oystercatcher
4 Shelduck
Common Gull
7 Dunlin

Adam Hartley

Sandford-on-Thames: 14th May

Cuckoo 19:30.

D Moden

Otmoor: RSPB reserve: 14th May

Snipe drumming Otmoor courtesy of Jon Mercer

Snipe drumming
Redshank 6 at least.
Turtle Dove purring.
Hobby 8

(Michael Hunt, Badger)

Turtle Dove courtesy of Kyle Smith

Sonning Eye GPs: 14th May

2 Black Tern 11:45.
Hobby 12:00.

Marek Walford

Henley Road GPs: 14th May

Henley Road GPs
2 Arctic Tern 11:05
Cuckoo 11:10
Hobby 11:25

Marek Walford

Bicester 14th May

Turtle Dove male singing Bicester M.O.D

(per RBA)
Mistle Thrush courtesy of Derek Latham

Friday, 13 May 2016

Grimsbury Reservoir: 13th May

Arctic Tern, c.1720 till dusk
3 Little Ringed Plover

JFT and GB

Farmoor Reservoir 13th May

Knot courtesy of John Reynolds

Courtesy of Ewan

Courtesy of Ewan

Knot 2 still present 19:45 along causeway
Black Tern 14 at 15:10, then 11 very active tight knit flock
occasionally resting on tern rafts - still present at 16.45
Common Tern 5
Arctic Tern
Great Black-backed Gull
Great Crested Grebe 78 one pair in courtship dance
Cuckoo calling from wood on other side of riverbank from Shrike Meadow for over fifteen minutes

(per Ewan, Barry Batchelor, Steve Akers, Ralph Watts, Badger)

Please view at 1080p HD

Courtesy of Ewan
Courtesy of John Reynolds

Otmoor: RSPB reserve: 13th May

Turtle Dove: Seen well from footpath perched in tree with Richard. Alan.and Bert. 10:45.
Barnacle Goose (feral) With the Canada Geeses. 10:45.
7 Redshank: At least. 10:45.
4 Greenshank: Big Otmoor. 16:00.

(Ralph Watts, Jackie Newcombe)

Port Meadow 13th May

Greenshank 13
Dunlin 7+

(per Barry Batchelor)

Farmoor Reservoir 13th May

Knot 2 along causeway 13:10
Black Tern 4

(per Barry Batchelor)

Standlake pit 60 :am 13th May

2 Hobby
Common Sandpiper
Cuckoo (in tree by hide again)
3 Common Tern
2 Oystercatcher

Upper Cherwell Valley: 13th May

Grasshopper Warbler, reeling in field west of M40 and north of canal
- morning and evening
Redshank, in the evening
Curlew, in the evening heard from near the river

Channel Wagtail, still by the Borrow Pit pool with 3+ Yellow Wags

John Friendship-Taylor

Balscote Quarry: 13th May

2 Greenshank
2 Dunlin

Steve Holliday

Otmoor 12th (Oddington Side) evening

4 Ravens
4+ Black tailed Godwits
1 Whimbrel
1 female Shoveller with 6 ducklings

South Hinksey: 6th May

South Hinksey
Short-eared Owl 19:00.

Pete Knevett

Thursday, 12 May 2016