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Friday, 30 September 2016

Farmoor Reservoir 30th September

Rock Pippit along causeway
Wheatear 2

16:48 (per Dai)

Oxford Cowley 30th September

Possible Yellow-browed Warbler in garden off Hill Top Road at midday but no further sign by 13:40 (per Phill Barnett).

Otmoor 30th September.

PURPLE HERON (juv) on Greenaways 200yds from pumping station 16:15 (per RBA)

1 Peregrine
1 Greenshank
1 Sparrowhawk
1 Marsh Harrier
1 Hobby
1 Stonechat.
Several Skylark.

Greenshank and Snipe.


Standlake Pit 60: am 30th September





Thursday, 29 September 2016

Otmoor RSPB 29th September

PURPLE HERON (juv) still on Greenaways (per RBA).

A329 near Moulsford: 28th September

A329 near Moulsford
Yellow Wagtail: Not seen, calling, very loudly, over maize field nr Waterloo bridge. SU5985. 09:30.

Mike Amphlett

Kingston Bagpuize: 29th September

Kingston Bagpuize
Rock Pipit: Flew South calling. 07:20.

Jed Cleeter

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Otmoor Kestrels

Courtesy of Derek Latham

Otmoor, Noke End 28th September pm

1 Wheatear
Otmoor Hobby courtesy of Eddie McLaughlin
20+ Meadow Pipits
7 Yellow Wagtails

Tadmarton: 28th September

Raven: Over.

Michael Hunt

Otmoor: 28th September


Otmoor.A.M. 28th September.

Purple Heron (reported at 10:50 on Greenaways, flew to the centre reeds).

Otmoor Marsh Harrier courtesy of Jon Mercer
1 Merlin
2 Hobby
3 Marsh Harrier (m,f and  younger looking juvenile with copper head)
1 Kingfisher.
Lots of Meadow Pipits.

Kingston Bagpuize: 28th September

Kingston Bagpuize
Hobby: Low level in a full on high speed chase with 3 Swallows gong South. 07:45.

Jed Cleeter

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Otmoor RSPB 27th September

PURPLE HERON (juv) landed along the western side of Greenaways 15:20
-Seen along diagonal track on Greenaways c14:00.

(per Malcolm Barnacot & Terry Tossel)

Monday, 26 September 2016

Battle Farm, Preston Crowmarsh: 25th September

Battle Farm Whinchat courtesy of Thomas Stevenson

Thomas Stevenson

Farmoor Reservoir: 26th September

Farmoor Reservoir
Farmoor Dunlin courtesy of Jon Mercer

2 Common Sandpiper 13:00.

John Gough

Standlake Pit 60: 26th September

10:00 - 12:00

Common Sandpiper
Lots of Widgeon, Teal and Gadwall


: 25th September

Cox's Lane, nr Crowmarsh Gifford
5 Grey Partridge: 5 Birds in ploughed field, E of Cox's Lane. SU6387. 18:20.

Mike Amphlett

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Wolvercote: College Pond: 25th September

YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER at College Pond, Wolvercote (on the common land between Wolvercote Green and the canal, next to Godstow Road, about here) 

Heard calling repeatedly and seen well at 09:10 a.m. No further sign in just a brief 10 minute search at midday.

per Steve Goddard
No sign between 2 pm and 4 pm (Gnome & Tezzer)

Sarsgrove: 21st September

2 Stonechat: SP303252.

Steve Akers

Middle Barton: 24th September

Middle Barton
2 Raven: probable pair flying with Red Kite. 15:00.

Steve Akers

Otmoor RSPB 25th September

PURPLE HERON (juv) 10:20 Greenaways (per Paul Greenaway).

Wantage: 25th September

Hobby: South over Manor Road Park. SU396875. 10:00.

Mark Merritt

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Otmoor: 24th September

Hobby (c) Stephen Burch
For a larger image goto my website
Purple Heron record shot (c) Stephen Burch

Farmoor Reservoir: Farmoor I: 24th September

24th September

Farmoor Reservoir: Farmoor I
Yellow-legged Gull: depressing to see saling competition happening on Farmoor 1...

20th September

2 Raven: flew over cronking.

Purple Heron: briefly in flight on far side of Greenaways.

Anthony Cheke

Littleworth nr Faringdon: 24th September

Littleworth nr Faringdon
Hobby: flew S over A420.

Jonathan Mercer

Otmoor: RSPB reserve: 24th September

Otmoor: RSPB reserve
Purple Heron: flew to SW corner Greenaways.
2 Hobby
Marsh Harrier: fem.
2 Redshank
4 Stonechat

Jonathan Mercer

Bicester Wetland Reserve 24th September

4 Green Sandpiper
1 Common Sandpiper
2 Snipe
40 Teal
16 Shoveler
3 Heron
50+ Goldfinches
1 Green Woodpecker

Alan Peters
key holder reserve

Friday, 23 September 2016

Kingston Bagpuize: 23rd September

Kingston Bagpuize
4 Yellow Wagtail: Flew South at Dusk.

Jed Cleeter

Otmoor RSPB 23rd September

PURPLE HERON (juv) 17:10 flew from diagonal track and landed in N/E corner of Greenaways,
-Flew along diagonal track and landed out of site c15:55.

1 Kingfisher
100+ Swallow
2 Yellow Wagtail
Lots of mixed flocks feeding.

3 Hobby
1 Whinchat
3 Snipe

(per Paul Greenaway)
Kestrel above and Sparrowhawk below Otmoor RSPB.
Courtesy of Eddie McLaughlin.

: 23rd September

Yellow Wagtail: SP489413.

Michael Hunt

Standlake Pit 60: 23rd September



2 Common Sandpiper
Green Sandpiper
esc Black Swan

Kingston Bagpuize: 23rd September

Kingston Bagpuize
Tree Pipit: Through South calling. 07:40.

Jed Cleeter

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Larkhill 22nd September

YELLOW BROWED WARBLER found this afternoon by Ian Smith.

After a 3 hour wait it called and showed for thirty seconds at 1838 then at c18:45 it was seen to fly high south (per Ewan, Mark Merritt, Leo Bateman).

Still present 15:30 though mobile and elusive (per Badger, Lew, Clackers).

Common Chiffchaff 6+
Blackcap 2
Golden Plover 30+
Linnet 50+

Park next to the underground reservoir at Lark Hill then continue along main track for c200 yds and view small copse and scrub on the left adjacent to the derelict farm buildings.

Otmoor 22nd September

16:30 - 19:30
1 Marsh Harrier
2 Kingfisher
6 Stonechat
3 Whinchat
50+ Meadow Pipit
1 Sparrowhawk
2 Hobby
1 Bittern
40+ Snipe
15 Wigeon
3 Yellow Wagtail
c3500 Starlings in roost
3 Water rail calling
3 Cettis Warbler calling
2 Barn Owl
Wader sp possibly Ruff dropped into Greenaways


Otmoor: 22nd September

PURPLE HERON (juv) Seen in flight twice at Greenaways over a 30 minute period. 13:15.
Marsh Harrier: f.

Richard Marsh

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Kingston Bagpuize: 21st September

Kingston Bagpuize
Peregrine: male. Hunting low North.

Jed Cleeter

Otmoor 21st Sept

PURPLE HERON (juv) still on Greenaways 12:06 (per Pete Roby).

1 Bittern
2 Marsh Harrier (f & j)
1 Hobby
c40 Snipe
2 Water Rail (h)
5 Pintail
6 Wigeon
2 Pochard
2 Raven
A fall of Meadow Pipits. c40
1 Sedge Warbler
1 Whitethroat
3 Cetti's Warbler
10+ Yellow Wagtails
1 Kingfisher
2 Stonechat

(per Mark Merritt, Paul Greenaway, Pete Roby, Andy Last, Badger)

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Kingston Bagpuize: 20th September

Kingston Bagpuize
2 Yellow Wagtail: Flew South.
2 Snipe: Flew East.
2 Hobby: Chasing Swallows.

Jed Cleeter

Otmoor 20th evening

5:30 - 7:40pm

2 barn owl
1 tawny owl (H) Roman road
1 sparrowhawk
2-3 hobby
2 marsh harrier
30+ yellow wagtail going to roost

Approx 3000 starlings in roost.

Chinnor: Cement Works: 15th September

Chinnor: Cement Works
Willow Tit: calling in alders near fishing lake.

Warren Claydon

Otmoor.A.M. 20th September.

1 Whinchat
32+ Wigeon
98 Snipe
1 Marsh Harrier
1 Hobby
3 Cettis (calling)
1 Kingfisher.


Monday, 19 September 2016

Blenheim Park 19th September

Little Egret 8
Raven 2

(per Dave Doherty)

Red Kite near Stonesfield courtesy of Paul Wren please view at 720p HD

Lark Hill 19th September

2 Whinchat
Redstart (f)
3 Wheatear
33 Corn Bunting
c20 Meadow Pipit
4 Lapwing

Rushey Common lake,19th September

Common Sandpiper 3
Green Sandpiper
Snipe 2
Good numbers of Sand Martin with a few House Martin
Red Crested Pochard 6


Standlake Pit 60: 19th September

10:00 -12:30


Common Sandpiper
Green Sandpiper

No sign of Spoonbills on any of Standlake Common Gravel pits



Otmoor.A.M. 19th September.

C.8 Wigeon
4 Cettis (calling)
1 Hobby
Lots of Snipe still.

Standlake Pit 60 19th September

GREAT WHITE EGRET (ad) 10:30 (per Jim Hutchins et al).

Again no sign of the Spoonbills.

Farmoor Reservoir 19th September

Avocet 08:50 in N/W corner of F1 though mobile (per Dai).

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Otmoor RSPB 18th September

Purple Heron please view at 720p HD ish

PURPLE HERON (juv) showing well along diagonal track on Greenaways 14:13-14:25
then lost to view.
-12:57 flew and landed in ditch along diagonal track on Greenaways.
-12:47 landed along eastern side of Greenaways.

Marsh Harrier 3
Snipe c66 1st screen
Whinchat reported
Stonechat (f)
Yellow Wagtail c40 (Greenaways)

Female Stonechat 

Blenheim Park18th September

Probable Osprey overflew the lake twice, at Blenheim Palace on Sunday afternoon between 14:00 and 16:00. SP437157.

(Ian Williams)

Balscote: 18th September

Whinchat: Juv. SP392412.

Mark Ribbons

Farmoor Res 18th September

Osprey over F2 08:56 (per Dai).

Osprey courtesy of Dai


Dunlin 3
Ringed Plover 3
Common Sandpiper 1

Northern Shoveler 1f
Yellow legged Gull 2

Reed Warbler 1
Blackcap 2
Common Chiffchaff 34
Swallow 24

Reed Warbler

Northern Shoveler

Standlake Common Pit 60 - 18th September PM

4 SPOONBILL arrived at 3.30pm viewable from the North Hide (per Tony Edwards).
But no further sign 19:10-19:25 (per Stuart Thomson)

: 18th September

5 Grey Partridge: SP595015.

Stephen Lockey
Grey Heron Cumnor courtesy of John Reynolds

Standlake Common Pit 60

GREAT WHITE EGRET (adult) 09:20 viewable from the Langley hide (per Mark Chivers).

Key holder reserve.

Farmoor Reservoir 18th September

Osprey over F2 08:56 (per Dai).

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Farmoor Res 17th September


Black Tern 1 juvenile
Dunlin 5
Ringed Plover 3
Common Sandpiper 4

House Martin 400+
Swallow 50+
Sand Martin 20+

Common Chiffchaff 12+
Blackcap 4+
Yellow Wagtail 1
Grey Wagtail 2

Yellow legged Gull 10+
Little Grebe 10

no sign of Black necked or Red necked Grebes

Ringed Plover juvenile

Dunlin and Ringed Plover
Common Sandpiper

Witney: 17th September

Tree Pipit: On 6th tee at Witney Lakes Golf Club.

Jeremy Dexter

Farmoor 17th Sept

Black Tern (juv)
4 Turnstone
9 Dunlin
3 Ringed Plover
Yellow Wagtail
4 Common Sandpiper
Kingfisher at pinkhill
13 Chiffchaff

Lots of hirundines

(per Andy Last, Dave Lowe)

Great-black backed Gull courtesy of Martin Swannell.

Otmoor 17th September AM

Bittern - over reed-bed
1 Whinchat
1 Wheatear - Noke
c30 Yellow Wagail
c30+ Meadow Pipit's
2 Little Egret
1 Ringed Plover
1 Kingfisher
2 Cettis calling
2 Raven

Pictures of the Great Skua seen on 15th September courtesy of Chris and Ann

Standlake pit 60, 17th Sep

Great White Egret (adult) still at Pit 60 viewable from the Langley hide.

Key holder reserve.

Otmoor RSPB 17th September

PURPLE HERON (juv) 11:30 landed in N/E corner of Greenaways (per Steve Burch)
-Landed along western end of Greenaways at 10:05 (per Paul Greenaway).

Friday, 16 September 2016

Farmoor Reservoir 16th September

Black-headed Gull with two Sandwich Terns courtesy of Dai.

Black Tern 2
Sandwich Tern 3 F1 still 10:30
Common Tern
Black-necked Grebe F2
Again no sign of the juvenile Red-necked Grebe

(per The Wickster, Dai)

Blenheim Park 16th September

Probable GREAT WHITE EGRET Blenheim Park this afternoon (Mr Brennan).

Nr Chipping Norton 16th September

Greenland Wheatear 3  2m 1f  (with thanks to Steve Akers)

Female Greenland Wheatear

Standlake Pit 60: am 16th September

No sign of GWE this morning 10:00 -12:00

2 Egyptian Goose

Egyptian Goose

Otmoor.A.M. 16th September.

No sign of Great Skua by 10:50. at first screen.
1 Raven (calling)
1 Hobby
1 Kingfisher
40+ Snipe
1 Greenshank (per Andy Last)
C. 200 Mallard.
1 Marsh Harrier (f)
1 Sparrowhawk (f)

Abingdon 15th September

Belated report of juvenile Osprey at Abingdon Marina in the afternoon (per RBA)

Hobby over Otmoor RSPB courtesy of Carl Gray

Kingston Bagpuize: 16th September

Kingston Bagpuize
Hobby 09:00.
Peregrine: male. Flew low east with small prey. 09:00.

Jed Cleeter

Otmoor RSPB 16th September

No sign of the Great Skua from the 1st screen by 09:55 (per Paul Greenaway)

Kingston Bagpuize: 15th September

CONVOLVULUS HAWK MOTH- Very large migrant from Africa with a 12cm wing span. Feeding on Petunia in garden using its long proboscis on and off between 19:30-21:30. Seen on the south coast but probably a real rarity in Oxon. 21:00.

Jed Cleeter

Video now on Oxfordshire Wildlife

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Otmoor RSPB 15th September

Great Skua please view at 720p HD(ish)

GREAT SKUA still present at Dusk from 1st screen.
18:29 viewable from the 1st screen.

1st screen 15:30 - 19:45

Great Skua courtesy of Pete Roby

78 Snipe
20 Yellow Wagtails into roost
2 Kingfishers
2 Marsh Harriers
1 Hobby
1 Sparrowhawk
1 Water Rail calling
1 Cettis calling

(per Pete Roby)

Great Skua courtesy of Tezzer

Farmoor 15th September


Black necked Grebe 1 calling constantly
Little Grebe 9
Ringed Plover 3
Northern Wheatear 1
Grey Wagtail 3
Little Egret 2

Yellow legged Gull 10+

Ringed Plover courtesy of Jon Mercer

Northern Wheatear

Black necked Grebe

    Ringed Plover courtesy of Jim Hutchins

Standlake: 15th September

Pit 33

2 Egyptian Goose

Otmoor. Morning. 15th. September.

PURPLE HERON (juv) 11:00 flew along diagonal track on Greenaways and
landed in adjacent reeds.

4. Golden Plover.  Over.
2. Marsh Harrier. (f. and J.)
Yellow Wagtails, amongst the cattle.
Sparrow Hawk.
3. Kingfisher.
2. Raven.
No sighting of Ringtail by
Per. P.G.  I.L.  T.S.  et al.
Purple Heron, Greenaways.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

RSPB Otmoor

A ringtail harrier over Closes and Greenaways this afternoon between 2-3pm, keep an eye out for more sightings/ID confirmation!

Woodstock: Woodstock Water Meadows: 14th September

Woodstock: Woodstock Water Meadows
2 Raven: Rolling and displaying above this site.

Michael Hunt

Otmoor.A.M. 14th September.

2 Common Sandpiper
3+ Pintail
50+ Snipe
1 Kingfisher.

per TS  &  PG.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Farmoor Res 13th September

Two Common Snipe seen on the causeway today was a unusual record. The only other time that I have seen Snipe here was on  29th November 2010 when both Jack and Common Snipe were seen.

Dai John.

Juvenile Little Stint courtesy of Ewan

Red-necked Grebe (juv) F2
Black-necked Grebe F2

Sanderling courtesy of John Reynolds

Sanderling 4
Little Stint (juv)
Ringed Plover 4  + several others flying around
Snipe 2
Yellow Wagtail 20+

(per John Reynolds, Dai, Clackers)

Ringed Ringed Plover courtesy of John Reynolds

Kingston Bagpuize: 13th September

Kingston Bagpuize
50 Yellow Wagtail: At least in 1 flock spread out heading SW. 16:35.

Jed Cleeter

Otmoor: 13th September

PURPLE HERON Flying from west to east, landing in the middle of Greenaways 10:15 (Carl Grey)

Distant Osprey being mobbed by carrion Crow courtesy of Carl Grey.

OSPREY caught a fish in the ditch in the south-west corner of Greenaways and then flew off east being mobbed by a crow. 12:20.
Marsh Harrier 11:30.

(per Carl Gray)

6 Whinchat (Greenaways)
2 Raven (over)
6+ Redstart
3 Lesser Whitethroat.

(per Paul Greenaway)

Whinchat 6+  eastern edge of Ashgrave
Stonechat (juv)

(per Andy Last)

Whinchat courtesy of Andy Last

Juvenile Stonechat courtesy of Andy Last