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Wednesday, 30 November 2016

: 30th November

Woodcock: at dusk. SP489417.

Michael Hunt

Otmoor. 30th. November.

2. Marsh Harrier.
4. White Fronted Geese.
Approx. 450 Wigeon.
2. Bittern.
Per.  P.G.   T.S.
White Fronted Geese.

Rushey Common area, 30th November

Tar Lakes
2 possibly 3 Green Sandpiper
Green Woodpecker

Conveyor Belt Lake

Sand Martin Lake
4 Snipe


30th November: Stanton St. John

ROSE-COLOURED STARLING reported at 11 a.m. on RBA but no further sign by 14:50 (Badger, Tezzer,Oz) About 1.5 miles ENE of Stanton St. John along the bridleway that runs south of the road junction to Horton cum Studely. About here

If anyone knows any more details of this then we'd be keen to hear them.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Oxford University Parks 29th November

Male Goosander on the Cherwell courtesy of Geraldine Porter

Ewelme: Cress beds: 29th November

Ewelme: Cress beds
2 Green Sandpiper 09:30.

Thomas Stevenson

Standlake Common: am 29th November

Pit 60

7 Goosander ( 4m, 3F)
4 Pochard (3m, 1F)

Pit 27

Great White Egret

Grey Heron


Bicester Wetland Reserve 29th November

Main reserve all frozen, works pool unfrozen.

270 Teal highest count this year
2 Gadwall
1 Wigeon
1 Little Grebe
1 Water Rail crossed main access road!
2 GSW's  on feeders
1 Green Woodpecker

key holder reserve
Alan Peters

Monday, 28 November 2016

Ewelme: Cress beds: 28th November

Ewelme: Cress beds
Green Sandpiper 09:30.

Thomas Stevenson

University Parks: River Cherwell: 28th November

University Parks: River Cherwell
4 Goosander: male. Often diving.

Geraldine P

Warkworth 28th November

Woodcock: In flight at dusk. SP489413.

Michael Hunt

Otmoor. 28th. November.

5. Stonechat.
2 Bittern.
Hen Harrier. (ringtail)
Marsh Harrier. (m.)
2. Dunlin.
2. Little Egret.
Per.  P.G.   T.S.
Field Fare.


Standlake Common: am 28th November

Pit 38

Great White Egret

Please view from adjacent footpath

Pit 28

 +54 Red-Crested Pochard

Pit 60

Goosander (m)

28th November: Farmoor Reservoir

1 Goosander
2 Goldeneye
250 Tufted Duck
149 Great Crested Grebe
1 Great Black-backed Gull
3 Common Gull
3 Redshank
1 Kingfisher, over FI

Harwell Laboratory: Rutherford Laboratory: 28th November

Harwell Laboratory: Rutherford Laboratory
Peregrine: m. 08:45.

Mark Merritt

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Cassington 27th November

Great White Egret 1 flew north over A40 near Cassington, towards Worton Park, c.11:20

Matt Phelps

Port Meadow: 27th November

Caspian Gull: 1w.
16 Dunlin

Adam Hartley

Port Meadow Birding

Video grab courtesy of Gnome

Ridgeway above Letcombe Bassett: 27th November

Hen Harrier male.
2 Raven

Colin Vickers

Ridgeway S of Segsbury Camp: 27th November

Snow Bunting seen briefly and distantly along the Ridgeway at 09:50, about here.

Attempts to relocate were unsuccessful.

Otmoor.A.M. 27th November.

1 Hen Harrier
1 Marsh Harrier
1 Peregrine.

per SR.  PR.  PG.

Barnacle Goose (feral).

Baulking Pit 27th November

Butcher Bird photos courtesy of Tezzer

Great Grey Shrike still present c08:20-09:00 but no sign since.

Yellow-legged Gull
Wigeon c40

Dry Sandford 27th November

Great White Egret flew south east over Dry Sandford. SP467010. 08:45.

Richard Ballard

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Baulking Pit: 26th November

                               Great Grey Shrike at dusk:

                                Little Owl
                                4+ Y. L. Gull

Cottisford - 26th November

15 Siskin on edge of Shelswell Plantation SP597310
No winter swans either on Cottisford Pond or Shelswell Park Lake (SP608310)

Standlake: 26th November

Great White Egret: Still present on Pit 38 (west of Pit 60) please view from public footpath.

Jeremy Dexter

Farmoor 26th November

8 Bewick's Swans over  f2 08:40am

Otmoor RSPB 26th November

Whooper Swans 6 flew high N/E over the 1st screen c9:14
White-fronted Goose 1+ (Ashgrave)
Hen Harrier r/t
Marsh Harrier 2
Golden Plover 200+
Bittern (2nd scn)
Pintail m
Stonechat 3
Cetti's Warbler

(per Andy Last et al).

Friday, 25 November 2016

Bicester Wetlands Reserve 25th November

Stonechat courtesy of Alen Peters

Chinnor: Cement Works: 25th November

Chinnor: Cement Works
Green Sandpiper: 1 now on northern lake (Quarry1).

David Stracey
Redwing courtesy of Norman Smith

Otmoor. Afternoon to dusk. 25th.November.

3 Bittern.
2. Marsh Harriers.
3. Cetti's. ( h.)
Hen Harrier.
4 White Fronted Geese. (reported).
Water Rail.
Ring Necked Parakeet.  (Mixed in with Starling roost!)

Per.  Paul B.  Phil B. Clackers and Mrs Clackers.  T.S.

Port Meadow: 25th November

Peregrine Falcon please view at 720p HD Port Meadow Birding

3 Goosander: 2m 1f.

Adam Hartley

Otmoor: 25th November

Marsh Harrier   male and female
Golden Plover   c500
Bullfinch  8
Sparrowhawk   male and female

Cottisford Pond: 25th November

Whooper Swan this morning on private fishing lake at SP594311
Viewable from right of way along SE shore

Fringford 25th November

Whooper Swan (not Bewick's) still north of Fringford and N/W of Cottisford on fishing
lake 11:05 SP.595.315

(per Clackers and the Law)

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Port Meadow: 24th November

Adult Caspian Gull (not Yellow-legged Gull as previously reported)
Adam Hartley

More details on Port Meadow Birding

Fringford 24th November

Bewick's Swan north of Fringford and N/W of Cottisford on fishing lake at 11:00.

(per RBA)
Fieldfare courtesy of Nick Truby

Otmoor.A.M. 24th November.

1 Bittern
4 White-fronted Geese
1 Marsh Harrier (f)
1 Barnacle Goose (feral).

A329 near Moulsford: 23rd November

A329 near Moulsford
3 Grey Partridge: Loafing in ex-maize field. SU5985. 09:45.

Mike Amphlett

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Starling Murmuration - between Appleford and Sutton Courtenay Oxfordshire. from Julian Mole on Vimeo.

Rushey Common lake, 23rd November

Bullfinch 1m 1f
Lapwings c200
Golden Plover 4
Fieldfare several hundred constantly moving over
Green Sandpiper
Collared Dove 3 ( patch mega !)


Otmoor.A.M. 23rd November.

1 Marsh Harrier
1 Bittern
1 Kingfisher
1 Raven (over)
25 Snipe
4 Water Rail (calling)
C.650 Lapwing.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Port Meadow: 22nd November

Port Meadow
4 White-fronted Goose: presumably the Otmoor birds.

Adam Hartley

Otmoor November 22nd late afternoon

Hen Harrier    1   hunting the starling roost
Sparrowhawk 1
Marsh Harrier 2
Woodcock      2
Short-eared Owl 1 flew over the car park calling once

Otmoor.A.M. 22nd November.

3 Bittern
300+ Lapwing
250+ Golden Plover
1 Kingfisher
2 Goldcrest.

Monday, 21 November 2016

Kestrel Otmoor RSPB courtesy of Nick Truby

Bicester Wetland Reserve 21st November

1 Water Rail showing very well from 1st hide
1 Stonechat meadow fence posts
140 Teal
9 Gadwall
1 Shoveler
2 Heron

Alan Peters

key holder reserve

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Otmoor 19 November pm

1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - reported briefly at dusk near the Starling roost
1 Marsh Harrier
1 SEO & 1 Barn Owl reported from the car park field on return from roost
Bitterns from first & second screen
4 White-fronted Geese
Water Rail
c. 50,000 Starlings
Starling murmuration (c) Stephen Burch
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Farmoor Nov 19th (11am - 2pm)

Tufted Duck -305
Great Crested Grebe - 147
Goldeneye - 1 female
Chiffchaff - 2
Blackcap - 2 males
Common Gull - 2ad and 1 first winter
Redshank - 1
Linnet - 40
Stonechat - 1 female

Otmoor RSPB 19th November

Bittern 2nd screen courtesy of John Reynolds

3 'Winter' (Bewick's or Whooper) Swans early a.m but no further sign by 14:00 (per Mark Chivers)

Bittern 3 (2nd screen)
Short-eared Owl
Marsh Harrier
White-fronted Geese 4 (2ad)
Barnacle Goose
Cetti's Warbler

(Tezzer, the Roby's, Badger)

2 Otter seen from the 2nd screen this morning.

Water Rail with Teal and Wigeon courtesy of Nick Truby

Dix Pit, 19th November

Goldeneye 2m 1 f


West Ginge: West Ginge Down: 19th November

West Ginge: West Ginge Down
3 Brambling: At least 3 in the beech copse.

Wantage: Chain Hill
Raven: Being mobbed by a Carrion Crow!.

Mark Merritt
Red Kite Otmoor RSPB courtesy of Nick Truby

Friday, 18 November 2016

Lollingdon Hill Cholsey 18th November

Merlin (f)
Yellowhammer 50+
Reed Bunting 20+

(per Paul Chandler)

Near Baynard's Green roundabout 18th November

300 approx. Golden Plover

Alan Peters

Otmoor. P.M. 18th. November.

2 Marsh Harriers.
2. Kingfishers.
4. White fronted Geese.
Barnacle Goose. (feral).
2. Hen Harriers.  (ringtails.)
Barn Owl.
Water Rail.
Starling roost.  50,000 plus.
Per.  P.B.  S.R.  T.S.
Marsh Harrier.

White Fronted Goose.


Chinnor: Cement Works: 18th November

Chinnor: Cement Works
Green Sandpiper: Still along the northern shore of the southern lake.

David Stracey

Otmoor.A.M. 18th November.

1 Peregrine
1 Marsh Harrier

Standlake Common :18th November

Great White Egret - on central island of pit 27 at 11:30

Kingston Bagpuize: 18th November

Kingston Bagpuize
Swallow: Flew low South. 08:15.

Jed Cleeter

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Otmoor 17 November 2016 am

Marsh Harrier
White Fronted Goose

Large numbers of linnet in the mixed flock around the Hide

Farmoor Reservoir 17th November

Kittiwake 15:04

(per RBA)

Swallow courtesy of John Workman

: 15th November

Williams site in grove
Barn Owl: 430am it flew low over the main road leading out of Grove Wantage. SU407910. 04:30.

Sam Haines

Standlake Common: am 17th November

Pit 38

Great White Egret still on south shore at 09:30

Pit 28

78 Red Crested Pochard

This represents an exact count of the number visible today although it must represent a lower bound on the total population present as it is not possible to view the whole lake from one location at one time. For this reason yesterdays count was also probably an underestimate.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Woodway 28th October

Belated report of a Great Grey Shrike at Woodway near Blewbury on the 28th of October.

(per Martin Latham)

Otmoor. A.M. 16th. November.

3. Bittern.
2 Marsh Harrier.

Per.  P.G.  T.S.

Male Chaffinch, with unusual white throat.  Per.  P.B.
Bittern.  2nd. screen.

Male Chaffinch, with white throat.

Farmoor 16th November

Swallow 13:45 (per Dai)

Standlake Common: 16th November

Pit 38

Great White Egret on south shore 12:00 - 12:30

Pit 28

37 Red Crested Pochard

Pit 60

Green Sandpiper

NB Pits 28 & 38 are private lakes with partial views from adjacent footpaths

Very distant record shot of GWE

Little Egret

Rushey Common lake, 16th November

Great White Egret 10 -10.20 then flew towards Dix
Lapwing c100 over
Golden Plover c150 over


Rushy Common 16th November

GREAT WHITE EGRET in southeastern corner of lake 10:00 (per Clackers).

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Dorchester: Dorchester complex: 15th November

Dorchester: Dorchester complex
Goosander 09:00.
4 Red-crested Pochard 09:00.

Thomas Stevenson

Abingdon 15th November

Ring-necked Parakeet in garden near Dunmore Farm this morning.
Photo courtesy of John Workman.

Sonning Eye GPs: 15th November

Sonning Eye GPs
Smew: rh. 11:00.
2 Mandarin Duck 11:00.
4 Egyptian Goose 11:00.

Hugh Netley

Monday, 14 November 2016

Otmoor.A.M. 14th November.

1 Marsh Harrier (f)
1 Green Sandpiper
1 Kingfisher
C. 250 Lapwing
2 Stonechat.
Kestrel at Farmoor courtesy of John Workman

Bicester Wetland Reserve 14th November

1 Shelduck
72 Teal
3 Heron
2 Green Sandpiper
1 Stonechat (meadow fence posts)
2-3 Grey Wagtail

Alan Peters

key holder reserve

14th November: Farmoor Reservoir

09:30-11:00, FI:
Redshank on northern bank and a fly-through Little Egret:

Lesser Black-backed Gull 150
Herring Gull 14
Common Gull 2
Tufted Duck 180
Great Crested Grebe 65
Pochard 2
Shoveler 1m
Fieldfare 250+ in Thames-side bushes.

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Otmoor, late pm 13th November

Stonechat f on Greenaways, m at 2nd screen

Hen harrier (ringtail) exercising before the starling roost

Baulking Pit roost 12th November

Mediterranean Gull
Yellow-legged Gulls 2
Lesser-black backed Gull c2000
Great-black backed Gull
Herring Gull 5
Common Gull
Black-headed Gull c500

(per Mark Merritt)

A329 near Moulsford: 13th November

A329 near Moulsford
3 Grey Partridge: 3, poss 4 birds on W edge of ex-maize field. SU5985. 14:00.

Mike Amphlett

Betterton: 13th November

Woodcock 09:00.

Leo Bateman

Otmoor. Late Afternoon. 13th. November.

Merlin.   Morleys.
2 Bittern.
Marsh Harrier.
Hen Harrier. (Ringtail.)
Sparrow Hawk.
5000,00 plus Starlings, but only very brief display.
Sparrow Hawk, awaiting the Starling roost.

Devil's Punchbowl 13th November

Brambling (h) in the Beech stand in the north-eastern corner
Stonechat 2 (m,f)

(per Mark Merritt)

Barford St. Michael: Barford Airfield: 13th November

Barford St. Michael: Barford Airfield

Ian Hobday

Otmoor RSPB 13th November

Peregrine please view at 1080p HD

Hen Harrier (ringtail) over reedbeds early p.m (per Pete Roby)
White-fronted Geese 4 (2ad)
Barnacle Goose
Marsh Harrier (f)
Green Sandpiper
Raven 5
Stonechat 2

Bittern courtesy of Jon Mercer

Blenheim: Blenheim Lake: 13th November

Blenheim: Blenheim Lake
2 Raven
82 Gadwall
86 Teal
2 Pintail
12 Shoveler
17 Little Grebe
6 Snow Goose
14 Grey Heron
3 Little Egret

Bob Pomfret

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Otmoor RSPB 12th November

Shortie courtesy of Andy Last.

Short-eared Owl
Marsh Harrier
Ruff 1st screen a.m only (per Darrell Wood)
Stonechat 2

At least 3 wounded Greylag geese all
dragging damaged wings on Big Otmoor with a
fourth injured bird along the track to the first screen.

Friday, 11 November 2016

Otmoor 11th November

Hen Harrier and Starlings courtesy of John Reynolds

Hen Harrier
Bittern 2 
Marsh Harrier male and female
Stonechat 2 pairs

Devil's Punchbowl 11th November

Red-footed Falcon: Small all-dark unpatterned falcon with paler legs, seen next to Carrion Crow for size. Flew along from west, circled twice with quick flapping flight over the bowl, then flew south, doing a hobby-like dive and swoop over small copse before disappearing Rare county bird.

2 Stonechat: pair along fence between grassland & rapeseed field. 11:45.

Anthony Cheke

Bicester Wetlands Reserve 11th November

1 Woodcock, first record for reserve
1 Stonechat
2 Kingfisher
1 Little Grebe
2 Grey Wagtail
40 plus Teal
2 Heron
1 Sparrowhawk
2 Green Sandpiper

Alan Peters
key holder reserve
Wigeon, Mallard and Teal 1st screen Otmoor RSPB courtesy of John Reynolds

Chilton: Chilton Downs: 11th November

Chilton: Chilton Downs
Merlin: male. Flew West over A34. 15:45.

Jed Cleeter

Grimsbury Reservoir: 11th November

Goosander, 1 drake
Shelduck, 2 over SE

GB and JFT

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Otmoor 10th Nov evening

Hen Harrier 1  chasing starlings in the roost

Rushey Common/ Tar Lakes, 10th November

Egyptian Geese 9
Pochard 8
Green Sandpiper
Chiff Chaff 2
Little Egrets 3


Otmoor 10th Nov

4 White Fronted Geese
Barnacle goose (feral)
Marsh harrier
Water Rail
Raven 2

Still no sign of pink footed goose on Ashgrave
from first light-12:07.

(Andy Last, Badger)

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Chinnor: Cement Works: 9th November

Chinnor: Cement Works
Green Sandpiper: Along the northern shore of the southern lake.

David Stracey
Water Rail Radley Lakes

Courtesy of Eddie McLaughlin