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8th November Nine Pink-footed Geese Otmoor RSPB...3rd Nov Water Pipit Farmoor Res...28th Oct Hawfinch everywhere...Great White Egret Stanton Harcourt...15th Oct Yellow-browed Warbler Lark Hill...November Talks: RSPB 2nd, OOS 8th

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Woodstock 18th November

Great White Egret 2 15:45
Little Egret 2
Grey Heron 8
Kingfisher 1+

(Tezzer, Badger)

Standlake Pit 60: 18th November

Standlake Pit 60
Goosander: male. Flew in from WSW @ 15.50 pm. Used to ignore these in Yorkshire. Patch tick! ;.
127 Teal: Only half counted until something unseen flushed everything from N shore.

Mick Cunningham

: 18th November

Pit 60 Standlake
Dunlin: Flew west. 14:47.

Mick Cunningham

: 18th November

Pit 60 Standlake
Redshank: 1 feeding on shore by N hide in company of the Great Whire egret. 14:44.

Mick Cunningham

Barnard Gate: 18th Nov.


At least 14 Hawfinches (Mark Merritt)
A flock of 7 seen again c14:45 (Tezzer, Badger)

Otmoor 18th

2 Marsh harrier
1 Peregrine
1 Water rail
Cetti's warbler


Cetti's warbler

Standlake, 18 Nov

Hawfinch 1, St Giles church, in trees on sw side
Great White Egret, 1 pit 60

Friday, 17 November 2017

Farmoor Reservoir 17th November

Caspian Gull (ad) on F2 in roost (per RBA).

Farmoor Reservoir: 17th November 2017

Scaup- 1m
Goldeneye- 2 (1m,1f)
Common scoter- 2f
Tufted duck-584
Coot- 271
Great crested grebe- 55
Little grebe- 19

Standlake Pit 60: 17th November

17th November

Standlake Pit 60
Little Egret
39 Mute Swan
Great White Egret 11:00.

Antony Collieu

Otmoor rspb. PM.

Hen Harrier.
2+ Sparrowhawk.
2. Marsh Harrier.
2. Stonechat.
5. Goldcrest.

Otmoor.A.M. 17th November.

1 Peregrine
1 Merlin
1 Bittern
1 Marsh Harrier (dark bird).

Wheatley 17th Nov

Peregrine flew low over London road
Stonechat (m) in disused field

East Lockinge 17th November

Lesser-spotted Woodpecker near church 10:40 (per Jon Prowse).

Kingston Bagpuize: 17th November

Kingston Bagpuize
Hawfinch: Flew East @09:08.
2 Brambling: Vis-Mig 2 flew West @08:10 with Redwings.

Jed Cleeter

Kingston Bagpuize: 17th November

Kingston Bagpuize
4 Hawfinch: 2@07:15, singles 07:22 & 07:38. All landed in trees behind Hinds Head Pub.

Jed Cleeter

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Sarsgrove: 16th November

2 Raven: ad pair. Flying E over Sarsgrove Wood. SP303252. 08:00.
Lapwing: Solitary bird flying over high up heading W toward Churchill calling constantly. SP303252. 08:00.
Sparrowhawk: ad fem. Flying at near ground level persued by two Carrion Crow. SP303252. 08:00.

Steve Akers

Stonechat Radley courtesy of Eddie McLaughlin.

Hatford : 16th November

2 Raven 
1 Peregrine (Juvenile with pale vent area ?) 

Cote: 16th November

Peregrine: fem. Carrying large prey early pm.

Jed Cleeter

Cumnor Redwing

Courtesy of John Workman

Oxford 16th November

Hawfinch 2 over Headington Hill c12:50 (per Dave Doherty).

University Parks: 16th November

University Parks
2 Hawfinch: Super views, seemed well settled perched in higher trees on northern edge of parks. SP514074.

Simon Myers

Kingston Bagpuize: 16th November

Kingston Bagpuize
6 Hawfinch: Singles SE 07:31 & 08:08, 3 NE 09:03 and 1 landed in tree behind Hinds Head Pub 09:07.

Jed Cleeter

Harwell Lab: 16th Nov.

Woodcock flushed
Gulls on the playing fields comprised 4 Common, 35 B-H and 1 LB-B.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Farmoor 15th November

Common Scoter 1
Goldeneye 12
Barn Owl 1

Port Meadow: 15th November

Port Meadow
24 Lapwing
2 Teal

Adam Hartley

Otmoor: 15th November

4 Water Rail
2 Marsh Harrier: male+female.

Simon Myers

Kingston Bagpuize: 15th November

Kingston Bagpuize
2 Hawfinch: Singles South at 11:01 & 12:24.

Jed Cleeter

Bicester Wetland Reserve 15th November

3rd day of digging work on the reserve to improve shallow scrapes and remove unwanted Hard Rush has meant displacement of most wildfowl in the short term. Still some good birds.

1 Redshank
2 Green Sandpiper
1 Little Egret
1 or 2 Water Rail
1 Cetti's Warbler

Alan Peters and  Bill Foley
Key Holder Reserve

Oxford 15th November

Hawfinch flew north low over New College in central Oxford at 8:59 a.m.

per Will Langdon

Woodstock 15th November

Great White Egret 2 c100yrds from the Black Prince Pub on Glyme Meadows 09:50 (per Dave Doherty).

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Great Rollright: 14th November

Great Rollright
Merlin: Flying rapidly over wood near crossroads between Rollright Stones and Great Rollright near Butlers Hill Farm. SP315312. 09:30.

Steve Akers

Otmoor RSPB 14th November

Whooper Swan (juv) courtesy of Barry Neale.

Cumnor Fieldfare

Courtesy of John Workman

Otmoor. 14th. November.

2. Marsh Harrier.  m. and f.
Hen Harrier. m.  (reported)
Whooper Swan.  juv.  first screen.  (reported)
Marsh Tit.


Kingston Bagpuize: 14th November

Kingston Bagpuize
2 Hawfinch: Further singletons SSW at 13:20 and 13:58.

Jed Cleeter

Farmoor Reservoir: 14th November

Farmoor Reservoir
Kingfisher: From Shrike Meadow hide. SP446064.
5 Kingfisher: From Shrike Meadow hide. SP446064.
Water Rail: Pinkhill. SP446064.
Redshank: FI north side. SP446064.

Brian Walker

Kingston Bagpuize: 14th November

Kingston Bagpuize
Hawfinch: Flew SSW. 10:10.

Jed Cleeter

: 14th November

Quarry Road Hornton
2 Raven: Flew in and landed in tree in field in front of my house. SP381455. 10:00.

Mike Prentice

Kingston Bagpuize: 14th November

Kingston Bagpuize
8 Hawfinch: 2 07:29, 2 08:15 SW and 4 08:22 NW.
2 Raven: Low South at 06:50 1 calling.

Jed Cleeter

Oxford 14th November

Hawfinch flew over Headington Hill 07:55 (per Dave Doherty).

Monday, 13 November 2017

Ewelme: Cress beds: 13th November

Ewelme: Cress beds
Green Sandpiper

Thomas Stevenson

Cholsey 13th November

Yellow-browned Warbler reported along the Wallingford Road (T.R)

Chinnor: Cement Works: 13th November

Chinnor: Cement Works
Green Sandpiper: On the eastern side of lake2b.

David Stracey

Kingston Bagpuize: 13th November

Kingston Bagpuize
2 Brambling: Vis-Mig 2 singles flew West before 08:00.

Jed Cleeter

Farmoor Res & Pinkhill 13th November



Water Rail 2
Cetti's Warbler 2
Great Spotted Woodpecker 3

Farmoor Res


Common Scoter 1 f
Yellow legged Gull 1 ad
Greater Black-backed Gull 1 ad
Little Grebe 6+

Cowleaze Wood 13th November

Brambling 12 in mixed finch flock (per Jackie Newcombe)

standlake Common: 13th November

09:30 Great White Egret still north shore of pit 38

Otmoor.A.M. 13th November.

2 Marsh Harrier (m/f)
1 Bittern
2 Stonechat (m/f)
1 Sparrowhawk
3 Marsh Tit
1 Coal Tit.

Farmoor Reservoir 13th November

Common Scoter still present on F2 09:45 (per Dai)

Wantage: Market Square: 13th November

Wantage: Market Square
2 Hawfinch: Over, heading South. 07:20.

Mark Merritt

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Chipping Norton: 12th November

Chipping Norton
Peregrine: At roost. 17:15.

Steve Akers

Honeydale Farm Shipton-under-Wychwood 12th November

Linnet 220
Goldfinch 40

(per R.Broughton)

Forrest Hill 12th November

Wholly unconfirmed report of two possible Snow Buntings c2mls NNW of Wheatley and 1ml NE of Forrest Hill in maize stubble field at 10:45 cSP.595.090 (per RBA).

Betterton: 12th November

Hawfinch 3 Usual area opposite Ardington turn. 12:30.

Leo Bateman

Port Meadow: 12th November

Port Meadow
Some embryonic flood waters finally!

4 White-fronted Goose: The usual "mongrel" county birds.
15 Lapwing
100 Canada Goose250 Greylag Goose
12 Lesser Black-backed Gull

Also yesterday:
10 Wigeon
25 Golden Plover

Adam Hartley

: 12th November

Rollright Stones
100 Fieldfare: Very large mixed flock with Starling
100 Linnet
10 Redwing
15 Yellowhammer

Steve Akers

Kingston Bagpuize: 12th November

Kingston Bagpuize
2 Hawfinch: Flew low NE. 09:08.

Jed Cleeter

Friday, 10 November 2017

Otmoor. 10th. November.

Peregrine. (f.)
2.Marsh Harrier.  (m. and f.)
2. Sparrowhawk.
Hen Harrier. (m.)
2. Bittern.
3. Goosander. Imm.  First screen.
Marsh Tit.
Whooper Swan.  Juv. again, from second screen.  Associating with adult Mute swans.

Per.  P.G.  T.S.  et al.
Marsh Tit.



Farmoor 10th November

Water Rail 2
Redshank 1
Dunlin 1
Barn Owl 1
Redpoll : small groups feeding on Willowherb along the Thames.

Rushey Common lake, 10th November

Red Crested Pochard  31+
Northern Pochard  14
Grey Wagtail
Common Gulls  2


: 10th November

Ardington Lake
Mandarin Duck: male. SU4388. 13:00.

Leo Bateman

Standlake Common 10th November

Great White Egret on pit 60 then chased toward pit 38 by a grey heron

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Highmoor: 9th November

3 Hawfinch: SU707843. 16:05.
Tawny Owl: calling. SU707843. 16:05.

Peter Law

Lower Radley 9th November

2 yellowhammer
2 egyptian geese
3 stonechats, 2m 1 f
3 kingfishers
10+ fieldfare
1 barn owl (per Edde McLaughln)

Betterton: 9th November

Hawfinch: Same general area as Saturday. 12:45.
Raven 12:45.

Leo Bateman

Otmoor.A.M. 9th November.

2 Marsh Harrier (m/f)
1 Kingfisher
2 Goldcrest
1 Brambling (by cattle pens, reported)
C.750 Golden Plover
Coal Tit
Marsh Tit
C. 100 Wigeon.

per  DD.  PG.  et  al

Garsington: Kings Copse Park: 9th November

Garsington: Kings Copse Park
2 Raven: over S. 11:36.

Peter Law

Standlake Common : 9th November

Great White Egret still on North Shore of pit 38

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Sarsgrove: 8th November

30 Fieldfare: SP303252. 07:30.
12 Yellowhammer: SP303252. 07:30.
100 Starling: SP303252. 07:30.
7 Skylark: SP303252. 07:30.
Reed Bunting: fem. Flew from hedgerow to top of large beech tree at start of private road to Sarsgrove Farm - unusual in this location. SP303252. 07:30.
Bullfinch: male. Resplendent in winter sunshine. SP303252. 07:30.

Steve Akers

Jarn Mound, Boars Hill 8th November

Hawfinch    two flew over heading north around 2.15

Otmoor. 8th. November.

Pink Footed Geese.  9. of the birds dropped on to Big Otmoor at approx. 9am. and departed I hour later, flying out to the North East.

Highmoor area 8th November

Chaffinch c30
Greenfinch c8
Goldfinch c20
Bullfinch c2
Linnet c30
Marsh Tit

(DL, Badger)
Water Rail Pink Hill Reserve Farmoor Reservoir courtesy of John Workman

Otmoor RSPB 8th November

Pink-footed Gees 9 on Big Otmoor until c10:00 then flew N/E (per Tezzer et al)

Kingston Bagpuize: 8th November

Kingston Bagpuize
Hawfinch: Landed in tree behind Hinds Head Pub. 08:15.

Jed Cleeter

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

: 7th November

Twelve Acre Farm Eynsham
Probable Hawfinch: SP413094. 10:30.

Sally Taylor

Bicester Wetland Reserve 7th November

75 Teal
6 Shoveler
21 Gadwall
12 Moorhen
1 Heron
1 Green Woodpecker
2 Little Grebe
1 Snipe

Key Holder Reserve
Alan Peters

Ardley (small lake in front of re-cycling centre) 7th November

8 Cormorants -one struggling with a large fish
1 Green Sandpiper
1 Heron

Alan Peters

Monday, 6 November 2017

Port Meadow 6th November

Great White Egret briefly in the north east corner of Port Meadow near Wolvercote railyway bridge at 3 pm this afternoon before flying off south west.

per Nick Boyd

Kingston Bagpuize: 6th November

Kingston Bagpuize
Rock Pipit: Vis-Mig South calling. 06:52.
4 Hawfinch: 3 landed in trees behind Hinds Head Pub at 07:05 & 1 High South at 07:10. 06:52.
2 Goosander: Flew fairly low SW at 07:57. 06:52.

Jed Cleeter

Holwell (West Oxon): 6th November

4 Hawfinch
1 Merlin

Otmoor. 6th. November.

Peregrine Falcon.  Noke Side.
Bittern.  Flying.
4. Stonechat.
2. Siskin.
2. Redpoll.
Oystercatcher.  2nd. Screen on Tern raft.
Marsh Tit.  Feeders.

Per.  P.R.  P.G.  T.S.
Oystercatcher in the mist.



Thrupp Lake Radley 6th November

Red-crested Pochard 2 (m)
Wigeon 4+

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Cothill: 5th November

1 of 2 Hawfinches

North Leigh: 5th November

North Leigh
2 Raven: whilst date noted is 5th Nov I've seen a pair of ravens around Eynsham Hall since March 2017.

Mick Cunningham

Fyfield Wick: 5th November

Fyfield Wick
4 Grey Partridge 13:20.

Jed Cleeter

Kingston Bagpuize: 5th November

Kingston Bagpuize
Rock Pipit: Vis-Mig South calling early am.
2 Raven: Low SW early am.

Jed Cleeter

Standlake: 5th November

Peregrine: at Pit 38.

Ian Elkins

Bix BBOWT Warburg Reserve 5th November


White Horse Hill: 5th November

White Horse Hill
Stonechat: fem. Working fence line at bottom of hill. 11:10.
2 Peregrine: Adult & Imm females sparring. 11:10.

Jed Cleeter

Farmoor, 5th November

Goldeneye (1m, 1f)
Red-crested Pochard (2m, 2f)
Common Gull
Meadow Pipit
Water Rail 2

George Best

Blue Tit

Common Gull

Water Rail

Wroxton: 5th November

5 Hawfinch: In tall trees below main lake @ 8:45 then flew.

Mike Pollard

Standlake, 5 November

Great White Egret, 1 at pit 38 (next to pit 60)
32+ Red-crested Pichard Pit 28 (per Jim Hutchins)

Nettlebed 5th

Highmoor CP

9 Hawfinch. 1 single and one flock of 8 flew over. 8-9am
3 Brambling
4 Marsh Tit

Hawfinch (c) Terry Sherlock

Marsh tit

Per A.L & T.S

Shotover Hill, Oxford: 5th November

1 Woodcock, flushed by a runner (me!)

Kingston Bagpuize: 5th November

Kingston Bagpuize
7 Hawfinch: 3 07:16, 1 08:01 West. 2 NW 08:14 & 1 South 08:28.

Jed Cleeter

Saturday, 4 November 2017