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21st Sept Red-necked Phalarope Farmoor Res...Grey Phalarope Bicester Wetlands...19th Sep Little Gull Grims Res...18th Sep Osprey at Radley GPs...13th Sept Grey Phalarope Sonning Eye GP...Grey Phalarope still Grimsbury Reservoir...12th Sept Kittiwake Farmoor Res...Forthcoming Talks: 11th October: OOS

Friday, 22 September 2017

Farmoor Reservoir 22nd September

RED-NECKED PHALAROPE (juv) still present 12:00 F1
Scaup ecl drake F2 off southern bank.
Black Tern
Little Gull (per RBA)

(per Paul Greenaway, Ewan Urquhart, Mark Chivers)

Farmoor: 21st September

Some more Red-necked Phalarope pictures from this evening:

Short blog post here

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Farmoor Reservoir 21st September

RED-NECKED PHALAROPE found by Dai, Dave Daniells.
Still present in N/E corner of F1 17:30 (per Tom Bedford).

Scaup ecl drake found by DL still present off S/W bank of F2 15:04 (The Wickster,Tezzer)
Shag (juv) F1
Albino House Martin

Farmoor Reservoir 21 September - early evening

Red Necked Phalarope in NE corner of F1.

Red Necked Phalarope (c) Stephen Burch
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Farmoor :21st September

Red-Necked Phalarope

Red-Necked Phalarope

Red-Necked Phalarope


Farmoor 21st September

House Martin

Farmoor Reservoir: 21st September


Red-necked Phalarope

Leucistic House (?) Martin

Bicester Wetlands

GREY PHALAROPE still at 12.25pm

Key holder reserve

Kingston Bagpuize: 21st September

Kingston Bagpuize
Marsh Harrier: Fem/Imm flew South at medium height. 07:15.

Jed Cleeter

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Farmoor Reservoir, 20th September

Today's juvenile Little Stint, present 9:30-10:30am at least:

Blog post here.

Rushey Common lake, 20th September

Yellow Wagtail  3 few over east end of lake from derelict farm fields
Common Sandpiper
Pochard f
Wigeon 2f
several groups of Swallows passing through
large (100+) mixed flock of House Martins and Sand Martins high above lake


Otmoor.A.M. 20th September.

1 Peregrine
2+ Kingfisher
1 Marsh Harrier (f)
1 Raven (over)
Lots of Swallows going through.

Grimsbury Reservoir: 20th September

Grimsbury Reservoir
Whinchat: Along W side near bench.

John Friendship-Taylor

Farmoor Reservoir 20th September

Little Stint along causeway 08:55 (per Brian Walker)
Ringed Plover
Common Sandpiper 2+

(per Dai)

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Grimsbury Reservoir 19th September

Courtesy of John Friendship-Taylor

Little Gull 1w briefly this evening (per John Friendship-Taylor)

Grimsbury Birds

Bicester Wetland Reserve 19th September

Grey Phalarope photos courtesy of Alan Peters

GREY PHALAROPE 18:13 (per Nick Truby) left from the car park hide, only showing on and off.

3 Green Sandpipers
1 Little Grebe
15 Moorhens
20 Teal
1 Little Egret

Key Holder Reserve
Alan Peters

Otmoor.A.M. 19th September.

2 Hobby
6 Wigeon
1 Raven (over)
14+ Snipe.

Osprey and Grey Heron having a contretemps taken on the 17th courtesy of Ewan Urquhart
Black Audi Birding

Radley GPs 19th September

No sign of the juvenile Osprey 06:30-09:30 (per Ewan Urquhart,Tezzer)
Probable 2 Raven: ad and juv Radley village hall (per Paul Parrish)


Bicester Wetlands Reserve 19th September

GREY PHALAROPE still present 09:30 (per Ewan Urquhart)

Key holder reserve.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Bicester Wetland Reserve 18th September

GREY PHALAROPE 17:00 found by Alan Peters. Bicester Wetlands is a key holder Reserve with access in conjunction with Thames Water and gates may be locked without notice.

Record shots of the grey phalarope at 18:30 in poor light

Otmoor 18th evening


2 Stonechat
c30 Yellow Wagtail among cattle on ashgrave


Radley GP's: 18th September

Osprey (juv) still at Radley GPs, Thrupp lake at 12:00 originally perched in conifer they flew off in direction of Abingdon.

Osprey photo top courtesy of John Reynolds
Left courtesy of Peter Law.

Lockinge: 17th September


Leo Bateman

: 18th September

Thrupp Lake Radley
Osprey: Circling the lake approx 200m up. SU519975. 10:30.

Dave Higginson

Otmoor.A.M. 18th September.

1 Hen Harrier (m)
2 Marsh Harrier (m&f)
4+ Cettis Warbler (h)
1 Sparrowhawk
1 Curlew (h).
Barn Owl Radley courtesy of Eddie McLaughlin

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Farmoor 17th

Evening 5pm-6:40pm

2 Dunlin (flew through)
Common Sandpiper
Shag: juv. on pontoon at far end of causeway (per Alan Horsley)

RBA report of two Little Stints late morning was erroneous (Badger) 

Leucistic Coot

2 Dunlin

Kingston Bagpuize: 17th September

17th September

Kingston Bagpuize
Osprey: North of the village flying SW at medium height. 14:02.
Hobby: Flew East hunting. 13:02.

Jed Cleeter

Radley GPs 17th September

Osprey (juv) again at Radley GPs circling high over Thrupp Lake then lost to view 13:21 (per Mark Chivers)
c07:00 and again at 09:18 then flew towards Thames.
(per Eddie McLaughlin).


Kingston Bagpuize: 17th September

Kingston Bagpuize
8 Yellow Wagtail: Flew South calling together. 18:50.

Jed Cleeter

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Possible Black Kite Otmoor 16th September

Very much a possible! But thought should mention.
Seen for less than 10 seconds. Very sleek looking raptor. General all dark, but with Clear 2 tone wing effect. Redish brown of forwing, dark brown black, primary and secondaries.
All in all intermediary appearance between marsh harrier and red kite in shape and colouration.
Flying low and fast over the pill, but only picked up, just before disappearing over hedge and not seen again.
No way could claim with any certainty, but was unusual enough that felt should mention.
Worth keeping eye out!



Radley GPs 16th September

Osprey Radley Gravel Pits please view at 1080p

Also seen and photographed at a private site courtesy of Nick Truby. 

Otmoor 16th September

Spotted Redshank at first screen from 10:30

2 Kestrel
10 Snipe
1 Shoveler
1 Water Rail

(per Jackie Newcombe, Paul Thomlinson)

Warborough: 16th of September

Marsh Harrier (f) 14:00 mobbed by Kites over fields to east of A329

Per Owen Crawshaw

Ardington 16th September

Honey Buzzard (pale phase) through to E - over woodland to north of village, 17.00.

Farmoor Reservoir 16th September

Juvenile Caspian Gull on F1 on the causeway (Per RBA)

No sign of the Little Stint by 12:30
Wheatear 3
Yellow Wagtail 

(per George Best, Nick Truby)

Wheatear courtesy of Nick Truby

Kingston Bagpuize: 16th September

16th September

Kingston Bagpuize
Hobby: Flying through fast South. 09:21.
Peregrine: male. Circled up and drifted South. 11:15.

Jed Cleeter

Friday, 15 September 2017

Farmoor Reservoir 15th September

Farmoor Little Stint this morning courtesy of Jon Mercer
Little Stint 1 still feeding along northeastern shore of F1 13:35 (Eddie McLaughlin)
Originally 2 along causeway c08:20 (per Dai)
Ringed Plover

Ringed Plover courtesy of Tezzer

Courtesy of Badger please view at 1080p

Marsh Harrier through c11:20 (per Geof Wyatt)
No sign of the Grey Phalarope by 11:45

Marsh Harrier through c11:20 (per Geof Wyatt)
No sign of the Grey Phalarope by 11:45

Little Stint courtesy of Tezzer

Garsington: 15th September

3 Yellow Wagtail: In stubble. 12:00.

Stephen Lockey

Grimbury Reservoir: 15th September

No sign of the Grey Phalarope this morning
13 Grey Wagtails

per Mike Pollard

Radley GPs 15th September

Courtesy of Eddie McLaughlin

Osprey c08:00 (per Eddie McLaughlin)

Kestrel 2
Water Rail 3
Kingfisher 2
Cetti's Warbler

Hinksey Park Sept 15th 07:45

Spotted Flycatcher - 1juv
Blackcap - 1 male
Chiffchaff - 1

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Thursday, 14 September 2017

Farmoor pm

grey phalarope still in middle of F2 this afternoon.

Grimsbury Res September 14th

Adult Grey Phalarope showing well on east bank until at least 6:30pm
Please ask permission at the sailing club to enter inside the perimeter fence

Otmoor 14th Evening


Hen Harrier (1st sum male)
4 Whinchat on Greenaway's

Sonning Eye GPs: 14th September

Sonning Eye GPs
Grey Phalarope: still very active in centre of pit. 16:00.

Hugh Netley

Farmoor Reservoir 14th September

Osprey flew over the Reservoir at 13:27 (per RBA)


1st September Port Meadow

Having looked through some photos that I took at the start of the month I've retrospectively managed to turn up a female Blue-headed Wagtail (m.f. flava) in with the Yellow Wagtails that were feeding in amongst the cattle on Port Meadow. 

Female Blue-headed Wagtail

Radley GPs 14th September

Osprey again at Radley GPs 08:38 then flew towards the Thames (per Eddie McLaughlin)


Otmoor.A.M. 14th September.

1 Green Sandpiper
1 Kingfisher
1 Marsh Harrier.

Grimsbury Reservoir: 14th September

GREY PHALAROPE  (ad) Still present on east shore 17:55 (DL)

Mike Pollard

Farmoor Reservoir 14th September

GREY PHALAROPE (juv) F2 08:20 (per Badger, DL) but no further sign by 09:30.


Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Sonning Eye GPs: 13th September

GREY PHALAROPE Still present. View from the bend in the track looking along the rowing course. 17:35 originally found around midday by Hugh Netley.

Marek Walford

Courtesy of Hugh Netley

South Stoke 13th September

Osprey fishing along Thames at South Stoke 12:55 (per Roger Wyatt)

Osprey fishing in the Thames

Red Kite

Farmoor: Weds 13th

GREY PHALAROPE found by Geof Wyatt on F2 in middle 18:10pm (Badger)

No sign of the Kittiwake
Shag (juv) F1
Dunlin 2 (juv)
Little Egret 3

(per DL)

Otmoor RSPB 13th September

Osprey flew over the first screen 09:18 heading south (per Paul Greenaway)

Grimsbury Reservoir 13th September

Courtesy of Peter Law.

Ramblings & Scribblings

GREY PHALAROPE (Adult) still present 13:06 (per Colin Wilkinson)

Grey Phalarope courtesy of Nick Truby

Old Caley's Diary

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Farmoor Reservoir 12th September

Courtesy of Roger Wyatt

Please view at 1080p HD

Adult KITTIWAKE found by Dave Lowe still on F2 viewed from causeway at 18:32

3 Dunlin 11:00.
Ringed Plover 11:00.

(per Stephen Lockey)

Above & below photos courtesy of Andy Last

Radley GPs 12th September

Osprey courtesy of Eddie McLaughlin

Osprey again at Thrupp Lake 08:30-09:10

Kingfisher 2
Water Rail

(per Eddie McLaughlin)

Courtesy of Eddie McLaughlin

Rushey Common lake,12th September

Yellow Legged Gull
Common Sandpipers  2
Red Crested Pochard  7 all juv/f


Grimsbury Reservoir 12th September

GREY PHALAROPE 1 juvenile still present 19:00 (per RBA)

Black Audi Birding

Above & below courtesy of Ewan Urquhart

Courtesy of Richard Tyler