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April 9th Avocet & Great white Egret Port Meadow...6th Ring Ouzel...3 Little Gull Radley GPs...March 16th Wheatear Letcome Bassett...Garganey Pit 60...15th BLACK-THROATED DIVER Farmoor Res...Black Redstart Oxford...14th Little-ringed Plover Grimsbury Res... 3 Avocet Appleford... 12th CATTLE EGRET Pit 60...8th March Kittiwake Waterstock...

Friday, 31 March 2017

Drayton (nr Abingdon): 31st March

Drayton (nr Abingdon)
2 Egyptian Goose
4 Grey Partridge

Tom Wickens

Standlake Pit 60: 31st March

Standlake Pit 60
Great White Egret

Tom Wickens

Grimsbury Reservoir 31st March

Little-ringed Plover 3
Blackcap 1+
Willow Warbler
Sand Martin c18

(per G.B, J.FT)

Farmoor 31st March

Sandwich Tern

Sandwich Tern

Black-necked Grebe F1 (per Geoff Wyatt) still present 18:57 (A.L,M.C,Badger)
Sandwich Tern 2+
Little Gull 2 (ad a.m 1stw evening)
Egyptian Goose
Sand Martin c15 (per Andy Last)
Swallow (per Steve Goddard)
Willow Warbler 2
Sedge Warbler

(per The Wickster)

Sandwich Tern please view at 1080p.

Black Necked Grebe

Black Necked Grebe

Port Meadow: 31st March

Port Meadow
Willow Warbler: m. Singing by the junction between the Castle Mill Stream and the Thames.
4 Oystercatcher
5 Shelduck
2 Redshank

Adam Hartley

Otmoor.A.M. 31st March.

Ring Ouzel on path towards the 2nd screen c09:00 but no further sign by the afternoon.

3 Marsh Harrier
4 Oystercatcher
2 Shelduck
1 Peregrine
1 Little Egret.
5 Swallow.

per J.R. & P.G.

1 Hen Harrier (Ringtail, per R&L Ebbs).

Lollingdon Hill 31st March

Male Common Redstart.
1 Willow Warbler.

Cholsey Wildlife


6 Green Sandpiper
52 Teal
2 Shoveler
6 Gadwall
4 Tufted Duck
25 Canada Geese

Alan Peters
Key Holder Reserve

Northbrook: 31st March

7 Corn Bunting: 7 sitting on wires on left as you head into northbrook. 08:10.

Gavin Bennett

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Burford 30th March

Hobby flew west over Blackheath Farm nr Burford 18:56 (per Dave Morgan)

Otmoor 30th evening


3 Marsh Harrier
2 Curlew
1 Barn Owl
c15 Sand Martin
2 Oystercatcher
4 Cetti's warbler
1 Egyptian goose
1 possible Greenshank (heard only)

Cetti's Warbler

Moorhens at Pinkhill NR courtesy of John Workman.

Kingston Bagpuize: 30th March

Kingston Bagpuize
2 Wheatear: In field east end of village.
Peregrine: male. Adult male hunting.
16 Swallow: Through North in small flocks.
18 Sand Martin: Through North in small flocks.

Jed Cleeter

Otmoor.A.M. 30th March.

3+ Snipe (drumming)
73 Golden Plover
1 Peregrine
2 Marsh Harrier (m&f)
2 Oystercatcher
2 Wheatear (m&f)
2 Willow Warbler
1 Dunlin.

Rushey Common 30th March


Green Sandpiper 3
Grey Plover 1
Oystercatcher 2

Red crested Pochard 3m
Common Goldeneye 2mf

Sand Martin 6+

Red Kite Linkey Down courtesy of Andy Last.

Standlake Common: am 30th March

8 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap all in full song

Pit 60
2 Goosander (m,f)
2 Oystercatcher
Great White Egret
Little Egret
+3 Sand Martin

Little Egret

Farmoor Reservoir 30th March

Sandwich Tern 3 still present c18:00
Little Gull
Red-crested Pochard 2 m/f

(per Dai, Dave Daniels, Bark, The Wickster, Badger)

Male & female Red-crested Pochards feeding on flies.

Grimsbury Reservoir: 30th March

Willow Warbler
2 Blackcaps

per JFT

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Devil's Punchbowl: 29th March

4 Stonechat
2 Raven

Several singing Corn Bunts and Mipits.

Wheatear on Hackpen Hill

Swallow at Baulking Pit, AM.

Otmoor.A.M. 29th March.

4 Oystercatcher
2 Marsh Harrier
1 Little Egret
10 Golden Plover
5+ Little Grebe
4 Sand Martin
1 Egyptian Goose (Noke Sides)
2 Shelduck
1 Peregrine
1 Raven (over, calling).

Farmoor Reservoir 29th March

Little Gull 14:06
Little-ringed Plover (causeway)
Rock Pipit

(per Ewan)

Aston Rowant NR: 29th March

Linkey Down: 09:30 - 11:00.

No sign of any Ring Ouzel... yet.

15 Lesser Redpoll over
3 singing Chiffchaff

Kingston Bagpuize: 29th March

Kingston Bagpuize
3 Swallow: Flew North early am.

Jed Cleeter

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Farmoor Reservoir: Causeway: 28th March

Wheatear courtesy of Derek Latham

Wheatear (per Derek Latham)
Rock Pipit 09:15.

Colin Morgan

Rushey Common lake, 28th March

From 2pm -4.45 at least

Grey Plover  east shoreline still present at dusk (per Badger)
Great White Egret north west corner
Mediteranean Gull on island opposite hide and trying, unsuccessfully, to involve itself with the Black Headed Gulls
Green Sandpipers 2
Oystercatchers  4
Grey Wagtail 2


Distant Grey Plover.

Otmoor 28 March am

Willow Warbler singing briefly in Car park field (per Oz)

Monday, 27 March 2017

Ewelme: 27th March

Black Redstart in private garden.

(Thomas Stevenson)
Grey Partridge near Shippon courtesy of  David Hastings

Port Meadow: 27th March

Port Meadow
5 Redshank
4 Oystercatcher
2 Shelduck
3 Sand Martin

Adam Hartley

Headington: 26th March

Ring-necked Parakeet: fem or juv. No evidence of ring round neck, therefore guessed female or juvenile. Green all over but with green turning to blue down tail. Saw it twice in garden on 26th (feeding first on sunflower hearts feeder hanging from tree, and second on peanut feeder), and once on 27th at about 6pm when I heard it near garden and then saw it flying away. SP538074.

Marion Couldrey

Standlake Common: pm 27th March

Great White Egret

Great White Egret

Grey Plover
Little Ringed Plover
Oystercatcher 2
(all waders in NE corner)

Great White Egret 2
(along north shore then flew N)

Blackcap, singing male
Chiffchaff 3

(per Peter Law)

Key Holder Reserve


Milton Park: 27 March

1 Willow Warbler
2-3 Chiffchaffs
At lunchtime

Stanton St. John: 27th March

Stanton St. John
Siskin: One on feeder today. 10:30.

David Brown

Hinksey Park March 27th (17:45-55)

Marsh Harrier - 1 flew west low over lake and out towards A34. Harassed by Red Kite, continued west over Hinksey Heights Golf Course.

Swallow - 1

Sent from my iPhone
Territorial Great Crested Grebes

At Blenheim Lake

Courtesy of  Derek Lane

Otmoor.A.M. 27th March.

1 Sparrowhawk (m)
2+ Curlew (h)
5+ Oystercatcher
2 Swallow
1 Bittern
1 Marsh Harrier
2 Shelduck
3+ Dunlin.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Otmoor 26th of March

Hen Harrier r/t
Marsh Harrier 4
Peregrine 2
Shelduck 2
Black-tailed Godwit 2
Redshank 30+
Dunlin 6
Water Rail
Cetti's Warbler 3+
Chiffchaff c4
Sand Martin reported

15+ Grass Snakes basking along the bridleway ditch.

(Badger et al)

Kingston Bagpuize: 26th March

3 Marsh Harrier on passage this afternoon male 13:45, fem 13:55, fem 17:40.
2 Peregrine: male. Imm male circling at 14:50 & adult male at 15:20.
6 Sparrowhawk: 2 male circled together 12:50 then flew North, Adult Fem hunting high level 14:35, adult male North 17:00, Imm male flew North 17:55 & Imm Fem circled then flew North 19:05.
12 Buzzard: 12+ of which 3 had various primaries missing and 1 missing two thirds of its tail...presumed passage birds and flew North East.
3 Yellow Wagtail: High North East calling.
Raven: Flew North.
2 Swallow: Flew North East.
5 Linnet: Flew North East.

Jed Cleeter

Chimney Meadows: 26th March

Garganey: male. Flushed with 2 Gadwall from ditch near NNR on BBOWT Nature Reserve. Landed on adjacent River Thames where relocated. After 5 minutes returned to same ditch on reserve. No public access to this part of reserve. 11:30.
7 Curlew 11:30.

Colin Williams

Farmoor Reservoir 26th March

Little-ringed Plover above & below courtesy of John Reynolds

Oystercatcher courtesy of Dai

Little Gull a.m only
Goosander 2 on river
Little-ringed Plover
Dunlin 3
Oystercatcher 3
Rock Pipit
Sand Martin c20
Blackcap 3

(per Dai, John Reynolds, Andy Last, Badger)

Dunlin courtesy of Andy Last

Standlake Pit 60: 26th March

Great White Egret 15:27
Red-crested Pochard 5
Goosander 4 (2m)
Goldeneye 2
Shoveler 41
Little-ringed Plover 2
Oystercatcher 2
Lapwing 6+
Cetti's Warbler 2
Chiffchaff 4

(per Antony Collieu, Badger)

Key holder reserve.
Linnet Otmoor RSPB courtesy of Andy Last.

Sonning Eye GPs: 26th March

Sonning Eye GPs
2 Oystercatcher: On the rowing course bund. 14:05.

Marek Walford

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Oxfordshire 25th March


Kingston Bagpuize: 25th March

Kingston Bagpuize
2 Sand Martin: Flew low North. 08:00.
2 Raven: Flew North. 08:00.
Chiffchaff: 1st spring singer behind Hinds Head Pub. 08:00.
Willow Warbler: 1st spring singer here behind Hinds Head Pub. 08:00.

Jed Cleeter
Chiffchaff Tackley courtesy of John Reynolds

Standlake Pit 60: 25th March

Little Ringed Plover
Peregrine (m)
2 Oystercatcher
2 Goldeneye

Mr & Mrs Goldeneye

Friday, 24 March 2017

Port Meadow: 24th March

Port Meadow

6 Dunlin
5 Redshank
3 Oystercatcher
6 Shelduck

Adam Hartley

: 24th March

Balscote Quarry Reserve
2 Little Ringed Plover: SP3942.

Balscote Quarry Reserve
55 Common Gull: SP3942.

Roger Evans

Standlake Pit 60 :am 24th March

Great White Egret
Little Ringed Plover
2 Raven
2 Oystercatcher (mating)
Little Grebe

Otmoor.A.M. 24th March.


1 Egyptian Goose
3 Marsh Harrier
2 Black-tailed Godwit
2 Shelduck
4 Oystercatcher
7 Curlew.

Kingston Bagpuize: 24th March

Kingston Bagpuize
Peregrine: fem. Drifted low North. 11:30.

Jed Cleeter

Otmoor: 23rd March

2 Swallow: My first swallows sighting of the year over the first screen. SP560134. 17:00.
Hen Harrier: SP560134. 17:00.

Carl Gray

Cholsey: 24th March

White Wagtail: + c70 golden plover, some in full summer plumage. SU599879.

Michael Pocock

Farmoor Reservoir 24th March

Little Gull 5
Rock Pipit still along the causeway
Sand Martin 200+

(per Dai)

Kingston Bagpuize: 24th March

Kingston Bagpuize
Peregrine: male. In fast from North then stooped out of sight. 07:35.

Jed Cleeter

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Port Meadow: 23rd March

Port Meadow
6 Dunlin
8 Shelduck
2 Oystercatcher

Adam Hartley

Otmoor 23rd March 2017



Mixed flock of finches and buntings feeding on the seed by the Wetlands Hide

Reed Bunting 50+
Linnet 40+
Yellowhammer 4
Goldfinch 15+
Chaffinch 10+

Sparrowhawk 1f

Farmoor 23rd March

Redshank 6
Little Gull 1
Rock Pipit 1

Bicester Wetland Reserve: 23rd March

OSPREY Seen with Bill Foley flying North and being mobbed by Corvids. 11:30.
2 Redshank 11:30.

Colin Oram

Possible Osprey flew north over Stanton St John c10:30 (Richard Ebbs)

Otmoor, Thursday 23 March a.m.

2 Marsh Harrier
2 Wheatear
6 Dunlin
5 Snipe
7 Curlew
1 Oystercatcher
2 Shelduck
2 Little Grebe
1 Water Rail
2 Raven
1 Green Woodpecker
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
3 Cetti's Warbler
2 Bullfinch
1 Coal Tit
5 Yellowhammer
2 Skylark

Grass Snake along the bridleway
Cetti's Warbler 

Rushey Common lake, 23rd March

Little Ringed Plover  from new screen
Goldeneye 2m 2f
Oystercatchers  4


Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Kingston Bagpuize: 22nd March

Merlin: fem. Missed a Meadow Pipit, then circled high and continued North on passage.
Merlin: male. 2nd passage bird today...male this time. In quite high from South. Circled for 3 mins really high on thermal then continued North. Exceptional mipit passage of several hundred birds today too. 14:25.

Jed Cleeter
Barn Owl near Tackley courtesy of JR

Grimsbury Reservoir: 22nd March

Knot - patch mega! - 11:10 to sunset
Redshank - flew north early morning
3 Little Ringed Plover

Ian Rowe and John Friendship-Taylor

Farmoor Reservoir 22nd March

Little Gull 2 on F1 10:25 (per Dai).

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Otmoor. 21st. March.

Osprey courtesy of Christopher Ladds.

OSPREY flew north over the first screen c11:22 and continued (per Paul Jepson et al)

Hen Harrier: From first screen. (With Richard.Alan.and Bert.Berkshire Boys.). 13:07.
3 Redshank

(per Ralph Watts)

Black Tailed Godwit.
Cetti's Warbler.
Oystercatcher.  4.
Golden Plover.  350+
Marsh Harrier.  2.  (m. + f.)
Wheatear.  (m.)
Curlew.  10.
Little Egret.
Chiffchaff.  10+
Shelduck.  2.
Per.  P.G.  T.S.

Cetti's Warbler.


Port Meadow 21st March P.M

Shelduck 4
Goosander 3 (r/h) on Thames
Chiffchaff 2

(per Tommaso Pizzari)

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Otmoor 19th March

1pm - 4pm

Hen Harrier 1
Wheatear 1m (Noke sides towards 2nd screen)
6 Curlew
1 Dunlin with Golden Plover flock
2 Shelduck - Noke sides
2 Oystercatcher
Marsh Harrier 2
Peregrine 1+ (seen hunting over Greenaways, first screen & Big Otmoor)

(per Andy Last & Tezzer)

Rushy Common 19th March

Shelduck 2
Goldeneye 2
Common Gull 4
Green Sandpiper 2
Oystercatcher 2

Port Meadow: 19th March

Port Meadow
4 Shelduck
8 Black-tailed Godwit
3 Oystercatcher
2 Ringed Plover
2 Sand Martin

Ian Elkins

Standlake Pit 60 19th March

Great White Egret
Little-Ringed Plover
Oystercatcher 2
Chiffchaff 3
Cetti's Warbler

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Ardington 18th March

2 Peregrine: pair. Arrived from NE; male left to hunt over Ardington, while female sat in field north of A417. SU4388.

Leo Bateman

Sparsholt: Sparsholt Firs/Tower: 18th March

Sparsholt: Sparsholt Firs/Tower
2 Corn Bunting

Colin Vickers

Otmoor RSPB 18th March

Rough clips of the ringtail this afternoon.

Hen Harrier courtesy of Andy Last

Hen Harrier r/t
Marsh Harrier
Shelduck 4
Pintail c20

Black-tailed Godwit courtesy of Luke O'Byrne

Black-tailed Godwit 8-10 (per Luke O'Byrne)
Dunlin 7
Oystercatcher 2+

Wheatear by Badger

Wheatear (m) Lower Farm
Chiffchaff 2+
Cetti's Warbler 4+

(Badger, Andy Last)

Ring-tailed Hen Harrier courtesy of Andy Last